I am a researcher, designer, musician, and educator.
By day, I am a Lecturer in the Institute for Digital Technologies at Loughborough University London. ☀️
By slightly-later-that-day, I work as a semi-professional vocalist in the UK and Germany. 🌤️

My research is in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), with my most keen interests in embodied interaction and movement perception. I want to understand more how people understand their actions, communicate with each other, and learn new skills, with the hope that we can design technology around these existing mechanisms.

Three questions that really motivate me currently:

  1. How does digital technology, espectially work with AI, augment and/or change action/interactions and existing human relationships?
  2. How can/how should we designate and identify technology’s role in different scenarios, depending on the needs of stakeholders and applications?
  3. How can we understand these dynamic roles of technology and people in the messiness of the world and our subjective experience?

I am especially interested in music technology and working with singers; I have incorporated much of my work into my own vocal practice. For me, the key aspects of interaction with technology are individual and come from our own unique backgrounds – with Feminist HCI at the core of my research, I aim to design and explore the relationships we have with technology while honoring subjective experience, the weirdness of bodies, and the messiness of learning and self-expression.

I have had the privilege of working with many incredible research labs in my career. I completed my PhD in Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London in the Centre for Digital Music as a member of the Augmented Instruments Lab, led by Prof. Andrew McPherson (now Imperial College). I was previously a postdoctoral researcher in the Sensorimotor Interaction Group (senSInt) at the Max Planck Institute for Informatics in Saarbrücken, Germany with Dr. Paul Strohmeier, where I am currently an Affiliate/Visiting Researcher. I also worked on the COSMOS ERC Grant at King’s College London, under the direction of Prof. Elaine Chew.

related publications


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    Imagining & Sensing: Understanding and Extending the Vocalist-Voice Relationship Through Biosignal Feedback
    Courtney N. Reed
    Queen Mary University of London, 2023