Dr Suzanne Prior

Lecturer

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cyber Security

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8692

Biography

I am a lecturer within the Divison of Cybersecurity with a focus on introductory programming, software development processes and HCI.

My background is in HCI and previous research has focused on accessibility and user centred design. My current research interests surround usability challenges involved in cyber security in particular the suitability of different authentication methods for children. I am exploring how best to introduce passwords to children and how to embed good cyber security habits in them from a young age. 

In addition I maintain an interest in the boundaries between a user's virtual and physical life and how they can protect their identity while engaging in online communities. 

CMP 104 - Programming with C++

The aim of this module is to provide students with the ability to develop simple programs in C++ that illustrate fundamental programming concepts.

CMP 104 - Programming with C++

The aim of this module is to provide students with the ability to developtheir skills in problem solving and to being to work towards more complex software programs.

CMP 311/308 - Team Project

(Program Specialist)

The aim of this Module is to provide the student with : the opportunity to develop a software product or technical solution by applying design, development and evaluation principles in a team environment.

My research examines the use of passwords by children, how suitable traditional authentication methods and education are for children at the begining of their school careers. At present, children are often expected to use passwords in a similar manner to adults, but recent research suggests that this often happens before they are developmently ready to use them. 

I am also interest the overlap between the online/offline worlds and how people navigate between the two. I am particularly interested as to how this relates to the millennial generation. These young adults are the first group of digital natives and are accustomed to sharing their lives inline. I am interested in how this shapes their identity and how they “manage” their online identity, particularly at times of transition.

In addition I maintain an interest in accessible design and the development of assistive technology for adults with complex and multiple impairments.

I was previously employed as a Postdoctoral Researcher on the Knowledge Exchange Hub Design in Action. Within Design in Action my principle research interests lay in developing collaborative approaches between diverse stakeholders and investigating the extent to which the environment around the stakeholders facilitates and shapes their collaborations and relationships.

Journal Papers

  • Prior, S., Baillie, J., Kearney, G., Maxwell, D., 2013. Understanding audiences from industry sectors in knowledge exchange. Participations Journal of Audience and Reception Studies 10, 260–274.
  • Waller, A., Menzies, R., Herron, D., Prior, S., Black, R., Kroll, T., 2013. Chronicles: Supporting Conversational Narrative in Alternative and Augmentative Communication, in: Human-Computer Interaction–INTERACT 2013. Springer, pp. 364–371.
  • Prior, S., Waller, A., Kroll, T., 2013. Focus groups as a requirements gathering method with adults with severe speech and physical impairments. Behaviour & Information Technology 32, 752–760.
  • Dickinson, A., Arnott, J., Prior, S., 2007. Methods for human–computer interaction research with older people. Behaviour & Information Technology 26, 343–352.

Conference Proceedings

  • Johnson, MP, White, G, Prior, S and Galloway, D. 2016 Sharing the Vision: representing the matters of concern for design-led fledgling companies in Scotland In: 20th DMI: Academic Design Management Conference Inflection Point: Design Research Meets Design Practice, 28-29 July 2016, Boston, MA. USA.
  • Prior, S 2016 The millennial mum: technology use by new mothers In: Proceedings of the 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference : HCI 2016. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, 3 p.
  • Ballie, J. and Prior, S. 2014. The Strategic Role of Design in Supporting Knowledge Exchange, in: Proceedings of the Service Design and Innovation Conference 2014. Lancaster, UK.
  • Prior, S., Waller, A., Black, R., Kroll, T., 2013. Use of an agile bridge in the development of assistive technology, in: Proceedings of the 2013 ACM Annual Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 1579–1588.
  • Maxwell, D., Woods, M., Prior, S., 2013. The pop-up ethnographer: Roles of the researcher, in temporary spaces. EPIC Board of Directors.
  • Waller, A., Prior, S., Cummins, K., 2011. A straight-talking case study, in: The Proceedings of the 13th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. pp. 219–220.
  • Prior, S., Waller, A., Kroll, T., 2011. The CHAMPION software project, in: The Proceedings of the 13th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. pp. 287–288.
  • Prior, S., Waller, A., Kroll, T., 2010. Including adults with complex communication needs as actors in forum theatre, in: International Society for Augmentative and Alternative Communication. Presented at the ISAAC 2010, Barcelona, Spain.
  • Prior, S., 2010. HCI methods for including adults with disabilities in the design of CHAMPION, in: CHI’10 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 2891–2894.
  • Prior, S., Waller, A., Kroll, T., 2009. Facilitating communication of people with complex communication needs in hospital: A review of the literature, in: NHS Scotland Event 2009.
  • Prior, S., Arnott, J., Dickinson, A., 2008. Interface metaphor design and instant messaging for older adults, in: CHI’08 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. pp. 3747–3752.

More Information

Funding

  • 2014 AHRC ECR Funding (CI) - £10,000
  • 2014 AHRC Creative Economy Showcase (CI) - £10,000
  • 2012 EPSRC Digital Economy Research in the Wild Grant (Named Postdoctoral Researcher) - £293,221
  • 2011 EPSRC Digital Economy Research in the Wild Grant (Named Postdoctoral Researher) - £149,991
  • 2010 James Caird Travel Grant worth £500
  • 2010 ACM CHI Doctoral Consortium Travel Grant - £800
  • 2008 ACM CHI Student Research Competition Travel Grant - £500
  • 2007 Nuffield Undergraduate Research Bursary

Knowledge Exchange

I was previously a Postdoctoral Researcher on the AHRC Knowledge Exchange Hub Design in Action. This project looked to support relationships between academia and industry. As a result of events run by this project, 17 businesses were created, with a turnover in excess of £2,000,000 and 105 jobs created. 

Outreach

Invited speaker at 2018 North East TechFest - "Baby Photos & Identity Theft - the Role of Parents"

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