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Nick Dalton is a passionate educator and researcher who joined Northumbria University in 2016. Prior to this, he made significant contributions to the field of computing, having taught at prestigious institutions like UCL (University College London) and The Open University. Throughout his career, Nick has engaged with students at all levels, from beginners on foundation courses to those pursuing degrees, Masters, and even PhD studies. One of his greatest strengths lies in his dedication to supporting students with neurodivergent abilities, including Dyslexia, Autism spectrum, and Deafness. He is known for his advocacy of Neurodiversity and has written extensively on the topic.

Nick's journey into the world of computing began in 1987 when he started programming his first Mac, and since then, he has been captivated by Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Embracing the challenges it offers, Nick firmly believes that HCI is the most difficult and stimulating aspect of software in the entire field of computer science.

His research interests lie in the intersection of architecture and human-computer interaction, particularly in areas such as Space Syntax in theoretical architecture. Presently, Nick is focused on exploring very large-scale user interfaces, which encompass any interface larger than a person. Examples of this research include public displays, digital wine shops, information sculptures, Virtual Reality setups, and table-sized multitouch group interactions. He is a founding member of NORSC (Northumbria social computing), demonstrating his commitment to fostering collaboration and innovation in the research community.

One of Nick's current research projects revolves around the use of body movements at standing desks to encourage better user interaction and combat obesogenic environments in the workplace, reflecting his dedication to promoting healthier and more productive workspaces.

Additionally, Nick is actively involved in PhD supervision, with ongoing work cantered on reconceptualising device user interfaces for people with diabetes. He always welcomes suggestions for PhD topics related to his expertise in large-scale user interfaces.

Outside of academia, Nick's creative spirit finds expression in writing iPhone and AppleWatch apps. Furthermore, he indulges in his love for Science Fiction writing, where he shares his imaginative stories on Wattpad.

You can keep up with Nick's latest endeavours and insights by reading his articles on The Conversation, where he enthusiastically communicates his joy for all things Digital to students and the wider public.

Areas of Expertise
  1. Human computer interaction 
    1. vivacious interaction 
  2. Neurodiversity
  3. Space syntax 
  4. Architecture and Computing 
  5. Computing pedagogy
    1. Diversity in computing 

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

Education/Academic qualification

Engineering, PhD

30 Jun 201031 Dec 2099

Award Date: 30 Jun 2010


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