Chair of Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, University of Birmingham

Chris Baber is Chair of Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing in the School of Computer Science at the University of Birmingham. He is recipient of the Sir Frederic Bartlett Medal from the Institute of Ergonomics and Human Factors and is on the editorial board of Applied Ergonomics, Journal of Cognitive Engineering and Decision Making, Frontiers (Cognition).

His work has been funded by EPSRC, MoD, European Union, and industry. He has been exploring the question of sensemaking, particularly in emergency response (as evidenced by his 2016 Ashgate book ‘Grasping the Moment: sensemaking in response to routine incidents and major emergencies, with Richard McMaster).

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  • Baber, C., Morar, N.S. and McCabe, F., Ecological interface design, the Proximity Compatibility Principle, and Automation Reliability in Road Traffic Management, IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems, 49, 241-249
  • Attfield, S., Fields, B. and Baber, C. (2018) A resources model for distributed sensemaking, Cognition, Technology and Work, 20, 651-664.
  • Starke, S. and Baber, C. (2018) The effect of four user interface concepts on visual scan pattern similarity and information foraging in a complex decision making task, Applied Ergonomics, 70, 6-17.
  • Starke, S.D., Baber, C., Cooke, N.J. and Howes, A., 2017, Workflows and individual differences during visually guided routine tasks in a road traffic management control room, Applied Ergonomics, 61, 79-89.
  • Baber, C., Attfield, S., Conway, G.,  Rooney, C. and Kodagoda, N. (2016) Collaborative sensemaking during Intelligence Analysis exercises,  International Journal of Human Computer Studies, 86, 94-108

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