Michael Smyth

Michael Smyth

Dr Michael Smyth

Associate Professor


Dr Michael Smyth is an associate professor in the Centre for Interaction Design, School of Computing. He is currently the Principal Investigator on the H2020 MAZI project, which provides the underpinning academic and reseach methodology and perspective for this project. http://www.mazizone.eu

He was the originator and co-ordinator of the UrbanIxD: Designing Human Interactions in the Networked City project funded under the EU’s FET Open scheme.

He has worked in the fields of Human Computer Interaction and Interaction Design since 1987 and during that period has published over 70 academic papers in refereed journals, books and conferences. In addition he has had interactive installations exhibited at both UK and international conferences and arts & design festivals. He is co-editor of the book entitled Digital Blur: creative practice at the boundaries of architecture, design and art, Libri Publishing.



Media Activity

  • ACM Interactions magazine features exhibits from Create10 conference held at Edinburgh Napier University
  • The UrbanIxD exhibition City | Data | Future is discussed on Croatian National TV on HRT1
  • UrbanIxD project meeting with the mayor of Split, Croatia
  • UrbanIxD project featured on Croatian national television
  • Create10 gets press coverage in Salon, the Ukraine's first interior design magazine.
  • Interaction12 presentation entitled Critical Design - Restoring a sense of wonder to Interaction Design has over 3000 views on slideshare in Feb.
  • Michael Smyth is interviewed on Croatian National Television about the future of the smart city.
  • Michael Smyth organises PhD presentation night at Summerhall
  • Media Coverage of the UrbanIxD Summer School in Split, Croatia. Organised by Michael Smyth (Co-Director) and Ingi Helgason (School Organiser).
  • Michael Smyth, Ingi Helgason, Michael Andrew Mckellar: City | Data | Future exhibition created as part of the UrbanIxD project hosted at the Museum of Architecture and Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Michael Smyth, Ingi Helgason: Michael Smyth and Ingi Helgason exhibit the work of the UrbanIxD project at ICT, 2015 in Lisbon


Conference Activity

  • UrbanIxD Summer School to take place in Croatia
  • Create11 Symposium success at Shoreditch House, London - 23 June, 2011
  • Create10 collaboration with Digital Creativity
  • Create10 Keynote Speakers Invited
  • Create10 Student Design Competition Jury finalised
  • In August 2006 Edinburgh Napier University hosted the Convivio network's summer school.
  • Moritz Waldemeyer (http://waldemeyer.com/) announced as Keynote for Create 11, London, 23 June 2011
  • Michael Smyth invited on to the Programme Committee of the Media Architecture Biennale 2016, Sydney, Australia
  • Michael Smyth to chair the 2013 SICSA MMI Doctoral Consortium at University of Stirling
  • Organising committee for Create11, Shoreditch House, London, 23 June 2011
  • Local Chair :: Create10, Edinburgh 30 June-2 July, 2010
  • Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) comes to Edinburgh in 2017
  • ACM DIS2017 (Designing Interactive Systems) hosted in Edinburgh


Editorial Activity

  • Michael Smyth and Ingi Helgason will be guest editors of the focus edition of the IxD&A Journal entitled Making Places: Visualization, Interaction and Experience in Urban Space.


Research Degree External Examining

  • Michael Smyth examines a PhD at the Durban University of Technology
  • Michael Smyth examines PhD at University of Dundee


Invited Speaker

  • Michael Smyth to give keynote presentation at DIY Networking Workshop at MobiSys 2015, Florence, Italy
  • Michael Smyth invited to speak at Smart Cities Event, organised by Holyrood Connect
  • Michael Smyth: Social Wellbeing and Drinking Culture: Exploring Digital Futures


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