about Alan

Alan in Australia I am Director of the Computational Foundry at Swansea University [my academic home page] and work on most things that connect people and computers. However, I started off (years ago) as mathematician and this is still my academic first love! (read about me at the maths olympiad in 1978)

I also have a big HCI text book (HCI = human computer interaction) and a little AI one (AI = alien intelligence??)

Although I’ve spent a good part of my life in England I am actually a Welshman and having spent most of my working life out of Wales, I have all the nationalism of an ex-pat.  For ten years I lived on Tiree, a little island  off the west coast of Scotland.  If you want to come to share the scenery and run a twice yearly event, Tiree Tech Wave, for making and talking abut technology.

However, now I have moved back to Wales and working with a wonderful community of people at the Computational Foundry, which is dedicated to creating ground breaking research that makes a real difference in people’s lives.

10 thoughts on “about Alan


  2. Hi Alan. I am working for the BBC on a campaign called, ‘Give An Hour’ where we are encouraging people to give up 1hr of their time to help someone with the Internet. I’d love to chat to you about the mobile app you have been commissioned to make about the island of Tiree. If you could email me today that would be great. Henry

  3. Hi Alan

    Hope you are well and recovered from the Ultra. I am taking part this year and have a question, if you don’t mind … Do you have any idea long do we have to complete the course?

    I didn’t want to bother Will so early in proceedings. 🙂

    Have a great weekend,

  4. Hi Alan

    I have taken this course to teach in a college. Third edition of your HCI book is the prescribed book. I want to know if you have any videos about this book available?


    • There are a few odd videos in the ‘online’ section of http://hcibook.com/e3/ and also on interaction-design.org. However, I’m also in the process of uploading some to Vimeo to help with teaching and intending to produce more.

      If there are areas of the book that you think would be particularly valuable to have videos let me know. I wont make any promises, but it can help me decide what to prioritise.

  5. Goog morning Alan, I am taking your courses with the Interaction Design Foundation, and I just wanted to take this moment to say “Thank You”. I have been really enjoying it. I appreciate it Alan. Have a wonderful day.

    • Many thanks Amado, I love the work of Interaction Design Foundation and really pleased to be able to contribute to it. I do have another course currently being edited on technical creativity … and there will be more to come after that 🙂

      • I am a student of the training in HCI of you in interaction design foundation . Thanks a lot for the insights. The content is really great .

  6. Hi Alan
    Please excuse my presumption but I haven’t heard the surname Dix mentioned in a long while. In 1592 an Edmund Dix was born in France and came over to England and married and they started our branch of the Dixon family.
    My mother married a Lloyd so we have a French and Welsh mix in the pot. Do you have a long Dix family tree going back to 1600?

    • My sister-in-law did some digging on my father’s family a few years ago, but only a few generations. They were mainly around the Hereford/Gloucester area. Unfortunately nothing further back than that.

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