Very much inspired by the work of Cliff  Nass and Terry Winograd my work is at the intersection of psychology, design and computer science. The research I do focuses on finding fundamental relationships between humans and autonomous systems and software. We are interested both in understanding human psychology, social psychology and cultural aspects of behaviour and in making innovative interactive experiences that help people do their work better, safer, faster and in a more enjoyable way, that are the practical outcomes of our findings.

The specific domains my students and I focus on are:

  • User interaction with adaptive, autonomous and learning systems.
  • Cross-cultural interaction design
  • Human-Robot Interaction, particularly robots as social actors and embodied entities.
  • Human-Car/home Interaction, particularly the interaction with autonomous cars/spaces, embodied interfaces in cars/homes, interaction with the sensory car/home environment.
  • Mobile Interfaces, social interaction with mobile phones, location-based interaction,  and distributed sensing.
  • User Modelling, including emotion, social behaviour, and
  • Innovative Interfaces such as voice, gesture, interactive surfaces  and augmented reality.