• School of Engineering and Applied Science, Aston University

      B4 7ET Birmingham

      United Kingdom

    Accepting PhD Students

    PhD projects

    (1) A Novel, Ability-Reactive Health Technology for Older Adults with AMD.

    (2) Engineering A Novel Mobile Assistive Technology to Improve Quality of Life, Independence and Medical Condition Management in Individuals with Healthcare-Related Needs.

    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

    Email: hakobyl1@aston.ac.uk

    Room number: MB560E

    Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

    In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

    • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being

    Education/Academic qualification

    PG Cert, Postgraduate Certificate in Professional Practice (PGCPP)

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2018

    PhD, Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2016

    BA, BA Joint Honors Business and Computer Science

    Award Date: 1 Aug 2011


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