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Doctoral dissertation: Extending mobile touchscreen interaction


Touchscreens are everywhere. They have become a key way people interact with the world. In his recently completed doctoral dissertation, Extending Mobile Touchscreen Interaction, MSc Ashley Colley presents a set of solutions to better address the requirements of the wide range of uses to which touchscreens are now being applied.

Colley’s work provides a framework to which enhancements to touchscreens can be mapped. As well as a variety of technical solutions, Colley provides specific solutions e.g. in the areas of touchscreens used in car dashboards and in wearable accessories such as smart handbags.

Originally familiar in smartphones and tablet devices, touchscreen usage has expanded to impact every facet of our daily lives, for example in car dashboards, medical equipment in hospitals, machinery in factories and soft drinks dispensers. The often reported case of young children trying to zoom a photograph in a printed magazine, is a measure of how deeply touchscreens have penetrated our society. However, often current touchscreens may not be ideal solution, and traditional physical buttons, switches and knobs would perhaps provide a better user experience.

Public defence:

MSc Ashley Colley will defend his dissertation titled Extending Mobile Touchscreen Interaction in a public defence held at the Faculty of Art and Design on Wednesday 7th June 2017 at the University of Lapland, Esko and Asko hall at 12 noon. Colley’s opponent will be professor Enrico Rukzio from the University of Ulm, Germany and the Custos will be professor Jonna Häkkilä from the University of Lapland. Welcome!

Information on the doctoral candidate:

Originally from the UK, Ashley Colley has lived in Finland for 20 years, and now resides in Rovaniemi. He has degrees in computer science, from the University of Oulu, Finland and physics from the University of Birmingham, UK. He has more than 25 years’ professional industry experience, including many years as a Principal Designer in Nokia Ltd, where he led design projects that formed the core of more than 50 million shipped products. Colley is the inventor of more than 25 patents, and has co-authored more than 50 peer-reviewed research papers. Additionally, Colley is an active entrepreneur, being a co-founder of health technology start-up Oura Health Ltd (www.ouraring.com), as well as founding the design and development company JetMelon Ltd.

Additional information:

Ashley Colley
ashley.colley (at) ulapland.fi
Tel. +358 405906669

Information on the publication:

Ashley Colley: Extending Mobile Touchscreen Interaction. Acta Universitatis Lapponiensis 350. Lapland University Press. Rovaniemi. 2017. ISBN 978-952-484-999-9. ISSN 0788-7604. Online version (PDF). Acta electronica Universitatis Lapponiensis. 217. ISBN:978-952-337-000-5. ISSN 1796-6310.

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