Lenia Margariti

Lenia Margariti

Doctoral Trainee

I come from an Architecture and Urban Design background (MSc with distinction at University of Edinburgh) and I have been involved with the technology sector through intensive industry-based training in UX and Software Development.

In the past I have worked as a Designer & Research Assistant for projects related with architecture, 3D design & digital media; and as Digital Transformation Analyst based in Cosmote Telecom. Through my last role I have been exposed to Design Thinking for Business Innovation, Prototyping, UI/UX, front-end development, and design and development for AR/VR for health and safety trainings.

I am interested in the design of technologies to address the spatial context, bringing my academic background and professional experience into HCI research. My research interest in Smart Environments, Ambient Intelligence and Human-Building Interaction brought me in contact with Prof David Kirk and Open Lab.

My PhD project relates with use of personal data in order to improve wellbeing and user experience in the built environment. I am currently working with wearable and embedded sensors, focusing on behavior monitoring (movement and mood) in the workplace and the domestic setting. My long-term goal is to explore new forms of environmental responses and adaptations in order to enhance the emotional wellbeing of the building occupants.

I am also part of IDEA FAST project, working in evaluating the usability and user experience of various wearable devices. My further research & design interests relate with spatial UX, spatial computing, 3D/2D data visualization, spatial analytics and VR/AR/MR simulations.