Rough, Daniel



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Research interests

I have four main research interests which tie into projects old and new - really I'm interested in lots of things but am not necessarily very good at researching them :-)

End-User Development – allowing software end-users to tailor and reprogram their applications without necessarily having any 'real programming' experience

Blocks-based programming – a branch of end-user development that allows programming through manipulating graphical blocks rather than coding. Applications such as Scratch, MIT App Inventor, and Blockly are good examples.

Conversational User Interfaces - My work in the HCI lab at University College Dublin has grown my interest in CUIs and how people perceive and use speech as an input and output modality. 

User-Centred Design -  This ties all my interests together through aiming to develop tools and applications that are meaningful to end-users!


I've recently joined the UX'd group ( here at the University of Dundee as a Lecturer. Before that I was a postdoctoral researcher at University College Dublin for a year and at Abertay University for a year too. 

I finished my PhD in Human-Computer Interaction in 2018 at the University of St Andrews, supervised by Prof. Aaron Quigley, where I also did my undergraduate degree in Computer Science.

Please check out my personal website and Twitter for the less formal things :-)

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Research Output

  • 8 Conference contribution
  • 1 Article
Open Access
  • 15 Downloads (Pure)

    Challenges of Traditional Usability Evaluation in End-User Development

    Rough, D. & Quigley, A., 2019, End-User Development: 7th International Symposium, IS-EUD 2019, Proceedings. Malizia, A., Valtolina, S., Morch, A., Serrano, A. & Stratton, A. (eds.). Switzerland: Springer Verlag, p. 1-17 17 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science; vol. 11553).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Supporting social innovation through visualisations of community interactions

    Rough, D., De Paoli, S. & Botto, F., Jun 2019, C&T '19: Proceedings of the 9th International Conference on Communities & Technologies - Transforming Communities. Cech, F. & Tellioglu, H. (eds.). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 262-272 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • End-user development in social psychology research: Factors for adoption

    Rough, D. & Quigley, A., 25 Oct 2018, Proceedings - 2018 IEEE Symposium on Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing, VL/HCC 2018. Kelleher, C., Engels, G., Fernandes, J. P., Cunha, J. & Mendes, J. (eds.). IEEE Computer Society, p. 75-83 9 p. 8506573. (Proceedings of IEEE).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 1 Citation (Scopus)
    7 Downloads (Pure)

    Overcoming mental blocks: A blocks-based approach to experience sampling studies

    Rough, D. & Quigley, A., 1 Dec 2017, Proceedings - 2017 IEEE Blocks and Beyond Workshop (B&B 2017). Turbak, F., Kelleher, C., Gray, J. & Sherman, M. (eds.). Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc., p. 45-48 4 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

    Open Access
  • 6 Downloads (Pure)