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Prof Anna Cox
8.21
MPEB
Gower Street
London
WC1E 6BT
Appointment
  • Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
  • UCL Interaction Centre
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences
Research Themes
Research Summary

The main theme of my research is Cognitive Science applied to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). Whether it's programming a central heating timer, processing our email or entering data into an ordering system, routine task performance accounts for much of our activity on interactive systems. My research in this area has explored factors that affect both a novice's ability to learn how to use a system and an expert's ability to complete tasks error-free.

In addition there is an important strand of research developing methods to support the design and evaluation of systems in real world situations, including gaming, task management and information seeking. My work in this area now focuses on developing methods for supporting the design and evaluation of safety-critical systems.

Teaching Summary
I lead the modules Applied Cognitive Science which is delivered to MSc HCI-E students and HCI which is delivered to BSc Psychology students.  I also contribute toUser-Centred Evaluation Methods (MSc HCI-E).

I am interested in the use of research methods in HCI and together with Paul Cairns, University of York, wrote: Research Methods for Human Computer Interaction: Cambridge University Press. 'Research Methods for Human-Computer Interaction is a wonderful resource, for both students and practitioners, who need to take a scientific approach to the design of user interfaces. [....]' Dr Alan Blackwell, Reader in Interdisciplinary Design, University of Cambridge Computer Laboratory
Appointments
01-JUN-2002 – 31-MAR-2004 Lecturer Computer Science University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003 PGCLTHE Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education – Academic studies in Higher Education University of Hertfordshire
2002 PhD Doctor of Philosophy – Cognitive Science University of Hertfordshire
1998 MSc Master of Science – Human-computer Interaction Queen Mary and Westfield College
1997 BSc Hons Bachelor of Science (Honours) – Cognitive Science University of Hertfordshire
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