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Horia Maior

Visiting Researcher,



Dr. Maior graduated from the Swansea University with a Bachelors in Computer Science and obtained his PhD in the the Horizon Digital Economy Centre for Doctoral Training and the Mixed Reality Lab at the University of Nottingham.

After completing his PhD, Dr Maior won one of the University of Nottingham's EPSRC Prizes, securing funding towards his Post-Doctoral Research position in the School of Computer Science.

Expertise Summary

His multidisciplinary research interests fall between Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Brain Computer Interfaces (BCI) and Human factors, and it is focused on using brain and physiological data using wearable technologies to evaluate HCIs. By understanding how people perceive, process and use information during interaction with technology, his ultimate goal is to create technology that better facilitates people.

Dr Maior will build on his research in objectively monitoring Mental Workload with fNIRS (a blood oxygen brain sensing technology), working towards measuring this in the face of everyday human behaviour (rather than during controlled lab tasks).

Research Summary

Brain and Physiological data use for Human Computer Interaction

My research lies in the intersection between Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Brain-Computer Interface (BCI), and Human Factors. I am looking into the integration of non-invasive brain and physiological sensors, such as functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), in the field of HCI. More specifically, I am interested in how we can use such devices to sense physiological responses to human cognition and mental workload, and use this continuous, quantitative measure, as an additional channel of information about the user during interaction.

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