James Arnera

I completed my Master’s in AI and Robotics at the University of Hertfordshire (UK) where I focused primarily on artificial lifehuman-computer interaction and affective robotics. I have always championed technology that empowers people in-spite of their circumstances, and before starting at UNIL, my research explored cost-effective assistive agency for disadvantaged groups.

My academic background also includes critical theory and design. This informs my approach toward information systems on a routine basis – helping me to appreciate the balance that is needed between the complexities of interventions and users. I am interested in the potential for personalised treatments in healthcare, in positive experiences that nurture self-sufficiency instead of exclusive reliance on technology.

I believe that HCI is one of the most exciting fields impacting our relationship with the modern world. Researchers play a crucial role in stewarding new technologies toward a public good, and there is no shortage of decisive questions in the years to come.

You can read more about my project, using persuasive agencies as adaptive supports for self-reflection here.


Tyler, J., Boldi, M.-O., & Cherubini, M. (2022). Contemporary self-reflective practices: A large-scale survey. Acta Psychologica230, 103768. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.actpsy.2022.103768