I am a Lecturer in Computing and head of the Animal-Computer Interaction Lab at The Open University.
My work focuses on requirements, design and evaluation of pervasive computing systems for practical, real-world applications. My research investigates how computing technology can foster new forms of communication, interaction and cooperation, and provide novel technological solutions to address challenges faced by interconnected, coevolving species sharing a changing social, built and natural environment.
In 2011 I founded the Animal-Computer Interaction (ACI) Laboratory and have since been leading its research program. The ACI Lab's mission is to expand the boundaries of interaction design and the design of interactive systems beyond the human species. The program's aims include investigating the interaction between animals and technology, designing technology to support animals in different contexts, and developing user-centred approaches to the design of technology intended for more-than-human animals. The ultimate goal of this work is to contribute to human and animal wellbeing, social inclusion, interspecies cooperation and environmental restoration.
I am a member of the teaching team for The Open University’s courses Fundamentals of Interaction Design and Interaction Design Everywhere. I supervise PhD students in ACI and hosting visiting students who want to learn about or work on ACI projects.