Dr Andrea Szymkowiak

Senior Lecturer

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cyber Security

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+44 (0)1382 30 8596


I am a Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction and my background is in Psychology and Industrial Engineering. My research focuses on the evaluation of user interfaces using task-based performance measures, eye tracking and psycho-physiological as well as qualitative measures in applied contexts. I am working on a number of industry-facing and applied research projects, and have acquired £0.5M funding. 

As part of an Industrial Secondment funded by the Royal Academy of Engineering, I was seconded to NCR Financial Solution in Dundee, working with the Consumer Experience Team. I am part of the EU Interreg Consortium Create Converge (€3.2M), exploring convergence in creative technologies, and I supervise 3 postgraduate research students.

I have substantial track record in the field of usability and interface design for average and non-average users, for example co-developing a novel interactive memory aid system for users with an acquired memory problem. My previous research investigated cognitive processes for tool use (Max-Planck Institute for Psychological Research in Munich, Germany) and how drivers of different ages process traffic signals and signs in driving simulations (University of Massachusetts Amherst, USA).


Cognitive Science, eHealth, Cognitive Ageing, Cognition, Emotion Elicitation & Assessment, Sexuality & Ageing, Personality, Sensation & Perception, Human-Computer Interaction, C, Java, E-Prime programming, Project Management, HCI/Interaction Design

Siebenaler, S., Szymkowiak, A, Robertson, P., Johnson, G., & Law, J. (2017). Social presence and dishonesty: Perceptions from security guards. In International Conference on HCI in Business, Government, and Organizations (pp. 264-281). Springer International Publishing.

Simpson, E., Mulholland, G., Szymkowiak, A., Calmeiro, L., & Turner, J. (in press). Can graduate attributes be taught and not simply embedded in the curriculum? An evaluation of stakeholder perspectives and implications for graduate employability. Taylor's 10th Teaching and Learning Conference.

Creighton, S., Johnson, G., Robertson, P., Law, J., & Szymkowiak, A. (2015). Dishonest behavior at self-service checkouts. In International Conference on HCI in Business (pp. 267-278). Springer International Publishing.

Shovman, M., Bown, J., Szymkowiak, A., & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2015, April). Twist and Learn: Interface Learning in 3DOF Exploration of 3D Scatterplots. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 313-316). ACM.

Rusconi, E., Scott-Brown, K. C., & Szymkowiak, A. (2014). Neuroscience perspectives on security. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8, 996.

Fawzi, A, & Szymkowiak, A. (2014). An investigation into gender role conformity in an online social networking environment, Lecture Notes in Computer Science, 8531, 322-330.

Creighton, S., & Szymkowiak, A. (2014). The effects of cooperative and competitive games on classroom interaction frequencies. Procedia Social and Behavioral Science, 140, 155-163.

Ahmad, N., Szymkowiak, A., & Campbell, P. (2013). Keystroke dynamics in the pre-touchscreen era. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 7(835).

Payne, A., Szymkowiak, A., Robertson, P., & Johnson, G. (2013). Gendering the machine: Preferred virtual assistant gender and realism in self-service. Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence, 8108, 106-115.

Payne, A., Szymkowiak, A., Johnson, G.I., Robertson, P., & Henderson, R. (2013). Preferences for virtual assistant gender and clothing style. International Society for Presence Research Annual Conference, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, October 24 – 26, 2012. http://ispr.info/presence-conferences/previous-conferences/ispr-2012/

Payne, A., Johnson, G., & Szymkowiak, A. (2012). Virtual assistants and social cues: Retail interactions and consumer experience. The 7th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction - Industrial Experience, Copenhagen, Denmark, October 14-17, 2012.

Shovman, M., Scott-Brown, K., Szymkowiak, A., Bown, J. (2012). The meaning of graphs: Scatterplots as a test-bed for Theories of Object-Hood. Gestalt Theory, 34(3/4), 381-398.

Rookes, M., & Szymkowiak A. (2012). The personality correlates of academic procrastination. Proceedings of the 17th Annual Conference of the Education, Learning, Styles, Individual Differences Network XVII, Cardiff, Wales, 26-28 June 2012, BRNO, Tribun, Czech Republic, pp. 337-348.

Scrimgeour, A., Szymkowiak, A., Hardie, S., & Scott-Brown, K. (2012). Gender and hazard perception skills in relation to road traffic police officers. The Police Journal, 84(4), 333-343.

Ball, L., Bradley, D., Szymkowiak, A., & Brownsell, S. (2011). Observational data and emotive and adaptive computing in eHealth. In: Z. M. Charlesworth, E. Cools, & C. Evans (eds). First IEEE conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging, and Systems Biology (HISB) 2011, July 27-29, 04. San Jose, California, pp. 198-204.

Martinez, S., Sloan, R. J. S., Szymkowiak, A., & Ken Scott-Brown (2011). Animated virtual agents to cue user attention. International Journal on Advances in Intelligent Systems, 4 (3&4), 299-308.

Payne, J., Johnson, G., & Szymkowiak, A. (2011). The behavioural impact of a visually represented virtual assistant in a self-service checkout context. In 25th BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Conference on Human Computer Interaction - HCI 2011, pp. 58-63. 

Martinez, S., Sloan, R. J. S., Szymkowiak, A., & Ken Scott-Brown (2010). Using virtual agents to cue observer attention. CONTENT 2010, The Second International Conference on Creative Content Technologies, November 21-26, 2010, Lisbon, Portugal, pp. 7-12.

Bown, J., Fee, K., Sampson, A., Shovman, M., Falconer, R., Goltsov,. A, Isaacs, J., Robertson, P., J, Scott-Brown, K, & Szymkowiak, A. (2010). ACM Information visualisation and the arts-science-social science interface. In: M. D. Tiwari, R. C. Tripathi and Anupam Agrawal (eds.) IITM '10 Proceedings of the First International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Technologies and Multimedia, pp. 9-17.

Robertson, P., Szymkowiak, A., & Johnson, G. (2010). Investigating the future of self-service technology. BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, '10 Proceedings of the 24th BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT, Interaction Specialist Group Conference, pp. 346-349.

Shovman, M., Szymkowiak, A., Bown, J., & Scott-Brown, K. (2010). Is visual search a high-level phenomenon? Evidence from structure perception in 3-D scatterplots. Perception, 39 (March).

Shovman, M. M. Szymkowiak, A., Bown, J. L. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2009). Changing the view: towards the theory ofvisualisation comprehension. In Information Visualisation. Ed. E. Banissi (Barcelona), pp. 135-138.

Shovman, M. M., Scott-Brown, K. C. Szymkowiak, A & Bown, J. L. (2008). Use of ‘pop-out’ paradigm to test graph comprehension in a three-dimensional scatter plot. Perception 37, 79-80.

Szymkowiak, A., Morrison, K., Gregor, P., Inglis, E. A., Shah, P., Evans, J. J., & Wilson, B. A. (2005). A memory aid with remote communication: preliminary findings. Technology and Disability, 17, 217-225.

Szymkowiak, A., Morrison, K., Gregor, P., Shah, P., Evans, J. J., & Wilson, B. A. (2005). A memory aid with remote communication using distributed technology. Personal & Ubiquitous Computing, 9, 1-5.

Szymkowiak, A., Morrison, K., Gregor, P., Shah, P., Evans, J., & Wilson, B. (2004). Memojog – successes and limitations of a memory aid system. Brain Impairment, 98-99 (Abstract).

Szymkowiak, A., Morrison, K., Shah, P., Gregor, P., Evans, J., Newell, A., Wilson, B., & Schofield, S. (2004). Memojog – an interactive memory aid with remote communication. In: S. Keates, P. J. Clarkson, P. Langdon and P. Robinson (eds.)  2nd Cambridge Workshop on Universal Access ad Assistive Technology (CWUAAT) "Designing A More Inclusive World", Fitzwilliam College, University of Cambridge, UK, 22-24 March, 2004, pp. 15-24.

Morrison, K., Szymkowiak, A., & Gregor, P. (2004). Memojog - An interactive memory aid incorporating mobile based technologies. In: S. Brewster and M. Dunlop (eds.) Mobile HCI September 13-16 2004, Glasgow, UK, Lecture Notes in Computer Science (LNCS) 3160, Springer-Verlag, pp. 481-485.

Inglis, E. Szymkowiak, A., Gregor, P., Newell, A. F., Hine, N., Wilson, B. A., Evans, J., & Shah, P. (2004). Usable technology? Challenges in designing a memory aid with current electronic devices, Neuropsychological Rehabilitation, 14, 77-87.

Fischer, M. H., & Szymkowiak, A. (2004). Joint attention for pointing but not grasping postures, Cortex, 40, 166-168.

Inglis, E. A., Szymkowiak, A., Gregor, P., Newell, A. F., Hine, N., Shah, P., Evans, J. J., & Wilson, B. A. (2003). Issues surrounding the user-centred development of a new interactive memory aid, Universal Access in the Information Society, 2(3), 226-234.

Szymkowiak, A., Morrison, K., Inglis, E. A., Gregor, P., Shah, P., Evans, J. J., & Wilson, B. A. (2003). A memory aid with remote communication for elderly and memory-impaired users. In: Stephanidis, C. (ed.) Universal Access in HCI: Inclusive Design in the Information Society, Vol. 4, Proceedings of HCI International 2003 (22-27 June 2003, Crete, Greece). London: Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, Inc., pp. 902-906.

Inglis, E., Szymkowiak, A., Gregor, P., Newell, A. F., Hine, N., Wilson, B. A., & Evans, J. (2002). Issues surrounding the user-centred development of a new interactive memory aid. In: Keates, S., Langdon, P., John Clarkson, P., & Robinson, P. (eds.), Universal Access and Assistive Technology (Proceedings of the Cambridge Workshop on UA and AT ‘02), London: Springer, pp. 171-178.

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Total: £448,222

2016 Create Converge, EU Interreg, Co-investigator

2013  Self-service experience research (Industry Partner), Principal Investigator

2013  SAMOVAR 2  - Smart Algorithms for Media and Object Verification and Recognition (Industry Partner), Principal Investigator

2012  SAMOVAR 2  - Smart Algorithms for Media and Object Verification and Recognition (Industry Partner), Principal Investigator

2012   The Mental Model of Self-service Technology (Industry Partner), Principal Investigator

2012  The application of human-like agents in self-service technology (Royal Academy of Engineering, Industrial Secondment  - based at NCR), Principal Investigator

2011  A journey through the consumer experience; Industry-facing project (Industry Partner), MSc by Research Studentship

2011  A journey through the consumer experience – Research project to initiate links with Dalian Maritime University, China (Industry Partner), Principal Investigator 

2010  Smart Algorithms for Media and Object Verification and Recognition - SAMOVAR (Industry Partner), Principal Investigator

2010  Transferring an interdisciplinary scientific narrative to grow Dundee’s games industry (Matthew Trust), Co-investigator 

2010  EVA – Evaluating virtual assistants; PhD Studentship (Industry Partner) 

2010 FUSE – the Future of Self-service Entertainment; Industry-facing project (Industry Partner), Principal Investigator 

2010 Valence assessment for food items, Vacation Scholarship (Carnegie Trust), Principal Investigator

2008 A Biometric system for identifying stress signatures from keystroke metrics (Carnegie Trust), Principal Investigator

2006 Improving driving performance in the fog, Student Vacation Scholarship (Wellcome Trust)

2005 Assessing the influence of chromaticity and instructional context on eye-movements and change detection in a video based observation task (British Academy), Co-investigator


Guest Editor for Frontiers Journal; Research Topic: Neuroscience perspectives on Security: Technology, Detection, and Decision Making

External Examiner, Psychology, University of St. Andrews – 2008-2012

Reviewer for

  • Personal & Ubiquitous Computing
  • British Journal of Psychology
  • International Journal on Universal Access in the Information Society (UAIS)
  • BCS - HCI
  • Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC)


Study conducted and displayed at Dundee Science Centre (June-September 2012), Exhibition: Robot - The Fantasy & the Reality; attracted over 30,000 visitors

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