Researchers Biographies

The Animal Computer Interaction Design group is based at The University of Central Lancashire (UCLan) in Lancashire, UK.

Ilyena Hirskyj-Douglas  PhD Researcher in Animal Computer Interaction (ACI)

Ilyena_Hirskyj_DouglasIlyena is a researcher in Animal Computer Interaction currently undertaking her PhD in Dog-Computing at UCLan. She is known for her work around dog-head tracking and methods in designing with dogs in making interactive technology. She runs the research group Animal Computer Interaction Design (ACID) as well as running national workshops  and being on the international committee for ACI. Ilyenas research interests include designing interactive products for dogs, media with dogs and head/face/gaze tracking with dogs.

Janet C Read   Professor in Child Computer Interaction 

Janet C ReadJanet Read is a Professor in Child Computer Interaction and is the Director of the Child Computer Interaction (ChiCI) research group at UCLan. Internationally known for her work on designing and evaluating technologies for children as well as for her work on text input with digital ink, Prof. Read manages research grants and research students, teaches research methods and advanced HCI and contributes to SET activities in local schools.

Dr. Brendan Cassidy   Lecturer and Researcher in HCI

BrendanDr Brendan Cassidy has been a lecturer in computing at the University of Central Lancashire since January 2011. Prior to this he was working as a postdoctoral researcher within the Child Computer Interaction (ChiCI) group at UCLAN. Brendan has been at the University since 2009. Brendan is still a member of the ChiCI group and his research interests include Child Computer Interaction, Human Computer Interaction, mobile devices and novel approaches to interaction.