Matthew Horton

Dr. Matthew Horton

Associate Lecturer

School of Physical Sciences and Computing

Computing and Technology Building, CM015

+44 (0) 1772 89 5151

Dr. Matt Horton is an Associate Lecturer with the Child Computer Interaction Group. Matt has worked at UCLan since 2003 and during this time has held both lecturing and research positions within CEPS. He is currently working on an EPSRC project - Taking on the Teenagers – Using Adolescent Energy to Reduce Energy Use.

Matt is research active within the area of computing. He is a member of the HCI and Information Systems Research Group.

Full Profile

Matt has been a member of academic staff at UCLan since 2003. He was initially appointed as a Research Assistant for the Child Computer Interaction (ChiCI)Group. Matt became a successful and active researcher in this field which has led to him being co-founder of the international Fun n’ Games conference, a reviewer for several conference and journal publications, web master for the ChiCI Group and an IFIP SIG.

Later Matt took a more active role in teaching which resulted in him being involved in the creation and teaching of the Computing Skills module. This led to Matt being appointed as an Associate Lecturer and taking on the additional responsibilities of being a module leader.

Leading on from this, he was appointed as Retention Lecturer for Computing where he combined his teaching and research with the challenge of understanding and improving retention in this area.

Matt is currently a Research Associate on an EPSRC project. This post has provided Matt with an excellent opportunity to focus on his research and he had recently submitted his PhD thesis for examination.


Awaiting Examination: PhD Computing, UCLan (submitted Jan 2013)
MSc E-Commerce, UCLan, 2003
BSc (Hons) Computing, UCLan, 2001


Publication Under Review or In Press

Under Review: Horton, M., Read, J.C. & Markopoulos, P. (2013) Children’s Growing Adoption of Multi-functional Devices. IDC2013

In Press: Read, J.C., Horton, M., Iversen, O., Fitton, D. & Little, L. (2013) On Being Cool – Exploring Interaction Design for Teenagers. CHI2013

In Press: Read, J.C., Fitton, D. and Horton, M. (2012) Theatre, PlayDoh and Comic Strips: Designing Organic User Interfaces with Teenage Participants. Interacting with Computers.

In Press: Toth, N., Little, L., Read, J.C., Fitton, D., Horton, M. (2012) Understanding teen attitudes towards energy consumption, Journal of Environmental Psychology, Available online 17 December 2012, ISSN 0272-4944, 10.1016/j.jenvp.2012.12.001.

More publications


Member of the Child Computer Interaction Group
Web co-ordinator for IFIP SIG on Interaction Design and Children

Reseach Areas

Human Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Child Computer Interaction


Current Project - (EPSRC) Taking on the Teenagers – Using Adolescent Energy to Reduce Energy Use


Conference co-chair - Fun n' Games 2006
Conference Committee - Fun n' Games 2008, Fun n' Games 2010
Organising committee - BCS HCI 2014

Workshop organiser: HCI2011, CHI2012, NordiCHi2012, CHI2013


Teaching Activities and Responsibilities

No current teaching activities

Previously been a Year 1 personal tutor, taught Year 1 modules, module leader for FsdSc Year 2 module, supervisor and second reader for undergraduate projects.