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Prof Anna Cox
66-72 Gower Street
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  • Professor of Human-Computer Interaction
  • UCL Interaction Centre
  • Div of Psychology & Lang Sciences
  • Faculty of Brain Sciences

Anna Cox is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) in the Faculty of Brain Sciences. She was Deputy-Director of UCLIC 2009-2017, chair of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, achieving renewal of a silver award on 2 occasions, and Faculty Athena SWAN lead 2017-2019. She is also a parent.

Professor Cox's first degree is in Cognitive Science (Hertfordshire), and her MSc is in Human-Computer Interaction (Queen Mary, University of London). She was awarded her PhD from the University of Hertfordshire in 2002. She became a lecturer in the Computer Science department at University of Hertfordshire before moving to UCL as a Lecturer in 2004. She was promoted to full professor in 2017.

Professor Cox has published widely, beginning with her PhD work on exploratory learning, to more recent work on human error, digital games, habit formation and personal informatics. Her current research focuses on work and wellbeing in the digital age.

Professor Cox is a member of the CHI steering committee. She was Specialist Advisor to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the House of Commons for their 2019 inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. She has served in senior roles on the programme and organising committees of a number of top-tier HCI conferences, including as technical programme chair for CHI2018 and CHI2019 and general chair of CHI PLAY 2015 and 2016.

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Research Summary

My research lies in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I aim to systematically establish the relationships between the design of information and communications technologies (ICTs) and behavioural outcomes, and leverage these relationships in the design of novel interfaces and systems to support people in managing their work and wellbeing.

Teaching Summary

Up to 2021/22: module convenor for PSYC0099 Serious and Persuasive Games.

From 2022/23: module convenor for The Digital Workplace

I also teach research methods on PSYC0101 Interaction Science. I co-edited one of the key texts for the module 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.

01-OCT-2017 Professor UCL Interaction Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2013 – 30-SEP-2017 Reader UCL Interaction Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-OCT-2009 – 30-SEP-2013 Senior Lecturer UCL Interaction Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-APR-2004 – 30-SEP-2009 Lecturer UCL Interaction Centre University College London, United Kingdom
01-JUN-2002 – 31-MAR-2004 Lecturer Computer Science University of Hertfordshire, United Kingdom
Academic Background
2003   Postgraduate Certificate in Learning and Teaching in Higher Education University of Hertfordshire
2002   Doctor of Philosophy University of Hertfordshire
1998   Master of Science Queen Mary and Westfield College
1997   Bachelor of Science (Honours) University of Hertfordshire
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