Dr Simon Holland

Senior Lecturer in Computing

Simon Holland founded and directs the Music Computing Lab, a research group in the Centre for Research in Computing. His research focuses on the interconnected areas of Music Computing, Human Computer Interaction, and Digital Health. He has served as PI or Co-I on ten external research grants, totalling nearly £4.5 million, including Polifonia (EU, € 3,025,435.06), the HAPPIE Haptic Authoring Pipeline for Immersive Experiences (Innovate UK, £998,538), the AHRC E-Sense Project on digitally enhanced senses, £200,000), the Haptic Bracelets (Goldcrest Trust), the ESRC Older People and Technological Inclusion ESRC project, and the NATO Science Committee. He has published over 100 refereed research articles, and co-edited two seminal books on Music and HCI. He was co-author of Human Computer Interaction (Addison-Wesley) — for many years the worldwide best seller in HCI. He was a founding member of the editorial Board of the Journal of Music Technology and Education. He was lead organizer of two international workshops on Music and HCI, one at CHI 2016 in San Jose. He has devised numerous human-centred computing systems and interaction techniques including Harmony Space, the Haptic Bracelets, the Haptic Drum Kit, the Audio GPS, and a new and highly expressive form of interaction, Direct Combination. He has supervised 12 PhD students to completion, and examined 24 PhDs. He is currently co-Investigator on the Innovate-UK funded project, Happie - Creative touch, Design prototyping, and leads a research collaboration with PJ Care Neurological Care Homes.


Lederman, Noam , Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul(2020). A principled approach to the development of drum improvisation skills through interaction with a conversational agent. In: PPIG 2020 - 31st Annual Workshop, 30 Nov - 4 Dec 2020, Online.

Georgiou, Theodoros , Holland, Simon and van der Linden, Janet(2020). Rhythmic Haptic Cueing for Gait Rehabilitation of People With Hemiparesis: Quantitative Gait Study. JMIR Biomedical Engineering, 5(1), article no. e18649.

Georgiou, Theodoros , Islam, Riasat , Holland, Simon, Linden, Janet Van Der, Price, Blaine, Mulholland, Paul and Perry, Allan(2020). Rhythmic Haptic Cueing Using Wearable Devices as Physiotherapy for Huntington Disease: Case Study. JMIR Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies, 7(2), article no. 18589.

Islam, Riasat , Bennasar, Mohamed , Nicholas, Kevin, Button, Kate,Holland, Simon, Mulholland, Paul, Price, Blaine and Al-Amri, Mohammad(2020). A Nonproprietary Movement Analysis System (MoJoXlab) Based on Wearable Inertial Measurement Units Applicable to Healthy Participants and Those With Anterior Cruciate Ligament Reconstruction Across a Range of Complex Tasks: Validation Study. JMIR Mhealth Uhealth, 8(6), article no. e17872.

Mudd, Tom , Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul(2020). The Role of Nonlinear Dynamics in Musicians' Interactions with Digital and Acoustic Musical Instruments. Computer Music Journal, 43(4) pp. 25–40.

Holland, Simon, Mudd, Tom , Wilkie-McKenna, Katie , McPherson, Andrew and Wanderley, Marcelo M. eds. ,(2019). New Directions in Music and Human-Computer Interaction. Springer Series in Cultural Computing. Springer.

Mudd, Tom , Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul(2019). Nonlinear Dynamical Processes in Musical Interactions: investigating the role of nonlinear dynamics in supporting surprise and exploration in interactions with digital musical instruments. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, 128 pp. 27–40.

Bellingham, Matt , Holland, Simon and Mulholland, Paul(2018). Choosers: The design and evaluation of a visual algorithmic music composition language for non-programmers. In: Proceedings of 29th Annual Workshop of the Psychology of Programming Interest Group - PPIG 2018.

Katz, Dmitri S. , Price, Blaine A., Holland, Simon and Dalton, Nicholas Sheep (2018). Designing for Diabetes Decision Support Systems with Fluid Contextual Reasoning. In: CHI '18 Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, ACM, New York, NY, USA, article no. 625.

Katz, Dmitri S. , Price, Blaine A., Holland, Simon and Dalton, Nicholas Sheep (2018). Data, Data Everywhere, and Still Too Hard to Link: Insights from User Interactions with Diabetes Apps. In: CHI 2018: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 21-26 Apr 2018, Montreal, QC, Canada.