Scholar in residence August 2022
Benjamin R Cowan is an Associate Professor at UCD’s School of Information & Communication Studies. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology & Business Studies (2006) and his PhD in Usability Engineering (2011) at the University of Edinburgh. His research lies at the juncture between psychology, human-computer interaction and communication systems in investigating how design impacts aspects of user behaviour in social, collaborative and communicative technology interactions.
His primary research focuses specifically on how theory and quantitative methods from psychological science can be applied to understand and design user interactions with speech and language technologies. His work has also explored how to design technology for habit change across many domains and contexts. Dr Cowan is the co-founder and co-director of the HCI@UCD group, one of the largest HCI groups in Ireland and is a funded investigator in the Science Foundation Ireland (SFI)-funded ADAPT Centre. He is also the co-founder of the ACM Conversational User Interfaces (ACM CUI) conference and co-chair of the CUI steering committee.
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer and Systems Sciences at Stockholm University, Co-PI of research project Advanced Adaptive Intelligent Systems (AAIS), Former Co-Supervisor: On The Feminist Design of Social Robots and Designing Robots For Young People, With Young People, Digital Futures Faculty08-16 16 81