I'm a third year PhD Student supervised by David Kirk. My decision to pursue a PhD in Computing Science at Newcastle University is driven by my desire to investigate modern digital systems for Human-Computer interaction. This applies particularly to the use of new technologies like interactive surfaces, actuators or embedded sensors.
My PhD explores the ways in which technology could be perceived as autonomous and how autonomy influences interaction. Research has shown that humans are very engaged by autonomous behaviours and under certain circumstances react socially towards it. I want to explore this effect and leverage it in support of human-computer interaction.
I made an instructable about my latest project, Diri the actuated helium balloon, check it out here: http://www.instructables.com/id/Diri-the-actuated-helium-balloon/
I'm currently working as a Research Fellow at UCL. More about me here.