UCL Computer Science


UCL Computer Science Professor elected as Fellow of the Royal Society

11 May 2022

Professor Yvonne Rogers, Director of the UCL Interaction Centre and Deputy Head of UCL Computer Science, received Fellowship of the Royal Society for her outstanding contribution to science.

Yvonne Rogers

Professor Rogers is one of 62 new Fellows to be elected to the Royal Society this year, an honour awarded to the world's most eminent scientists. 

Yvonne is a pioneer of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and one of the leaders who created the field of Ubiquitous Computing. Her research is concerned with augmenting human activities with a diversity of computational technologies. She investigates, invents, and designs interactive technologies that enhance life through extending learning, everyday and work activities.

She is best known for her foundational work on innovative learning technologies, new theories about how technology enhances human behaviour (e.g. external cognition) and alternative methodologies (e.g. in the wild studies). Her extensive research has been influential in shaping HCI and has led to many books and publications.

On receiving the honour, Yvonne commented: “I am so excited by this news. It means so much to be recognised by this esteemed society for my contributions to computer science. It is fantastic news, too, for my field of human-computer interaction.”

Professor Steve Hailes, Head of Department at UCL Computer Science, said: "Yvonne has been a visionary leader in the creation of a community that sits between Computer Science, Psychology and a range of other disciplines.

As part of this, Yvonne has long been a strong supporter of early career researchers, she is an author of the seminal textbook in her area and she has been a pioneer of outreach to school children and the wider public. Many congratulations to Yvonne on this well-deserved recognition."

Professor Nigel Titchener-Hooker, Executive Dean of the Faculty of Engineering Sciences, said: "This is a simply wonderful result for an individual who has demonstrated great leadership throughout her career and is a powerful role model for us all."

This is Yvonne's third major award of the year, following her SIGCHI Lifetime Research award and the Royal Society Milner Medal for Computer Science.