Dr Andrea Szymkowiak

Senior Lecturer

School School of Design and Informatics

Department Division of Cyber Security

Contact info

+44 (0)1382 30 8596

Biography

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 a 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

Interests

My research activities are primarily industry-facing and underpinned by close to ~£0.5M of external funding. I am currently involved in projects on virtual agent design, consumer experience in retail, emotional biometrics and traffic psychology, as well as food perception and obesity and visualisation of cell networks. I have also obtained funding from the Royal Academy of Engineering for an Industrial Secondment to be located for a year at a global company investigating self-service solutions, starting September 2012.  

My work focuses on the investigation of real-life problems drawing on a combination of psychology, sociology, computing, food science and gaming, and I work with discipline experts from Schools across the University.
 
I am generally interested in how people as a whole - but also specific groups differing in personality, age, gender etc. - interact with technology, and how we can measure the user experience in this interaction. The assessment of this experience comprises task-based performance measures, psycho-physiological responses and eye movements, assessing cognitive performance, attitudes or personality factors in the areas of human computer interaction, traffic psychology, and in assistive and health technologies, as well as digital media and games.

2018

An analysis into early customer experiences of self-service checkouts

Turner, J. J. & Szymkowiak, A. (2018) An analysis into early customer experiences of self-service checkouts. . . p. 36-50. .
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Designing authentication with seniors in mind

Renaud, K., Scott-Brown, K. C. & Szymkowiak, A. (2018) Designing authentication with seniors in mind. In: Proceedings of the Mobile Privacy and Security for an Ageing Population workshop at the 20th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI) 2018, Barcelona, Spain. . .
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Social presence and dishonesty in retail

Siebenaler, S., Szymkowiak, A., Robertson, P., Johnson, G. I., Law, J. & Fee, K. (2018) Social presence and dishonesty in retail. In: Proceedings of the 32nd International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference (HCI 2018). Bond, R. (ed.), Mulvenna, M. (ed.), Wallace, J. (ed.), Black, M. (ed.). Belfast: BCS Learning & Development Ltd..
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Honesty, social presence, and self-service in retail

Siebenaler, S., Szymkowiak, A., Robertson, P., Johnson, G., Law, J. & Fee, K. (2018) Honesty, social presence, and self-service in retail. . . .
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Team and group work

Horrocks, J. A., Wharton, C. Y., MacEachen, C. & Szymkowiak, A. (2018) Team and group work. . . .
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2017

Creating an employment ready graduate

Simpson, E., Mulholland, G., Szymkowiak, A., Calmeiro, L. & Turner, J. (2017) Creating an employment ready graduate. . . .
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2016

Social presence and dishonesty

Siebenaler, S., Szymkowiak, A., Robertson, P., Johnson, G. & Law, J. (2016) Social presence and dishonesty. In: HCI in business, government and organizations: Supporting Business - 4th International Conference, HCIBGO 2017 Held as Part of HCI International 2017, Proceedings. Nah, F. (ed.), Tan, C. (ed.). p. 264-281. Cham: Springer.
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Curriculum reform

Simpson, E., Mulholland, G., Szymkowiak, A., Calmeiro, L. & Wasicka, A. (2016) Curriculum reform. . . .
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2015

Dishonest behavior at self-service checkouts

Creighton, S., Johnson, G., Robertson, P., Law, J. & Szymkowiak, A. (2015) Dishonest behavior at self-service checkouts. In: HCI in Business: Second International Conference, HCIB 2015, Held as Part of HCI International 2015, Los Angeles, CA, USA, August 2-7, 2015, Proceedings. Nah, F. (ed.), Tan, C. (ed.). p. 267-278. London: Springer.
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Twist and learn

Shovman, M., Szymkowiak, A., Bown, J. L. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2015) Twist and learn. In: Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. . p. 313-316. New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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2014

An investigation into gender role conformity in an online social networking environment

Fawzi, A. & Szymkowiak, A. (2014) An investigation into gender role conformity in an online social networking environment. In: Social computing and social media: 6th International Conference, SCSM 2014 Held as Part of HCI International 2014 Heraklion, Crete, Greece, June 22-27, 2014 Proceedings. Meiselwitz, G. (ed.). p. 322-330. London: Springer.
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The effects of cooperative and competitive games on classroom interaction frequencies

Creighton, S. & Szymkowiak, A. (2014) The effects of cooperative and competitive games on classroom interaction frequencies. . . p. 155-163. .
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Neuroscience perspectives on security

Rusconi, E., Scott-Brown, K. C. & Szymkowiak, A. (2014) Neuroscience perspectives on security. . . .
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2013

Gendering the machine

Payne, J. A., Szymkowiak, A., Robertson, P. & Johnson, G. (2013) Gendering the machine. In: Intelligent Virtual Agents: 13th International Conference, IVA 2013 Edinburgh, UK, August 29-31, 2013: proceedings. Aylett, R. (ed.), Krenn, B. (ed.), Pelachaud, C. (ed.), Shimodaira, H. (ed.). p. 106-115 . London: Springer-Verlag.
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Keystroke dynamics in the pre-touchscreen era

Ahmad, N., Szymkowiak, A. & Campbell, P. A. (2013) Keystroke dynamics in the pre-touchscreen era. . . .
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eHealth and the Internet of Things

Ball, L., Szymkowiak, A., Keates, S., Bradley, D. & Brownsell, S. (2013) eHealth and the Internet of Things. In: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference on Pervasive Embedded Computing and Communication Systems. Benavente-Peces, C. (ed.), Filipe, J. (ed.). p. 139-142. Setúbal: Scitepress Digital Library.
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2012

The meaning of graphs

Shovman, M., Scott-Brown, K. C., Szymkowiak, A. & Bown, J. L. (2012) The meaning of graphs. . . p. 381-398. .
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Beyond embodiment and social presence

Payne, J. A., Szymkowiak, A., Johnson, G., Robertson, P. & Henderson, R. (2012) Beyond embodiment and social presence. . . .
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2011

Animated virtual agents to cue user attention

Martinez, S., Sloan, R. J. S., Szymkowiak, A. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2011) Animated virtual agents to cue user attention. . . p. 299-308. .
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The behavioural impact of a visually represented virtual assistant in a self-service checkout context

Payne, J. A., Johnson, G. & Szymkowiak, A. (2011) The behavioural impact of a visually represented virtual assistant in a self-service checkout context. In: Proceedings of the 25th BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. . p. 58-63. Swinton: BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
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Linking recorded data with emotive and adaptive computing in an eHealth environment

Ball, L. D., Bradley, D. A., Szymkowiak, A. & Brownsell, S. (2011) Linking recorded data with emotive and adaptive computing in an eHealth environment. In: Proceedings of the 1st IEEE Conference on Healthcare Informatics, Imaging and Systems Biology, San Jose, California, 26-29 July, 2011. Boxwala, A. (ed.), Chen, X. (ed.), Duncan, J. (ed.), Miyano, S. (ed.), Syeda-Mahmood, T. (ed.). p. 264-271. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE .
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Gender and hazard perception skills in relation to road traffic police officers

Scrimgeour, A., Szymkowiak, A., Hardie, S. M. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2011) Gender and hazard perception skills in relation to road traffic police officers. . . p. 333-343. .
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2010

Investigating the future of self-service technology

Robertson, P., Szymkowiak, A. & Johnson, G. (2010) Investigating the future of self-service technology. In: Proceedings of HCI 2010: the 24th British HCI Group Annual Conference, University of Abertay, Dundee, UK. McEwan, T. (ed.), MacKinnon, L. (ed.). p. 346-349. . BCS, The Chartered Institute for IT.
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Is visual search a high-level phenomenon? Evidence from structure perception in 3-D scatterplots

Shovman, M., Szymkowiak, A., Bown, J. L. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2010) Is visual search a high-level phenomenon? Evidence from structure perception in 3-D scatterplots. . . p. 1149-1150. .
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Using virtual agents to cue observer attention

Martinez, S., Sloan, R. J. S., Szymkowiak, A. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2010) Using virtual agents to cue observer attention. In: CONTENT 2010: the Second International Conference on Creative Content Technologies November 21-26, 2010 - Lisbon, Portugal. Beklen, A. (ed.), Ejarque, J. (ed.), Gentzsch, W. (ed.), Kanstren, T. (ed.), Koschel, A. (ed.), Lee, Y. (ed.), Li, L. (ed.), Zemlicka, M. (ed.). p. 7-12. . International Academy, Research, and Industry Association (IARIA).
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Information visualization and the arts-science-social science interface

Bown, J. L., Fee, K., Sampson, A. T., Shovman, M., Falconer, R. E., Goltsov, A., Issacs, J. P., Robertson, P., Scott-Brown, K. C. & Szymkowiak, A. (2010) Information visualization and the arts-science-social science interface. In: Proceeding of the First International Conference on Intelligent Interactive Technologies and Multimedia: IITM 10. . p. 9-17. . Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).
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2009

Changing the view

Shovman, M., Szymkowiak, A., Bown, J. L. & Scott-Brown, K. C. (2009) Changing the view. In: Proceedings: Information Visualisation IV 2009. Banissi, E. (ed.), Stuart, L. (ed.), Wyeld, T. (ed.), Jern, M. (ed.), Andrienko, G. (ed.), Memon, N. (ed.), Alhajj, R. (ed.), Burkhard, R. (ed.), Grinstein, G. (ed.), Groth, D. (ed.), Ursyn, A. (ed.), Johansson, J. (ed.), Forsell, C. (ed.), Cvek, U. (ed.), Trutschl, M. (ed.), Marchese, F. (ed.), Maple, C. (ed.), Cowell, A. (ed.), Moere, A. (ed.). p. 135-138. Los Alamitos, CA: IEEE .
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2008

Use of 'pop-out' paradigm to test graph comprehension in a three-dimensional scatter plot

Shovman, 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. . . p. 79-80. .
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2005

A memory aid with remote communication

Szymkowiak, A., Morrison, K., Gregor, P., Inglis, E. A., Shah, P., Evans, J. J. & Wilson, B. A. (2005) A memory aid with remote communication. . . p. 217-225. .
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A memory aid with remote communication using distributed technology

Szymkowiak, A., Morrison, K., Gregor, P., Shah, P., Evans, J. J. & Wilson, B. A. (2005) A memory aid with remote communication using distributed technology. . . p. 1-5. .
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2004

Usable technology? Challenges in designing a memory aid with current electronic devices

Inglis, E. A., Szymkowiak, A., Gregor, P., Newell, A. F., Hine, N., Wilson, B. A., Evans, J. J. & Shah, P. (2004) Usable technology? Challenges in designing a memory aid with current electronic devices. . . p. 77-87. .
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Joint attention for pointing but not grasping postures

Fischer, M. H. & Szymkowiak, A. (2004) Joint attention for pointing but not grasping postures. . . p. 168-170. .
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More Information

Funding

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

Esteem

Esteem

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)

Knowledge Exchange

Total: £272,373

2016 Create Converge, EU Interreg, Co-investigator

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

2013- Self-service experience research (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 (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

Outreach

Outreach

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

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