The overarching goal of my research is to build technologies that enhance people’s cognitive abilities and help them navigate a world full of information and distractions through pervasive and ambient computing.

In the beginning of 2021, I published the edited volume Technology-Augmented Perception and Cognition together with Evangelos Niforatos.

In my research, I apply user-centered design principles to design, implement, and deploy ubiquitous computing systems, specifically in the following application areas:

Cognition-Aware Systems

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Cognition-aware systems are technologies that sense users cognitive states, model systematic variations, and adaptate their interface and behaviour. Using biophysical sensors this work foucses on quantifying and modelling users’ attention, alertness, and general cognitive performance to consider the cognitive state as a context variable.

Reading Interfaces

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Reading takes increasingly place on digital devivces where medium, interface, and content presentation are highly dynamic. Additionally, the information age provides us with challenges of information overload leading to the creation of new reading behaviours. In this work strand, I investigate these behaviours and design interfaces with the goal of providing better readability, prioritising information gain over attention capture, and instilling better reading habits in users.

Cognitive Security

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With social computing systems and algorithms having been shown to give rise to unintended consequences, one of the suspected success criteria is their ability to integrate and utilize people’s inherent cognitive biases. Biases can be present in users, systems and their contents. This strand of work focuses on people’s cognitive vulnerabilities and the design of systems that support critical thinking in an age of misinformation.

Digital Health

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Technological developments in ubiquitous sensing, data source integration, and machine-learning offer new opportunities for patient care. Technologies provide the means to continuously measure individuals’ behaviours and health state to support the achievement of behavioural goals. This research strand focuses on the development of monitoring technologies and conversational interfaces that help instil and sustain healthy behaviours. In this context, we have recently established a joint PhD graduate program between the Berlin University Alliance and the University of Melbourne.

I am always looking for ambitious PhD students interested in these areas. If they strike your interest and you are excited about working in Australia and/or Germany, do reach out!

Current Project Funding

Scheme Title Amount (AUD) Period
NHMRC Ideas Grant Harnessing information technology to improve self-management behaviours and health outcome in people with heart failure: A smarthome ecosystem Living Lab Study 1,239,220 2021-2025
Melbourne-Berlin University Alliance Digital Technologies to Measure and Promote Sustainable Health Behaviour Change 53,000 2021
ADOBE Documents Intelligence Lab Quantifying Reading Behaviours on Mobile Devices 13,000 2020

Past Project Funding

Scheme Title Amount (AUD) Period
MSE Platform Interdisciplinary Grant Detecting Cognitive Biases with Biophysical Sensors to Battle Misinformation 30,000 2020
DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) Adaptive Learning Interfaces 24,800 2019
UniMelb Automotive Engineering Graduate Program (AEGP) From Future Fuels to the Future of Transport 644,000 2019

Early Career Researcher Grant (ECR) Scheme of The University of Melbourne Critical media - Building Technologies for Media Literacy and Depolarisation 38,000 2019