Aisling O'Kane

Lecturer of Human-Computer Interaction for Health"


Aisling is a Lecturer of Human-Computer Interaction for Health in the Bristol Interaction Group. She employs qualitative and participatory design approaches to understand how health and wellbeing technologies are used (and not used!) in the wild. Past and current research projects include studies of the use of Type 1 Diabetes devices, fitness apps, wearables in the gym, hearing aids, and high tech wearable baby monitors. Aisling is also interested in the practices of people designing, building and sharing do-it-yourself (DIY) health and wellbeing technologies.

Before starting at Bristol in August 2017, Aisling was an EPSRC Doctoral Prize Research Fellow at University College London. She received her PhD in Computer Science from University College London as part of the EPSRC CHI+MED project, her MSc in Interactive Systems Engineering from KTH Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm, and her BASc in Industrial Engineering from University of Toronto. She has been a researcher, visiting researcher or student researcher at Georgia Tech, University of California Irvine, Microsoft Research Cambridge, Delft Technical University, and Mobile Life Stockholm. She is certified by the Professional Engineers of Ontario as a Professional Engineer (PEng) and has industry experience as a Human Factors Engineer in nuclear safety.