*2019 Update: We are organising the 1st International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces (CUI 2019) in Dublin, Ireland on 22nd-23rd August 2019. Visit https://www.cui2019.com for more information.*
I am currently a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the School of Information & Communication Studies at University College Dublin working on the CogSIS Project funded by the Irish Research Council. I previously obtained my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham as part of the Mixed Reality Lab in the School of Computer Science.
My research focuses on people’s interactions with speech interfaces. In particular I’m interested in how design choices around language and voice quality impact people’s perceptions of technology and their behaviour and language use towards speech interfaces. I am also interested in how existing theories from linguistic studies in human interaction, such as politeness, face, and vague language, function in speech-based interactions with technology.
My current work with the CogSIS Project investigates how synthesis choices affect user experience and behaviour. Specifically, our research examines the effects of naturalness (e.g. accent & expressivity), politeness strategies, and context on users’ expectations of speech technology and their language production towards it.