Petr Slovak

Petr Slovak

Lecturer (Assistant Prof) in Human Computer Interaction

King's College London

Biography

I am a lecturer (Assistant Professor) in Human Computer Interaction and recently also a UKRI Future Leaders Fellow at the Department of Informatics at the King’s College London. In addition, I have visiting positions at the Child & Adolescent Psychiatry department at IoPPN (KCL), the Human Centred Computing group at Oxford, and the Evidence Based Practice Unit at UCL.

Before starting at King’s College London, I’ve been a Schroedinger fellow at UCLIC for my postdoc; and a research intern at Microsoft Research Redmond as well as a visiting researcher at the Nottingham Mixed Reality Lab during my PhD studies at Vienna University of Technology (supervised by Prof Geraldine Fitzpatrick).

My research involves envisioning, designing, and evaluating new technology-enabled interventions for youth, targetting core protective factors underpinning personal wellbeing (e.g., emotion regulation and parenting). As such, my research is positioned at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Mental Health, and Prevention Science. This research agenda so far led to ACM Best Paper awards at leading venues in the HCI field (e.g., CHI, CSCW); as well as a transfer of a novel emotion regulation intervention from a research prototype to a commercial product funded by the largest US non-profit developer of social-emotional learning programs, Committee for Children.

I’ve been incredibly lucky to have a number of amazing collaborators and mentors across KCL and elsewhere, including Oxford, UCL, UC Santa Cruz, University of Washington, UC Irvine, University of Michigan, Simon Fraser University, Stanford, Vienna University of Technology, and Committee for Children. None of the research so far—nor the current fellowship—would be possible without their kind help and support.


I am now recruiting for postdoc and PhD positions, as part of the UKRI Future Leaders Fellowship.
See the Recruitment page (and twitter) for more details!

Interests

  • Human Centred Design
  • Social Emotional Learning
  • Mental Health Interventions

Education

  • PhD in Human Computer Interaction, 2017

    Vienna University of Technology

  • MSc in Theoretical Computer Science, 2011

    Masaryk university, Brno

  • BSc in Psychology & Sociology, 2009

    Masaryk university, Brno

  • BSc in Theoretical Computer Science, 2008

    Masaryk university, Brno

Contact

  • petr.slovak@kcl.ac.uk
  • King's College London, Department of Informatics, Bush House Building, Strand, London, WC2B 4BG
  • During COVID, I’m mostly working from home (in Oxford) – please reach out over email / twitter.
  • Due to the Future Leaders fellowship, office hours by email appointment only.
  • find me on twitter