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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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Projects 2012 2018

Communication
Intellectual property
Electronic mail
Computer aided design
Productivity

The Language of Collaborative Manufacture

Johnson, P., Payne, S. & Watts, L.

1/02/1330/05/13

Project: Research council

Communication
Intellectual property
Electronic mail
Computer aided design
Productivity

The Diplomat's Dilemma

Watts, L.

16/04/1231/03/13

Project: Research council

Research Output 2001 2018

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

Demanding by design: supporting effortful communication practices in close personal relationships

Kelly, R., Gooch, D., Patil, B. & Watts, L. 25 Feb 2017 CSCW 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 70-83 14 p.

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

communication
communication technology
mediation
new technology
artifact

Demanding by Design: Supporting Effortful Communication Practices in Close Personal Relationships

Kelly, R., Gooch, D., Patil, B. & Watts, L. Mar 2017

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
File
communication
communication technology
mediation
new technology
artifact

Designing Commenting Mechanisms for Dynamic Media: Synchronous Overlay and Adjacent Scrollable

Yu, B. & Watts, L. Jun 2017 DIS '17 Companion Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference Companion Publication on Designing Interactive Systems . New York, U. S. A.: Association for Computing Machinery, p. 18-22 5 p.

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

Open Access
File
interaction
political speech
video clip

Slow but Likeable? Inefficient Robots as Caring Team Members

Kelly, R. & Watts, L. 26 Feb 2017 p. 1 6 p.

Research output: Contribution to conferencePaper

Open Access
File
Robots
Communication