Patrik Holt
Title: Professor
First Name: Patrik
Surname: Holt
Position: Research Professor of Computing (Cognitive Engineering)
Telephone: +44 (0) 1224 262708

Course Leader for MSc Data Science  

Duties and Responsibilities

Professor Holt s a Research Professor and leads the Cognitive Engineering Research Group in the School of Computing Science & Digital Media. In addition to PhD supervision Professor Holt contributes to teaching at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas such as Human Factors Engineering and Human Computer Interaction.

Academic Background

Professor Holt is Computer Scientist with a background in Experimental Cognitive Psychology, Statistical Modelling and Cognitive Science.

Research Interests

  • Augmented Reality Systems and Smart Data Interaction in applied settings such as maintenance of complex systems
  • Eye tracking and cognition. Application of eye tracking to studying visualisation in learning and integrating eye tracking with computational modelling architectures.
  • Cognitive modelling using software architectures such as Adaptive Control of Thought – Rational (ACT-R).
  • Quantitative usability evaluation methods and automated usability evaluation.

Professional Memberships

  • Professional Member, British Computer Society (MBCS)
  • Chartered Scientist, Science Council (CSci),
  • Full Member Association of Computing Machinery (ACM)
  • Associate Fellow, British Psychological Society (AFBPS)
  • Chartered Psychologist, British Psychological Society (CPsychol)


Below is a selected list of publications reflecting outputs from the last two years:

  1. Nwiabu, N., Allison, I., Holt, P.O’B., Lowit, P. and Oyeneyin, B. (2012) User Interface Design for Situation-aware Decision Support Systems.  IEEE Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA) 2012, March, New Orleans. Accepted.
  2. Nwiabu, N., Allison, I., Holt, P.O’B., Lowit, P. and Oyeneyin, B. (2012) Case-Based Situation Awareness. IEEE Conference on Cognitive Methods in Situation Awareness and Decision Support (CogSIMA) 2012, March, New Orleans. Accepted.
  3. Murano, P., Gee, A. and Holt, P.O’B. (2011) Evaluation of an Anthropomorphic User Interface in a Travel Reservation Context and Affordances. Journal of Computing, vol. 3, issue 8 August
  4. Murano, P. and Holt P.O’B. (2011) Evaluation of Human-Like Anthropomorphism in the Context of Online Bidding and Affordances. Journal of Computing, vol. 3, issue 6, June.
  5. Murano, P. and Holt, P. O’B. (2011) Evaluation of Anthropomorphic Feedback for an Online Auction and Affordances. International Journal of Computer Science Issues, Vol 8, Issue 2, March.
  6. Xiang, G., Ju, X. and Holt, P. O’B. (2010) Automatic 3D Facial Model and Texture Reconstruction from Range Scans. VI Conference on Articulated Motion and Deformable Objects, Mallorca, Spain.
  7. Xiang, G., Holt, P. O’B and Ju, X. (2010) Face Modelling and Tracking from Range Scans. BMVA Press, September 2010. 6.
  8. Golovine, J-C. Holt, P.O’B. And McCall, J. (2010) Evolving Interface Designs to Minimize User Task Times as Simulated in a Cognitive Architecture. IEEE 2010 World Congress on Computational Intelligence, Barcelona, Spain.
  9. Malcolm Clark, M., Holt, P. and Ruthven, I. (2010) Perceiving and Using Genre by Form – An Eye-Tracking Study International Journal of Libraries and Information Services, vol. 60, no. 3.
  10. Xiang, G., Ju, X., Holt, P  (2009) An Automated Approach to Establishing Dense Correspondence for 3D Facial Models. Symposium on Facial Analysis and Animation. BMVA, Edinburgh, June.

Additional Information / Media work / Funding

Currently involved in two externally funded grants:

dePICT – an ERDF/SEEKIT funded project that aims to enhance the ICT Business Base in the North East of Scotland. The project is an RGU led initiative to support businesses in their ICT product research and development.

  • The aim is to help create new and improved products with increased marketability and routes to global exploitation, at the same time building long term relationships with growing companies.
  • dEPICT can connect companies with experts from three major universities in areas such as cloud computing, cognitive engineering, Artificial Intelligence and video communication.
  • dEPICT will work closely with innovative SMEs to undertake initial feasibility studies leading to further R&D funding opportunities

For further information see:

Also jointly holds a Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP) grant with Dr. Eyad Elyan. The company we work with is J Jones and Sons Ltd in Forres. The project aims to Design and Develop a 3D/4D Interactive Augmented Visualisation System.