Alyssa is a postdoctoral researcher on the DE-ENIGMA Horizon 2020 project about robots as tools in autism education, and manages the DE-ENIGMA student volunteer programme.
Her work focuses on designing and evaluating technologies for autistic children, with a focus on how these can facilitate communication and interaction. She joined CRAE in August 2016, after completing her PhD at the University of Edinburgh School of Informatics. Her work investigated how novel and surprising computer game elements can motivate autistic children to initiate communication.
Prior to her PhD, she worked at Heriot-Watt University on the ESRC/EPSRC ECHOES technology-enhanced learning project. She also has an MSc in Cognitive Science from the University of Edinburgh, and a BA in Psychology from Mills College (California).
- Porayska-Pomsta, K. K., Alcorn, A.M., Avramides, K., Beale, S., Bernardini, S., Foster, M. -. E., . . . Smith, T. J. (2018). Blending human and artificial intelligence to support Autistic children’s social communication skills. ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction, 25(6), 35-69.
- Alcorn, A.M., Pain, H., & Good, J. (2014) Motivating children’s initiations with novelty and surprise: Initial design recommendations for autism. ICD’14 Proceedings of the 2014 Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 225-227.
- Frauenberger, C., Good, J., Alcorn, A.M., & Pain, H. (2013) Conversing through and about technologies: Design critique as an opportunity to engage children with autism and broaden research(er) perspectives. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction, 1(2), 38-49.