John Rooksby

John Rooksby

I am a lecturer in Computer and Information Science at Northumbria University. I have a PhD in Computer Science from the University and Manchester and have held fellowship/associate positions at the University of Glasgow, University of St Andrews and Lancaster University.

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Below are details of some of my recent projects. This is mainly work I conducted at the Universty of Glasgow.

European Fans in Training (EuroFIT)

EuroFIT logo

Twenty million fans attend top division football games each week and many more watch on TV. Our social innovation is to attract people to lifestyle change through the personal connection and loyalty to the club they support. EuroFIT is supported by UEFA and top football clubs. My role in EuroFIT has been to design and deliver the app "MatchFIT".

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Quped app (cropped)

Quped is a pedometer app for iOS. The app counts steps, sets personal goals and supports social comparison. The app has been designed to operationalise theories from behavioural change and to collect scientific quality data for researchers. I've worked closely with Parvin Asadzadeh and Claire McCallum on this app. We have published a paper at OzCHI 2016 from this work, focusing on consent.

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UX for mHealth

What Works in Digital Health workshop

I was funded by SICSA (Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance) to organise events on UX for mHealth during 2015/16. Two key events were What Works in Digtal Health? (July 2015, Glasgow) and Screens in interaction (October 2015, Edinburgh).


ScreenLife app (cropped)

Screenlife was a cross platform application for quantifying day to day screen time on laptops, tablets and smartphones. I worked with Parvin Asadzadeh, Mattias Rost and Alistair Morrison on designing and developing this app. Our user study was published in CHI 2016 as "Personal Tracking of Screen Time on Digital Devices".

Curtains Messenger

Curtains app (cropped)

Curtains Messenger is a novel text messaging app for iOS and Android that supports synchronous conversations (you can only read and write messages if the other person is also in the app). This app was originally built by Martin Podulubny for his dissertation project. This work will be presented at CSCW 2018.

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