Bio 1

I’m an associate professor at the School of Computer Science, University of Nottingham, UK, where I am a member of the Mixed Reality Lab. My research takes a human-centred view on AI-infused technologies to understand and support human activities and reasoning. My research approach is multidisciplinary, drawing on ethnography, participatory design, prototyping, and studies of technology deployments, often with an ethnomethodological and conversation analytic lens.

I am currently Co-Investigator and Research Director on the UKRI Trustworthy Autonomous Systems TAS Hub and a Co-I on the Horizon Digital Economy centre on “Trusted Data-Driven Products”.

Previously I co-lead the Smart Products Beacon project ‘RoboClean’ on ‘Human-Robot Collaboration for Allergen-Aware Factory Cleaning’ in manufacturing environments, and was a Co-I on EPSRC IoFT Network+ project ‘IoT-enhanced factory cleaning’, and a Co-I on DFID Transform-funded project ‘ALTCAI’ focusing on conversational technologies for health advice-giving. I was a site PI on the EPSRC A-IoT project on the design of interaction mechanisms and user interfaces for a future Autonomous Internet of Things (A-IoT). I was a Co-I on the UbiDesign project on design engineering processes that utilise real-time sensor based information and ubiquitous computing (Ubicomp).  I was a Co-I on the CharIoT project supporting non-profit energy advice work, and I have received EPSRC Impact Accelerator Account funding to increase the impact of the Chariot Energy Kit to for domestic environmental monitoring and sense making to support decision making. My post doc research on the EPSRC ORCHID platform grant focused on user­-centred explorations of smart future energy systems and disaster response.

My research has been published in over 80 publications in leading conferences and journals in HCI (e.g., CHI, ToCHI, CSCW, UbiComp) and AI (e.g., AAMAS, IJCAI, JAIR), and has been awarded Best Paper awards at CHI 2011, CHI 2013, AAMAS 2015, CHI 2018, and CUI 2019. I have previously done research at Fraunhofer Germany and interned at (formerly Xerox) PARC in the US. I have obtained my PhD in 2011 from the University of Nottingham. My PhD thesis is entitled ‘Understanding Receptivity to Interruptions in Mobile HCI’.

One comment on “Bio

  1. Reply Joel Fischer Aug 14,2017 11:46 pm

    Hi Joel: a friend of mine just sent me your site concerned that readers will confuse you with me. You do NOT want that to happen! I retired from the University of Hawai`i some years ago after 40 years on the faculty there. So, apparently, I am a bit older than you, or said in a mixed reality sort of way, you are a bit younger than me.

    However, I have been experiencing mixed reality ever since I was appointed as a professor, knowing I was not up to the job while students and other professors thought I was. now that I am decrepit and in my dotage, I am leaving you with the job of unmixing mixed reality wherever you go. Do it! joel

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