Emilia Sobolewska

Emilia Sobolewska

Dr Emilia Sobolewska

Lecturer

Biography

Dr Emilia Sobolewska is a Lecturer 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.

News

Events

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Advisory panels and expert committees or witness

  • School of Computing REF Evaluation Group
  • School of Computing Ethics Committee Member

 

Conference Activity

  • Conference Chair; School of Computing Research Conference; Staff Publications Chair
  • 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
  • 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
  • Best Poster Award at FECCE, Postgraduate Research Conference 2014, Edinburgh Napier University; Poster presentation
  • IEEE FIE 2014: Opening Innovations and Internationalization in Engineering Education, Madrid, Spain; Paper presentation
  • ECCE 2012: Re-thinking Cognition, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Student Volunteer
  • FECCE, Postgraduate Research Conference 2011, Edinburgh, United Kingdom; Poster presentation
  • HCI 2011: Health, Wealth and Happiness, July 2011, Newcastle-upon-Tyne, United Kingdom; Doctoral Consortium; Poster Presentation, Student Volunteer
  • 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

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

 

Membership of Professional Body

  • Member of British Computer Society , the Chartered Institute for IT
  • Scottish Informatics and Computer Science Alliance Membership
  • 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 Sensorium
  • Placement Academy Leader

 

Public/Community Engagement

  • Game Changer Action Group Member
  • UX Spring Special Organiser
  • Lunchtime UX Founder and Lead
  • Napier UX Club 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, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS)
  • Publication Committee, 32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
  • Publication Committee, British Human Computer Interaction Conference (Full Papers)
  • 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)
  • Reviewer for the Human Technology

 

Visiting Positions

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

 

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12 results

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.

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...

Learning to Cope with Digital Technology

Conference Proceeding
Sobolewska, E., & Benyon, D. (2011)
Learning to Cope with Digital Technology. In BCS-HCI '11 Proceedings of the 25th BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 561-564
Technology surrounds people; it functions as their best friend and the worst enemy. From a trip to the local supermarket, to almost every aspect of people's professional and s...

Traditional and Contemporary vs. Engaged accounts in HCI

Presentation / Conference
Sobolewska, E. (2010, May)
Traditional and Contemporary vs. Engaged accounts in HCI. Paper presented at CFP - FECCI Research Student Conference, Edinburgh
No abstract available.

Mental models, magical thinking and individual differences.

Journal Article
Turner, P. & Sobolewska, E. (2009)
Mental models, magical thinking and individual differences. Human technology an interdisciplinary journal on humans in ICT environments. 5, 90-113. ISSN 1795-6889
Broadly, there are two mutually exclusive accounts of how people (non-specialist users) reason about and conceptualize interactive technology. The first is based on classical ...

Auto-ethnography: problems, pitfalls and promise

Presentation / Conference
Sobolewska, E., Smith, C. F., & Turner, P. (2009, April)
Auto-ethnography: problems, pitfalls and promise. Paper presented at HCI Educators 2009, University of Abertay, Dundee
The teaching and perhaps more importantly the practice of ethnographic techniques has become increasing important within Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). But ethnography is a...

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