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    • School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom


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    Personal profile

    Research Interests


    My main research focus is in the area of human‐computer interaction (HCI) – that is, the study and subsequent improvement of human interaction with technology and the design, development and evaluation of interactive technologies. My Ph.D. research has been focused on the design, development and evaluation of mobile assistive technologies for special needs user such as older adults with visual impairments - an area to which I have contributed practically‐validated guidelines.

    I have extensive experience of adopting user-centred, participatory design approaches for the design and development of mobile assistive healthcare technologies, and of both qualitative and quantitative approaches to technology design and evaluation (including the use of observational and experimental designs).

    I am interested in applying gamified interventions to promote healthy eating behaviours and have co-developed the 'Vegetable Maths Masters' app for children and teachers to support healthy eating behaviour. The majority of my research is multi-disciplinary in nature, representing collaborations across many different domains including psychology, ophthalmology, and health informatics.



    Teaching Activity

    • CS2260: Human Computer Interaction
    • DC2260: Human Computer Interaction
    • CS1020: java programming foundations


    • Postgraduate Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 2017
    • Ph.D. in Human Computer Interaction, Aston University, 2015
    • B.A. with First Class Joint Honours in Business and Computer Science, Aston University, 2011



    Associate Editor of the Journal of Rehabilitation and Assistive Technologies (RATE)


    Grant Reviewer for the  InZicht Programme: The Netherlands Organisation for Health Research and Development


    Member of the Editorial Review Board of the International Journal of Mobile Human Computer Interaction (IJMHCI)


    Workshop Organiser

    Workshop on Designing with Older Adults: Towards a Complete Methodology,  MobileHCI’14 & MobileHCI’15


    PhD Supervision

    • Megan Robertston: Investigation and Evaluation of Novel Approaches to Promoting and Maintaining Students’ Engagement with e-Learning 

    If you are interested in pursuing a Ph.D. in research area aligned with my interests, please contact me directly by email for further details of potential projects. 

    Contact Details


    Room number: MB560E

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2018


    Award Date: 1 Aug 2016


    Award Date: 1 Aug 2011

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    Research Output

    • 6 Conference contribution
    • 5 Article
    • 4 Chapter (peer-reviewed)
    • 1 Meeting abstract

    How to tackle food fussiness. Why Vegetable Maths Masters, a new maths app using vegetables, could increase children’s vegetable intake

    Farrow, C., Haycraft, E., Coulthard, H., Thomas, J. M., Hakobyan, L. & Lumsden, J. M., 2019, Early Years Childcarer: the magazine for the early-years sector, 12, p. 22-23 2 p.

    Research output: Contribution to specialist publicationArticle

    Using repeated visual exposure, rewards and modelling in a mobile application to increase vegetable acceptance in children

    Farrow, C., Belcher, E., Coulthard, H., Thomas, J. M., Lumsden, J. M., Hakobyan, L. & Haycraft, E., 1 Oct 2019, In : Appetite. 141, 104327.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • VeggieMaths: Exposing children to vegetables using arithmetic in a fun mobile application

    Farrow, C., Hakobyan, L., Coulthard, H., Haycraft, E., Lumsden, J. & Thomas, J., 1 Nov 2018, In : Appetite. 130, p. 304

    Research output: Contribution to journalConference abstract

    Disabilities: Assistive Technology Design

    Lumsden, J. M., Hakobyan, L., Leung, R. & O'Sullivan, D., 2 Oct 2017, Encyclopedia of Computer Science and Technology. CRC Press, p. 390-402 13 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapter (peer-reviewed)

    A longitudinal evaluation of the acceptability and impact of a diet diary app for older adults with age-related macular degeneration

    Hakobyan, L., Lumsden, J., Shaw, R. L. & O'Sullivan, D., 9 Sep 2016, MobileHCI'2016 : proceedings of the 18th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services . New York, NY (US): ACM, p. 124-134 11 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference publication

    Open Access
  • Thesis

    Engaging older adults with age-related macular degeneration in the design and evaluation of mobile assistive technologies

    Author: Hakobyan, L., 1 Mar 2016

    Supervisor: Lumsden, J. M. (Supervisor)

    Student thesis: Doctoral ThesisDoctor of Philosophy