UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 2nd November: Max Wilson, Brain data as cognitive personal informatics
Max Wilson, University of Nottingham


UCLIC Research Seminar 2nd November: Max Wilson, Brain data as cognitive personal informatics


Classifying the cognitive states of people, using physiological data is basically a machine learning problem now, whether its brain data, heart/breathing data, or off-body camera data. So what is the HCI question? For us, the question is how will this become mixed up in wearable tech and personal informatics. Especially since you can already buy consumer home neurotech for £200-1000 (!), but also because our watches and apps like welltory are similarly trying to help manage our cognitive effort. Further, because we still dont really know what goals people should have for e.g. their mental workload levels throughout the day, nor what is healthy. In this presentation, I will sum up our main research agenda on cognitive personal informatics, and present our recent CHI/FAccT study on Lived Experiences of Tracking Mental Workload, led by Serena Midha.

The seminar speaker is visiting UCL. This is a hybrid event where attendees can join either in-person or online via Zoom (https://ucl.zoom.us/j/94412023298).


Max L. Wilson is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction, in the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham. Max leads a Brain Data Group ( https://brain-data-uon.gitlab.io/ ) that is focused on mental workload and other cognitive activity, as a form of personal data, that can be used to evaluate technology and work tasks. His team specialises in the use of fNIRS as a way to measure oxygenation changes in the brain. Max is on the steering committees of both ACM CHI and ACM CHIIR conferences, as well as a member of the SIGCHI Conferences Working Group, and a Deputy Editor at the International Journal of Human-Computer Studies.

Meet the Speaker

Before the seminar, from 14:00 to 14:40, there are opportunities to meet the speaker. To arrange a meeting slot, please contact Shiping Chen (shiping.chen.20@ucl.ac.uk).

After the seminar, from 16:30 to 18:15, there will be an opportunity to socialise with the speaker and colleagues (venue: Resting Hare, Woburn Walk, https://restinghare.com). All are welcome to join.

We are also planning to combine the annual UCLIC Diwali tradition of getting together for an Indian meal. Therefore, we will then take the speaker to dinner at 18:30 (venue: tbd). All are welcome! If you would like to join for dinner please let Dilisha Patel know by Monday 31st October 12pm (midday) (Dilisha.patel@ucl.ac.uk) so we can book a table at a suitable venue.