Ingi Helgason, PhD

Research fellow at Edinburgh Napier University within the Centre for Interaction Design.

2016-18 working on MAZI, EU H2020 project under the CAPSSI framework.

From Jan 2013-14 I worked on Urban IxD, a FP7 EC project under the Future and Emerging Technologies programme. This Coordination Action developed a multidisciplinary research community working in the domain of technologically augmented, data-rich urban environments, with particular focus on the human activities, experiences and behaviours that occur within them.

I am on the organising committee of ACM DIS 2017, Edinburgh, and one of the organisers of This Happened Edinburgh, a series of events focusing on the stories behind interaction design. I’m a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, have an MSc in Multimedia and Interactive Systems and am on the editorial board of the SpringerOpen Journal of Interaction Science (JoIS).

My Edinburgh Napier University page


T317 Innovation: designing for change, Open University

TM356 Interaction Design and the User Experience, Open University

Interactive media design: School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University

Previous Research on EU projects:

UrbanIxD, Co-ordination Action under FP7, FET Open, 2013 – 2014 www.urbanixd.eu

AWARENESS, Co-ordination Action under FP7, 2010 – 2013  www.aware-project.eu

PerAda, Co-ordination Action under FP7 on pervasive adaptation, 2008 – 2011.  www.perada.eu

Peach, FP6 Co-ordination Action (CA) on Presence led by Starlab Barcelona, 2006 – 2009. www.peachbit.org

Publications: Link to Full List

Helgason, I., Petre, M., Linden, J., Dalton, N. (2016). Block 4: Evaluation, TM356 Interaction Design and the User Experience. Milton Keynes, United Kingdom.: The Open University.

Helgason, I., Smyth, M., Rosenbak, S., Mitrovic, I. (2015). Discourse, Speculation And Multidisciplinarity: Designing Urban Futures. In: Nordes 2015, Design Ecologies, Challenging anthropocentrism in the design of sustainable futures. Stockholm, Sweden: Nordic Design Research.

Smyth, M., Helgason, I., Mitrovic, I. (2015). City | Data | Future: Envisioning Interactions in Hybrid Urban Space. In: ACM Creativity and Cognition 2015. Glasgow, UK: ACM Digital Library.

Smyth, M., Helgason, I. (2015). Life at the Local Scale: An alternative perspective on the urban. In: Hybrid Cities – Data to the People. Athens, Greece.

Trigueiros, P., Smyth, M., Helgason, I., Gallacher, S. (2015). Making Places: Visualization, Interaction and Experience in Urban Space (edited focus section). IxD&A, Interaction Design and Architecture.

Mitrovic, I., Smyth, M., Helgason, I. (2014). city | data | future – Interactions in Hybrid Urban Space: The UrbanIxD Exhibition. www.urbanixd.eu

Helgason, I., Jensen, L., Rosenbak, S., Skrinjar, L., Smyth, M., Streinzer, A., Surawska, O., Wouters, N. (2013). From Urban Space to Future Place. www.urbanixd.eu

Smyth, M., Helgason, I., Brynskov, M., Mitrovic, I., Zaffiro, G. (2013). UrbanIxD: designing human interactions in the networked city. In: In CHI ’13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA ’13). (pp. 2533-2536). New York, NY, USA: ACM Association for Computing Machinery.

Smyth, M., Helgason, I. (2013). Tangible possibilities—envisioning interactions in public space. Digital Creativity, 24(1), 75-87.

Helgason, I., Smyth, M., Speed, C. (2012). Aspects of Lifelikeness: A Framework for Optional Interactions with Public Installations. Designing Interactive Systems DIS 2012, Newcastle, UK.

Helgason, I. (2012). Beat Haiku: Interactive Poetry Application. In: NordiCHI’12 Making sense through design. ACM 978-1-4503-1482-4/12/10: ACM Digital Library.

Helgason, I. (2011, September + October ). Demo Hour: Anthony Otten, Daniel Schulze, Mie Sorensen, Di Mainstone, Tim Murray-Browne . ACM Interactions Magazine, 8.

Helgason, I., Bradley, J., Egan, C., Paechter, B., Hart, E. (2011). This Pervasive Day: Creative Interactive Methods for Encouraging Public Engagement with FET Research . In: Fet 11 essence. Elsevier.

Helgason, I., Bradley, J., Egan, C. (2011, March). This Pervasive Day: Design and Development Case Study. Paper presented at i-Docs, A Symposium on Interactive Documentary, Watershed Media Centre / Bristol, UK.

Smyth, M., Helgason, I. (2011). Imagining urban interactions: strategies for exploring future design landscapes. In: Proceedings of British HCI. (pp. 41-45).

Smyth, M., Helgason, I., Mitrovic, I., Zaffiro, G. (2011). The City in Cinema: How Popular Culture can Influence Research Agendas. In: Fet 11 essence. Budapest.

Helgason, I. (2010). Interaction design: learning from new-media art. Paper presented at Irish Human Computer Interaction (HCI) Conference, Dublin.

Smyth, M., Helgason, I. (2010). Informing the Design of the Future Urban Landscape. Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems, Aarhus, Denmark, 2010, 438-440.

Benyon, D., Smyth, M., Helgason, I. (Eds.) (2009). Presence for Everyone – A short guide to presence research.

Smyth, M., Helgason, I. (2009). Fragments of Place :: Revealing Sense of Place through Shared Phone Images. In: Proceedings of ISEA 09. Belfast, UK.

Smyth, M., Helgason, I. (2009). The secret life of digital images revealed. PerAda Magazine.

Smyth, M., Helgason, I., Benyon, D. (2008). Fragments of Place. In: Bryan-Kinns, N., Lloyd, T., Sheridan, J. (Eds.) Proceedings of (re)Actor3, the Third International Conference on Digital Live Art. (pp. 35-36).



One of the organisers of This Happened Edinburgh, a series of events focusing on the stories behind interaction design.  This Happened Edinburgh

On the executive committee of the Create series of IxD conferences www.create-conference.org

Program committee of the BCS HCI conference for 2012. HCI 2012 conference, People and Computers

Steering Committee, Create11: interaction design symposium, London, June 2011 www.create-conference.org

This Pervasive Day, exhibition, Edinburgh International Science Festival, April 2011 www.thispervasiveday.com

Create10: interaction design conference, Edinburgh, June/July 2010 www.create-conference.org

Scottish Design Showcase Create09 conference, British Computing Society, London, July 2009


Future Interactions: Using Critical Design Approaches to Explore Urban Data Transactions. Nordichi 2012, Copenhagen Futureurbaninteractions.wordpress.com

Urban Friction: Interfacing With The City, FutureEverything Conference 2011, 12th May, Manchester, UK, futureeverything.org

The City in Cinema: How Popular Culture can Influence Research Agendas, FET Conference 2011, 5th May, Budapest, Hungary, wp.me/PA6Sd-3u

Informing the Design of the Future Urban Landscape, Designing Interactive Systems conference, DIS 2010, 17th August, Aarhus, Denmark, www.urbanixd.org

The Body and the Urban Space : designing for connection between the augmented human and the intensely technological environment. Taking inspiration from ethnographic design research methods, this workshop takes an experimental approach to the recording of human activities.

Create09, July 2009   PERADA Summer School, June 2009   FET 09, April 2009

Fragments of place: (interactive installation) exhibited at:

Create08 conference, British Computing Society, London, June 2008

The Edinburgh Festival Fringe, 2008, The GRV, Edinburgh

(re)Actor3: the 3rd International Conference on Digital Live Art. pdf

Presence08: Oct 16-18th, Padova, Italy

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