Dr. Daniel Fitton

Lecturer in Interaction Design

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Computing & Technology, CM218

+44 (0) 1772 89 3277

Subject Areas: Computing

Dr Dan Fitton is a Lecturer in interaction design within computing and a member of the Child-Computer Interaction Research Group ( His main research interests are exploring user-centred understandings and applications of emerging ‘away from the desktop’ interactive technologies (such as surface, tangible, mobile and embedded technologies). He is particularly interested in child and teenage users. He has worked on a wide range of research projects and collaborations with industry.


Dan is research active within the area of computing. He is a member of the Innovative Computing Education Research Group, the Games and Gaming Research Group and HCI and Information systems.


Full Profile

Dr Daniel Fitton completed his PhD in the field of Computer Science at Lancaster University in 2006. Daniel then worked as a Research Associate on a project extending his original PhD work which is now being commercialised by a large signage company. He then explored his interests in interaction design for smart objects while working as Senior Research Associate on a project working with industrial partners (Carillion and BP) project before joining UCLan in 2009. During his work at Lancaster Daniel was involved in the publication of numerous conference papers, journal articles and book chapters, he was also awarded a Community Prize for his work on the Equator project (Code GR/N15986/01).
In 2009 Daniel joined UCLan as a Lecturer in Computing and has become involved in the Child-Computer Interaction (ChiCI) research group. He is involved in a range of research projects and knowledge transfer activities. He is also involved in outreach and STEM activities; organising studies and activities in schools to engage young people in the science and technology subject areas.

Certificate in Learning & Teaching in Higher Education (SD1), Lancaster University, 2005
Ph.D. ‘Exploring the design, deployment and use of Hermes: a system of situated digital interactive office door displays‘, Lancaster University, 2006
BSc. (1st Class Hons) Computer Science, Lancaster University, 2001


Books/Book Chapters

Fitton, D.: “Exploring the Design, Deployment and Use of Hermes: A System of Situated Digital Interactive Office Door Displays”, VDM Verlag, ISBN 3-6391-2403-0, 2009

Cheverst, K., Fitton, D., Rouncefield,M.: “Investigating the use of Remote Messaging in Community Care”, in: Inside Text: social perspectives on SMS in the mobile age. R. Harper (Ed) Springer-Verlag, London Ltd. 2004

Cheverst, K., Fitton, D., Dix, A.: “Exploring the Evolution of Office Door Displays”, in: Public and Situated Displays: Social and Interactional aspects of shared display technologies. K. O’Hara, M. Perry, et al (Eds). Chapter 6, pp. 141-169, Kluwer. ISBN 1-4020-1677-8. 2003

More publications



Main research interests centre around the design, adoption/appropriation and evaluation of emerging ‘away from the desktop’ interactive technologies (such as surface, tangible, mobile and embedded). I work within the Child-Computer Interaction (ChiCI) research group at UCLan and I’m particularly interested in designing and creating novel technologies with children and teenagers. I’m also keen to involving these technologies ‘real world’ deployments and research studies.

Co-Investigator on the £1.5m EPSRC funded ‘Taking on the Teenagers’ project which is lead by UCLan ( and involves 4 other leading UK Universities. The project is engaging teenagers in creating ‘cool’ technologies to reduce their own energy use and making long lasting changes in energy behaviour. Most notably, the project has been featured in the Guardian Newspaper, and on the BBC Radio 4 Costing the Earth program. I’m always keen to supervise PhD students in areas that overlap with my research interests.

Human-Computer Interaction, Child-Computer Interacton, Interaction Design, Away from the Desktop interaction, Design with teenagers.


ACM (Association of Computer Machinists)

BCS (Interactions SIG publicity chair)

Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

Course leader MSc Interacton Design and MRes Interaction Design, Teaching mobile computing, teaching advanced Flash programming.