PhD (Otago), BCom (Hons), FNZCS
As Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, Dr Wong's research interest is in the representation design of information and the interaction of user interfaces to support decision making in complex dynamic environments such as emergency ambulance command and control, air traffic control, and hydro-electricity dispatch. He uses concepts and techniques from usability engineering, cognitive task analysis and cognitive systems engineering to understand the nature of expertise and to model the nature of cognitive work.
He is currently investigating the problems of visual analytics in sense-making domains with high information density and variability, in contexts such as intelligence analysis, financial systemic risk analysis, and low literacy users. In the process, he invented INVISQUE – the interactive visual search and query environment that has introduced the concept of "grasp-able" information to facilitate information search and discovery in sense-making (www.invisque.com).
Recipient of over US$25 million in grants, he is or has been the project coordinator for several multi-parrtner, multi-national, research consortiums: FP7 VALCRI, FP7 CRISIS, UKVAC (funded by HM Government and US DHS), EPSRC Making Sense (deputy PI), EUROCONTROL 3D-in-2D project.
Throughout his career, he has been engaged in setting up new units to carry out new work, e.g.:
1990 – 1992, Singapore. Wong set up the Systems and Communications Operations Branch at HQ RSAF for the command and control of electronic assets during wartime;
1995 – 2003, New Zealand. He set up the Multimedia Systems Research Laboratory as a centre for research into human factors and multimedia.
2003 – present, United Kingdom. Wong led the Interaction Design Centre to use Human-Computer Interaction as basis for designing new technologies, e.g. in ATC, simulation and training, and INVISQUE. He led the UKVAC, and from time to time provides VA advice to HM Government.
Published Research - last 5 years:
On 13 April 2005, William Wong presented his Inaugural Professorial Lecture entitled "Human-Systems Interaction: Challenges for Representation Design".
Haider, Johanna Doppler and Seidler, Patrick and Pohl, Margit and Kodagoda, Neesha and Adderley, Rick and Wong, B. L. William (2017) How analysts think: sense-making strategies in the analysis of temporal evolution and criminal network structures and activities. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 61 (1). pp. 193-197. ISSN 1541-9312
Wong, B. L. William and Gulden, Jens (2017) Risk map as a library management information dashboard: a case study in adapting a configural display. Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society Annual Meeting, 61 (1). pp. 287-291. ISSN 1541-9312
Groenewald, Celeste and Anslow, Craig and Islam, Junayed and Rooney, Chris and Passmore, Peter J. and Wong, B. L. William (2016) Understanding 3D mid-air hand gestures with interactive surfaces and displays: a systematic literature review. In: HCI 2016 - Fusion! 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2016), 11-15 July 2016, Bournemouth University, Poole, United Kingdom.
Nguyen, Phong H. and Xu, Kai and Wong, B. L. William (2016) Interaction log and provenance for sensemaking. In: LIVVIL: Logging Interactive Visualizations & Visualizing Interaction Logs, 23 Oct 2016, Baltimore, MD, USA.
Passmore, Peter J. and Attfield, Simon and Kodagoda, Neesha and Groenewald, Celeste and Wong, B. L. William (2016) Supporting the externalisation of thinking in criminal intelligence analysis. In: European Intelligence and Security Informatics Conference (EISIC) 2015, 07-09 Sept 2015, Manchester, United Kingdom.