My main research area revolves around novel interactions for home energy usage. Navigating relationships between household members is convoluted at best. Add to that a desire to improve individual comfort levels and the result is a never-ending attempt at compromise: compromise between people as well as their pets, plants, their desire to save money or even save the planet.  The primary goal for my work is to discover design aspects of a novel, perceptive interface for interaction with smart home artifacts. 


Irwin, G. (2017, June). Coping with Changing Temperatures: Interactions of People Facing Cancer and Menopause with Home Energy Management Systems. Proceedings of British HCI 2017 – Digital Make-Believe, Sunderland, UK.

Irwin, G. (2017, March). Hot Under the Collar?: Building a Perceptive Home Energy Interface for Chemotherapy Recipients. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Workshop on Interacting with Smart Objects (pp. 31-36). ACM.


Irwin, G. (2016, July). Considering Health and Family Dynamics: How is Home Temperature Decided? Proceedings of the 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2016).


Woodward, J., Shaw, A., Luc, A., Craig, B., Das, J., Hall Jr, P., ... & Irwin, G. (2016, May). Characterizing How Interface Complexity Affects Children's Touchscreen Interactions. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1921-1933). ACM.


Irwin, G., Banerjee, N., Hurst, A., & Rollins, S. 2015. Contextual Insights into Home Energy Relationships.

PerCom 2015: PerEnergy IEEE Workshop on Pervasive Energy Services, St. Louis, MO, USA, March 23, 2015.


Irwin, G., Banerjee, N., Hurst, A. & Rollins, S. 2014. Who Has My Data? Illuminating Renters' Smart Meter

Privacy Concerns. SOUPS 2014: The 10th Symposium On Usable Privacy and Security. Menlo Park, CA, USA,

Jul 10 2014.


Irwin, G., Banerjee, N., Hurst, A. & Rollins, S. 2014. Understanding Context Governing Energy Consumption

in Homes. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI 2014, Toronto, Canada, 26 Apr – 01 May 2014, In press.


Brewer, R., Anthony, L., Brown, Q., Irwin, G., Nias, J., and Tate, B. 2013. Using Gamification to Motivate

Children to Complete Empirical Studies in Lab Environments. Proceedings of the International Conference on

Interaction Design and Children (IDC’2013), New York, NY, Jun 2013, p.388-391.


Xavier University Fourth Annual Health Disparities Conference (2011) New Orleans, LA

Survey of Clinical Trial Knowledge and Participation at Community Health Fairs


Grace Hopper Celebration (GHC) Of Women In Computing (2011) Portland, OR

Following the Non-Academic Track as a Ph.D.: Career Experiences, Challenges and Opportunities

Conference Presentations

Workshop Publications

Brown, Q., Anthony, L., Brewer, R., Irwin, G., Nias, J., and Tate, B. 2013. Challenges of Replicating Empirical

Studies with Children in HCI. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI 2013 RepliCHI Workshop (RepliCHI’2013),

Paris, France, 27-28 Apr 2013.

Brown, Q., Anthony, L., Nias, J., Tate, B., Brewer, R., and Irwin, G. 2013. Towards Designing Adaptive Touch-

Based Interfaces. Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI 2013 Third Mobile Accessibility Workshop MOBACC’2013),

Paris, France, 28 Apr 2013.

Journal Articles

Anthony, L., Brown, Q., Tate, B., Nias, J., Brewer, R., & Irwin, G. (2014). Designing Smarter Touch-Based

Interfaces for Educational Contexts. Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing: Special Issue on

Educational Interfaces, Software, and Technology, Volume 18, Issue 6, p. 1471-1483.

Doctoral Consortia

Irwin, G. (2015, March). Perceptive Home Energy Interfaces: Navigating the Dynamic Household Structure.

In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces Companion (pp. 117-120).