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Professor Corina Sas


Corina Sas




Tel: +44 1524 510318

Research overview

My research interests include human-computer interaction, interaction design, user experience, designing tools and interactive systems to support high level skill acquisition and training such as creative and reflective thinking in design, autobiographical reasoning, emotional processing and spatial cognition. This work explores and integrates wearable bio sensors, lifelogging technologies and virtual reality. Analytical orientations: ethnographic and experimental studies, design thinking and design rationale.

PhD supervision

I am interested in supervising PhD projects in HCI-related areas, particularly those pertaining to my research interests.


Corina started her academic career at Lancaster as lecturer in 2004, and senior lecturer in 2010, to become in 2017 the first female Professor in the School of Computing and Communication. Prior to joining Computing Department she was a scholar reading for a PhD in Computer Science at the University College Dublin, Ireland. Her previous studies include a MA in Industrial and Organisational Psychology from the Babes-Bolyai University of Cluj-Napoca, Romania, a BSc in Mathematics and Computer Science, and a BA in Psychology, from the "Lucian Blaga" University of Sibiu, Romania, where she also worked as Assistant Professor.

Corina leads internationally recognised research in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), playing a key role in shaping the School’s growing research agenda in digital health. Her publication track includes top journals such as the flagship ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interactions (TOCHI), and ACM CHI conference.

Corina has outstanding track record in earning research income and managing large scale interdisciplinary networks (over £10.5m, with over £6m as PI). She regulary acted as Associate Chair for both the ACM CHI and DIS conferences, and since 2018 she joined the prestigious Editorial Board of the ACM Transactions in Human-Computer Interaction Journal.

Research Grants

AffecTech: Personal Technologies for Affective Health, a Marie Sklodowska-Curie Innovative Training Network (€3,888,273). European Commission

Role: Prinicipal Investigator
Dates: 2017 – 2021
Website: http://www.affectech.org/

Digital threads: Towards personalised craft production in Malay cottage industry through distributed ledger technologies and demand chain management  (£117,558). AHRC.

Role: Prinicipal Investigator
Dates: 2017 – 2019
Website: https://www.digitalthreads.co.uk

Designing Multisensory Interactions: Emotional User Experience of 3D Printed-Food Consumption. (£100,000) EPSRC CASE Studentship

Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: 2016 – 2020

PACTMAN: Trust, Privacy and Consent in Future Pervasive Environments  (£1,008,820) EPSRC

Role: Co-Investigator
Dates: 2016 – 2018
Website: http://pactman.uk/

RECALL: Rethinking and redefining memory augmentation (>£1.5m) European Commission

Role: Co-Investigator
Dates: 2013 – 2016
Website: http://recall-fet.eu/

CaTalyST - Citizens Transforming Society: Tools for Change (>£1.45m) EPSRC

Role: Co-Investigator
Dates: 01/11/2011 – 31/10/2014
Website: http://www.catalystproject.org.uk/

Sav-e - Sustainable  Added Value e-chain (>£589K) Technology Strategy Board

Role: Co-Investigator
Dates: 01/11/2011 – 31/10/2014

Mobile Technologies for Supporting Reflective Design Practices (>£22K) VINNOVA

Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: 1.09.2012– 31.08.2013

DESIRE - Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology (> 3.24m) European Commission

Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: 01/09/2009 – 31/08/2012
Website: http://www.desirenetwork.eu/

External Roles

Member of the Executive Committee of the British HCI group for British Computer Society: promoting the education and practice of HCI and supporting HCI people in industry and academia, contributing to the development of programme of events, overseeing the group budget and liaising with the BCS financial officer.

Career Details

Academic qualifications

Ph.D. Computer Science, 2004

Executive MBA, 2018 (Distinction)

B.Sc. Mathematics and Computer Science, 1998 (1st Class Hons)

M.A. Industrial and Organisational Psychology, 1997 

B.Sc. Psychology, 1996 (1st Class Hons)


Professor in HCI and Digital Health, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, 2017 - present

Senior Lecturer in HCI, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, 2010 - 2017

Lecturer in HCI, School of Computing and Communications, Lancaster University, 2004-2010             

RA/PhD student, Department of Computer Science, University College Dublin, 2000-2004

Teaching Assistant, Department of Informatics/Department of Psychology, Lucian Blaga University, 1996 – 2000        

Current Teaching

SCC120 Fundamentals of CS

SCC412 Advanced Human Computer Interaction

Research Interests

My research focuses on investigating, designing and evaluating technologies which aim to make a difference in people’s lives. I see technology as a means to an end, either for studying and understanding human behaviour, or as a tool for supporting people to reach their potential. More specifically, I am investigating high level skills acquisition and training. For this, particular areas of interest are designing methods and tools to explore and train creative problem solving in the design process. I am also interested in reflective thinking and design practice and how wearable sensors and lifelogging technologies can assist this. The interest in autobiographical reasoning exploits the findings from memory technology and narrative psychology to support people to develop cohesive self-narratives. Not at least, a long-term interest from my PhD studies is exploring the role of virtual environments in acquiring and assessing spatial skills and strategies.

My Role

Director of Research Enhancement Faculty of Science and Technology, Lancaster University, UK

Director of HighWire Doctoral Training Centre on Digital Economy, Lancaster University, UK

Pervasive Systems - Group Lead, School of Computing and Communications

Professional Role

Editorial board member of ACM Transactions in Human-Computer Interaction (ToCHI) (from 2018)

Associated Chair: ACM CHI, ACM DIS

Previous member of the Executive Committee of the British HCI group, and past chair of the HCI conference

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