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).
20th March 2019 - ACII 2019 workshop accepted on Machine Learning for the Diagnosis and Treatment of Affective Disorders (ML4AD).
14th March 2019 - I'll be attending the 4th Symposium on Computing and Mental Health (CMH 2019) at CHI this year.
1st March 2019 - Paper on Politeness Strategies in the Design of Voice Agents for Mental Health accepted for CHI 2019 Workshop on Speech Interface Interactions.
20th February 2019 - Joining the Program Committee for Conversational User Interfaces CUI 2019.
12th February 2019 - CHI 2019 Demonstration accepted: Physical Programming for Blind and Low Vision Children at Scale.
23rd January 2019 - BBC News: Microsoft's pods teach blind children how to code.
22nd January 2019 - Microsoft Innovation Story: With Code Jumper, experts look to jumpstart computer science interest for kids who are blind.