December 13, 2018


Nuria Oliver, PhD

Smart rooms, cars, offices and phones

Dr. Oliver is a computer scientist. She holds a Ph.D. from the Media Lab at MIT. She is the first female computer scientist in Spain to be named an ACM Distinguished Scientist and an ACM Fellow. She is also a Fellow of the European Association of Artificial Intelligence and a IEEE Fellow. She is well known for her work in computational models of human behavior, human computer-interaction, intelligent user interfaces, mobile computing and big data for social good. She is the co-inventor of 40 patents. She is a frequent keynote speaker both for technical and non-technical audiences. She regularly collaborates with and is featured by the media. She is very passionate about the power of technology to improve our quality of life, both individually and collectively (Wikipedia)
She invests significant effort in outreach efforts to make technology more accessible to the general public

Professor Effie Lai-Chong Law

Professor Law’s keynote speech is partialy supported by the ACM Distinguished Speakers program

Measuring Users Experiences: Retrospect and Prospect

In 2011 I was exploring the issue on the measurability of users’ experiences, as inspired by my collaboration with a group of HCI researchers to analyse several fundamental issues.

Effie is the first female Professor to be appointed to the Department of Computer Science in Leicester. Since joining the department as a part-time Research Fellow in 2005, she has been promoted three times and now works full-time. Flexible-working arrangements allow her to undertake some of her research from home, so enabling her to balance child-care responsibilities.

Effie’s research interests are Usability and User Experience Methodologies, making interactive systems easy and enjoyable to use and, in case of educational technologies, enhancing the learning experience. She works on a number of European projects, which involves travelling abroad at least once a month. A number of meetings are held virtually, which makes life more flexible.

Effie’s work includes collaborations with other disciplines, which enables her to use her expertise in practical applications. This has led to several successful inter-departmental projects at Leicester that have investigated novel applications of techniques from her areas of expertise. Notable projects include the Leverhulme-funded project “Tracing Networks” with the School of Archaeology, the AHRC-funded project “Representing Re-Formation” with History of Art, Museum Studies and Physics, and ESRC-funded “Laws in Children’s Lives” with the School of Law.