Dr Dave Cameron

BSc (Sheffield), MSc (Sheffield), PhD (Sheffield)

Information School

Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction

Dave Cameron
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Dr Dave Cameron
Information School
Room C228
The Wave
2 Whitham Road
S10 2AH

Before joining the Information School, I trained and worked as a researcher in psychology at Sheffield. I completed my undergraduate and masters degrees in Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience at the Department of Psychology and continued on to complete my PhD, creating a computational model of emotions and their spread across networks. I worked for five years at the Department of Psychology, on a variety of research projects in social, health, and developmental psychology. I started working with Sheffield Robotics in 2014 researching Human-Robot Interaction and developed an interest in people's emotional experiences in their interactions with technology. I joined the Information School as a Lecturer in 2018

University Responsibilities

  • Module Coordinator: User Interface Design and Human-Computer Interaction
Research interests

My research examines users’ experiences in their interaction with technology, particularly in terms of the user and autonomous systems as two agents in collaborative work towards shared goals.

This work includes exploring children’s understandings of humanoids and social robots, and their beliefs regarding animacy in robots (Expressive Agents Symbiotic Education and Learning project). I also lead the HCI component of the ROBO-GUIDE project. This work includes the designing of a mobile robotic tour guide, understanding users’ responses to robots operating in public spaces, and evaluating users' responses to robots that make errors. I have recently begun evaluating a new graphical language designed to facilitate effective and safe human-robot collaborative working.

My background in psychology includes researching the impact positive emotions can have on health behaviours, online interventions to improve health behaviours. For my PhD, I created a computational model of emotion regulation in a control theory framework, and conducted computer simulations of emotions dissipating through social networks, reflecting real-life spread of emotions.


Journal articles


Conference proceedings papers


  • Cameron D, Bertenshaw E & Sheeran P (2015) Positive affect promotes pursuit of physical activity goals. 14th Meeting of International Society for Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity (ISBNPA). RIS download Bibtex download
  • Norman P, Cameron D, Epton T, Sheeran P, Webb T, Julious S, Brennan A, Meier P, Kruger J, Naughton D & Petroczi A (2014) A theory-based online health behaviour intervention for new university students: One-month follow-up data. 28th Conference of the European Health Psychology Society. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fernando S, Collins E, Millings A, Cameron D, Sharkey A, Duff A, Moore RK, Veschure PFMJ & Prescott T (2014) Optimising robot personalities for symbiotic interaction. Biomimetic and Biohybrid Systems: Third international conference, Living Machines. RIS download Bibtex download

Dictionary/encyclopaedia entries


  • Cameron D, Collins E, Saille SD & Law J (2023) The Social Triad model of Human-Robot Interaction. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Zhao M, Harvey M, Cameron D, Hopfgartner F & Gillet VJ (2023) An Analysis of Classification Approaches for Hit Song Prediction using Engineered Metadata Features with Lyrics and Audio Features, arXiv. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Wright B, Collins E & Cameron D (2022) When Robots Interact with Groups, Where Does the Trust Reside?. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Fernando S, Moore RK, Cameron D, Collins EC, Millings A, Sharkey AJ & Prescott TJ (2016) Automatic recognition of child speech for robotic applications in noisy environments, arXiv. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cameron D, Fernando S, Collins E, Millings A, Moore R, Sharkey A & Prescott T (2016) Impact of robot responsiveness and adult involvement on children's social behaviours in human-robot interaction, arXiv. RIS download Bibtex download
  • Cameron D, Loh EJ, Chua A, Collins E, Aitken JM & Law J (2016) Robot-stated limitations but not intentions promote user assistance, arXiv. RIS download Bibtex download
Teaching interests

My primary area of teaching is Human-Computer Interaction. I use a range of teaching methods to promote student engagement in learning, and aim to connect students' learning with their real-life experiences in HCI.

I have received a number of teaching grants including a £7,000 grant to work collaboratively across the Science and Engineering Faculties leading students in evaluating novel interfaces for mobile robot control.

Professional activities and memberships

Journal and conference reviewing

Journal Reviewing:

  • International Journal of Social Robotics
  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies
  • IEEE Transactions on Cybernetics
  • Scientific Reports
  • Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease

Conference Reviewing:

  • HRI 2017
  • AAATE 2017