Department of Psychology

The CREATE Laboratory

The CREATE Lab conducts research into the design and evaluation of mobile and ubiquitous technologies.

Research topics

  • Spatial cognition in physical and virtual environments
  • The design and evaluation of technologies for children’s education
  • Exploring trust, security and identity in online environments

Current projects

Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces


Being There: Humans and Robots in Public Spaces is a three-year multi-disciplinary research project (2013-2016) that brings together researchers from the Universities of Bath, Exeter, Oxford, Queen Mary and the Bristol Robotics Laboratory to investigate and develop new understanding of how advanced tele-operated robotics can facilitate social presence in public spaces.

This research grant is funded by the EPSRC under its IDEAS Factory Sandpits call on Digital Personhood.

Children and Technology

Mobile technology in education: The University of Bath worked with local schools to trial the use of mobile technology in the classroom to see whether it enhances science learning.

The Children and Technology project is investigating the use of mobile devices and simulations to engage children in science learning.

The project is funded by:

  • GWR
  • ScienceScope
  • JISC, CDE, ESRC, EPSRC and a Knowledge Transfer award.


SID: An Exploration of Super-Identity

Computerised man

SID: An Exploration of Super-Identity is a three-year multi-disciplinary research project funded by EPSRC (£1.8m total, £380,000 to University of Bath). The SuperID project will run from October 2011 to October 2014, with Lia Emanuel and Chris Bevan working as research assistants under Professor Stanton Fraser.

The SID project involves a number of U.K. and U.S. institutions including University of Southampton, University of Oxford, University of Leicester, University of Kent, University of Dundee and Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL).

The REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub

REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub

Professor Stanton Fraser is a member of the management committee of the REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub for the Creative Economy.

The REACT Knowledge Exchange Hub is a £5m project funded by AHRC. It will run from October 2011 to October 2015, involving University West of England, University of Bristol, University of Exeter, Cardiff University and the Pervasive Media Studio (Bristol).

Recent projects 

2010-2011: Plug Back into Science

Child using a computer

Plug Back into Science was a one-year project investigating the current and future role of mobile technologies in promoting hands-on learning in Science teaching. Plug Back into Science was funded by an EPSRC Knowledge Transfer award.

The CREATE Research Group 

Photo: Dr. Danae Stanton Fraser
Professor DanaĆ« Stanton Fraser • Lab Director
Danaƫ Stanton Fraser is a Professor in Psychology and leads the CREATE Lab.
Photo: Dr. Chris Bevan
Dr Chris Bevan • Researcher, Global Uncertainties project
Chris Bevan is a Human-Computer Interaction researcher. He received his PhD from the University of Bath in 2011, where he conducted research examining human-computer trust in urban pervasive computing. A keen technophile, Chris is currently involved in a range of projects based around pervasive computing, social robotics, online security and cyber-identity.
Photo: Lia Emanuel
Lia Emanuel • Researcher, SuperID project
Lia has an academic background in Psychology with a focus in social cognition and automatic behaviour, and received her PhD from the University of Reading in 2012. Lia's current research interest is in cyber-identity, particularly, examining self-disclosure within different online spaces as well as individuals' attitudes and perceived acceptability of online identification tools.
Photo: Charlotte Hoare
Charlotte Hoare • Doctor of Engineering (EngD) in Digital Media
My research concerns interaction with enhanced television experiences. I am exploring how connected televisions, and connected objects in general, can change the nature of television experiences, and, specifically, how these changes can provide a more immersive, rounded experience for a user.
Photo: Chris Joyce
Chris Joyce • EngD Researcher, EPSRC and Sciencescope funded
My research concerns the visualisation of scientific data within the realm of secondary school science education. This involves the design of physical electronics and software used to measure scientific phenomena, the design of experimental protocols for teachers as well as identifying, assessing and differentiating the resultant learning.
Photo: Susanna Martin
Susanna Martin • Research officer, GWR and Sciencescope funded
Susanna studied for her Psychology BSc at Lancaster before moving to Bath University for her PhD. Susanna's thesis examined learning and motivation with hand held devices. Currently she is exploring aspects of decision making and methods for making energy usage more transparent and understandable. A keen advocate of social media tools you can follow Susanna on Twitter @SusannaMarie.
Photo: David Martin
David Martin • PhD student, University research studentship
David is a part time PhD student, but a full time geek. With a background in computing and a keen interest in schools and education, David works alongside teachers to utilise new technologies as educational tools, his thesis centres around the use of technology to support collaborative learning. David can be found on Twitter @researchcollab.
Photo: Mary Nikolaidou
Mary Nikolaidou • PhD student, University Research Studentship
My research interest is on new types of addiction (internet, video games, smart phones) and more specifically to identify the factors that underlie these types of addictions. In my PhD I will try to explore the link between differences in brain activations among these type of addictions and the factors underlying them.
Photo: Bhagyashree Patil
Bhagyashree Patil • PhD Student, University Research Studentship
Bhagy has completed engineering in Information Technology (IT) and holds a masters in Management of IT from the University of Nottingham. She is pursuing a PhD in Human Computer Interaction and Experience Design in the Internet of Things (IoT). She is also part of the Research & Enterprise in Arts & Creative Technology (REACT) hub in Watershed, Bristol, where she is involved in the Object Sandbox project that runs alongside her PhD.
Photo: Michael Proulx
Michael J Proulx • Senior Lecturer in Psychology / Director of the Crossmodal Cognition Lab
He holds a PhD in Psychological and Brain Sciences from the Johns Hopkins University and is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association. He is also Visiting Senior Lecturer in Multimedia in the School of Electronic Engineering and Computer Science at Queen Mary University of London.
Photo: Eleanna Skoulikari
Eleanna Skoulikari • PhD Student
My academic background is in Education and Technology. I received my BSc in Primary Education from the University of Ioannina and my MSc in Education, Technology and Society from the University of Bristol. My PhD research aims to inform and evaluate the different ways that tangible technologies could be exploitable in educational settings, either inside or outside of schools, in order the aims and objectives of education to be fulfilled.
Photo: Nao
Nao • Robot-human interaction research associate
Nao joined the lab in 2013, via a shipping container from France. Nao will be helping us to understand how humans and robots interact in public spaces.