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).
12th February 2019 - CHI 2019 Demonstration of Project Torino accepted.
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.
5th January 2019 - I'm giving a talk on Ethics and User Perspectives in Healthcare at DALI 2019 - Data, Learning and Inference.
21st December 2018 - Our article is published in ACM Interactions: Toward Classroom Experiences Inclusive of Students with Disabilities.
12th December 2018 - We announced the nominees of the TEI 2019 Student Design Challenge.
6th December 2018 - I'm giving the closing plenary on Inclusive Design at the Disability Confident event.
29th November 2018 - I’m now a SIGCHI Inclusion Innovator, supporting accessibility in creating inclusive events.
28th November 2018 - CHI 2019 workshop accepted: Designing for Digital Wellbeing: A Research & Practice Agenda.