Michael Smyth

Michael Smyth

Dr Michael Smyth

Associate Professor


Michael Smyth is an Associate Professor in the Interaction Design and Creativity Group, Edinburgh Napier University, UK. He is a Co-Director of the Edinburgh Creative Informatics Partnership funded through the UK’s Arts and Humanities Research Council Creative Industries Cluster Programme. This is a five year research programme and represents the largest ever investment in the creative industries in the UK. Michael is also a Primary Investigator on the SpeculativeEDU project funded by Erasmus+.

Previously he was Primary Investigator on the MAZI Project funded under the EU H2020 CAPSSI initiative and the Primary Co-ordinator of the UrbanIxD project funded under FET Open. Michael was a Co-Investigator on both the PEACH Project, a FP6 Co-ordination Action and the BENOGO Project funded under the FP5 Presence Initiative. He was the Principal Investigator on the Ensemble Project funded under the UK AHRC Arts/Science Fellowship Scheme and the UK partner, in collaboration with the Arts Academy, Split, in a British Council funded International Network for Young Scientists in the field of Interaction Design.

In addition he has worked in the fields of Human Computer Interaction and Interaction Design since 1987 and during that period has published over 80 academic papers in refereed journals, books and conferences. Michael has supervised 11 PhD candidates to successful completion and has examined 11 candidates at this level in the UK and Europe.



Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • External Academic Assessor for the MSc Mobile and Pervasive Systems
  • Advisory Board Member of the Multimodal Representation of Urban Space Project,
  • Michael Smyth was an invited participant to the Attracting Talent Agenda organised by Scottish Enterprise
  • Michael Smyth invited to be a Board Member of OMNIPRES
  • Invited participant in i3net


Conference Activity

  • Programme Committee Associate Chair - Designing Interactive Systems, San Diego, California
  • ACM DIS2017 (Designing Interactive Systems) hosted in Edinburgh
  • Michael Smyth is Technical Programme Co-Chair for DIS17, Edinburgh
  • Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) comes to Edinburgh in 2017
  • Programme Committee, Media Architecture Biennale, Sydney 2016.
  • Michael Smyth invited to be Workshop Co-Chair, ACM Creativity and Cognition, Glasgow, June 2015.
  • Symposium Co-Chair, UrbanIxD Symposium, Telecom Italia Future Centre, Venice, 2014.
  • Co-Director, UrbanIxD Summer School, Split, Croatia, 2013.
  • Programme Committee, Media Architecture Biennale, Aarhus, 2012.
  • Stelarc Lectures – Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh, 2009.
  • 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
  • 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.


Editorial Activity

  • Guest Editor of Digital Creativity, Vol 21, No 4, 2010
  • 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.


Fellowships and Awards

  • Edinburgh Napier University to host 12th ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, June 2017


Invited Speaker

  • The Cities of the Future - Panel at the Edinburgh International Science Festival
  • STARTS Panel - Human Touch AI at IoT Week 2019
  • Michael Smyth ran a Workshop at SICSA PhD Conference - Demystifying the PhD Thesis
  • Michael Smyth invited to speak at Smart Cities Event, organised by Holyrood Connect
  • Invited Speaker at Mint Lab, University of Leuven, Belguim
  • Invited speaker at the 2nd CAPS Community Workshop, Volos, Greece
  • Michael Smyth: Social Wellbeing and Drinking Culture: Exploring Digital Futures
  • Invited lecturer at the Smarter Communities: Fulfilling Scotland’s Digital Potential Event.
  • Invited lecturer at CommunityNow? The Politics of Participatory Design, Berlin
  • Invited lecturer and Atelier Leader at EINS Summer School (5 day workshop), Volos, Greece
  • Invited lecturer at iMal Connecting Cities Urban Media Lab, Brussels
  • Invited participant at the DIY Networking: An interdisciplinary approach, Dagsthul Seminar, 14042, Germany
  • Invited Lectures to Design students and Research Staff at Norwich University of the Arts, 2014.
  • Invited Keynote at the Space.Beyond.Geometry Workshop, University of Edinburgh, June 2013.
  • Invited Lecturer, Department of Visual Communications Design, University of Split, Croatia, Dec 2012.
  • Invited Lecturer Nottingham Trent University, Sept 2011
  • Invited Atelier Leader, Split Interactions (5 day workshop), University of Split, Croatia, March 2011.
  • Invited Lecturer, University of Huddersfield, December 2010.
  • Keynote Speaker, SICSA Whole-Body Interaction Workshop at the University of Strathclyde, Glasgow, UK, 5 & 6 November 2009.
  • Invited Atelier Leader, Brain Working Workshop (8 day workshop), Magdalena Festival, Slovenia, May 2009.
  • Invited Lecturer, Magdalena Festival, Slovenia, May 2009.
  • Invited Lecturer, Perada Summer School, 20-27 June 2009, Edinburgh Napier University, UK.
  • Invited Lecturer Department of Visual Communications Design, University of Split, Croatia, 2009.
  • Invited Lecturer GIST, University of Glasgow, UK, May 2007.
  • Invited Lecturer CONVIVIO Summer School 2005, Timisoara, Romania.
  • Invited Lecturer CONVIVIO Summer School 2004, Split, Croatia.
  • Invited Lecturer, Derby University, UK 1999.
  • Michael Smyth to give keynote presentation at DIY Networking Workshop at MobiSys 2015, Florence, Italy


Media Activity

  • City | Data | Future Exhibition selected as Permanent Work at the Museum of Contemporary Arts, Zagreb, Croatia
  • 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
  • City|Data|Future Exhibited at Media Architecture Biennale, Aarhus, 2014.
  • The UrbanIxD exhibition City | Data | Future is discussed as part of the EU's Digital Single Markert
  • Stelarc Lectures – Edinburgh International Science Festival, Edinburgh, 2009.
  • Michael Smyth is interviewed on Croatian National Television about the future of the smart city.
  • Michael Smyth organises PhD presentation night at Summerhall
  • 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.
  • ACM Interactions magazine features exhibits from Create10 conference held at Edinburgh Napier University
  • Media Coverage of the UrbanIxD Summer School in Split, Croatia. Organised by Michael Smyth (Co-Director) and Ingi Helgason (School Organiser).


Membership of Professional Body

  • Michael Smyth is a member of the ACM SIGCHI


Research Degree External Examining

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



  • Michael Smyth invited to act as an international reviewer of research projects submitted within KU Leuven, Belgium.


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