Michael Wright

I am a researcher in Human Computer Interaction with a particular interest in understanding the user experience of interaction across devices, application and contexts.

My PhD research focused on understanding how to support user interaction across different devices and applications with freehand gestures. This is a particularly interesting challenge as unlike traditional point-and-click interfaces, gestural interfaces typically provide the user with different freehand gestures for different tasks. Therefore, one of the challenges for users, and designers, is the need to support the learning of potentially large sets of freehand gestures. Furthermore, it is often unclear whether freehand gestures, learnt to interact with a particular device or application, can then be used to perform analogous interactions with different devices and applications in different contexts.

I am currently a Teaching Fellow and researcher in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath, UK.

Prior to my PhD I worked as an Research Associate at the Mixed Reality Laboratory (MRL) and a Research Fellow at the Learning Science Research Institute (LSRI) both at the University of Nottingham. At the MRL I worked on creating visualisations the authoring and orchestration of pervasive games such as Day of the Figurines, Love City and Prof. Tanda. At the LSRI I worked on the Personal Inquiry Project which explored how both pedagogy and technology could be employed to aid the teaching of inquiry science.

My other interests include playing the guitar, handball, sign language (BSL) and SCUBA diving. I play as a pivot for the University of Bath Handball Team in the England Handball South West Development League. I have a Level 1 Certificate in British Sign Language. I am a qualified Open Water SCUBA diver. I am also learning Modern Greek and am interested in Greek culture and history.


My Academia.edu and ResearchGate page has information about my publications. I am also on LinkedIn.