Leon Reicherts

Leon Reicherts
PhD Student
Pronouns: he/him/his
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Room: B.01
UCLIC, University College London
66 - 72 Gower Street
London, WC1E 6EA
United Kingdom


The goal of my research is to design effective cognitive tools that help us "think better" in the moment when it matters most by asking us questions that make us (re)consider certain aspects. More specifically, my PhD is focused on designing interfaces that get us to reflect about our own thought processes (metacognition), about a specific problem we need to solve or a decision we need to make. My previous research covered how probing conversational user interfaces (CUIs) can help us better analyse complex datasets, slow us down when we might be at risk of acting emotionally or making decisions that may not align with our goals - for example in the context of investing in stocks.

My PhD is funded by the Leverhulme Trust as part of the Ecological Brain Doctoral Training Programme.

My supervisors are Yvonne Rogers and Sam Gilbert. Mirco Musolesi is on my thesis committee.

Brief biography

I completed my bachelor's degree in Information Systems at the University of Fribourg in 2016 and my master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction at UCL in 2018. I subsequently worked with Yvonne Rogers, Licia Capra and Neil Sebire on the VoiceViz project, which was a collaboration between UCLIC and the DRIVE unit at Great Ormond Street Hospital (GOSH).

Research Publications

Leon Reicherts, GW Park, Yvonne Rogers Extending Chatbots to Probe Users: Enhancing Complex Decision-Making Through Probing Conversations 2022 CUI 2022: 4th Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, Conference paper (text)
Leon Reicherts, Yvonne Rogers, L Capra, E Wood, Tu Dinh Duong, N Sebire It's Good to Talk: A Comparison of Using Voice Versus Screen-Based Interactions for Agent-Assisted Tasks 2022 ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, Journal article
N Zargham, Leon Reicherts, M Bonfert, ST Voelkel, J Schoening, R Malaka, Yvonne Rogers Understanding Circumstances for Desirable Proactive Behaviour of Voice Assistants: The Proactivity Dilemma 2022 CUI 2022: 4th Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, Conference paper (text)
Leon Reicherts, N Zargham, M Bonfert, Yvonne Rogers, R Malaka May I Interrupt? Diverging Opinions on Proactive Smart Speakers 2021 CUI '21: CUI 2021 - 3rd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, Conference paper (text), New York, NY, USA
Leon Reicherts, Yvonne Rogers Do Make me Think!: How CUIs Can Support Cognitive Processes 2020 CUI '20: 2nd Conference on Conversational User Interfaces, Conference paper (text), Bilbao, Spain
T Bouwman, Leon Reicherts Manypulo: A Flexible System Facilitating the Creation of Interactive Physical Prototypes 2020 ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), Conference paper (text), Honolulu, HI