The Team


Dr Benjamin R Cowan (University College Dublin)

Principal Investigator

Dr Benjamin R Cowan is an Assistant Professor at UCD’s School of Information and Communication Studies (ICS). He is an expert in the effects of design on human-computer dialogue, controlled experiment design and statistical analysis. He received an MA (Hons) in Psychology & Business Studies and a PhD in Usability Engineering, both from the University of Edinburgh. He has published over 30 peer-reviewed papers in leading inter-disciplinary journals (e.g. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, Interacting with Computers) and conferences (CHI, Interact, Interspeech, BCS HCI, LREC) and has presented his work at globally leading institutions (e.g. UCL Interaction Centre, Birmingham and Edinburgh Universities). Dr Cowan is a member of the British Psychological Society (BPS) and The ACM and is Programme Committee member for CHI 2017. He has held over €100,000 of competitive funding from prestigious sources (e.g. EPSRC, British Academy), leading a number of these projects as PI.


Dr Joao Cabral (Trinity College Dublin)

Co-Principal Investigator

Dr João Cabral is a Research Fellow at Trinity College Dublin, in the School of Computer Science and Statistics. He is part of the ADAPT Centre ( Cabral received his PhD from the University of Edinburgh, funded by a Marie Curie Fellowship. His main research focuses on speech processing to improve natural interaction with computer systems, particularly in Text-To-Speech (TTS) synthesis. He also has experience in monitoring human speech behaviour as well as developing TTS for audiobooks. He has more than 30 international peer reviewed publications in leading speech signal processing venues (IEEE Journal of Selected Topics in Signal Processing, Speech Communication, Interspeech, ICASSP). He has been successful in attaining grants from prestigious national funders (e.g. Enterprise Ireland).


Dr Leigh Clark (University College Dublin)

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Dr Leigh Clark is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at University College Dublin, in the School of Information and Communication Studies (ICS). He completed his PhD in Computer Science at the University of Nottingham following a BA (Hons) in English Language & Linguistics at York St John University. His research interests focus on the communicative and user experience aspects of human-computer interaction, particularly with speech interfaces, and how linguistic theories can be applied in understanding these aspects of interaction. He has published work in leading cross-disciplinary journals (ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems, Applied Ergonomics) and conferences (British Association of Applied Linguistics, AAAL, HAI).