George Buchanan PhD HonFRSA

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I am  Professor in the School of Computing Technologies at RMIT University. I was formerly the Director of the University of Melbourne iSchool, and the Centre for HCI Design, City University. I'm principally interested in information interaction - how to make computer-delivered information more accessible to users. My goal is to create technologies that connect the computer, human and the environment as seamlessly as possible.

This website has been neglected for some time but I'm trying to bring it up to date!

Contact Details

Office: Building 14, RMIT University, 124 La Trobe Street, Melbourne, Victoria, 3000, Australia.
Phone: +61 (0)3 8344 3775
Email: george buchanan at rmitedu au (fill in the dots...)


I've had a paper accepted at the Association for Information Science and Technology Annual Meeting on digital humanities collections and the challenges of interoperability, with Dana McKay (RMIT) and Rui Liu (Melbourne).    

ACM CHIIR Conference 2025: I'm co-general chair for CHIIR 2025 with Haiming Liu (University of Southampton). Doug Oard (Maryland) and Dana McKay (RMIT) will lead the programme.


MAHA: a tool for analysing patterns of user behaviour in ebooks. Currently supports EBL book data, but further formats due shortly. Under development, and due for open release in late 2024.


My research focuses on how people interact with long-form information such as books and videos, particularly considering the impact of the limitations of human cognition. Key themes that I am investigating at present include:

A comprehensive list of publications is available.

Some recent articles that you can download freely from here include:

ACM DL Author-ize serviceTake Me Out: Space and Place in Library Interactions
George Robert Buchanan, Dana McKay, Stephann Makri
CHIIR '19 Proceedings of the 2019 Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, 2019

ACM DL Author-ize serviceThe Heat is On: A Temperature Display for Conveying Affective Feedback
Jordan Tewell, Jon Bird, George R. Buchanan
CHI '17 Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2017

ACM DL Author-ize serviceVisual Analysis of Dyslexia on Search
Andrew MacFarlane, George Buchanan, Areej Al-Wabil, Gennady Andrienko, Natalia Andrienko
CHIIR '17 Proceedings of the 2017 Conference on Conference Human Information Interaction and Retrieval, 2017


Photograph from the wonderfully talented Josie Dixon.