Emilia Sobolewska

Emilia Sobolewska

Dr Emilia Sobolewska

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Emilia Sobolewska is a Lecturer and Researcher in the School of Computing at Edinburgh Napier University. Her research interests include User Experience and Interaction Design, as well as Human-Robot Interaction (HRI) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

She holds a PhD in Computing from Edinburgh Napier University focusing on coping techniques of people rejecting technology. Also, a PgCert Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, a MSc Multimedia and Interactive Systems, and a MSc in Sociology from the University of Bialystok.

Emilia is a Higher Academy Fellow, accredited by Staff and Educational Development Association; designing, developing and leading both undergraduate and postgraduate Programmes, including BSc (Hons) Web Design and Development, accredited by British Computing Society, MSc Computing with User Experience and MSC Computing with Professional Placement, directed towards international students.

She is a visiting lecturer at the Zhengzhou University of Light Industry and External Thesis Examiner for MSc Computing at Charles Darwin University in New Zealand.

She holds the position of the Director of Sensorium, a forward-looking User Experience Evaluation Lab, enabling real-time measurement of physical, psychological, and neurological reactions and behaviour of people as they interact with systems and services. Within her role she is specialising in research methods, actively collaborating with, and aiding colleagues across the University as well as commercial partners within multiple research areas.

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • Learning Teaching and Assessment Management Committee Member
  • School of Computing Quality Committee Member
  • DLTHE Scrutiny/ILR/approval Panel Member
  • School Research Degree Management Group Member
  • Postgraduate and International Lead for Creative and Social Informatics
  • Chair of Postgraduate School Board
  • Creative and Social Informatics Management Group Member
  • LTA Student Experience Committee Member
  • Curriculum Management System: Academic Liaison Group Member
  • School of Computing REF Evaluation Group
  • Chair of Postgraduate Student Staff Liaison Committee
  • School of Computing Ethics Committee Member

 

Conference Organising Activity

  • 34th British Human-Computer Interaction Conference, London, United Kingdom
  • 34th British Human-Computer Interaction Conference, London, United Kingdom
  • 32nd British Human-Computer Interaction Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom; Poster presentation
  • UX Scotland, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Speaker
  • 32nd British Human-Computer Interaction Conference, Belfast, United Kingdom; Poster presentation
  • Conference Chair; School of Computing Research Conference; Staff Publications Chair
  • Best Paper Award at British HCI 2017 Conference, Sunderland, United Kingdom; Paper presentation
  • Conference Chair; ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS); Student Volunteers Chair
  • Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance (SICSA) HCI Theme All Hands Meeting, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Speaker
  • AAEEBL - CRA International Conference Edinburgh, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Paper presentation
  • Innovations in Teaching and Learning Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Paper submission
  • IEEE FIE 2014: Opening Innovations and Internationalization in Engineering Education, Madrid, Spain; Paper presentation
  • Best Poster Award at FECCE, Postgraduate Research Conference 2014, Edinburgh Napier University; Poster presentation
  • ECCE 2012: Re-thinking Cognition, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Student Volunteer
  • HCI 2011: Health, Wealth and Happiness, July 2011, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom; Doctoral Consortium; Poster Presentation, Student Volunteer
  • FECCE, Postgraduate Research Conference 2011, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Poster presentation
  • FECCE, Postgraduate Research Conference 2010, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Paper presentation
  • HCI Educators: Playing with our Education, Dundee, United Kingdom; Paper presentation

 

External Examining/Validations

  • External Examiner, Charles Darwin University, New Zealand
  • Articulation Adviser for Higher National Diploma Edinburgh College, Scotland

 

Fellowships and Awards

  • Excellence Award for Best Tutor in Computing
  • Best Paper Award; British HCI 2017 – Digital Make-Believe, Sunderland, United Kingdom
  • Excellence Award for Best Tutor in Computing
  • Best Poster Award; FECCE, Postgraduate Research Conference, Edinburgh, United Kingdom
  • Fellow of the Higher Education Academy
  • Staff and Educational Development Association, Professional Development Framework Award

 

Invited Speaker

  • Invited Speaker
  • Invited Speaker at Dundee and Angus College, Scotland
  • Invited Speaker at Edinburgh College, Scotland

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Professional Membership, ACM/ IEEE
  • Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Membership
  • Member of British Computer Society , the Chartered Institute for IT
  • Association for Computing Machinery Advancing Computing as a Science & Profession Member
  • “Interfaces”, a specialist HCI group of the British Computer Society; Committee Member;

 

Non-executive Directorship

  • Director of Postgraduate Studies
  • Placement Academy Leader
  • Director of Sensorium

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Game Changer Action Group Member
  • UX Spring Special Organiser
  • Napier UX Club Founder and Lead
  • Lunchtime UX Founder and Lead
  • IT4U Animagic workshop organiser

 

Reviewing

  • Publication Committee, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
  • Publication Committee, British Human-Computer Interaction Conference
  • Publication Committee, British Human-Computer Interaction Conference
  • Publication Committee, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
  • Publication Committee, 32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Publication Committee, ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (Late Breaking Work)
  • Publication Committee, British Human Computer Interaction Conference (Full Papers)
  • Publication Committee, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
  • Publication Committee, British Human Computer Interaction Conference (Full Papers)
  • Publication Committee, British Human Computer Interaction Conference (Full Papers)
  • Reviewer for the Human Technology

 

Visiting Positions

  • Visiting Lecturer at Zhengzhou University of Light Industry, Zhengzhou, China

 

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“He’s adorable and I want to take him home”. Trust Perceptions Before and After First-Time Encounters with Social Robots

Conference Proceeding
Sobolewska, E., Vanderschantz, N., & Bitcon, F. (2021)
“He’s adorable and I want to take him home”. Trust Perceptions Before and After First-Time Encounters with Social Robots. In Proceedings of the BCS 34th British HCI Conference 2021 (324-328). https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/hci2021.35
For users who have not interacted with a robot their perceptions are shaped by society, inculturation, and popular media. With the steady increase of robots in workplaces, dur...

“I would call them, it seems faster”. The state of Telemedicine in Scotland.

Conference Proceeding
Sfakakis, G., & Sobolewska, E. (2021)
“I would call them, it seems faster”. The state of Telemedicine in Scotland. In Proceedings of the BCS 34th British HCI Conference 2021 (220-225). https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/hci2021.23
The novel Coronavirus pandemic has affected the way people interact with others and services. Online re-mote solutions have been proposed for most interactions including healt...

A Roadmap of Online Learning

Exhibition / Performance
Sobolewska, E., Coley, S., Venckute, B., Hagan, J., & Callaghan, R. (2021)
A Roadmap of Online Learning. [Digital Poster]. 2 June 2021. (Unpublished
A poster presentation; Learning & Teaching Virtual Exhibition

Getting in, getting on: fragility in student and graduate identity

Journal Article
Smith, S., Sobolewska, E., & Hunter, D. (2019)
Getting in, getting on: fragility in student and graduate identity. Higher Education Research and Development, 38(5), 1046-1060. https://doi.org/10.1080/07294360.2019.1612857
Over a period of three years this longitudinal study explored new approaches to consider student identity during the transition from university to employment. Students were fo...

Exploring women's motivations to study computer science

Conference Proceeding
Smith, S., Sobolewska, E., Bhardwaj, J., & Fabian, K. (2019)
Exploring women's motivations to study computer science. In Proceedings of the Frontiers in Education 2018 Conference. https://doi.org/10.1109/FIE.2018.8658768
This paper presents a study exploring women's decisions, influencers and early experiences of computing to better understand how women's motivations and prior experience affec...

Study into gamification and awareness of sustainability amongst young adults

Presentation / Conference
Magnusson, L., & Sobolewska, E. (2018, July)
Study into gamification and awareness of sustainability amongst young adults. Paper presented at British HCI 2018
The importance of sustainability is evident and each of us is encouraged to take part in sustainable behaviour in some way. However, do we know what sustainability really mean...

Tailoring methodological bricolage to investigate non-discretionary use of digital technology

Conference Proceeding
Sobolewska, E. (2017)
Tailoring methodological bricolage to investigate non-discretionary use of digital technology. https://doi.org/10.14236/ewic/HCI2017.49
Digital technology appears to be an integral part of everyday life: at homes, workplaces, during leisure time; mediating interactions, demanding attention and engagement. In t...

Exploring student identity and transition through portfolio development

Presentation / Conference
Sobolewska, E., Smith, S., & Hunter, D. (2016, June)
Exploring student identity and transition through portfolio development. Paper presented at AAEEBL/CRA Understanding the essence(s) of portfolio-based learning, Edinburgh, Scotland
No abstract available.

From employability attributes to professional identity: students transitioning to the workplace.

Conference Proceeding
Smith, S., Sobolewska, E., & Smith, I. (2014)
From employability attributes to professional identity: students transitioning to the workplace. In 2014 IEEE Frontiers in Education Conference Proceedings. , (1197-1204
In order to realize the employment ambitions of graduates we can work with students to facilitate the construction of their identity as members of a global engineering profess...

Learning to Cope with Digital Technology

Presentation / Conference
Sobolewska, E. (2014, May)
Learning to Cope with Digital Technology. Poster presented at FECCE, Postgraduate Research Conference 2014, Edinburgh
There is a widespread assumption, that everyone uses modern interactive technology and appreciates its liberating effects. However, according to recent reports, ten million pe...

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