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

Anna Cox is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and the Athena SWAN lead for the Faculty of Brain Sciences. She was Deputy-Director of UCLIC 2009-2017 and 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. She is also a parent.

Anna'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.

Anna 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.

Anna is a member of both the CHI and the CHI PLAY steering committees. She was currently 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.

Research Summary

I use theories and methods from social science to study work-based digital technology use, in order to help people be happier, healthier and more productive. My research interests include the use of digital tech to help:

* reduce work-related stress 

* maintain a good work-life balance

* remain focused and ignore distractions when working

Teaching Summary

I'm the module convenor for PSYC0099 Serious and Persuasive Games.

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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