Chair professor, Lancaster University

I research Human Computer Interaction, with a focus on designing technologies for remembering, reflecting, sense-making and creative design thinking. My goal is to shape the interaction design and user experience; I see technology as a means to an end, for understanding human behaviour and for supporting people to reach their potential. I was co-Chair of the British Human Computer Interaction 2007 conference and investigator on grants totalling over £10m.

My research interests include human-computer interaction, interaction design, user experience, designing tools and interactive systems to support high level skill acquisition and training such as creative and reflective thinking in design, autobiographical reasoning, emotional processing and spatial cognition. This work explores and integrates wearable bio sensors, lifelogging technologies and virtual reality. Analytical orientations: ethnographic and experimental studies, design thinking and design rationale.

I have been a lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications since 2004. Prior to joining Computing Department I was a scholar reading for a PhD in Computer Science at the University College Dublin, Ireland. My previous studies include a MA in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science and a BA in Psychology, from the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, Romania, where I also worked as Assistant Professor.

I have co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications on topics such interaction design, user experience, cognitive and computational models, as well as design education. I have been an active member of the HCI community, acting as general co-chair of the 21st British HCI conference in 2007, as well as co-chair of several CHI workshops (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010).

Experience

  • 2017–present
    Chair professor, Lancaster University
  • 2010–2017
    Senior Lecturer, Lancaster University
  • 2004–2010
    Lecturer, Lancaster University

Education

  • 2004 
    University College Dublin, PhD Computer Science
  • 1998 
    University Lucian Blaga, BSc Mathematics and Computer Science
  • 1997 
    University Babes-Bolyai, MA Industrial and Organisational Psychology
  • 1996 
    University Lucian Blaga, BSc Psychology

Grants and Contracts

  • 2017
    AffecTech: Personal Technologies for Affective Health
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    European Commission
  • 2016
    PACTMAN: Trust, Privacy and Consent in Future Pervasive Environments
    Role:
    CoI
    Funding Source:
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • 2016
    Designing Multisensory Interactions: Emotional User Experience of 3D Printed-Food Consumption
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • 2013
    RECALL: Rethinking and redefining memory augmentation
    Role:
    CoI
    Funding Source:
    European Commission
  • 2012
    Mobile Technologies for Supporting Reflective Design Practices
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    VINNOVA, Swedish Governmental Agency for Innovation Systems
  • 2012
    Sav-e: Sustainable Added Value e-chain
    Role:
    CoI
    Funding Source:
    Technology Strategy Board
  • 2011
    CaTalyST: Citizens Transforming Society: Tools for Change
    Role:
    CoI
    Funding Source:
    Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council
  • 2008
    DESIRE: Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology
    Role:
    PI
    Funding Source:
    European Commission