Dr Valentina Andries

Postdoctoral Research Assistant

I am working on an-EPSRC funded project, which tackles the issue of biased technology design. This is a collaborative research project between the Universities of Heriot Watt, Strathclyde and Edinburgh, and it is led by Professor Judy Robertson at Moray House School of Education and Sport. Under her guidance, I am exploring school-aged children’s perceptions of conversational agents (such as Amazon's Alexa). We will be producing educational materials about Artificial Intelligence aimed at children and professional development activities for teachers.

My research interests largely lie at the intersection of education and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI): educational technology, participatory approaches, inclusive design and evaluation of technology, ethics in technology design, AI ethics.

From a teaching perspective, I have been involved in planning and running research methods and HCI courses at MSc level at the School of Informatics.

I studied towards a PhD in Education and HCI at Moray House School of Education and Sport, where I was fortunate to be supervised by Professors Judy Robertson and Lydia Plowman. My PhD was focused on ethically designing and evaluating digital technology, aimed at supporting young children's play in a hospital setting. 

I am currently involved in the CAHSS Ethics Committee as an Early Career Researcher. Together with Dr. Ailsa Niven, we have co-produced a guidance document for Social Media Research, in a collaboration between CAHSS and the Edinburgh Centre for Data, Culture and Society (CDCS). 

Social Media Ethics

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