Dr Anna L Cox

Deputy Director of UCLIC

Reader in Human-Computer Interaction

Location: Room 8.21

University College London
Malet Place Engineering Building (8th Floor), UCL, Gower Street - London - WC1E 6BT, U.K

Telephone: Tel: +44 (0)20 7679 0687 (Internal: X30687)
Email: anna.cox (at) ucl.ac.uk

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2014 News & External Activities

Articles in Popular Media

My current research falls in the broad area of HCI for Health & Wellbeing: this includes work on reducing human error in the use of medical devices, exploring the ways in which technology can influence digital practices that may affect wellbeing, and immersion and engagement in digital hobbies, such as games and citizen science projects, and their influence on post-work recovery.

Current projects:

ECLIPSE: Exploring the Current Landscape of Intravenous Infusion Practices & Errors (NIHR HS&DR)   12/209/27. £491,919.40. The project will run from July 2014 for 36 months. (Co-I)

Digital Epiphanies (EPSRC) EP/K025392/1. £195,135 The project started in February 2013 and will run for 18 months. (PI)

Citizen Cyberlab (EU FP7) 317705. €3,400,000 (approx. £2,704,754) The project started in October 2012 and will run for 3 years. (Co-I)

CHI+MED: Computer–Human Interaction for Medical Devices (EPSRC Programme Grant) EP/G059063/1. £5,792,050 The project started in October 2009 and will run for 6 years. (UCL Site Lead)

Completed projects:

Healthy Interactive Systems in Healthcare (EPRSC Platform Grant) EP/G004560/1. £422,828 The project started in February 2009 and ran for 5 years. (Co-I)

KTP 6938 funded by ESRC & the Technology Strategy Board with Paperstone on the use of 'Human-Computer Interaction' methods to transfer usability and accessibility knowledge to the company. £116,856 The project started in February 2009 and ran for 18 months. (PI)

A rational framework for modeling interactive search (EPSRC First Grant) GR/T28225/01. £122,692 The project started in February 2005 and ran for 2 years 3 months. (PI)

Where it all began:

In this photo that was taken in the early 1980s I am "helping" my nan try to use a BBC computer.  I seem to have been watching people use computers ever since!

After spending some time following the instructions (I don't remember what she was trying to achieve), my nan famously said something like "Well it's all very interesting but I don't think it will catch on"!


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My publications are also listed on my google scholar profile.

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Applied cognitive science

Part of the MSc in HCI-E, the course covers both theoretical and applied aspects of psychology as they relate to the design of interactive systems. [course material]

User-Centred Evaluation Methods

Part of the MSc in HCI-E, the course covers a range of data gathering and analysis methods that are relevant to the concerns of Human–Computer Interaction.. [course material]

Psychology seminar leader

Part of the BSc in Psychology, small-group discussions focusing on course material.

Post-Doctoral Research Associates

Dr Emily Collins: funded by EPSRC Digital Epiphanies project

Dr Jo Iacovides: funded by EPSRC CHI+MED project

Dr Charlene Jennett: funded by EU project Citizen Cyberlab


Current PhD/EngD Students

1st supervisor:

Marta Cecchinato - Personal informatics for digital eiphanies (2013-): funded by EPSRC DTG

Sandy Gould - How do the attributes of an interruption affect deferral? (2010-): funded by EPSRC CHI+MED

Kathy Stawarz - Supporting memory for short-term routines (2012-): funded by EPSRC DTG

Sarah Wiseman - Transcribing numbers (2010-): funded by Psychology & Language Sciences Demonstratorship

2nd supervisor

Amirrudin Kamsin - Tools to support task scheduling and reminding (2008-)

Jessica Wardlaw - Usable analysis & visualisation tools for the processing of healthcare statistics (EngD, Dr Foster Intelligence 2009-)


Former Research Associates

Dr Jonathan Back research associate 2009-2014; now research associate Centre for Applied Resilience in Healthcare, Kings College London

Dr Jon Bird: Senior Research Associate on Digital Epiphanies project 2013; now Lecturer at City University, London

Ms Enzian Baur KTP associate 2009-2010

Dr Mariana Silva research associate 2005-2007; now Head of Gaming User Experience at Foviance


Completed PhD Students

Dr Maartje Ament (2011) The Role of Goal Relevance in the Occurrence of Systematic Slip Errors in Routine Procedural Tasks, PhD thesis, UCL (now studying medicine at Imperial College London)

Dr Stephen Hassard (2011)The impact of analogies on decision making during the design process, PhD thesis, UCL.

Dr Charlene Jennett (2010) Is Game Immersion Just Another Form of Selective Attention? An Empirical Investigation of Real World Dissociation in Computer Game Immersion, PhD thesis, UCL (completed a postdoc at UCL Department of Computer Science with Prof Angela Sasse and now returned to UCLIC to work on the Citizen Cyberlab project)

Dr Eduardo Calvillo-Gamez (2009) On the Core Elements of the Experience of Playing Video Games: Studying the Gaming Experience, PhD thesis, UCL.

Dr Stephann Makri (2008) How do lawyers behave when using electronic legal resources? PhD thesis, UCL (now a Lecturer at City University, London)

Research-methods-book.jpg Research Methods for Human Computer Interaction: Cambridge University Press. Paul Cairns & Anna L Cox (Eds)

'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

We also offer a Tutorial based on the book, which has been delivered at HCI2008 and at UCL to the MSc HCI-E students.

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