Diego Garaialde

UCD Information and Communication Studies - Diego Garaialde
UCD Information and Communication Studies – Diego Garaialde

Diego Garaialde is a final year Ph.D. student in UCD. He’s worked on motivation for both his Psychology Undergraduate degree in DCU and his Cognitive Science Masters degree in UCD. His Ph.D. research focuses on how incentives can be used to change habits and promote learning, specifically for online courses. Current approaches to motivation focus on creating goals and fighting against your natural urges through sheer will and discipline. Diego hopes that his research on incentives can help us understand how to train the brain so these natural urges align with personal goals, making the whole process easier. His research involves an amalgamation of theories from psychology, cognitive science, and human-computer interaction. The Ph.D. is funded by the NUI Travelling Studentship and involves collaborations with University of Birmingham, University College London, and Cerego Ltd.

Publications

Garaialde, D., Bowers, C. P., Pinder, C., Shah, P., Parashar, S., Clark, L., & Cowan, B. R. (2020). Quantifying the impact of making and breaking interface habits. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, ACM PRESS. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2020.102461

Clark, L., Doyle, P., Garaialde, D., Gilmartin, E., Schlögl, S., Edlund, J., … R Cowan, B. (2019). The state of speech in HCI: trends, themes and challenges. Interacting with Computers. doi:10.1093/iwc/iwz016

Clark, L., Munteanu, C., Wade, V., Cowan, B. R., Pantidi, N., Cooney, O., … Murad, C. (2019). What makes a good conversation? challenges in designing truly conversational agents. In Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems  – CHI ’19 (pp. 1–12). New York, New York, USA: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/3290605.3300705

Cowan, B. R., Doyle, P., Edwards, J., Garaialde, D., Hayes-Brady, A., Branigan, H. P., … Clark, L. (2019). What’s in an accent? The impact of accented synthetic speech on lexical choice in human-machine dialogue. In Proceedings of the 1st International Conference on Conversational User Interfaces  – CUI ’19 (pp. 1–8). New York, New York, USA: ACM Press. doi:10.1145/3342775.3342786

Education

University College Dublin / PhD
SEP 2016 – CURRENT,  DUBLIN, IRELAND
Research on  how reward structures affect motivation, focusing on the role of behaviour change technologies. Part of the HCI department in the School of Information and Communication Studies. In collaboration with the University of Birmingham School of Computer Science, University College London Interaction Centre, and Cerego Ltd.

University College Dublin / MSc Cognitive Science
SEP 2015 – NOV 2016,  DUBLIN, IRELAND
First class honours degree centering around how different types of rewards affect exercise activity. Included classes on machine learning, cognitive modelling, human-computer interaction and user-centered design.

Dublin City University / BSc Psychology
SEP 2010 – NOV 2014,  DUBLIN, IRELAND
Final year thesis examined the effect of gamification on study behaviours of college students, which was awarded the 2014 Psychology Undergraduate Award for Ireland and the DCU Psychology Innovation Award.

Funding

NUI Travelling Studentship Grant / PhD Education
NOV 2017 – NOV 2020, €72,000

UCD iSchool PhD Scholarship / PhD Education
SEP 2016 – SEP 2017, €28,500 (superseded after first year)

Awards

Honourable Mention / CHI 2019 Paper
What Makes a Good Conversation? Challenges in Designing Truly Conversational Agents.

Undergraduate Award for Psychology / 2014

DCU Innovation Award for Psychology / 2014

Undergraduate Thesis for BSc Psychology / 1st Class Honours (2014)

Seminars & Talks

University College Dublin / Postgraduate Research Symposium
2018, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Trinity College Dublin / PubHD
2018, DUBLIN, IRELAND

University College Dublin / Irish HCI Conference
2017 & 2018, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Dublin City University / Annual Congress of Psychology Students
2014, DUBLIN, IRELAND

Google Headquarters / Undergraduate Awards Conference
2014, DUBLIN, IRELAND