POSTPONED: Celebrating the Inaugural Lecture of Professor Anna Cox: Fitter, happier, more productive? Using mobile technologies in the digital age.
UCLIC is very pleased to announce that Professor Anna Cox will be giving her Inaugural Lecture at UCL. POSTPONED: new date to be announced.
Fitter, happier, more productive? Using mobile technologies in the digital age.
Technology companies such as Microsoft and Apple promised a future in which their digital tools would make work so efficient that we would all be working a 3 day week. So why do we still struggle to get things done despite being constantly connected? Instead of solving the problem, the apps on our smartphones and laptops seem to have expanded work so that it could easily fill 7 days a week. In this talk, Professor Anna Cox will describe how the ubiquitous nature of computing technologies has led to the productivity paradox of the digital age - a time in which we seem to be working more than ever. Drawing on her research in Human-Computer Interaction, she will describe how we can take back control of our technology to become more productive, reclaim our work-life boundaries and enhance our wellbeing.
Anna Cox is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the UCL Interaction Centre (UCLIC), in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences and Vice Dean (Equality, Diversity & Inclusion) in the Faculty of Brain Sciences. She was Deputy-Director of UCLIC 2009-2017, chair of the Athena SWAN self-assessment team in the Division of Psychology and Language Sciences, achieving renewal of a silver award on 2 occasions, and Faculty Athena SWAN lead 2017-2019. She is also a parent. Her first degree is in Cognitive Science (Hertfordshire), and her MSc is in Human-Computer Interaction (Queen Mary, University of London). She was awarded her PhD from the University of Hertfordshire in 2002. She became a lecturer in the Computer Science department at University of Hertfordshire before moving to UCL as a Lecturer in 2004. She was promoted to full professor in 2017. Professor Cox has published widely, beginning with her PhD work on exploratory learning, to more recent work on human error, digital games, habit formation and personal informatics. Her current research focuses on work and wellbeing in the digital age. She is a member of both the CHI and the CHI PLAY steering committees. She was Specialist Advisor to the Digital, Culture, Media and Sport Select Committee at the House of Commons for their 2019 inquiry into immersive and addictive technologies. She has served in senior roles on the programme and organising committees of a number of top-tier HCI conferences, including as technical programme chair for CHI2018 and CHI2019 and general chair of CHI PLAY 2015 and 2016.