Jess McIntosh

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I’m a post-doc researcher in human-computer interaction. I current work at the University of Copenhagen, working with Kasper Hornbæk on body-based user interfaces. My research interests include the use of technology for novel input and output mechanisms for devices. During my PhD, I researched mid-air interaction and hand gesture recognition techniques that can be integrated with wearable devices. My work tends to involve sensors and actuators of all kinds, but in particular: Electrical muscle sensing and stimulation, ultrasonics, optics and magnetism. More recently, VR has piqued my interests. In my spare time, I enjoy football, cycling and table tennis.

Selected Projects

Magnetips Combining Fingertip Tracking and Haptic Feedback for Around-Device Interaction

SensIR Detecting Hand Gestures with a Wearable Bracelet using Infrared

EchoFlex Hand Gesture Recognition using Ultrasound Imaging

Iteratively Adapting Avatars using Task-Integrated Optimisation

Work and Education

  • 2018 - present - University of Copenhagen
    • Post-doctoral researcher in the human-centered computing section, working with Kasper Hornbæk on Body-based interfaces.
  • 2014 - 2018 - University of Bristol
    • PhD in Human-computer interaction, under the supervision of Professor Mike Fraser.
  • 2010 - 2014 - University of Bristol
    • Masters in Computer Science.


I have taught at the University of Bristol and at the University of Copenhagen. Both classes were based on prototyping interactive devices.

Community Engagement

  • AC for MobileHCI 2019 & CHI 2020
  • Active reviewer for CHI, UIST, IMWUT, MobileHCI, TEI, CSCW, ISWC & ISS

Contact me

Department of Computer Science
University of Copenhagen



List of publications

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