Dr Andrea Szymkowiak

Reader in User Experience

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cybersecurity

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8596


I am a Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction. 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, such as cybersecurity, games and AI. 


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I presently teach on the topics of user experience and project management and co-lead the MSc in Applied Artificial Intelligence and User Experience.

- User Experience Research (CMP513)

- Professional Project Planning and Prototyping (CMP308)

- Professional Project Development and Delivery (CMP311)

- Designing for the User (CMP206)

I would welcome to work with Honours or post-graduate students interested in exploring the user experience with technology.




My recent research interests in HCI and UX relate to the areas of:

- cybersecurity

- agent design

- retail

- AI 

- food presentation

- visualisations

I am currently supervising 2 PhD students in the area of cybersecurity and witness testimony.

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Recent projects include:

2022 InGAME (R&D Hub for the Dundee video games cluster)

2020 SmARtview (data retrieval and monitoring of cattle)

2016 Create Converge, EU Interreg



  • Reviewer: EPSRC, Carnegie Trust,
  • Reviewer: Journal of Personal & Ubiquitous Computing, British Journal of Psychology, International Journal on Universal Access in the Information Society, HCI Conference, NordiChi Conference, International Journal of Technology and Human Behaviour
  • Guest Editor for Frontiers Journal
  • Research Consultant at NCR
  • External Examiner, Psychology, University of St. Andrews – 2008-2012

Knowledge Exchange

2020 InGAME, Co-I

2020 SmARtview, Cow recognition and data retrieval

2016 Create Converge, EU Interreg, Co-investigator

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

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

2012 Smart Algorithms for Media and Object Verification and Recognition II (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 (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



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

Space School 2007-2011

Meet the rest of the team

Dr Natalie Coull

Dr Natalie Coull

Division of Cybersecurity | Head of Division

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Dr Suzanne Prior

Dr Suzanne Prior

Division of Cybersecurity | Lecturer

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