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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.


Dr Corina Sas has been a lecturer in the School of Computing and Communications since 2004. 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 has co-authored over 60 peer-reviewed publications on topics such interaction design, user experience, cognitive and computational models, as well as design education. Dr Sas has been an active member of the HCI community, acting as general co-chair of the 21st British HCI conference in 2007, as well as co-chair of several CHI workshops (2006, 2008, 2009, 2010).

Research Grants

CaTalyST - Citizens Transforming Society: Tools for Change

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

Sav-e - Sustainable  Added Value e-chain

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

Mobile Technologies for Supporting Reflective Design Practices

Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: 1.09.2012– 31.08.2013

DESIRE - Creative Design for Innovation in Science and Technology

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

Tracking and modelling movement patterns in public spaces

Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: 2006-2007

Developing Virtual Environment Architecture

Role: Principal Investigator
Dates: 2005

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

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

M.A. Industrial and Organisational Psychology, 1997 

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


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

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

CSc200 Group Project Supervision

CSc252 HCI

CSc255 CS Innovation (Deliv)

CSM56 Collaborative Design Project

SCC120 Fundamentals of CS

SCC140 Creative Technology

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 Teaching

Professional Role

Editorial board member of the Open Virtual Reality Journal (Bentham Science Publishers)

Associated Chair/Senior PC member of key conferences in my field: ACM CHI, ACM DIS, ACM IDC, HCI, IEEE SMC,  IEEE ICIA, HCI, Interact

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

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