Anthony Collins

Dr Anthony Collins

PhD Sydney, BCST (Adv) (Hons) Sydney

Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Computer Human Adapted Interaction Research Group at the The University of Sydney.



Room 311, School of IT Building J12
The University of Sydney, NSW 2006, Australia
T: +61 2 9036 9745 F: +61 2 9351 3838


email: anthony.collins (at)

Short bio

Dr Anthony Collins is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow with the Computer Human Adapted Interaction (CHAI) research group at the University of Sydney, in conjunction with the Smart Services CRC Multi-Channel Content Delivery and Mobile Personalisation project. He received a Bachelor of Computer Science and Technology (Advanced) (Hons 1) degree in 2006, followed by a PhD in 2011, both from the University of Sydney. His PhD thesis, titled "New dimensions of file access at tabletops: associative and hierarchical; private and shared; individual and collaborative", explored the nature of file system access in pervasive computing, focusing on collaborative tabletop interaction. In his current position, he continues to conduct research in Human-Computer Interaction, particularly in the areas of pervasive and surface computing. His research currently investigates new software interfaces for real-world tabletop applications, encompassing themes such as: digital document access; multi-user collaboration with documents around a tabletop; export and organisation of content at a tabletop; using private devices (e.g. smartphones and tablets) in conjunction with shared collaborative displays; gesture learnability for tabletops in public spaces; and user modeling for personalisation of tabletops. He is also a leading researcher in the ongoing commercialisation of a comprehensive tabletop software platform developed within the CHAI research group.

Research Interests

  • Human computer interaction
  • Tabletop and surface computing
  • Pervasive and ubiquitous computing
  • Mobile computing and seamless integration of mobile and embedded devices
  • Novel user interfaces for file systems and personal information management