Dr Benjamin Cowan

Assistant Professor

Email Address: benjamin.cowan@adaptcentre.ie

Dr Benjamin R Cowan is Assistant Professor at UCD's School of Information & Communication Studies. He is a Funded Investigator within the ADAPT Centre, taking on the roles of Interaction & Control Research Challenge lead and NENC lead within the Digital Engagement Strand. He completed his undergraduate studies in Psychology & Business Studies (2006) as well as his PhD in Usability Engineering (2011) at the University of Edinburgh. His research lies at the juncture between psychology, human-computer interaction and communication systems in investigating how design impacts aspects of user behaviour in social, collaborative and communicative technology interactions. His recent research has focuses specifically on how theory and quantitative methods from psychological science can be applied to understand and design speech and language technologies as well as how we can design for habit change across of number of domains and contexts. Dr Cowan is the co-founder and co-director of the HCI@UCD group, one of the largest HCI groups in Ireland, and the Conversational User Interfaces conference series. He is also director of the MSc in Human-Computer Interaction at UCD. Through his research he has collaborated regularly with industry, partnering with companies such as Microsoft Research, Cerego and Voysis.

Research Domains
  • Artificial Intelligence
  • Behavioural Analysis
  • FinTech
  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Linguistics
  • Multimodal Interaction
  • Speech
  • Statistics
  • User Centric Design and Modelling

Publications