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AffecTech Team (Lancaster University)

Academics

Professor Corina Sas

Corina is Principal Investigator for the AffecTech consortium with extensive expertise in Human-Computer Interaction. Professor of Human-Computer Interaction and Digital Health at Lancaster University, Corina’s research interests include designing interactive tools and systems to support high level skill acquisition and training, including emotional processing, creative design and reflective thinking.

Professor Nigel Davies

Lancaster University’s Professor Davies is Co-Investigator for the AffecTech project, building on extensive research experience in the field of mobile and wearables technologies in a health and social context. Nigel’s forthcoming publications include design insights for developing mobile services for senior citizens to support independent living.

Dr Jason Alexander

Jason is a lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications at Lancaster University and is also Co-Investigator for the AffecTech project. His primary research interests are in Human-Computer Interaction, with a particular interest in developing the next generation of interaction techniques.

Dr Elena Geangu

A lecturer at the Department of Psychology at Lancaster University, Elena’s major research areas include investigation into how empathy develops during the first years of life, including how young children across cultures develop coherent emotional concepts. Elena is Co-Investigator for the AffecTech project.

Administration

Alan Cole

Alan handles administration for AffecTech and is the project’s Communications Officer, based at Lancaster University. He has an extensive background in journalism and digital marketing, more recently focusing on technology and the social impact sector.

Carol Airey

Finance Officer for the AffecTech project, Carole is also Research Projects Officer at Lancaster University, managing a range of UK and international research projects for the school of Computing and Communications.

Kungliga Tekniska Hoegskolan, Sweden

Professor Kristina Höök

Scientist in charge for AffecTech at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) in Stockholm is Kristina Höök who is a professor in Interaction Design at the institute, and a former director of the Mobile Life centre. A previous Grand Prize winner for HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) from the Swedish Interdisciplinary Association, Höök’s research interests include affective interaction, somaesthetic design and the Internet of Things. Professor Höök also works part-time at RI.SE SICS (Swedish Institute of Computer Science) and is an elected member of the Royal Swedish Academy of Engineering Sciences (IVA).

Dr Pedro Sanches

Pedro is a Postdoctoral Researcher at KTH (Royal Institute of Technology) with a special interest in the social implications of emerging technologies and experience in design and evaluation of information systems. His broad experience includes expertise in Software Engineering and the design of self-tracking stress management systems.

Trinity College, Ireland

Dr Gavin Doherty

Healthcare technology specialist Gavin Doherty is Associate Professor and Fellow at Trinity College Dublin. A co-founder of SilverCloud Health, Gavin has led a number of research projects in the area of Human-Computer Interaction, including a focus on the issues surrounding design and mental healthcare.

University of Oxford, UK

Professor Marta Kwiatkowska

Marta Kwiatkowska is Professor of Computing Systems and Fellow of Trinity College, University of Oxford and a Fellow of ACM, member of Academia Europea and Fellow of the BCS. A global leader in quantitative verification and synthesis, with a focus on model-based technologies to support the design and software quality assurance for sensor-enabled embedded devices, her achievements include the development of the PRISM model checker, the winner of the HVC 2016 Award, and widely used for research and teaching.

Universita Di Pisa, Italy

Dr Enzo Pasquale Scilingo

Enzo Pasquale Scilingo is an Associate Professor in Electronic and Information Bioengineering at the University of Pisa. Main research expertise includes wearable monitoring systems, human-computer interfaces, biomedical and biomechanical signal processing, modelling, control and instrumentation. A former coordinator of the European research and innovation project, FP7 PSYCHE: Personalised monitoring System for Care in mental Health, he is currently Work Package Leader (WPL) of the FP7 IP project WEARHAP: Wearable Haptics for Humans and Robots.

Universitat Jaume I De Castellon, Spain

Professor Cristina Botella

Cristina Botella, Professor of Clinical Psychology at Universitat Jaume I, Castellón brings wide experience in national and international research projects. Her main line of research is the application of new technologies to Clinical Psychology for the treatment of mental disorders and promoting wellbeing. Professor Botella is a previous winner of the Annual CyberTherapy Excellence in Research Award; and the Social Board Award for Excellence in Research at UJI, and is funder/director of the Psychology and Technology Laboratory, LabPsiTec.

Universita Cattolica Del Sacro Cuore, Italy

Professor Giuseppe Riva

With interests including Communication Design, Computer Graphics, Human-Computer Interaction Professor Giuseppe Riva is Director of the Interactive Communication and Ergonomics of New Technologies at the Catholic University of Milan, Italy, and also a professor of General Psychology and Communication Psychology. Widely published in the field of VR-based therapy, he received the Laval Virtual Award for the best world-wide virtual reality applications in the field of Medicine (2005) and Science (2007).

Professor Enrico Molinari

Professor of Clinical Psychology at the Faculty of Psychology of the Catholic University of Milan, where he also teaches Psychology of Rehabilitation. Research includes the evaluation of the process and outcome of rehabilitation and psychotherapeutic treatments. Professor Molinari coordinates the Clinical Psychology Laboratory and was the past-president of the regional (Lumbardy) Psychology Charter, member of the Società Italiana di Psicologia e Psicoterapia Relazionale (SIPPR) and trainer for the Società Italiana di Ricerca e Terapia Sistemica (SIRTS).

Dr Claudia Repetto

Dr Claudia Repetto of Catholic University of the Sacred Heart, Milan has research experience in Cognitive Psychology, Neuropsychology and new technologies. Her specific expertise is in the treatment of anxiety disorders using mobile technologies.

Boğaziçi Universitesi, Turkey

Professor Cem Ersoy

Professor Cem Ersoy is Chair of Computer Engineering at Boğaziçi University in Istanbul, and has held several senior positions in technology innovation, including as Leader of the Wireless Sensor Networks Research Group, Wi-Se, and co-founder of the Computer Networks Research Laboratory, NETLAB. His expertise includes wireless ad-hoc and sensor networks, ubiquitous computing, and pervasive healthcare applications. Ersoy is also the Chair of the IEEE Communications Society Turkish Chapter.

Dr Bert Arnrich

Dr Arnrich is based in Boğaziçi University, Istanbul, Turkey, where he is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Engineering Department. He brings extensive multi-sector expertise in wearable, personal and ubiquitous computing technologies with a focus on developing personal health assistants in order to pave the way for a pervasive, user-centred and preventive healthcare system.

Dr Hande Alemdar

Dr Hande Alemdar of the Department of Computer Engineering, Boğaziçi University, has research expertise in Wireless Sensor Networks, Ambient Assisted Living Human Activity Sensing, Machine Learning and Pattern Recognition.

Philips Research, Netherlands

Dr Boris de Ruyter

Dr Boris de Ruyter is Principal Scientist at Philips Research. With a PhD in Psychology, Boris has rich interdisciplinary experience, collaborating with Philips neuroscientists, biologists, engineers, mathematicians, chemists and physicists; in research for the development of technical innovations in the area of mental health and well-being. Key areas of research include user modelling, user interface concepts and psychometrics.

Professor Joyce Westerink

Joyce Westerink is Principal Scientist at Philips Research and holds a chair in Wellbeing and Psychophysiology in Human-Technology Interaction at Eindhoven University of Technology. At Philips Research she has specialised on topics involving human interaction with consumer products, with recent work focusing on improving wellbeing for target groups along the mental health continuum, deploying psychophysiological measurements for monitoring and (closed-loop) feedback.

Dr Tim Leufkens

Tim is a research scientist with a PhD in Biological Psychology at Philips Research. Research interests include neuropsychology, neurological and mental health, cognitive performance, and psychopharmacology with a particular interest in sleep, and sleep disorders, drugs and driving.

The Leeds Teaching Hospitals National Health Service Trust, UK

Dr Heather Iles-Smith

Dr Heather Iles-Smith is Head of Nursing Research and Innovation at Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust and is responsible for research capacity building and strategy of nursing and Allied Healthcare Professionals. She has over 20 year experience of conducting, coordinating and managing clinical research.

Professor Linda McGowan

Linda McGowan is Professor of Applied Health Research at NHS Leeds and Director of Research and Innovation at the University of Leeds. She has a Masters in health services research and health technology assessment (ScHaRR) and a PhD in health psychology. Linda’s research interests include women’s health, maternal health and wellbeing.

Dr Kamila Hortynska

Dr Kamila Hortynska is a mindfulness teacher and supervisor, CBT Therapist and Principal Clinical Psychologist at Psychology and Psychotherapy Service at Leeds and York (Mental Health) Partnership NHS Foundation Trust. Research experience includes ethics of working with clinical population.

Plux – Wireless Biosignals, Portugal

Professor Hugo Gamboa

An expert in biosignal research and innovation, Professor Gamboa is an Assistant Professor at Faculdade de Ciências e Tecnologia from Universidade Nova de Lisboa and is a founder and President of PLUX. He currently coordinates a multidisciplinary team that covers microelectronics, biosignal processing and software development. Awards include the Biggest Innovation at Hit Barcelona International Innovation Summit, as CEO of PLUX.
For more information about the AffecTech partners visit our consortium page.

AffecTech is a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network funded by European Commission H2020