I'm Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns CEng FBCS
Deputy Dean for Science and Engineering, Reader in Interaction Design, QMUL, UK.
Visiting Prof of Interaction Design, Hunan University, China.
Director of the EPSRC+AHRC Media and Arts Technology Centre for Doctoral Training
£12m research portfolio.
Lead of Interactional Sound and Music at the Centre for Digital Music. Chartered Engineer, BCS Fellow, Creativity and Cognition Studios Partner. ACM and BCS Recognition of Service Awards.

Latest activities of me and my team...


Interaction Design with Audio

My research explores new forms of Interaction Design and creativity, focussing particularly on evaluation. My research programme is truly inter-disciplinary, bridging Computer Science, Electronic Engineering, and the Arts. It draws on, and directly contributes to Interaction Design, Digital Media, CSCW, HCI, creativity research, sonification, and interactive arts.

I am developing collaborative teaching in Interactive Digital Media with Hunan University, China, and the Shenzhen MediaLab, and developed and manage the bilateral research exchange programmes between Queen Mary and Georgia Institute of Technology (Georgia Tech), Atlanta, USA.

I am a Panel member for the NSF CreativeIT program, participated in consultation on the European Commission's FET programme in Creativity and ICT, editor for a special issue of the CoDesign Journal on collaborative creativity, and editing a special issue of the International Journal of Arts and Technology on Whole Body Interaction, and I am a reviewer for: Behaviour & Information Technology Journal, the Computer Music Journal, Pervasive and Mobile Computing Journal.


£12m portfolio
Connected Seeds and Sensors
2014 - 2016

Principal Investigator focussing on Interaction Design for sustainable food-growing in the city funded by EPSRC IoT theme.

Building UK-China Educational and Research Partnerships in Design and Innovation
2014 - 2015

Principal Investigator leading collaboration between QM and Chinese Universities (£9k) funded by UK Science & Innovation Network.

Musical Audio Repurposing Using Source Separation
2014 - 2017

Co-Investigator focussing on mobile Interaction Design audio (£887k) funded by EPSRC

Centre for Doctoral Training for Media and Arts Technology
2014 - 2022

Co-Investigator focussing on Interaction Design and international collaborations for the MAT programme (£3.6M) funded by EPSRC and AHRC.

Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC)
2012 - 2015

Principal Investigator of 40 month project on Design Patterns for Inclusive Collaboration (DePIC) (£ 1.16M) funded by EPSRC in collaboration with Goldsmiths University and Bath University.

Centre for Digital Music (C4DM)
2013 - 2018

Co-Investigator focussing on novels forms of human interaction with digital music (£1.1m).

Royal Academy of Engineering Secondment

PI Working with TechCity SMEs on low-cost evaluation of mobile user interfaces (£121k)

EPSRC Research in the Wild: Collaborative CrossModal Interfaces
2010 - 2012

Principal Investigator on project testing and refining collaboration support in the workplace (£285k).

Host to Visiting Researcher

João Cordeiro, Portuguese Catholic University, School of Arts - Sound and Image Dept.

EPSRC Horizons Digital Economy Research

Collaborator on Graffito - an experiment in massive crowd-made graffiti, in collaboration with BigDog Interactive, the University of Nottingham MRL, Proboscis, and University of Glasgow.

EPSRC Sustainable Software: Digital Music
2010 -2014

Co-Investigator focussing on software for distributed music making systems (£1.1m).

EPSRC Doctoral Training Centre: Media Arts Technology
2009 - 2014

Co-Author developed the learning pathways and module on interactive arts technologies. (£5m).

TSB Feasibility Study: Sensory Theatres

Co-Investigator on evaluation of novel sensory technology. Designed and conducted evaluations of technologies with children with special needs (£25k).

TSB Feasibility Study: Accessible Audio Studios

Co-Investigator on feasibility of creating accessible music studios, contributing experience in interactive audio and evaluation methodologies (£25k).

EPSRC Cluster: Creator

Steering committee for cluster investigating the key challenges are that face the creative industries.

EPSRC Platform Grant: Centre for Digital Music (C4DM)
2007 - 2012

Co-Investigator focussing on novels forms of human interaction with digital music. Commissioned two innovative arts/ technology collaborative art works with significant public impact. (£1m).

EPSRC Follow on Funding: Mobile Jamming
2005 - 2006

Principal Investigator. 9 month commercialisation project employing one research assistant to develop prototype software for group music making on mobile phones and to commercialise the work. (£33k).

EPSRC First Grant: Engaging Collaborations
2004 - 2006

Principal Investigator. 30 month research project employing one research assistant to investigate the nature of mutual engagement in collaborative situations taking group music improvisation as an exemplar domain. (£108k).

EPSRC Culture and Creativity Network: Leonardo
2004 - 2006

Founding member of ‘Leonardo: Culture, Creativity and Interaction Design’ EPSRC funded network, and lead artist for Sonic Interactive Soundscapes. collaborator on iPoi and Threshold Chimes (£40k).

EPSRC Designing for 21st Century Cluster

Participant in the cluster ‘Understanding and Supporting Group Creativity within Design’ (£50k).

Information Society Technologies 5th FWP: SAVANT
2002 - 2004

Co-investigator focussing on usability and evaluation issues for scalable, interactive television. (€3.52m).

Chevening Technology Enterprise Scholarship
2004 - 2005

Principal Investigator, examine commercial potential of my group music improvisation research. (£12k).

Royal Society Travel Grant

Principal Investigator. Grant to present research on commercial multi-disciplinary teams (£1k).


Invited exhibition of work, Interaction Design Exhibition, Tongji Design Week, Shanghai, China.
9 - 17 Oct 2014
Invited exhibition of work, "Design Can Change!" Exhibition, part of China International Cultural Industries Fair, Shenzhen, China.
07 June 2013
Graffito Interactive Experience, HCI 2011, Newcastle, UK. Winner of “Best Interactive Experience”.
07 July 2011
Graffito Installation, CHI 2011, Vancouver, Canada.
7 - 12 May 2011
Graffito Invited Installation, Digital Shoreditch, London, UK.
4 - 7 May 2011
Graffito Installation (selection by competition), TentLondon, London Design Festival, London, UK.
23 - 26 September 2010
Graffito installation (curated), Vintage at Goodwood, curated by Gerardine Hemingway MBE and Wayne Hemingway MBE, Goodwood Estate, UK.
13 - 15 August 2010
Daisyphone showcase, EPSRC Pioneers09, Olympia, London, UK.
4 March 2009
Daisyphone exhibit, Surface Tension: Interactives and Workshops, Dana Centre, Science Museum, London, UK.
23 June 2009
Sensory Threads, Surface Tension: Interactives and Workshops, Dana Centre, Science Museum, London, UK. The world’s first collective sensing of the imperceptible through real-time interactive mobile soundcapes.
23 June 2009
iPOI, Wickerman Festival, Dundrennan, Scotland.
20 - 22 July 2007
iPOI, Beat Herder, Ribble Valley, Lancashire UK
29 June - 1 July 2007
Hoverflies, Emergent Objects, Design for the 21st Century, Leeds University, Leeds, UK. This was the world’s first public exhibition of a 3D soundscape controlled in real-time by acceleration.
07 June 2007
iPOI, Sunrise Celebration, Somerset, UK.
31 May - 4 June 2007
iPOI, FutureSonic Festival, Manchester UK.
12 May 2007
iPOI, Future of Sound, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
12 April 2007
iPOI, f.city Festival, Lancaster, UK.
29 September 2006
iPOI, HCI 2006, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
12 September 2006
Threshold Chimes, HCI 2006, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
12 September 2006
Threshold Chimes, Queen Mary, University of London, UK.
15 June 2006
Daisyphone, in Susumu Hirasawa's performances, Osaka and Tokyo, Japan.
1 - 4 May 2006


Founding Chair of ACM SIGCHI Community on Creativity, Cognition and Art (CCaA).
Chair, ACM Creativity and Cognition: "Everyday Creativity: Shared Languages and Collective Action" Berkeley Art Museum, CA, USA. 27-30 October 2009.
Chair, Creativity and Cognition Conference Series Steering Committee. List of C&C Conferences
2009 - Present
Co-Chair, (re)Actor3 International Conference Series on Digital Live Art, "This is LIVErpool", Liverpool, UK.
Co-Chair, BCS Human-Computer Interaction 2006, London, UK
Chair of QM Task and Finish Group on Retention
Programme Committee (re)Actor Conference Series (re)Actor1 - London, (re)Actor2 - Leeds
Chair, Advisory Team, Usabilitynews.com
Practitioner Representative on the British HCI Group committee
Short Papers Chair, HCI 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland
Poster Chair, HCI 2004, Leeds, UK
Poster Chair, HCI 2003, Bath, UK
Programme Committee for IGC 2003 workshop, ICA in London, UK


I am a Reader in Interaction Design at Queen Mary, University of London on Graphic User Interfaces and Computer Mediated Communication, and supervise projects on interactive music or user interface design. Also, undergraduate admissions tutor for Computer Science. I supervise undergrad and masters projects which focus on multi-person interaction with and through sound. Previous projects included Antonella Mazzoni's explroations of mutli-touch and tangible interfaces for sound manipulation, David Meckin's mechanical sound devices for children with special educational needs, and David McCrae's studies of lego based interfaces for playlist creation.

Student Project Topics for QM students - Keywords: Design, Implement, Evaluate, Music, Interaction, HCI, Interface design, Sonification, Analytics, Pattern matching, Information Retrieval

My projects are all in the area of Interactional Sound and Music - the interactive use of audio from the workplace to interactive art for multi-person interaction. All projects involve programming (some more than others). No projects necessarily require musical knowledge or experience. Design+Implementation+Evaluation projects include:

  • Interactive and Networked Music - creating new kinds of musical interaction where multiple people create music at once e.g. new version of Daisyphone
  • Augmented Instruments - adding to existing musical instruments e.g. changing the way a guitar works
  • Cross-modal Interaction - using sound and haptics to represent information e.g. sonification of UML diagrams


In the old days I co-directed Optic Experience Design; it was a rather fine user experience consultancy.

I was Director for Admissions for EECS.


Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns, Reader in Interaction Design

Deputy Dean, Science and Engineering
Queen Mary, University of London


Wang, W., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Tie, J. (2016 in prep). Using Community Engagement to Drive Co-Creation in Rural China. International Journal of Design.

Morgan, E., Gunes, H., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2015). Using Affective and Behavioural Sensors to Explore Aspects of Collaborative Music Making. IIJHCS, 31-47. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2015.05.002

Metatla O., Martin F., Stockman T., & Bryan-Kinns N. (2014). Audio-haptic mockups, audio diaries and participatory prototyping: Designing with and for people living with visual impairments. CoDesign: International Journal of CoCreation in Design and the Arts.

Bengler, B., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2014). Polymetros. interactions 21(3), 12-13. DOI:10.1145/2590641

K. Sangtae, Kim, J., Lee, S., Petkov, I., Ronchi, G., Benghi, C., Bengler, B., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2014). Demo hour. interactions 21(2), 10-13. DOI:10.1145/2579050

Heitlinger, S., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2013). Understanding performative behaviour within content-rich Digital Live Art. Digital Creativity 24(2), pp. 111-118.

Murray-Browne T, Mainstone D, Bryan-Kinns N, & Plumbley MD. (2013). The serendiptichord: Reflections on the collaborative design process between artist and researcher. Leonardo 46(1), 86-87. DOI: doi:10.1162/LEON_a_00494

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2012). Mutual Engagement and Collocation with Shared Representations. International Journal of Human Computer Studies. DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.ijhcs.2012.02.004

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2012). Mutual Engagement in Social Music Making. LNICST 78, 260-266.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., and Stockman, T. (2012). Interactive Hierarchy-Based Auditory Displays for Accessing and Manipulating Relational Diagrams. Journal on Multimodal User Interfaces, Vol. 5, Issue 3 (2012), Page 111-122, Springer Berlin/ Heidelberg.

Metatla O., Bryan-Kinns N., & Stockman T. (2012). The Effects of Using Headphones and Speakers on Collaboration in an Audio-only Workspace. Journal of the Audio Engineering Society.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2011). Annotating Distributed Scores for Mutual Engagement in Daisyphone and Beyond. Leonardo Music Journal, Vol. 21.

Marshall, J., Airantzis, D., Angus, A., Bryan-Kinns, N., Fencott, R., Lane, G., Lesage, F., Martin, K., Roussos, G., Taylor, J., Warren, L., Woods, O. (2010). Sensory Threads. Leonardo 43(2), pp. 196-197.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Hamilton, F. (2009). Identifying Mutual Engagement. Behaviour & Information Technology. DOI: 10.1080/01449290903377103

Stowell, D., Robertson, A., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Plumbley, M. D. (2009). Evaluation of live human-computer music-making: quantitative and qualitative approaches. International Journal of Human - Computer Studies, 67, pp. 960-975.

Sheridan, J.G. & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2008). Designing for Performative Tangible Interaction. International Journal of Arts and Technology. Special Issue on Tangible and Embedded Interaction. ISSN 1754-8853.

Sheridan, J. G., Bayliss, A., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2007). The interior life of iPoi: objects that entice witting transitions in performative behaviour. International Journal of Performance and Digital Media, Vol. 3, No. 1, Intellect Press, pp. 17 - 37.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Broadbent, P. (2004). Anthropomorphizing mass communication. Interactions, Vol.11, No. 2, pp. 57-60.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2000). VCMF: A Framework for Video Content Modelling. Multimedia Tools and Applications, Vol. 10, No. 1, pp. 23-45.


Bryan-Kinns, N. (2014). Mutual Engagement in Digitally Mediated Public Art. In Interactive Experience in the Digital Age, Candy, L., & Ferguson, S. (Eds.), Springer.

Bengler, B., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2014). In the Wild: Evaluating Collaborative Interactive Musical Experiences in Public Settings. In Interactive Experience in the Digital Age, Candy, L., & Ferguson, S. (Eds.), Springer.

Fencott, R., and Bryan-Kinns, N. (2012). Computer Musicking: HCI, CSCW and Collaborative Digital Musical Interaction. In Music and Human-Computer Interaction, Springer Cultural Computing Series. Springer.

England, D., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (Eds.) (in prep). Special issue of International Journal of Arts and Technology on Whole Body Interaction: Applications, Case Studies, Evaluations and Critical Theory.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Edmonds, E. (Eds.) (2010). Special issue of CoDesign on Collaborative Creativity, Vol. 6, No. 4, Taylor & Francis.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Gross, M. D., Johnson, H., Ox, J., & Wakkary, R. (Eds.) (2009). Everyday Creativity. Proceedings of the seventh ACM conference on Creativity and cognition, ACM, New York.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Blandford, A., Curzon, P., & Nigay, L. (Eds.) (2006) People and Computers XX - Engage: Proceedings of HCI 2006, London, UK.

Bryan-Kinns, N. et al. (2001). Prototypes - Representations with Political Agenda. In: The Usability Business, Bawa, J., Dorazio, P., & Trenner, L. (Eds.), Springer.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2000). A Framework for Supporting Reuse in Hypermedia. In: Design and Management of Multimedia Information Systems: Opportunities and Challenges, Rahman, S. M. (Ed.).

Bryan-Kinns, N. J. (1998). A Framework for Modelling Video Content. Ph.D. Thesis, University of London.


Metatla, O., Correia, N. N., Martin, F., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Stockman, T. (2016). Tap the ShapeTones: Exploring the effects of crossmodal congruence in an audio-visual interface. In Proceedings of ACM SIG CHI 2016.

Mazzoni, A., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2015). How Does It Feel Like? An Exploratory Study of a Prototype System to Convey Emotion through Haptic Wearable Devices. In Proceedings of 7th International Conference on Intelligent Technologies for Interactive Entertainment. DOI: dx.doi.org/10.4108/icst.intetain.2015.259625

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., & Martin, F. (2015). Sonifications for Digital Audio Workstations: Reflections on a Participatory Design Approach. In Proceedings of ICAD 2015.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Wang, W. (2014). Meeting new global challenges in media arts and design: the development of a collaborative Sino-UK international inter-disciplinary education practice, International Journal of Art and Design Education Conference (IJADE), Liverpool, UK.

Bengler, B., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2013). Designing collaborative musical experiences for broad audiences. In Proceedings of the 9th ACM Conference on Creativity & Cognition (C&C ’13), ACM, New York, NY, USA, 234-242.

Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Jefferies, J. (2013). Sustainable HCI for grassroots urban food-growing communities. In Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI).

Morgan, E., Gunes, H., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2013). Measuring Affect for the Study and Enhancement of Co-Present Creative Collaboration. In Proceedings of Affective Computing and Intelligent Interaction (ACII'13), Geneva, Switzerland.

Meckin, D., & Bryan-Kinns N. (2013) moosikMasheens: Music, Motion and Narrative with Young People who have Complex Needs. In proceedings Interaction Design and Children, New York USA.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., & Stockman, T. (2012). Supporting Cross-Modal Collaboration in the Workplace. In Proceedings of HCI 2012, Birmingham, UK. Recipient of Honourable Mention.

Fencott, R., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2012). Audio Delivery and Territoriality in Collaborative Digital Musical Interaction. In Proceedings of HCI 2012, Birmingham, UK.

Barden, P., Comber, R., Green, D., Jackson, D., Ladha, C., Bartindale, T., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., & Olivier, P. (2012). Telematic Dinner Party: Designing for Togetherness through Play and Performance, In Proceedings of ACM DIS 2012, Newcastle, UK.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., & Martin, F. (2012). Cross-modal collaborative interaction between visually-impaired and sighted users in the workplace. To appear in Proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Auditory Display (ICAD2012). Georgia Institute of Technology, Atlanta, GA, USA.

T. Murray-Browne, D. Mainstone, N. Bryan-Kinns and M. D. Plumbley. (2011). The medium is the message: Composing instruments and performing mappings. In Proceedings of the International Conference on New Instruments for Musical Expression (NIME-11), Oslo, Norway, 2011.

Fencott, R., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2010) Hey Man, you're invading my Personal Space! Privacy and Awareness in Collaborative Music. In Proceedings of NIME 2010, Sydney, Australia.

Murray-Browne, T., Mainstone, D., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Plumbley, M. D. (2010). The Serendiptichord: A Wearable Instrument For Contemporary Dance Performance. In Proceedings of the 128th Audio Engineering Society Convention, May 22-25 2010, London, UK.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Airantzis, D., Angus, A., Fencott, R., Lane, G,, Lesage, F., Marshall, J., Martin, K., Roussos, G., Taylor, J., Warren, L., & Woods, O. (2009). Sensory Threads: Perceiving the Imperceptible. In Proceedings of 5th International Conference on Intelligent Environments (IE'09).

Thiebaut, J.-B., Healey, P. G. T., & Bryan Kinns, N. (2008). Drawing Electroacoustic Music. In Proceedings of International Computer Music Conference (ICMC), Belfast.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Stockman, T. (2008) Constructing Relational Diagrams in Audio: The Multiple Perspective Hierarchical Approach. In Proceedings of ASSETS2008, Halifax, Canada.

Stowell, D., Plumbley, M. D., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2008) Discourse analysis evaluation method for expressive musical interfaces. In Proceedings of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME'08), Genova, Italy.

Robertson, A., Plumbley, M. D., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2008) A Turing Test for B-Keeper: Evaluating an Interactive Real-Time Beat-Tracker. In Proceedings of New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME'08), Genova, Italy.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Healey, P. G. T. (2007). Exploring Mutual Engagement in Creative Collaborations. In Proceedings of Creativity and Cognition 2007, Washington, USA, pp. 223 - 232.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Healey, P. G. T., Papworth, D. & Vaduuva, A. (2007). Cues to Mutual Knowledge. In Proceedings of ECSCW 07 , Limmerick, 2007.

Sheridan, J., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Bayliss, A. (2007) Encouraging Witting Participation and Performance in Digital Live Art. In Proceedings of HCI 2007, Lancaster, UK.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Stockman, T. (2007) Using Hierarchies to Support Non-Visual Access to Relational Diagrams. In Proceedings of HCI2007, Lancaster UK.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Stockman, T. (2007) Auditory External Representation: Exploring and Evaluating the Design and Learnability of an Auditory UML Diagram. In Proceedings of ICAD2007, Montreal Canada.

Nabavian, S., Bryan-Kinns, N. (2006). Analysing Group Creativity: A Distributed Cognitive Study of Joint Music Composition. In Proceedings of Cognitive Science, pp. 1856-1861.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Healey, P. G. T. (2006). Decay in Collaborative Music Making. In Proceedings of NIME 2006, Paris, France, pp. 114-117.

Healey, P. G. T., Leach, J., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2005). Inter-Play: Understanding Group Music Improvisation as a Form of Everyday Interaction. In Proceedings of Less is More — Simple Computing in an Age of Complexity, Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2004). Daisyphone: The Design and Impact of a Novel Environment for Remote Group Music Improvisation. In Proceedings of DIS 2004, Boston, USA, pp. 135-144.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Hamilton, F. (2002). One for all and all for one? Case studies of prototypes in commercial projects. In Proceedings of NordiCHI 2002.

Blandford, A., Stelmaszewska, H. & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2001) Use of multiple digital libraries: a case study. In Proceedings JCDL 2001. 179-188. ACM Press.

Healey, P., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2000). Analysing Asynchronous Collaboration. In proceedings of HCI 2000, Sunderland, UK, pp. 239-245.

Kindberg, T., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Makwana, R. (1999). Supporting the Shared Care of Diabetic Patients. Proceedings of ACM GROUP '99.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (1998). Modelling Video in Hypermedia. In Proceedings of Euromedia 98, Leicester, England, 1998.


Wang, W., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Yang, Q. (2015). The Design Space and the Shifting Trigger in Wearable Product Development. In Proceedings of International Design Congress 2015, Korea.

Bengler, B., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2015). “I could play here for hours..” (thinks the visitor and leaves): Why People Disengage from Public Interactives. In Proceedings of ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015.

MacDonald, S. & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2015). Nature Bot: Experiencing Nature in the Built Environment. In Proceedings of ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015.

Morgan, E., Gunes, H., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2015). The LuminUs: Providing Musicians with Visual Feedback on the Gaze and Body Motion of their Co-Performers. In Proceedings of INTERACT 2015.

Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Jefferies, J. (2014). The Talking Plants: an Interactive System for Grassroots Urban Food-Growing Communities. In Proceedings of CHI’14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems.

Williams K., Meckin, D., Stockman, T., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2012) Embedded Research in the Design of Interactive Technologies for Children with Special Educational Needs: An Account of Research in Progress. In Proceedings of HCI 2012 The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction Birmingham, UK.

Meckin, D., Mainstone, D., Shed, R., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2012) The Whimsichord: a Wearable Interactive Sonic Installation. In proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems Newcastle UK.

Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., O'Flanagan, O., and Couzyn, T. (2012). The Talking Quilt: Augmenting Domestic Objects for Communal Meaning-Making. In Proceedings of EVA London 2012. London, UK.

Heitlinger, S., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., O'Flanagan, O., and Couzyn, T. (2012). The Talking Quilt: Augmenting Domestic Objects for Communal Meaning-Making. In Proceedings of DIS 2012. Newcastle, UK.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., Martin, F. (2012). A Cross-Modal Collaborative Tool for Workplace Inclusion. In Proceedings of the ACM conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS2012), Newcastle, UK.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., Martin, F. (2011). Designing for Collaborative Cross-modal Interaction. In Proceedings of Digital Engagement 2011 the 2nd RCUK Digital Economy All Hands Meeting, Newcastle, UK.

Sheridan, J.G., Marshall, J., Bryan-Kinns, N., Lane, G., & Reeves, S. (2011). Graffito: Crowd-based performative interaction at festivals. In Proceedings of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 1129-1134.

England, D., Bryan-Kinns, N., Edmonds, E., Wright, P., Sheridan, J.G., Twidale, M., Pobiner, S., & Diana, C. (2011). Digital arts and interaction. In Proceedings of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 609-612.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Fencott, R., Metatla, O., Nabavian, S., Sheridan, J.G. (2010). Interactional Sound: Listening to CSCW, Sonification, and Sound Art. In Proceedings of NIME: New Interfaces for Musical Expression++, Sydney, Australia, 2010.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Stockman, T., Metatla, O. (2010). Collaborative Cross-Modal Interfaces. To appear in the Proceedings of Digital Futures 2010 Research Councils UK Digital Economy All Hands Meeting, Nottingham, UK.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Airantzis, D., Angus, A., Fencott, R., Lane, G., Lesage, F., Marshall, J., Martin, K., Roussos, G., Taylor, J., Warren, L., and Woods, O. (2009). Sensory Threads - Collective Sensory Augmentation. Key Issues in Sensory Augmentation Workshop, 26-27 March, University of Sussex.

Martin, K., Marshal, J., Fencott, R., Airantzis, D., Taylor, J., Lesage, F., Lane, G., Bryan-Kinns, N., Warren, L., and Roussos, G. (2009). Sensory Threads, Ubiquitous Computing at a Crossroads: Art, Science, Politics and Design, January 6-7, Imperial College, London, UK. (presentation)

Fencott, R., and Bryan-Kinns, N. (2009). Sensory Threads: Sonifying imperceptible phenomena in the Wild. In Proceedings of 6th Sound and Music Computing Conference, Porto, Portugal, 2009.

Warren, L., Fuller, T., Lesage, F., Lane, G., Bryan-Kinns N., and Roussos, G. (2009). Ephemeral emergents and anticipation in online connected creativity, WebSci09: Society On-Line, March 18-20, Athens, Greece.

Sheridan, J. G., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Lloyd, T. (2008). (re)Actor3: the Third International Conference on Digital Live Art, Interfaces, Vol. 77, pp. 18-20.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Stockman, T. (2008). Comparing Interaction Strategies for Constructing Relational Diagrams in an Audio-Only Interface. In proceedings of HCI2008, Liverpool, UK.

Thiebaut, J.-B., Abdallah, S., Robertson, A., Bryan-Kinns, N., and M. D. Plumbley. (2008) Real time gesture learning and recognition: Towards automatic categorization. In Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression (NIME '08), 215-217, Genova, Italy, 5-7 June 2008.

Sheridan, J., Bayliss, A., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2006). iPoi: acceleration as a medium for digital live art. In Proceedings of UbiComp 2006, Los Angeles, California, USA.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Healey, P. G. T., Leach, J., & Brooker, A. (2006). Mutual Engagement in Collaboration. Presented at About-Face Workshop, CHI 2006, Montreal, Canada.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Stockman, T. (2006). A Model for Structuring UML Class Diagrams to Support Non-Visual Interpretation and Navigation. Proceedings of HCI 2006, Volume 2, London UK.

Metatla, O., Bryan-Kinns, N., & Stockman, T. (2006). Diagrams As Sonified Trees: The Design and Implementation of Auditory UML. Proceedings of the 1st Workshop on Haptic and Audio Interaction Design, Vol. 2, 31st August - 1st September 2006, University of Glasgow.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Healey, P. G. T., & Lee, J. (2005). Persistence in web based collaborations. In Proc. of International World Wide Web Conference 2005, Chiba, Japan.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2004). Mobile group music improvisation. In Proceedings of Engagability and Design 2004, Birmingham, UK.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Healey, P. G. T. (2004). Daisyphone: Support for Remote Music Collaboration. In Proceedings of NIME 2004, Hamamatsu, Japan, pp. 27-30.

Broadbent, P., Bryan-Kinns, N., Chong, M., Cooper, A., Hurst, M., Lewis, N., Light, A., Macdonald, N., Reed, D., Roibas, A. C., Rollestone, G., Sala, R., Skrebowski, L., Weitzman, L., Wood, L., & Zolli, A. (2003). The Evolution of Mass Communication in the Interactive World. In Proceedings of HCI 2003, Vol. 2.

Brooker, A., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2003). Computer based support for learning facial expressions. In Proceedings of HCI 2003, Vol. 2.

Blandford, A., Thimbleby, H., & Bryan-Kinns, N. (2003). Understanding Interaction Traps. In Proceedings of HCI 2003, Vol. 2.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Broadbent, P. (2003). Anthropomorphizing Mass Communication. In Supplementary Proceedings of CHI 2003 (Development Consortium).

Bryan-Kinns, N., Healey, P., Thirlwell, M., & Leach, J. (2003a). Designing for Group Creativity. In Supplementary Proceedings of HCI International 2003.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Healey, P., & Thirlwell, M., (2003b). Gudar – A Novel Group Music Instrument. In Supplementary Proceedings of INTERACT 2003.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Healey, P., & Thirlwell, M., (2003c). Graphical Representation for Musical Improvisation. In Proceedings of 2nd International Workshop on Interactive Graphical Communication 2003.

Bryan-Kinns, N., Blandford, A., & Thimbleby, H. (2000). Interaction Modelling for Digital Libraries. One-day workshop on Evaluation of Information Management Systems, QMW.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (1999). Family Resemblance for Hypermedia Authoring. Technical report #760, Queen Mary & Westfield College, University of London.


Bryan-Kinns, N. (2004). Striking a Collaborative Chord. Interfaces, No. 61, pp. 19-20.

Bryan-Kinns, N., and Hamilton, F. (2003). Conference Report: NordiCHI 2002 - Notes from a small city. Interfaces, No. 54, pp. 8-10.


Bryan-Kinns, N. (2004). Report: The "No One Opens Attachments Anymore" Paradigm UsabilityNews 25 November 2004.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2004). Feature: Striking a Collaborative Chord UsabilityNews 29 July 2004.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2004). Review: Legislation, Death and Music in the Blogs UsabilityNews 26 May 2004.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2004). Review: Rounding up the Commentators UsabilityNews 23 February 2004.

Bryan-Kinns, N. (2003). New Legal Requirements for Websites have Usability Implications. UsabilityNews 13 February 2003.

Bryan-Kinns, N., & Hamilton, F. (2003). Travels in Jutland with an Academic - Review of NordiCHI 2002. UsabilityNews 27 January 2003.

Supervision & Students

Dr. Nick Bryan-Kinns, Reader in Interaction Design

Deputy Dean, Science and Engineering
Queen Mary, University of London


Sophie McDonald
Astrid Bin
Katja Knecht
Haojing Dao
Benedikt Bengler
Antonella Mazzoni
Feng Feng
Chris Jack
Alessia Milo
Evan Morgan
Daniel Arellano


I have examined PhD candidates at: University of London (three), University of Technology Sydney (two), University of Sussex, University of Cambridge, University of Helsinki


Sara Heitlinger

Talking Plants and a Bug Hotel: Participatory Design of ludic encounters with an urban farming community

Ben Bengler

Let’s Walk Up and Play! Design and Evaluation of Collaborative Interactive Musical Experiences for Public Settings

David Meckin

Context and Constraint: Designing Novel Technologies for Group Music Making by Young People Who Have Complex Needs

Robin Gareth Whiteley Fencott

Multi-person musicking

Tim Peter Erastus Murray-Browne

Evaluating interactive audio experiences

2nd Supervisor
Dan Stowell
2nd Supervisor
Jean-Baptiste Thiebaut
2nd Supervisor
Andrew Robertson
2nd Supervisor
Centre for Digital Music
School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science
Queen Mary, University of London,
Mile End, London
E1 4NS
United Kingdom

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