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I am a Senior Lecturer (Associate Professor) in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath. I research Computer-Supported Collaborative Work and Human-Robot Interaction, focusing on the analysis and design of interactive systems as they serve to help people appreciate and understand one another's concerns. My work puts people and their feelings right at the centre of interaction design problems, including in choreography as a form of embodied expression, political discussion, chronic health, cognitive rehabilitation, or the coordination of work in physical settings. 

Interactive technologies routinely mediate between people: we are able to understand, or may be put at odds with one another, by virtue of the structures and processes embedded in the technologies we use. Technologically mediated interactions frame 'social cognition'; how people perceive one another as social agents, how social actions are interpreted, and how social situations are understood. Interactive systems can have this effect because they ampilfy some aspects of human behaviour, hide others and also open up new ways of acting that have no natural analogue. So interactive systems impose themselves on human relationships and have become a key part of human experience. If they are to work well, interactive systems must assist people to express themselves and also help show whether or not they recognise the feelings of others.

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Research Output

"Taking Care of a Fruit Tree": Nurturing as a Layer of Concern in Online Community Moderation

Yu, B., Seering, J., Spiel, K. & Watts, L., 25 Apr 2020, (Accepted/In press).

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

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Caring About Dissent: Online Community Moderation and Norm Evolution

Yu, B., Spiel, K. & Watts, L., 10 Nov 2019, Volunteer Work: Mapping the Future of Moderation Research - A CSCW '19 Workshop.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution


Designing for reflection on sender effort in close personal communication

Kelly, R., Gooch, D. & Watts, L., 4 Dec 2018, Proceedings of the 30th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2018. Morrison, A., Buchanan, G., Waycott, J., Billinghurst, M., Stevenson, D., Choi, JH-J., Billinghurst, M., Kelly, R., McKay, D. & Lugmayr, A. (eds.). Association for Computing Machinery, p. 314-325 12 p. (ACM International Conference Proceeding Series).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

Every Cloud Has a Silver Lining: How to Cope When Your Research Does Not Go to Plan

Rodham, K., Gavin, J., Coulson, N. & Watts, L., 2018, In : SAGE Research Methods Cases.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

'It's More Like a Letter': An Exploration of Mediated Conversational Effort in Message Builder

Kelly, R., Gooch, D. & Watts, L., 1 Nov 2018, In : Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction . 2, CSCW, 87.

Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

3 Citations (Scopus)


Designing Communication Devices for Long Distance Dating Relationships

Author: Gooch, D., 4 Feb 2014

Supervisor: Watts, L. (Supervisor) & Payne, S. (Advisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Designing Emotionally Expressive Behaviour: Intelligibility and Predictability in Human-Robot Interaction

Author: Novikova, J., 1 Mar 2016

Supervisor: Watts, L. (Supervisor) & Bryson, J. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisPhD


Reducing Head Mounted Display VR Sickness Through Dynamic Field of View Constriction

Author: Yaqub, H., 13 Jun 2018

Supervisor: Watts, L. (Supervisor) & Shepherd, P. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Engineering (EngD)


The Effect of Peripheral Displays on Navigation in Desktop Virtual Environments

Author: Abdul Rahman Hasan, A., 1 Sep 2010

Supervisor: Willis, P. (Supervisor) & Watts, L. (Supervisor)

Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisMPhil