Dr Paula Forbes

Post Doctoral Researcher

School School of Applied Sciences

Department Division of Engineering and Food Sciences

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+44 (0)1382 30 8633

Biography

Cross-Disciplinary Researcher working in the School of Design and Informatics. 

Currently working on the Stepping Up project steppingupnexus.org.uk.  Stepping Up is a 3-year, EPSRC funded collaboration between sustainability researchers at universities and research institutes across the UK. The project aims to explore the potential opportunities of innovations the WEF Nexus, and understand the implications and challenges of achieving transformational change at different scales. My role in the project is do carry out User Research and to develop a Decision Support Tool to support the decision making process for sustainable innovation. 

Previously worked on the EU Horizon 2020 STEP project www.step4youth.eu which promoted the societal and political participation of young people in the decision-making process on environmental issues. The project developed and piloted a cloud eParticipation SaaS platform, enhanced with web / social media mining, gamification, machine translation, and visualisation features. 5 different pilots across 4 countries (Spain, Italy, Greece & Turkey) were involved in the project.  My role in the project was carrying out the User Research, identifying the requirements and Youth Motivation strategies required and also evaluating the platform. 

I am interested in Human Computer Interaction & improving technology for everybody. I have a  background  in the Life Sciences and Computing my PhD looked at how climate change would influence biogeochemical nutrient cycling.  I managed to combine my interest in Life Science and HCI by working on a project to improve Life Science Data visualisation.  This Usable Image project was part of the very successful Open Microscopy Environment ( www.openmicroscopy.org)  run between the  U.S. & UK ( Life Science Dept at University of Dundee).

Other HCI projects I have worked on include:

  • Inclusive Digital Economy Network - a UK wide knowledge exchange network looking at ensuring older people and those with disabilities are included in the DIgital Economy
  • Sus-IT - a collaborative project with Loughborough University, which was looking at sustaining independence and IT use for older people. 
  • SuperHub -  another EU project (FP7)  developing an integrated and eco-efficient use of multi-modal mobility systems in an urban setting (ie. encouraging people to use environmentally friendly transport in cities). 
  • My Diabetes My Way Communication Platform  (Project Co-ordinator) - A Scotland wide collaboration developing a communication platform to support people with diabetes and enable them to communicate with Health Care Professionals remotely. 

Not currently teaching at Abertay. 

I have previously taught Human Computer Interaction to year 3 students at the University of Dundee

2018

Creating personas for political and social consciousness in HCI design

Wilson, A. ., De Paoli, S., Forbes, P. & Sachy, M. (2018) Creating personas for political and social consciousness in HCI design. . . p. 25-46. .
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2017

The step project

Vogiatzi, M., Keratidis, C., Schinas, M., Diplaris, S., Yümlü, S., Forbes, P., Papadopoulos, S., Syropoulou, P., Apostolidis, L., Kompatsiaris, I. & Symeonidou, M. (2017) The step project. In: Internet science: INSCI 2017. Lecture Notes in Computer Science. Kompatsiaris, I. (ed.), Cave, J. (ed.), Satsiou, A. (ed.), Carle, G. (ed.), Passani, A. (ed.), Kontopoulos, E. (ed.), Diplaris, S. (ed.), McMilan, D. (ed.). 1 ed., p. 148-156. Cham: Springer.
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The ABCD of usability testing

Forbes, P., De Paoli, S. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2017) The ABCD of usability testing. In: Proceedings of the 31st International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2017). Hall, L. (ed.), Flint, T. (ed.), O'Hara, S. (ed.), Turner, P. (ed.). . BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
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2016

‘Probing with the prototype’

Forbes, P. & De Paoli, S. (2016) ‘Probing with the prototype’. In: Electronic Government and Electronic Participation: Joint Proceedings of IFIP EGOV and ePart. Hans Jochen, S. (ed.), Glassey, O. (ed.), Janssen, M. (ed.), Klievink, B. (ed.), Lindgren, I. (ed.), Parycek, P. (ed.), Tambouris, E. (ed.), Wimmer, M. (ed.), Janowsk, T. (ed.), Sá Soares, D. (ed.). p. 11-22. .
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2015

mHealth applications for diabetes

Conway, N., Campbell, I., Forbes, P., Cunningham, S. & Wake, D. (2015) mHealth applications for diabetes. . . p. 1111-1120. .
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2014

Design challenges in motivating change for sustainable urban mobility

Gabrielli, S., Forbes, P., Jylha, A., Wells, S., Sirén, M., Hemminki, S., Nurmi, P., Maimone, R., Masthoff, J. & Jacucci, G. (2014) Design challenges in motivating change for sustainable urban mobility. . . p. 416-423. .
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Towards an applied gamification model for tracking, managing, & encouraging sustainable travel behaviours

Wells, S., Kotkanen, H., Schlafli, M., Gabrielli, S., Masthoff, J., Jyllha, A. & Forbes, P. (2014) Towards an applied gamification model for tracking, managing, & encouraging sustainable travel behaviours. . . .
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2013

SUPERHUB

Wells, S., Forbes, P., Masthoff, J., Gabrielli, S. & Jyllha, A. (2013) SUPERHUB. In: Proceedings of the 27th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference. Hone, K. (ed.), Love, S. (ed.), McEwan, T. (ed.). Swindon: BCS Learning & Development Ltd..
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Older people becoming successful ICT learners over time

Sayago, S., Forbes, P. & Blat, J. (2013) Older people becoming successful ICT learners over time. . . p. 527-544. .
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Designing motivational features for sustainable urban mobility

Gabrielli, S., Maimone, R., Forbes, P., Masthoff, J., Wells, S., Primerano, L., Haverinen, L., Bo, G. & Pompa, M. (2013) Designing motivational features for sustainable urban mobility. In: CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Baudisch, P. (ed.), Beaudouin-Lafon, M. (ed.), Mackay, W. (ed.). p. 1461-1466. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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2012

Older people's social sharing practices in YouTube through an ethnographical lens

Sayago, S., Forbes, P. & Blat, J. (2012) Older people's social sharing practices in YouTube through an ethnographical lens. In: Proceedings of the 26th Annual BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference on People and Computers. . p. 185-194. Swindon: BCS Learning & Development Ltd..
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SUPERHUB

Forbes, P. J. ., Wells, S., Masthoff, J. & Nguyen, H. (2012) SUPERHUB. In: Proceedings of HCI 2012: The 26th BCS Conference on Human Computer Interaction. . . BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
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2010

Designing social networking sites for older adults

Gibson, L., Moncur, W., Forbes, P., Arnott, J., Martin, C. . & Bhachu, A. S. (2010) Designing social networking sites for older adults. In: Proceedings of the 24th BCS Interaction Specialist Group Conference. McEwan, T. (ed.), McKinnon, L. (ed.). p. 186-194. Swindon: BCS Learning & Development Ltd..
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What can the 'ash cloud' tell us about older adults' technology adoption?

Gibson, L., Forbes, P. & Hanson, V. (2010) What can the 'ash cloud' tell us about older adults' technology adoption?. In: ASSETS'10 - Proceedings of the 12th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Barreto, A. (ed.). p. 301-302. . Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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Experiences with professional theatre for awareness raising

Newell, A., Morgan, M., Gibson, L. & Forbes, P. J. . (2010) Experiences with professional theatre for awareness raising. . . p. 594-603. .
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2009

User research in a scientific software development project

Sloan, D., MacAulay, C., Forbes, P., Loynton, S. & Gregor, P. (2009) User research in a scientific software development project. In: People and Computers XXIII Celebrating People and Technology - Proceedings of HCI 2009. Blackwell, A. (ed.). p. 423-429. . BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
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Dundee user centre

Forbes, P., Gibson, L., Hanson, V. L., Gregor, P. & Newell, A. F. (2009) Dundee user centre. In: Proceedings of the 11th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers and accessibility. . p. 231-232. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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2008

Usability and user-centered design in scientific software development

Macaulay, C., Sloan, D., Jiang, X., Forbes, P., Loynton, S., Swedlow, J. R. & Gregor, P. (2008) Usability and user-centered design in scientific software development. . . p. 96-102. .
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2002

The influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization and environment on root development in soil

Atkinson, D. ., Black, K. ., Forbes, P. J. ., Hooker, J. ., Baddeley, J. & Watson, C. (2002) The influence of arbuscular mycorrhizal colonization and environment on root development in soil. . . p. 751-757. .
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1997

Transformation of the arbuscular mycorrhiza Gigaspora rosea by particle bombardment

Forbes, P. J. ., Millam, S., Hooker, J. . & Harrier, L. (1997) Transformation of the arbuscular mycorrhiza Gigaspora rosea by particle bombardment. . . p. 497-501. .
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1996

Temperature-induced alteration to root longevity in Lolium perenne

Forbes, P. J. ., Black, K. . & Hooker, J. . (1996) Temperature-induced alteration to root longevity in Lolium perenne. . . p. 87-90. .
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The impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and temperature on root system development

Forbes, P. J. ., Ellison, C. & Hooker, J. (1996) The impact of arbuscular mycorrhizal fungi and temperature on root system development. . . p. 617-620. .
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Funding

Current STEP project  has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 649493

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