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Dr Sanaz Fallahkhair is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Computing, Engineering and Mathematics (CEM), University of Brighton as well as a member of "Centre for Secure, Intelligent and Usable systems", and "Centre for Digital Media Cultures". Previously, she has held a Senior Lectureship position at the School of Computing, University of Portsmouth and University of Greenwich Business School. She has more than ten years experience working in higher education in UK. Her research interests include human-centred development of new technologies that incorporate studies of user's experiences, cognition and collaboration in designing a novel intelligent systems delivered via multiple platforms: mobile devices, interactive television, tag-based technologies, wearable technologies, and robotic interactions. Some related themes of her research include Human Computer Interaction, Intelligent Tutoring Systems (ITS), User’s Modelling and Adaptation, Human Robotic Interactions, Intelligent Interaction Modelling, Data Analytic and Sentiment Analysis, Artificial Intelligence Ethics for Development of Human Centred AI-based Systems.


She has worked on different European and National projects funded by European Commission and UK Research Councils, such as the FP6-EU and JISC funded projects, including TAMALLE (Television and Mobile phone Assisted Language Learning Environment), LOGOS (Knowledge on-demand for Ubiquitous learning) and CloudBank (Mobile Knowledge Sharing for Advanced Language Learners), M-health project (Department of Health). Sanaz is a research active member of staff and have authored or co-authored more than 40 papers in peer-reviewed Journal, Book chapters, and Conference proceedings Worldwide.


She is involved in various professional and editorial membership in particular recently with the following:

  • Expert Reviewer, ESRC (Economic and Social Research Council), 2016 to date Expert Reviewer of grant proposals submitted to ESRC, in which I have reviewed 2 proposals since November 2016.
  • Reviewer of the IEEE Communications Magazine
  • Reviewer of Journal of Computers and Education
  • Member of the Review Board of the International Journal of Knowledge Based and Intelligent Engineering Systems (KES)


Current research Projects:

  •  Artificial Intelligence Ethics:  Development of Evidence-based, Empirical-based Ethical Guidelines for Design and Development of AI-based Systems.


  • Research project with University of São Paulo, Universito of Chile, Es el Senor Vagner de Sousa Beserra. Colaboración Internacional para el desarrollo de la Televisión Digital Terrestre Educativa en Chile - to develop an International consortium to explore a potential of educational application for digital television (DTV).


  • Sentiment Analysis and Data Mining of Educational Application from Twitter, University of Portsmouth, and Edge Hill University.


  • Empirical study to investigate and evaluate Human Robotic Interaction, mainly aspects of usability in terms of, technology acceptances, efficiency, effectiveness and user satisfaction.


  • User-centred development of Cognitive Analytic Therapy (CAT), in collaboration of Brighton and Sussex Medical School.


  • Smart ambient – development of location based informal learning through mobile and ubiquitous technologies in collaboration of University of Portsmouth and University of Al-Mustansiriyah


  • Brain Computer Interface (BCI): Experimental study to evaluate cognitive loads and performances of users using technologies in edutainment and digital well-being (in particular, mobile apps and wearable technologies)


On personal level, Sanaz is passionate about technologies and publicly advocates for Women in STEM. At University of Brighton, she is also a member of Athena Swan working group. Advance HE’s Athena SWAN Charter was established in 2005 to encourage and recognise commitment to advancing the careers of women in science, technology, engineering, maths and medicine (STEMM) employment in higher education and research. Outside her busy schedule, she is engaged with social communities to outreach to younger generation through social media encouraging girls and women to study STEM related subjects, keen environmentalist, yogi and cyclist.




Education/Academic qualification

PhD, University of Brighton

External positions

Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction, University of Portsmouth


Senior Lecturer in Managment of Information Systems, University of Greenwich


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Research Output

Design challenges for mobile and wearable systems to support learning on-the-move at outdoor cultural heritage sites

Alkhafaji, A., Fallahkhair, S. & Cocea, M., 25 Aug 2019, Human-Computer Interaction – INTERACT 2019 - 17th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Proceedings: 17th IFIP TC.13 International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. Lamas, D., Loizides, F., Nacke, L., Petrie, H., Winckler, M. & Zaphiris, P. (eds.). Paphos, Cyprus: Springer, Vol. 11748. p. 185-207 23 p. (Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics); vol. 11748 LNCS).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

Open Access
  • Design Guidelines for Development of Augmented Reality Application with Mobile and Wearable Technologies for Contextual Learning

    Fallahkhair, S. & Brito, C. A., 30 Jun 2019, In : Brazilian Journal of Technology, Communication, and Cognitive Science . 7, 1, p. 1-16 16 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Developing recommendations for designing smart and ubiquitous learning environments to be used at outdoors cultural heritage

    Alkhafaji, A., Fallahkhair, S. & Cocea, M., 30 Jun 2019, In : Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal - IxD&A. p. 7-43 26 p., 39.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • Online psychotherapy: trailblazing digital healthcare

    Mcdonald, J., Eccles, J., Fallahkhair, S. & Critchley, H., 7 Oct 2019, In : BJPsych Bulletin. p. 1-7 7 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

    Open Access
  • A Framework for Questionnaire Design To Elicit Requirements for Ubiquitous, Mobile and Wearable Learning Technologies

    Alkhafaji, A., Fallahkhair, S. & Cocea, M., Nov 2018, WRF International Conference on Education and Technology. p. 58-65 7 p.

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Conference proceeding with ISSN or ISBNConference contribution with ISSN or ISBN

    Open Access
  • Activities

    • 2 Invited talk
    • 2 Oral presentation

    Invited Keynote Talk at IBM Research Brazil

    Sanaz Fallahkhair (Presenter)
    5 Nov 2019

    Activity: External talk or presentationInvited talk

    Presentation at International Conference on Education and Technology, Kowloon City , Hong Kong

    Sanaz Fallahkhair (Presenter)
    23 Nov 201829 Nov 2018

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation

    Presentation at the 11th IEEE International Conference on Research Challenges in Information Science (RCIS)

    Sanaz Fallahkhair (Presenter)
    10 May 201712 May 2017

    Activity: External talk or presentationOral presentation