Summary

I am passionate about using insights from the behavioural neurosciences to design digital technology that is sensitive to human limitations and biases, particularly in relation to attention and self-regulation.

My academic and professional background is highly interdisciplinary, and I try to integrate best practices from many work spheres, such as using tools from large-scale event management to structure academic projects.

My personal interests include travelling, samatha meditation, dancing (Cuban salsa and swing), surfing, and playing music (often with my concept band the Karaoke Collective).

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Academia

Education

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2016 — 2020 DPhil in Computer Science, University of Oxford
2012 — 2013 MSc in Cognitive and Evolutionary Anthropology, University of Oxford
2011 — 2016 MA in the Study of Religion & Cognitive Psychology, Aarhus University
2007 — 2011 BA in the Study of Religion & Psychology, Aarhus University

Awards and honours

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2020 Winner of the 2020 Oxford Three Minute Thesis competition, Mathematical, Physical and Life Sciences Division, University of Oxford
2020 MPLS Impact Awards: Commendation Certificate for the Reducing Digital Distraction workshop, University of Oxford
2019 Best Talk Award, 2019 Oxford Computer Science Conference, University of Oxford
2018 Best Paper Award, 10th ACM Conference on Web Science, Amsterdam
2017 DOMUS Prize for Outstanding Research Communication, Linacre College, University of Oxford

Grants

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2020 Grant from the van Houten Fund, providing 12 weeks of funding to continue my work on the Reducing Digital Distraction (ReDD) Workshop project with the University of Oxford’s Counselling Service
2019 Recipient of the EPSRC Doctoral Prize, providing full funding to continue my PhD research from December 2019 to August 2020
2018 Student Research Competition Grant, ACM CHI’18
2017 Workshop Grant, Designing for Curiosity, ACM CHI’17
2017 Student Research Competition Grant, ACM CHI’17
2013 Lienhard & Bagby Research Grant, Institute of Social & Cultural Anthropology, University of Oxford

Research dissemination

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2018 What the Anti-Distraction Market Tells Us About Digital Technology and Self-Regulation, Connected Life 2018, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
2018 A Cognitive Design Space for Supporting Self-Regulation of ICT Use, 3rd Symposium on Computing and Mental Health, CHI’18, Montreal, Canada
2017 Curiosity, ICTs and Attention Management: Evaluating the Emerging Anti-Distraction Market, Designing for Curiosity. Workshop at CHI’17, Denver, Colorado
2017 Ulysses in Cyberspace: Evaluating the Anti-Distraction Market, Connected Life 2017: Digital Inequalities, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
2017 “It’s More Fun With My Phone”: A Replication Study of Cell Phone Presence and Task Performance, CogSci 2017, 39th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, London
2014 Wild Cooperation: Studying Real-World Reciprocity Using Couchsurfing.org, Morality: Evolutionary Origins and Cognitive Mechanisms, Central European University, Budapest
2011 Priming Effects of Religious Concepts on Moral Judgment – Between Mean Values and Variation, CogSci 2011, 33rd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society, Boston, MA.
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2018 Our paper ‘Third Party Tracking in the Mobile Ecosystem’ covered in the Financial Times, BBC, The Times, Business Insider, and more

Teaching experience

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2020 Big Data Analytics
Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford
Teaching assistant to Taha Yasseri - teaching the technical part of the class on analytics and visualisation of non-normally distributed data in R and RStudio.
2019 Reproducible research with R Markdown
TIER Faculty Development Workshop, St. Anne’s College, University of Oxford
Developed and taught a 2-day master class in reproducible research to 20+ research staff and faculty from research institutions across Europe
2013 Introduction to Evolutionary Psychology
Oxbridge International Summer School
Organised and taught a 2-week course with group and individual tutorials for students aged 15-18.
2010 — 2011 Philosophy, theory of science, and university history
Dept. for the Study of Religion, Aarhus University
Taught a weekly supplementary seminar to a class of ~20 undergraduate students.

Service

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2016 — present Ad-hoc reviewer
ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI),
ACM CHI Conference,
Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing,
International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
2018 — 2020 Steering group member
Transparent Statistics in Human-Computer Interaction
2017 — 2018 President, Computer Science Graduate Society (CoGS)
Dept. of Computer Science, University of Oxford
2018 Main conference organiser and General Chair
Oxford Computer Science Conference 2018, Department of Computer Science, University of Oxford
2016 — 2017 DPhil representative, Computer Science Graduate Society (CoGS)
Dept. of Computer Science, University of Oxford
2012 — 2016 Executive committee member
London Evolutionary Research Network
2008 — 2012 Chairman, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion
Dept. for the Study of Religion, Aarhus University

Work

Selected employments

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2020 — present Data Scientist and Digital Humanities Consultant
Śākta Traditions, University of Oxford
I provide practical support and consultancy on natural language processing methods for analysis and visualisation of large text corpora, using reproducible workflows in R Markdown.
2019 — 2020 Research Assistant
RoboTIPS: Developing Responsible Robots for the Digital Economy
Developed accident scenarios and investigation processes to inform responsible innovation in social robotics, with researchers at the Dept. of Computer Science in Oxford (lead: prof. Marina Jirotka), and the Bristol Robotics Facility (lead: prof. Alan Winfield).
2017 — 2019 Web developer
SOCIAM.org, Dept. of Computer Science, University of Oxford
Built sociam.org (archiving outputs of a 5.5 year EPSCR research project involving 55+ researchers, 40+ projects, and 400+ publications) from scratch in Drupal 7, assisted by two summer interns. Ongoing maintenance, feature development, and content curation.
2017 — 2019 Bartender
Linacre College bar, University of Oxford
2013 — 2016 Festival Producer and Manager
Institute of Art and Ideas, London
Generated ideas and wrote programme copy for 250+ panel debates for the internationally renowned philosophy and music festival HowTheLightGetsIn; interviewed (600+) and booked (150+) speakers, including Cory Doctorow, Aubrey de Grey, and Simon Baron-Cohen; led and managed a research team of two full-time and music team of three full-time staff.

Professional development

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2018 Invited participant at the Global Dialogue for Happiness, World Government Summit, Dubai
2017 Leading for Impact fellowship, 4-month leadership training programme at Saïd Business School, University of Oxford

Technical

Skills

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 Programming, data analysis and visualisation in R (tidyverse), Python, and D3.js
 Reproducible research with R Markdown (bookdown, xaringan, pagedown) + LaTeX + HTML
 Web development (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, Hugo, blogdown, Jekyll, GitHub Pages, Netlify)

Software development

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2019 oxforddown, R package for writing Oxford University theses in R Markdown
2019 pagedown-cv, R package for dynamically generating a CV with 4 output formats using pagedown for R Markdown
2018 Dashboard for visualising Facebook use, developed with R, shiny, and flexdashboard, for CHI’20 study.
2018 chi20-papers-rmarkdown, chi-proc-rmd-template and chi-ea-template, R packages for writing ACM CHI conference submissions in R Markdown

Personal

Skills & volunteering

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2017 — present Founding Band Member
The Karaoke Collective
Inventor, MC and drummer; the KC is a group of seasoned musicians in Oxford and London blending the fun of karaoke with the magic of a live band.
2017 — 2019 Computer Science Ambassador
Dept. of Computer Science, University of Oxford
I gave regular talks about my group’s and my personal research to 14-18 year old students from UK schools visiting the Computer Science Department
2017 — 2019 Steering committee member, Oxford Scandinavian Society
Co-organiser of ‘sittnings’ (traditional Scandinavian dinner- and drinking parties), movie nights, summer BBQs and more
Webmaster and ticket manager for ScanSoc’s website at oxfordscandinavian.com
2017 Head of Entertainment, Linacre College Ball
Planned, contracted, and produced 15+ acts, including a 30-piece swing band, funk orchestra, live karaoke, glitter fairy, space hopper race, treasure hunt and drumming DJ
2013 — 2016 Interview Coach
Oxbridge Interviews, Oxfizz
Provided interview training for 30+ teenagers from families not traditionally going to university wishing to apply to Oxford or Cambridge.