Per Ola Kristensson

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Photograph of Per Ola Kristensson (June 27, 2013).
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Hi! I am a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at the University of St Andrews. I am interested in interdisciplinary research intersecting the human-computer interaction (HCI) and the AI and machine learning fields. This includes gesture and touchscreen interaction, crowdsourcing, social signal processing, intelligent software design tools, and interfaces that visualise machine learning and other uncertain reasoning methods. I also have a long standing interest in text entry research, in particular gesture keyboards (commercialised as ShapeWriter/T9 Trace/Flext9 and Swype), speech recognition, and text entry for users with motor impairments.

A more detailed bio is available below.

I lead the Intelligent Interactive Systems Group at the University of St Andrews, which currently consists of the following people:

We are part of St Andrews HCI: SACHI.

Prospective PhD students: Intersted in doing research in human-computer interaction? Click here for information on doing a PhD supervised by me at St Andrews.

I have two overall research goals:

  1. To create interactive systems that enable people to be more creative, expressive and satisfied in their daily lives.
  2. To empirically contribute to our understanding of how users best interact with interfaces that are based on machine learning and other uncertain reasoning methods.

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The best way to reach me is via email:

   kristensson @ acm.org

Alternatively you can write to me at:

   Dr Per Ola Kristensson
   School of Computer Science
   Jack Cole Building
   North Haugh
   St Andrews KY16 9SX
   United Kingdom

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Per Ola Kristensson is a Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction at the University of St Andrews. He is interested in creating intelligent interactive systems that enable people to be more creative, expressive and satisfied in their daily lives. In particular, his research focuses on text entry interfaces and other interaction techniques. His research on new keyboard technologies, mobile speech recognition interfaces, crowdsourcing methodologies for langauge modelling and gaze-tracking multi-display systems has been covered by international news media, including BBC, New Scientist, The Economist, MIT Technology Review, The Guardian and many others. His PhD thesis was on gesture keyboard technology for touchscreens and in 2007 he co-founded ShapeWriter, Inc. to commercialise this technology. He was the Director of Engineering of this company until it was acquired by Nuance Communications in 2010. ShapeWriter was selected as the 8th best iPhone application by Time magazine in 2008 and won a Google Android ADC50 developer award the same year. He did his doctoral work at the Institute of Technology at Linköping University, Sweden and at IBM Almaden Research Center in San Jose, California, USA (Ph.D. Computer Science 2007). In 2008-2011 he was a Junior Research Fellow at the University of Cambridge (Darwin College). He is an Honorary Associate Professor (Docent) in Computer and Systems Science at Stockholm University, Sweden. In 2013 he was recognised as an Innovator Under 35 (TR35) by MIT Technology Review and appointed a Member of the Royal Society of Edinburgh Young Academy of Scotland. In 2014 he won the Royal Society of Edinburgh Early Career Prize in Physical Sciences, the Sir Thomas Makdougall Brisbane Medal.

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