I'm a human-computer interaction 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 research typically follows a highly collaborative and inter-disciplinary approach to technology design that places end-user participation and evaluation at its core. Currently, I'm a Researcher in the Human Experience & Design (HXD) group at Microsoft Research Cambridge, where I explore innovative approaches for applying AI and Machine Learning in real-world applications that seek to augment human capabilities. More specifically, I focus on the design of an effective person-agent dialogue. I'm further involved in the design of socially inclusive technology that enables collaborative learning experiences for children with mixed-visual abilities (Project Torino) as well as 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).
23rd October 2018 - Lee Stearns is presenting our ASSETS 2018 poster: Automated Person Detection in Dynamic Scenes to Assist People with Vision Impairments: An Initial Investigation.
10th October 2018 - I'm giving a Talk on Supporting Inclusion and Social Experiences through Technology Design at Cambridge University.
8th October 2018 - Interactions Article accepted: Towards Classroom Experinces Inclusive of Children with Disabilities.
20th September 2018 - Joining the PervasiveHealth 2019 Program Committee.
31st August 2018 - I'll be a Guest Speaker at the Machine Learning for Halthcare Workshop at DALI (Data, Learning and Inference) 2019 in Geroge, SA.
14th August 2018 - HCI Journal article accepted: Torino: A Tangible Programming Language Inclusive of children with visual disabilities.
18th July 2018 - I'm giving a keynote at the Active Minds Workshop in Glasgow.