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Assistant Professor, School of Information & Communication Studies, University College Dublin

Dr Benjamin R Cowan is Assistant Professor at University College Dublin’s School of Information & Communication Studies (UCD ICS). He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology & Business Studies (2006) as well as his PhD in Usability Engineering (2011) at the University of Edinburgh.

His research lies at the juncture between psychology, human-computer interaction and communication systems in investigating how design impacts aspects of user behaviour in social, collaborative and communicative technology interactions.

He focuses specifically on how theory and quantitative methods from psychological science can be applied to understand and design speech and language technologies across of number of domains and contexts.

Dr Cowan is the co-founder and co-director of the HCI@UCD group, one of the largest human-computer interaction research groups in Ireland and is a funded investigator in the SFI funded ADAPT Centre.


  • 2014–present
    Assistant Professor, University College Dublin
  • 2010–2014
    PostDoctoral Fellow, University of Birmingham