Profile

Michael Crabb
Title: Dr
First Name: Michael
Surname: Crabb
Position: Lecturer
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262783
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ORCID: ORCID Icon http://orcid.org/0000-0002-9563-0691

Duties and Responsibilities

Involved in teaching teams on the following modules:

Semester 1

  • CM1101 – Computer Information Systems (Module Leader)
  • CM4112 – Advanced Multimedia Development (Semester 1 Lead)

  

Semester 2

  • CM4025 – Enterprise Web Development (Module Leader)
  • CM3120 – Perception and Visualisation (Module Leader)

 Other Teaching Responsibilities

  • CMS004 – Access to Java
  • CM4018 – Honours Project (Supervisor)
  • CMM013 – Masters Project (Supervisor)

Research Interests

My research interests are firmly based in the discipline of Human-Computer Interaction. In particular, I am interested in how accessible technology can be created with a view of improving the user experience attached to their usage. My main attraction to this area is related to how we can collect information regarding individuals in order to tailor technology to their needs based on what they can do; adopting an ability-based design approach.

Interests

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • User Experience
  • Ability Based Design
  • User Testing
  • Applied HCI Research

Professional Memberships

  • The Association for Computer Machinery
  • The ACM Special Interest Group in Accessible Computing
  • The ACM Special Interest Group on Human Computer Interaction

External / Professional Roles

  • Conference Co-Chair – The 4th SICSA HCI All Hands Meeting, July 2014, Dundee, Scotland.
  • Website Chair - Digital Engagement 2011 - The 2nd Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference, Newcastle, UK, November 15 – 17, 2011.
  • Peer Reviewer – The ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. CHI’14 (Short Papers), CHI’15 (Full Papers, Short Papers, WiP, alt.chi)
  • Peer Reviewer – The ACM TVX Conference on Interactive Television Experiences. TVX’14 (Courses).
  • Peer Reviewer – The ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. CSCW’14 (WiP).
  • Peer Reviewer – The International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces. IUI’15 (Posters, Demos).

Publications

Full Conference Papers:

C1.  Crabb M., Jones, R. Armstrong, M. Hughes, C. J. Online News Videos: The UX of Subtitle Position. In ASSETS15 Proceedings of the 17th International ACMSIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. (Acceptance Rate 23%)

C2.  Armstrong, M. Brown, A. Crabb, M. Hughes, C. Jones, R, Sandford. J. Understanding the Diverse Needs of Subtitle Users in a Rapidly Evolving Media Landscape. In IBC2015 Proceedings of the 2015 IBC Conference.

C3.  Brown, A. Jones, R. Crabb, M. Sandford, J. Brooks, M. Jay, C. Armstrong, M. Dynamic Subtitles: the User Experience.  In TVX15 Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video. (Acceptance Rate: 24%)

C4.  Hughes, C. J, Armstrong, M. Jones, R. Crabb, M. Responsive Design for Personalised Subtitled. In W4A15 Proceedings of the 12th Web for All Conference. (Acceptance Rate: 34%)

C5.  Menzies, R. Crabb, M. Herron, D. Petrie, K. Stewart, C. Zarb, M. An Analysis of User Engagement in Relation to Computing Workshop Activities . In SIGCSE ’15 Proceedings of the 46th Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. (Acceptance Rate: 36%)

C6.  Crabb, M. Hanson, V.L. The Use of Age, Technology Usage, and Cognitive Characteristics in Relation to Perceived Disorientation and Reported Website Ease of Use. In ASSETS’14 Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. (Acceptance Rate: 26%)

Extended Abstracts/Posters:

E1.  Crabb, M. Jones, R. Armstrong, A. The Development of a Framework for Understanding the UX of Subtitles. In ASSETS15 Proceedings of the 17th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility.

E2.  Crabb, M. Hanson, V.L Breaking the ‘age’ old rule: Alternative metrics in user research Digital Economy 2014, Fifth Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference, London.

E3.  Crabb, M. The Use of Age, Technology Usage, and Cognitive Characteristics in Relation to User Perceived Disorientation. In ACM Student Research Competition – Grand Final 2014. (Invited after winning ACM CHI Student Research Competition in 2013)

E4. Crabb, M. 2013. Human Cognitive Measurement As A Metric Within Usability Studies. In CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '13). Paris. 

Other Publications:

O1. Crabb, M. Rhianne, J. Armstrong, M. Hughes, C. Responsive Design for Personalised Subtitles. BBC White Paper – WHP295 July 2015.

O2. Crabb, M, 2012. Understanding Older Adults’ Search Habits. BCSHCI The 26th Annual British Human Computer Interaction Conference 2012 – Doctoral Consortium

O3. Crabb, M, Hanson, V. L., and Cobley, A. 2012. Cognitive Usability: Using Human Factors to Influence Future Online Usability Requirements. Digital Futures 2012, Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference, Aberdeen.

O4. Crabb, M, Hanson, V.L., and Cobley, A. 2012. Aiding Data Gathering in Web Usability Studies Digital Futures 2012, Third Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference, Aberdeen University.

O1. Crabb, M, Hanson, V.L., and Cobley, A. 2011. Understanding Older Adults Search Habits - A Pilot Study. Digital Futures 2012, Second Annual Digital Economy All Hands Conference, Newcastle.

Key Research Outputs

Publications

  1. Crabb M., Jones, R. Armstrong, M. Hughes, C. J. Online News Videos: The UX of Subtitle Position. In ASSETS15 Proceedings of the 17th International ACMSIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. (Acceptance Rate 23%)
  2. Brown, A. Jones, R. Crabb, M. Sandford, J. Brooks, M. Jay, C. Armstrong, M. Dynamic Subtitles: the User Experience.  In TVX15 Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International conference on Interactive Experiences for Television and Online Video. (Acceptance Rate: 24%)
  3. Menzies, R. Crabb, M. Herron, D. Petrie, K. Stewart, C. Zarb, M. An Analysis of User Engagement in Relation to Computing Workshop Activities . In SIGCSE ’15 Proceedings of the 46th Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education. (Acceptance Rate: 36%)
  4. Crabb, M. Hanson, V.L. The Use of Age, Technology Usage, and Cognitive Characteristics in Relation to Perceived Disorientation and Reported Website Ease of Use. In ASSETS’14 Proceedings of the 16th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. (Acceptance Rate: 26%)

Case Study – Subtitle Research in Collaboration with BBC R&D

Around 10% of television viewers in the UK use subtitles on a daily basis. They help many people enjoy television where they cannot have sound turned on, as well as being an access service for people with hearing difficulties or language issues.  This work, in collaboration with BBC R&D, looks at the future of subtitle services [C2].

The overarching theme of this work is to look at how subtitles can be adapted to take full advantage of the various devices that are used to access media while also taking into consideration the differences that exist between individuals that interact with this media. An initial exercise in this work was to examine the actual delivery of subtitles themselves, and to create a new method of delivery that would allow for advanced adaptations to occur [C4, O1].  Following this it is then possible to look at adaptations based on the context of the media being viewed. For example the positioning of subtitles as not to not obscure important information in a news broadcast [C1], or to increase immersion in drama programming [C3].

This work is on going with additional research projects planned for the future.