George Buchanan PhD HonFRSA

Book being scanned

I'm an Associate Professor in the School of Computing and Information System at the University of Melbourne. I direct the iSchool at Melbourne, and am a member of both the Interaction Design Laboratory and the Information Systems. I was formerly the Director of 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.

Contact Details

Office: Doug McDonell Building, University of Melbourne, Victoria, 3123, Australia.
Phone: +44 (0)3 8344 3775
Email: george buchanan at unimelb edu au (fill in the dots...)


I'm running a workshop at ACM CHIIR 2020 on measuring human behaviour and effort in information interaction and retrieval. See the workshop website for more details.

Interact Best Paper Award: with Dana McKay and Stephann Makri, I recently was awarded the Best Paper at Interact 2019. The paper investigated how effectively the interior design of a bookshop facilitated unexpected and serendipitous encounters of new books.


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 2020.


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.