Aneesha Singh

Aneesha Singh
Associate Professor & MSc Programme Director
Pronouns: she/her/hers
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+44 (0)20 3108 7054 (x57054)
Room: 2.05
UCLIC, University College London
66 - 72 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom


Office Hour: Monday 10-11am - email for appointment

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Brief biography

Aneesha Singh is a lecturer and researcher of Human-Computer Interaction at the UCL Interaction Centre. She is interested in the design, adoption and use of personal health and wellbeing technologies in everyday contexts. She is working in the research areas of digital health, ubiquitous computing, multisensory feedback and wearable technology. She received her PhD at UCL in Human Computer Interaction and her MSc in Evolutionary and Adaptive Systems from University of Sussex. Before that she has previously worked in industry in various roles as a software developer, analyst and project leader, and as a technical journalist.

Research

My research focuses on (physical and mental) health and wellbeing and on improving people's ability to self-manage their health using technology designed to fit in with everyday contexts of daily life, work and play. My research projects focus on diverse conditions such as self-management of physical activity in chronic pain, autism, HIV, and mental health. I am also interested in the exploration of identity through technology and in playful interactions. In my work, I have often focused on vulnerable or marginalised populations and stigmatised conditions. My background combines HCI, artificial intelligence, programming & physical prototyping, and mixed methods research. My work is cross-disciplinary with various contributing disciplines (e.g. technology, design, psychology, behaviour change, business, public health, physiotherapy). I follow a highly collaborative and inter-disciplinary approach to technology design that places end-user participation and evaluation at its core. I think a lot about making technology inclusive and in ethical ways of conducting research with people, especially in sensitive contexts and with heightened vulnerabilities. I think technology can do better and I am passionate about making it so.

My current funded research projects include:
Equity for the Older: Beyond Digital Access (UKRI)
Harnessing Digital Play for Adolescent Wellbeing (Wellcome ISSF)
AT2030

Recent research activities include:
Co-I on EPSRC Early Career Capital Equipment Award (£120,320) to enable exploration of human driver interaction inside and outside of future semi-/fully-autonomous vehicles by procuring an integrated set of physiological monitoring technologies in a car simulator.
Co-I on Partnership Resource Fund Award (£78,937) for Developing an integrated e-sexual health intervention to investigate novel diagnostic interventions for sexual health, such as HIV self-tests and how people engage with them and how they could access NHS online for care.
PI on GetAMoveOn EPSRC Network ThinkPiece Grant (£4,960) on Going beyond motivation! A framework for the design of technology for supporting physical activity where mobility is restricted to further develop a framework for supporting people during rehabilitation through technology, and publish a white paper.
Co-I on UCL Policy Challenge Award for developing a TechSharing Seminar Series: Working practices in digital health in collaboration with leading experts in digital health, to foster knowledge exchange and future collaboration between academics, clinicians, policy-makers and industry professionals working within or at the boundaries of digital health.

I am also Co-I on grants Magic Outfit, Magic Shoes Funded by the Spanish government for designing wearable technology to enhance positive perception of of one's body and body capability in healthy people and across condition with body dismorphia

Students

PhD students I currently co-supervise are listed here.

  • Leya George
  • Mo (Frances) Wen
  • Priscilla Wong
  • Kate Burton
  • Siddharth Nair
  • Kyrill Potapov
  • Ciaran O'Driscoll
  • Maryam Bandukda
  • Tao Bi

I have had the privilege of supervising many MSc HCI students as well for their Masters dissertations.

Research Publications

Authors
Title
Year
Publication
Tao Bi, Temitayo Olugbade, Akhil Mathur, Catherine Holloway, Aneesha Singh, Enrico Costanza, Nadia Berthouze A Taxonomy of Noise in Voice Self-reports while Running 2022 2022 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp/ISWC '22 Adjunct),, Conference paper (text), Cambridge, United Kingdom
Maryam Bandukda, Giulia Barbareschi, Aneesha Singh, D Jain, M Das, T Motahar, J Wiese, L Cockburn, A Prakash, D Frohlich A Workshop on Disability Inclusive Remote Co-Design 2022 ASSETS '22, Conference paper (text), Athens, Greece
J Ley-Flores, E Alshami, Aneesha Singh, F Bevilacqua, Nadia Berthouze, Roy O De, Ana Tajadura-Jimenez Effects of pitch and musical sounds on body-representations when moving with sound 2022 Scientific Reports, Journal article
A Tajadura-Jiménez, J Ley-Flores, O Valdiviezo-Hernández, Aneesha Singh, M Sánchez-Martin, Duran J Díaz, Segura E Márquez Exploring the Design Space for Body Transformation Wearables to Support Physical Activity through Sensitizing and Bodystorming 2022 MOCO '22: 8th International Conference on Movement and Computing, Conference paper (text)
Dilisha Patel, S Pendse, Choudhury M De, S Dsane, KP Kruzan, N Kumar, Aneesha Singh, Mark Warner Information-Seeking, Finding Identity: Exploring the Role of Online Health Information in Illness Experience 2022 CSCW '22: Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, Conference paper (text), Virtual Event Taiwan
P Rick, M Sánchez-Martín, Aneesha Singh, S Navas-León, M Borda-Mas, N Bianchi-Berthouze, A Tajadura-Jiménez Investigating psychological variables for technologies promoting physical activity 2022 Digital Health, Journal article
I Rai, Dilisha Patel, Aneesha Singh "It's come around way too quickly!" Can technology help parents provide support during menarche? 2022 DIS 2022, Conference paper (text)
F Tachtler, K Aal, T Ertl, D Diethei, J Niess, M Khwaja, R Talhouk, GN Vilaza, S Lazem, Aneesha Singh Artificially Intelligent Technology for the Margins: A Multidisciplinary Design Agenda 2021 CHI '21: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text)
FL Ciprian, J Ley-Flores, Joseph Newbold, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, M Tentori Interactive sonification to assist children with severe autism during motor therapeutic interventions 2021 Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, Journal article
Maryam Bandukda, Catherine Holloway, Aneesha Singh, Giulia Barbareschi, Nadia Berthouze Opportunities for Supporting Self-efficacy through Orientation & Mobility Training Technologies for Blind and Partially Sighted People 2021 ASSETS '21: The 23rd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Conference paper (text)
Maryam Bandukda, Aneesha Singh, Catherine Holloway, Nadia Berthouze, E Brulé, A Tajadura-Jiménez, O Metatla, Ana Javornik, A Thieme Rethinking the Senses: A Workshop on Multisensory Embodied Experiences and Disability Interactions 2021 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text)
JG Ley-Flores, Vidal L Tumo, Nadia Berthouze, Aneesha Singh, F Bevilacqua, Ana Tajadura-Jimenez SoniBand: Understanding the Effects of Metaphorical Movement Sonifications on Body Perception and Physical Activity 2021 CHI'21, Conference paper (text)
Tao Bi, Raffaele Buono, Temitayo Olugbade, Aneesha Singh, Catherine Holloway, Enrico Costanza, A Williams, N Gold, Nadia Berthouze Towards Chatbot-Supported Self-Reporting for Increased Reliability and Richness of Ground Truth for Automatic Pain Recognition: Reflections on Long-Distance Runners and People with Chronic Pain 2021 The 2021 International Conference on Multimodal Interaction (ICMI'21), Conference paper (text), Montréal, QC, Canada
S Navas-Leon, Ana Tajadura-Jimenez, M Sanchez-Martin, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, Marquez L Morale Variables Affecting Physical Inactivity: A Systematized Mapping Review from 2007 to 2017 2021 SEPEX 2021, Conference abstract/presentation slides
D Diethei, Aneesha Singh, J Wienert, H Zeeb, A Bayor, J Meyer, S Lazem, Johannes Schöning Learning from mHealth Success Stories: Effective Interventions for Marginalised Populations 2020 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services: Expanding the Horizon of Mobile Interaction, MobileHCI 2020, Conference paper (text)
Maryam Bandukda, Catherine Holloway, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze PLACES: A Framework for Supporting Blind and Partially Sighted People in Outdoor Leisure Activities 2020 The 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility, Conference paper (text), Virtual Event Greece
D Denneny, A Frijdal, Nadia Berthouze, J Greenwod, R McLoughlin, K Petersen, Aneesha Singh, A Williams The application of Psychologically Informed Practice: Observations of experienced physiotherapists working with people with chronic pain 2020 Physiotherapy, Journal article
Giulia Barbareschi, S Daymond, J Honeywill, Aneesha Singh, D Noble, N Mbugua, I Harris, V Austin, Catherine Holloway Value beyond function: Analyzing the perception of wheelchair innovations in Kenya 2020 22nd International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS ’20), Conference paper (text)
Aneesha Singh, J Gibbs, Ann Blandford Attitudes towards HIV-related online and remote testing resources: What’s holding us back? 2019 Conference of Behaviour Change, Conference abstract/presentation slides, London
J Gibbs, Aneesha Singh, C Estcourt, P Sonnenberg, Ann Blandford DESIGNING ONLINE HIV INFORMATION, TESTING AND CLINICAL CARE PATHWAYS TO ADDRESS USERS' EXPECTATIONS AND EMOTIONS 2019 Conference abstract/presentation slides
Aneesha Singh, J Gibbs, Ann Blandford Emotion and Experience in Negotiating HIV-Related Digital Resources: “It’s not just a runny nose!” 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2019), Conference paper (text), Glasgow, Scotland, UK.
Temitayo Olugbade, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, Nicolai Marquardt, MSH Aung, A Williams How can affect be detected and represented in technological support for physical rehabilitation? 2019 ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI), Journal article
Leya George, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, J Gibbs Thinking Outside the Binary: Supporting Gender Identity in HCI 2019 ACM CHI 2019, Conference paper (text), Glasgow, Scotland
Maryam Bandukda, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, Catherine Holloway Understanding Experiences of Blind Individuals in Outdoor Nature 2019 ACM CHI'19, Conference paper (text), Glasgow, Scotland
Tao Bi, Nadia Berthouze, Aneesha Singh, Enrico Costanza Understanding the Shared Experiences of Runners and Spectators in Long-Distance Running Events 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Proceedings (CHI 2019), Conference paper (text), Glasgow, UK
Jimenez N Tajadura, P Rick, F Cuadrado, NL Bianchi-Berthouze, Aneesha Singh, A Väljamäe, F Bevilacqua Designing a gesture-sound wearable system to motivate physical activity by altering body perception 2018 5th International Conference on Movement and Computing (MOCO '18), Conference paper (text), Genoa, Italy
Britta Schulte, Z Lechelt, Aneesha Singh Giving up Control - A Speculative Air Pollution Mask to Reflect on Autonomy and Technology Design. 2018 DIS '18, 2018 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems, Conference paper (text), Hong Kong, China
J Gibbs, Aneesha Singh, C Estcourt, P Sonnenberg, Ann Blandford How do people experience negotiating HIV-related online and remote testing resources? 2018 Conference abstract/presentation slides
Ann Blandford, JL Gibbs, Nikki Newhouse, O Perski, Aneesha Singh, E Murray Seven Lessons for interdisciplinary research on interactive digital health 2018 Seven lessons for interdisciplinary research on interactive digital health interventions, Journal article
Aneesha Singh, J Gibbs, P Sonnenberg, C Estcourt, Ann Blandford Are HIV Smartphone Apps and Online Interventions Fit for Purpose? 2017 7th International ACM Digital Health Conference, Conference paper (text), London
Aneesha Singh, Nikki Newhouse, J Gibbs, Ann Blandford, Y Chen, P Briggs, H Mentis, K Sellen, J Bardram HCI and Health: Learning from Interdisciplinary Interactions. 2017 CHI 2017, Conference paper (text), Denver
Aneesha Singh, NL Berthouze-Bianchi, A Williams Supporting Everyday Function in Chronic Pain Using Wearable Technology 2017 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text), Denver
Aneesha Singh, S Piana, D Pollarolo, G Volpe, G Varni, Ana Tajadura-Jimenez, A Williams, A Camurri, N Bianchi-Berthouze Go-with-the-flow: Tracking, Analysis and Sonification of Movement and Breathing to Build Confidence in Activity Despite Chronic Pain 2016 Human-Computer Interaction, Journal article
Joseph Newbold, Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze Go-with-the-flow: A smartphone app for realtime tracking and sonification of physical activity in CP 2016 PervasiveHealth: Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare, Conference paper (text)
M Caon, L Angelini, E Mugellini, A Matassa, N Bianchi-Berthouze, Aneesha Singh, A Tajadura-Jiménez Third workshop on full-body and multisensory experience 2016 UbiComp 2016 Adjunct - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM International Joint Conference on Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing, Conference paper (text)
S Felipe, Aneesha Singh, C Bradley, A Williams, Nadia Berthouze Roles for personal informatics in chronic pain 2015 IEEE Pervasive Computing, Journal article
S Felipe, Aneesha Singh, C Bradley, A Williams, Nadia Berthouze Roles for personal informatics in chronic pain 2015 IEEE Pervasive Computing, Conference paper (text)
MSH Aung, S Katwang, B Romera-Paredes, B Martinez, Aneesha Singh, M Cella, M Valstar, Hongying Meng, A Kemp, M Shafizadeh The automatic detection of chronic pain-related expression: requirements, challenges and a multimodal dataset 2015 IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, Journal article
S Felipe, Aneesha Singh, C Bradley, A Williams, NL Bianchi-Berthouze Roles for Personal Informatics in Chronic Pain 2015 Persuasive Computing TEchnologies for Healthcare (Persuasive Health 2015), Conference proceeding
Aneesha Singh, A Klapper, J Jia, A Fidalgo, A Tajadura-Jiménez, N Kanakam, N Bianchi-Berthouze, A Williams Motivating People with Chronic Pain to Do Physical Activity: Opportunities for Technology Design 2014 CHI '14, Conference paper (text)
Aneesha Singh, A Klapper, J Jia, A Fidalgo, Jimenez A Tajadura, N Kanakam, N Bianchi-Berthouze, ACDEC Williams Motivating People with Chronic Pain to do Physical Activity: Opportunities for Technology Design. 2014 ACM, Conference paper (text)
Jimenez A Tajadura, Aneesha Singh, A klapper, J Jia, A Fidalgo, N Kanakam, Nadia Berthouze, AC Williams Motivating People with Chronic Pain to do Physical Activity: Opportunities for Technology Design. 2014 CHI'14, Conference paper (text), Toronto
Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, Williams A CdeC One size fits none! Making affective state a key variable of behaviour change technology for chronic pain 2014 Working/Discussion Paper
Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, ACDEC Williams One size fits none! Making affective state a key variable of behaviour change technology for chronic pain 2014 32nd ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems., Journal article
Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, ACDEC Williams One size fits none! Making affective state a key variable of behaviour change technology for chronic pain 2014 32nd ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text)
Nadia Berthouze, Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, Williams A CdeC Walk a mile in my shoes: reflecting on studies with people with chronic pain 2014 Working/Discussion Paper
Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, ACDEC Williams Walk a mile in my shoes: reflecting on studies with people with chronic pain 2014 32nd ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text)
MSH Aung, Aneesha Singh, SL Lim, A Williams, P Watson, N Bianchi-Berthouze Automatic Recognition of Protective Behaviour in Chronic Pain Rehabilitation 2013 IEEE Workshop on UbiGame4Health'13, in conjuction with CHIItaly'13, Conference paper (text), Trento, Italy
MSH Aung, B Romera-Paredes, Aneesha Singh, S Lim, N Kanakam, ACDEC Williams, N Bianchi-Berthouze Getting rid of pain-related behaviour to improve social and self perception: a technology-based perspective. 2013 The 14th International Workshop on Image and Audio Analysis for Multimedia Interactive Services (WIAMIS) 2013, Conference paper (text), Paris
Aneesha Singh, T Swann-Sternberg, Nadia Berthouze, ACDC Williams, M Pantic, P Watson Emotion and pain: interactive technology to motivate physical activity in people with chronic pain 2012 CHI 2012 Workshop: Interaction Design and Emotional Wellbeing: 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text)
M Cella, MSH Aung, Hongying Meng, N Bianchi-Berthouze, B Romera-Paredes, Aneesha Singh, M Shafizadehkenari, Williams A CdeC, P Watson, A Kemp Identifying Pain Behaviour for Automatic Recognition. 2012 International Association for the Study of Pain., Journal article
Aneesha Singh, T Swann-Sternberg, Nadia Berthouze, ACDC Williams Interactive Technology to Support Physical Activity in People With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: What Users Want. 2012 14th World Congress on Pain, Conference paper (text), Milan, Italy.
T Swann-Sternberg, Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, A Williams User needs for technology supporting physical activity in chronic pain 2012 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text), Austin, TX, USA
T Swann-Sternberg, Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, CdeC A Williams User needs for technology supporting physical activity in chronic pain 2012 Work in Progress, CHI'13, Conference paper (text)
T Swann-Sternberg, Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, ACDC Williams User needs for technology supporting physical activity in chronic pain 2012 Proceedings of the 2012 ACM annual conference extended abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (CHI EA '12), Conference paper (text)
Aneesha Singh, T Swann-Sternberg, N Bianchi-Berthouze, A Williams, M Pantic, P Watson Workshop: Emotion and pain: interactive technology to motivate physical activity in people with chronic pain 2012 The 30th ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Conference paper (text)
Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, A Williams A device for facilitating activity in the home using sensing and feedback 1900 Poster
Aneesha Singh A Mechanistic Model of Gastrulation in the Chick Embryo 1900 Thesis / Dissertation
A Tajadura-Jiménez, F Cuadrado, P Rick, Nadia Berthouze, Aneesha Singh, A Väljamäe, F Bevilacqua Designing a gesture-sound wearable system to motivate physical activity by altering body perception 1900 Poster, MOCO'18 Genoa, Italy
P Rick, M Sánchez-Martín, Aneesha Singh, S Navas-León, M Bordá-Más, N Bianchi-Berthouze, A Tajadura-Jiménez Embedding Psychological Factors in Technology Design to Improve Adherence to Physical Activity: Literature Review and Survey (Preprint) 1900 Working/Discussion Paper
P Rick, N Bianchi-Berthouze, M Sanchez-Martin, Aneesha Singh, Mas M Borda, Jimenez A Tajadura Identifying psychological factors to improve adherence to physical activity in the obese population 1900 Poster
Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, A Williams Interactive Technology to Support Physical Activity in People With Chronic Musculoskeletal Pain: What Users Want. 1900 Poster, IASP Milan
Aneesha Singh, Ana Tajadura-Jimenez, Nadia Berthouze, Nicolai Marquardt, M Tentori, R Bresin, D Kulic Mind the Gap: A SIG on Bridging the Gap in Research on Body Sensing, Body Perception and Multisensory Feedback 1900 Poster, CHI 2016 San Jose, USA
S Navas-Leon, Ana Tajadura-Jimenez, Aneesha Singh, M Borda-Mas, Nadia Berthouze, Marquez L Morales New evidence of validity and reliability of the Barriers for Physical Activity Questionnaire in a general Spanish sample (BQPA-G) 1900 Poster, 9th European Congress of Methodology
P Rick, M Sanchez, Aneesha Singh, N Bianchi-Berthouze, Ana Tajadura-Jimenez Psychological Factors Affecting Physical Activity Engagement in the Physically Inactive Population and Consideration of Technology Support for its Treatment 1900 Poster
Aneesha Singh Staying active despite pain: Investigating feedback mechanisms to support physical activity in people with chronic musculoskeletal pain 1900 Thesis / Dissertation
S Navas-Leon, Ana Tajadura-Jimenez, M Sanchez, Aneesha Singh, Nadia Berthouze, L Morales-Marquez Variables Affecting Physical Inactivity: A Systematized Mapping Review from 2007 to 2017 1900 Poster