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Petr Slovak


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Research interests

My research is positioned at the intersection of HCI, mental health promotion, and learning sciences. I am interested in understanding how technology can meaningfully help in supporting the development of social-emotional competencies---such as self-regulation, coping with stress, or conflict resolution---in real-world contexts. This research agenda is supported through collaboration with multiple partners including Anna Freud Centre in London, UC Irvine, UC Santa Cruz, and Committee for Children (a US-based non-profit developers of a social-emotional learning program used in more than 30% of US schools). We've published a series of papers furthering this research direction over the last 4 years (3x CHI, 2x CSCW, 1x TOCHI), including a Best Paper awards at CHI'17 and CSCW'18. 

At the moment, my main research project focuses on understanding of how novel digital objects (e.g., socially assistive robots) could be embedded in the everyday lives of young children and their families to provide in-situ support for the development of self-regulation competencies (UCL, UC Santa Cruz, CfC). The second core project investigates the potential of voice-assistants (such as Alexa/GoogleHome) to deliver prevention interventions in real-world settings (Oxford). Finally, I also serve as the Research Lead on two other projects: embedding conflict-resolution training into Minecraft gameplay for children aged 11-14 (UC Irvine, CfC); and a personal informatics app empowering parents of 2-5 year olds to develop positive parenting techniques (CfC).

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
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions


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