Dr Parisa Eslambolchilar
I am a senior lecturer (associate professor) in Human-Computer Interaction. I lead the Complex Systems Research Group and the Human Factors Technology Research Priority Area at the School of Computer Science and Informatics. My research interests include human-computer interaction, ubiquitious computing and designing interactive systems to support self-reflection, self-monitoring, feedback (audio, haptic, visual and soma), identification of barriers to change, persuasion, immersion and navigation. My work exploits Internet of Things, wearables, smartphones, augmented reality and virtual reality. Analytical orientations: experimental studies, design thinking and auto-ethnography.
My teaching is linked to National Software Academy (NSA). I teach Emerging Technologies (CM6321) to 3rd year undergraduate students at NSA.
Education and qualifications
- 2003–2006 PhD in Computer Science, Hamilton Institute, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
- 2000–2002 Masters in Eng. (2-year programme) in Robotics and Artificial Intelligence, University of Tehran (Iran)
- 1994–1999 Bachelors in Eng. (4-year programme) in Computer Hardware Engineering, University of Amirkabir (Tehran, Iran)
- March 2017 - present Senior lecturer at School of Computer Science and Informatics, Cardiff University
- September 2015 - present Honorary contracted researcher in Public Health Highlands
- July 2014- Aug 2015 Honorary contracted researcher in Public Health Wales
- Jan 2015– April 2015 Visiting Professor in University of Grenoble (Engineering Human Computer Interaction Group)
- June 2013-Jan 2017 Associate Professor, HCI, Computer Science Department, Swansea University
- March 2007-June 2013 Assistant Professor, HCI Computer Science Department, Swansea University
- Oct 2006- Feb 2007 Research fellow, Hamilton Institute, National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Ireland
- April 2003-Oct 2006 Research assistant/PhD student, Hamilton Institute, National University of Ireland, Maynooth
Honours and awards
- British Science Festival 2016 team: Modelling Activity using Real-time Sensors (MARS): How long does it take to burn off a MARS bar, video
- Best paper awards in ACM conferences (ICDL 2010, ECDL 2009 and Mobile HCI 2009)
- Ranked second in RoboFesta-2001 (Robot Festival Games - Partner Robots, 23-25 Nov, Yokohama, Japan)
- HEA fellowship
- EPSRC Associate Peer Review College member, 2016- present
- Member of College of Experts, Welsh Government, July 2015- present
- Science Café Seminars series in Dylan Thomas Centre, Robotics in the Future of Our Society, panel member and speaker on human-robot interaction, Swansea, February 2016
- Attitudes towards Attention and Ageing: What differences between younger and older adults tell us about mobile technology design, Invited Talk at the Mobiquitous Lab, Strathclyde University, Glasgow, June 2015
- Applications of technologies which are available everywhere but almost invisible to their users, Invited Talk in Repair, Re-ablement, Rehabilitation and Recovery Seminar Series at School of Healthcare, Cardiff University, July 2015
- Walking as a social physical activity, three UbiComp Studies, Invited Talk Glasgow Caledonian University, Glasgow, UK, March 2014
- Optimal design for number entry, lessons from engineering, Invited Talk Kochi University of Technology and University of Osaka, Japan, June 2013
- Behavioural Nudge to Promote Walking with an Always-on Smartphone Application, Invited Talk, Kochi University of Technology and University of Tsukuba, Kochi, Tsukuba, Japan, June 2013
- Lessons Learned from bActive Inter-disciplinary DE funded, Birmingham University, Invited Lecture at Computer Science Department, Birmingham University, 9th of April 2013
- Ubiquitous Technologies and Physical Activity Behaviour Change, Invited Lecture at Psychology Department, Manchester University, 7th of March 2013
- Physical Activity Behaviour Change with Personal Mobile Displays, Invited Lecture at Computer Science Department, Aberystwyth University, 14th of March 2012
- Shape Physical Activity Behaviour with Mobile Phones, Invited lecture, Computer Science Dept, Open University, Milton Keynes, May 2010
- Shape Physical Activity Behaviour with Personal Mobile Displays, Talk, Glaxo Smith Kline, Surrey, October 2009
- Making sense of Tilt Interaction, Invited speaker in Knowledge Media Institute, Open University, Milton Keynes, UK, August 2007
- Zooming and Scrolling Interfaces, Making Sense of Interaction, Invited talk, SHARP research lab, Oxford Science Park, Oxford, England, September 2006
- Continuous Multimodal Interaction with Mobile Devices, Invited talk, SONY Computer Science Research Institute, Paris, France, August 2005
Committees and reviewing
- Head of the MEng Computer Science Students, 2010 – Jan 2017 @ Swansea University.
- Head of the Advance masters in Human-Computer Interaction, 2012 – 2014 @ Swansea University.
- Head of the Masters with Research in Future Interaction Technologies, 2012-2014 @ Swansea University.
- Swansea University Athena SWAN committee member: 2008- 2009.
- Member of Research Committee, College of Science, Swansea University 2012-2015.
- Engineering and ICCT liaison officer: 2008 - Jan 2017 @ Swansea University.
- British Computer Society (BCS) Accreditation liaison officer: 2009 - Jan 2017 @ Swansea University.
Invitations for International Programme Committee (IPC)/Peer Reviewing/Refereeing of Publications and Grant Applications
- Associate Chair (AC) at the ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2017
- AC at the ACM conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) 2016
- 6th International Workshop on Human Behavior Understanding (HBU) at UBICOMP'15, Programme Committee (PC) member, 2015
- The ACM conference on Mobile HCI, PC member, 2015
- Dagstuhl seminar on “Life-long health behavior-change Technologies”, Germany, invited guest, June 2015
- The ACM conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2015), PC member, 2015
- The Scandinavian Conference on Information System (SCIS), PC member, 2015
- Panel member, Doctoral Consortium, Mobile HCI 2014
- Reviewer for Cancer Charity, Tenovus, UK
- Reviewer for National Institute for Health Research (NIHR)
- Reviewer for the Royal Society-the UK’s National Academy of Science (royalsociety.org)
- The ACM journal of TOCHI journal, reviewer
- International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS), reviewer
- International Journal of Mobile Human-Computer Interaction (IJMHCI), reviewer
- Elsevier Journal of Personal and Ubiquitous Computing Reviewer (PUC), reviewer, guest editor
- The Journal of Computer Science and Technology (JCST), reviewer
- Chairing Doctoral Consortium at Pervasive Health 2013
- Chairing workshops at Mobile HCI 2012
- Chairing videos UbiComp 2012
- The ACM conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (MUM 2013), PC member, 2013
- The ACM conference on Pervasive Health 2012, PC member
- The ACM conference on UbiComp 2011, PC member
- The ACM conference/workshops on CHI, reviewer since 2009
- The ACM conference on Mobile Human-Computer Interaction (Mobile HCI), reviewer since 2005
- The ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, reviewer 2008,2009
- The ACM conference on wearable computing conference ISWC 2010, reviewer
- The ACM conference Tangible Embedded Interaction (TEI) and INTERACT, reviewer since 2008
- The first ACM International Workshop on Mobile Systems for Computational Social Science, Lake District, UK 2012, PC member
- Programme Chair, CHARM conference, London, UK, 27th of February 2013
- Second CHI+MED summer workshop co-organiser (with Dr Karen Li), engaging with the designers, Swansea August 2011
- The ACM workshop on Dynamic & Continuous Computer-Human Interaction: Human and Computers around a loop (DACCHI 2013 at EICS 2013), Organiser
- The ACM workshop on Persuasion, Influence, Nudge and Coercion through mobile devices (PINC 2011 @ CHI 2011), Organiser
- The ACM workshop on Nudge & Influence through Mobile Devices (NIMD’10 @ MobileHCI 2010), Organiser
My teaching is linked to National Software Academy (NSA). I teach Emerging Technologies (CM6321) to 3rd year undergraduate students at NSA.
This module aims to provide the students with a wider understanding of a number of emerging technologies (mega trends) that are expected to be commercially successful and adopted by a range of users in the future. Students will focus on establishing an understanding of the key drivers for the trends and potential applications of the technology. I am the module leader and in collaboration with industry as a team we determine projects for this module.
Topic areas that I would like to supervise in:
- Mobile/Wearable Human-Computer Interaction
- Dynamic Continuous Interaction
- Physical Activity
- Mental health and well being
- Ubiquitous Interaction
- Tangible Interaction
University initiatives I currently contribute to:
1- NSA Year 3 tutor
2- A member of School Seminars Organisers team
My research interests include human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing and designing interactive systems to support self-reflection, self-monitoring, feedback (audio, haptic, visual and soma), identification of barriers to change, persuasion, immersion and navigation. My work exploits Internet of Things, wearables, smartphones, augmented reality and virtual reality. Analytical orientations: experimental studies, design thinking and auto-ethnography.
These interests have led me to conduct and or lead interdisciplinary projects over recent years which include:
- Enchanting Technologies to advance educational opportunities, support transition and promote social inclusion for young people with profound and multiple learning disabilities - user centred approach.
- Designing and developing 3D printed tangible artefacts based on physical activity (PA) data (i.e. heart rate) for school children and adolescents as a form of weekly feedback - user centred approach.
- Designing and developing a ubiquitous computing system with an ambient display in classrooms for promoting PA in school children - user centred approach.
- Utilising a fluid dynamic model to assess a computational model of Social Cognitive Theory (SCT) to design and develop PA behaviour change interventions.
- Designing and developing a smartphone application called bActive, which applied and tested the theory of social feedback in PA behaviour change through a randomised control trial.
- Designing and developing physical interactions with various number entry systems in infusion pumps and investigating the impact of such interaction in human errors.
My overarching professional goal is to use innovative technology (including embedded sensors) in applications with large-scale social and human impact.
Successful Funding Applications (selected)
|2018||Cardiff University VC international PhD studentship for Research Excellence: Awarded to Mr Hein Min Htike to start from October 2018|
|2018||"Smoke Detector" for IoT Cybersecurity, Innovate UK Cyber security academic start-ups programme Phase 2, Co-Investigator|
|2018||Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) – 1st year UG student research work in Interactive VR Storytelling, co-supervisor with JOMEC, June – Aug 2018,|
|2018||Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) – 2nd year UG student research work in Be Active - an Android application to promote physical activity, primary supervisor, June – Aug 2018,|
|2018||Cardiff Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme (CUROP) – 3rd year UG student research work in Guide The Way: Real-time guide indoors and outdoors for partially sighted people with HoloLens, primary supervisor, June – Aug 2018,|
|2016||Principle Investigator (PI) in Research Impact Fund (IAA) grant “Chronic Back Pain Management in Communities Using Portable Sensors”|
|2015-2018||Co-Investigator (CoI) in NISCHR Brain Repair And Intracranial Neurotherapeutics- Wales BRAIN Unit|
|2014-2018||CoI in NISCHR PhD studentship award in Social Care: The development and evaluation of an online emotional wellbeing module in the Champions for Health programme to complement and enhance lifestyle improvements.|
|2014||Strategic Insight Programme fund, Secondment in Public Health Wales|
|2014||Travel fund to visit University of Grenoble|
|2013-2014||CoI in “Bridging The Gaps: Computer-based measures of attentional function in ageing and dementia”|
|2013||Wales European Collaboration Fund to visit Japan|
|2009-2012||CoI in Digital Economy (DE) Sandpit Project CHARM: “Digital technology: shaping consumer behaviour by informing conceptions of 'normal' practice” (ref EP/H006966/1).|
|2009-2015||EPSRC Programme Grant CHI+MED: “Multidisciplinary Computer-Human Interaction research for the design and safe use of interactive medical devices” (ref EP/G059063/1).|
|2008-2011||CoI in EPSRC Platform Grant FIT Lab/UCLIC PLATFORM: "Healthy interactive systems: Resilient, Usable and Appropriate Systems in Healthcare” (ref EP/G003971).|
Current PhD students at Cardiff University:
- Ms Majedah Alrehiely (Personal Visualisation and Personal Visual Analytics)
- Mr James Taylor (Evaluating Design, User Interaction, And Associated Impact On Experience In Virtual Reality)
- Mr Hein Min Htike (Utilising Augmented Reality to Improve Mobility In People With Low Vision)
I am always keen to consider supervising novel and interesting proposals for PhD research. If you would like to submit an application you will need to follow the procedure outlined on the University postgraduate research pages. The process requires applicants to identify a potential supervisor as part of their application. Feel free to contact me to discuss supervision, but before you do please consider the following points:
I have a small number of example research projects published online (see here), but I prefer potential students to have developed their own research proposal. It is helpful if you identify in advance:
- The scope of your project (i.e. what are the research questions and problems?)
- The current state of the art (i.e. summarise the existing literature that has been published on your chosen research topic)
- Current limitations (i.e. identify the “gaps” in existing literature in relation to the scope of your project)
- Users (i.e. who are the users (primary, secondary and tertiary) ? )
- Proposed research methods (i.e. what Human-Computer Interaction methods, frameworks, theories will you use to tackle the current limitations and develop new knowledge?)
- Anticipated contribution to Computer Science (i.e. what will we know after your PhD that we do not know now?)
There is some flexibility to a PhD research project and ideas will develop over time, but it is useful to begin from a structure as described above.
Please take the time to read my work and read the work I have cited (Publications tab), and develop the scope of your project around similar topics i.e. please ensure that your research proposal is directly related to my research interests (Research tab).