The 19th European Conference on Eye Movements ECEM 2017, Wuppertal, Germany

Yeah…soooo…two years between posting is normal right? I finished my PhD thesis:

Fitzsimmons, G. (2016) The influence of hyperlinks on reading on the web: an empirical approach. University of Southampton, Doctoral Thesis , 231pp.

I graduated:

I kinda had a minor/major ‘what am I doing with my life crisis’ and now I’m good to be integrated back into society. I’ve been to a few EPS meetings in the last two years. I presented the first half of my thesis at EPS in Belfast in April 2017 where I pulled all the faces, ruining any chance of having a professional looking picture of myself.

Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2017, August) Reading for Comprehension versus Skim Reading on the Web: How Skim Reading is Informed by Hyperlinks. Presented at Experimental Psychology Society, Belfast, Ireland.

Then, I just got back from ECEM yesterday where I presented the second half of my thesis. I also have two chapters I have not presented, neither involve eye movements so not possible to present at an eye movement conference! But papers will be written and joy will be had!

Fitzsimmons, G., Weal, M. J. & Drieghe, D. (2017, August) Reading for Comprehension versus Skim Reading on the Web:The Impact of Hyperlinks and Navigation. Presented at European Conference on Eye Movements, Wuppertal, Germany.

Wuppertal was an interesting place…

It very very much like a Super Mario level, plenty of pipes.

Excessively hilly, in fact just one giant hill front my hotel to the Uni!

The food was pretty good though and the wine tended to come in a bucket format rather than than by the glass.

I got to chair my session on Usability and Web-based interface design.

I had some interesting questions about my talk and it have actually made me remember why I liked doing this stuff in the first place! Also, I noticed that my graphs kinda look like Baymax from Big Hero 6.