I'm a human-computer interaction (HCI) Researcher with a background in social psychology and experience-centred design. I create and study novel applications and interaction techniques that can positively transform people's social and emotional lives – independent of socio-economic background, personal ability or age. My work is highly collaborative, inter-disciplinary and places end-user participation and evaluation at its core. Currently, I'm a Senior Researcher in the Healthcare Intelligence group at Microsoft Research Cambridge. My research explores innovative approaches for applying AI and Machine Learning (ML) in real-world applications. More specifically, my current work (Project Talia) investigates how AI can become a useful vehicle in supporting the quality of care that is delivered through online psychotherapy programs. Taking a human-centred approach, I study how we can create (clinically) useful, interpretable and actionable ML insights that have the potential to improve the mental health outcomes of people who live with depression and anxiety; and can empower health professionals in their work practices. Related to this, I recently lead the organization of ACII workshop: Machine Learning for Affective Disorders. Past projects at Microsoft include: user research and interaction design in developing an assistive computer-vision based personal agent for people with vision impairments (Extending Capabilities); the co-design and study of socially inclusive technology that enables collaborative learning experiences for children with mixed-visual abilities (Project Torino, and its commercialized counterpart Code Jumper); and research exploring alternative approaches to designing and configuring digital displays (Disruptive Displays). Previously to my position at Microsoft, I was a Research Associate at Newcastle University’s Culture Lab on the RCUK Digital Economy Programme funded project: Social Inclusion through the Digital Economy (SiDE). My PhD research investigated how technology can meaningfully support the mental health and wellbeing of hospitalized women who had significant mental health problems (Spheres of Wellbeing).
Research Areas Human-Computer Interaction Mental Health and Wellbeing Inclusive Design Human-Centered Machine Learning Design & AI Research Ethics
2nd October 2019 - Microsoft Research Blog: Microsoft collaborates with SilverCloud Health to develop AI for improved mental health.
2nd October 2019 - Collaboration with SilverCloud Announced at Microsoft's 2019 Future Decoded.
10th September 2019 - I'll be on the discussion panel of UbiComp 2019 workshop Mental health: Sensing & Intervention.
3rd September 2019 - ACII 2019 workshop: Machine Learning for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Affective Disorders (ML4AD).
28th June 2019 - Code Jumper (Project Torino) is a 2019 Index Awards Finalist.
18th June 2019 - We are looking for an HCI Post-Doc for our healthcare team.
5th May 2019 - I'll be on the panel "Designing for Ethics" as part of the 4th Symposium on Computing and Mental Health (CMH 2019) at CHI 2019.
4th May 2019 - CHI 2019 workshop: Designing for Digital Wellbeing: A Research & Practice Agenda.