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Helen Petrie

I was the 2011-2012 Lise Meitner Professor at Certec [link: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lise_Meitner]. I have a BA (Hons) in Psychology from the University of Melbourne in Australia, an MSc in Information Technology from Queen Mary College London, and a PhD in Cognitive and Experimental Psychology from University College London.

For the past two decades I have been researching the design and evaluation of technologies for people with disabilities and older people. I have been involved in many EU-supported and national research projects, as well as projects for government and industry. I have particularly worked on new technologies for people with visual disabilities. I am also interested in methods in human-computer interaction and in the design and evaluation of systems for interacting with digital cultural heritage.

I am currently involved in the following projects and networks:

  • I2Web [link: http://i2web.eu/index.html], which is investigating ways of making Web2.0 applications more accessible to people with disabilities and older people
  • eAccess+ Network, [link: http://www.eaccessplus.eu] which is promoting eAccessibility throughout Europe and beyond
  • ChartEx [link: www.chartex.org], which is developing ways for historians to easily find information about places, people and associated events and work with such information; it is using natural language processing (NLP) and data mining to automatically extract relevant information and find new and potentially interesting links between information.  I am particularly working on the “virtual workbench” which will allow historians to interact with the information

I am also Professor of Human-Computer Interaction [link: http://www-users.cs.york.ac.uk/~petrie/] at the University of York, UK.

Recent publications

Petrie, H. and Power, C. (2012). What do users really care about?: a comparison of usability problems found by users and experts on highly interactive websites. Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2012). New York: ACM Press.
 
Power, C., Freire, A., Petrie, H. and Swallow, D. (2012). Guidelines are only half the story: accessibility problems encountered by blind users on the web. Proceedings of the 30th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing (CHI 2012). New York: ACM Press.

Othman, K., Petrie, H. and Power, C. (2011). Engaging visitors in museums with technology: scales for the measurement of visitor and multimedia guide experience. INTERACT'11: Proceedings of the 13th IFIP TC 13 international conference on Human-computer interaction - Volume Part IV.

Petrie, H., Power, C., Cairns, P. and Seneler, C. (2011).  Using card sorts for understanding website information architectures: technological, methodological and cultural issue. INTERACT '11: Proceedings of the 13th IFIP TC 13 international conference on Human-computer interaction - Volume Part IV.

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Helen Petrie
Guest Professor (Lise Meitner)
Human-computer interaction

Tel: +44 771 218 9040

Areas of interest
Design and evaluation of technology for disabled and older people; technology for people with visual disabilities; human computer interaction; digital cultural heritage.