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 3108 7074 (Internal: X57074)
Email: anna.cox (at) ucl.ac.uk

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External Activities

Articles in Popular Media

Current funding

Open3D: Collaborative Editing for 3D Virtual Worlds (EPSRC) EP/M013685/1. £712,097. The project will run for 36 months.

C-PLACID: Computational PLatform for Assessment of Cognition In Dementia (EPSRC) EP/M006093/1. £1,430,004. The project will run from January 2015 to December 2017.

Media Multitasking in New Broadcasting System Content Experiences. EPSRC & BBC Studentship. £100K, 2014-18.

Working From Home: Investigating How Interruptions Impact Remote Workers. UCL BEAMS PhD+ EPSRC Doctoral Prize, Co-I. £100K, 2014-16.

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

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. (Co-I)

Completed projects:

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

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, 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 Sandy Gould: funded by  UCL BEAMS PhD+ EPSRC Doctoral Prize Working from home: Investigating how interruptions impact remote workers

Dr Jo Iacovides: funded by EPSRC CHI+MED project

Dr Charlene Jennett: funded by EU Citizen Cyberlab project 

Dr Sarah Wiseman: funded by EPSRC CHI+MED project


Current PhD/EngD Students

1st supervisor:

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

Ian Renfree - Digital engagement with health related personal informatics systems (2015- ): funded by EPSRC DTG iHealth Studentship

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

2nd supervisor:

Amid Ayobi - An ethnography of personal informatics (2015- ): funded by EPSRC DTG

Judith Borghouts - Data transcription (2014-): funded by Psychology & Language Sciences Demonstratorship

Jake Rigby - Media Multitasking (2014- ): funded by EngD, EPSRC & BBC 

Jessica Wardlaw - Introducing User-Centred Design: a Longitudinal Study of a Healthcare Informatics Organisation (2009-): funded by EPSRC & EngD, Dr Foster Intelligence 


2014/15 Project Students

Joe Minas (MSc Cognitive and Decision Sciences,  with Dr Charlene Jennett) - free-to-play games

Amy Mullin (MSc Cognitive and Decision Sciences, with Dr Sandy Gould) - Multitasking

Simrita Shaheed (MSc HCI-E, with Kathy Stawarz) - Changing for good: Can positive reinforcement in mobile apps help users in the adoption of new habits?

Minghui Zhang (MSc ICT Innovation, with Dr Emily Collins) - Can playing digital games at work increase productivity?


Former Research Associates

Dr Jonathan Back research associate 2009-2014; now research associate at 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 Emily Collins: research associate 2012-2014; now research associated at Serious Games Institute, Coventry University

Dr Mariana Silva research associate 2005-2007; now Head of Product Strategy at William Hill


Completed PhD Students

Dr Sarah Wiseman  (2014) Designing for Numerical Transcription Typing: Frequent Numbers Matter PhD thesis, UCL (now at Open University & UCLIC as a post-doctoral research associate)

Dr Sandy Gould (2014) What Makes an Interruption Disruptive? Understanding the Effects of Interruption Relevance and Timing on Performance PhD thesis, UCL (now continuing at UCLIC as a post-doctoral research associate)

Dr Amirrudin Kamsin (2014) Tools to support task scheduling and reminding PhD thesis, UCL (now lecturer at University Of Malaya)

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. (now User Experience Designer at Garmin)

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. (now Chief Information Officer of the City of San Luis Potosí, México)

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 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

The book is available direct from the publisher, from amazon, and other good booksellers!

We both teach research methods to masters students at our home institutions, and have also delivered research methods teaching to conference attendees: 


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