Rafael Calvo

Spoke Co-Lead, Imperial

Rafael A. Calvo, PhD (2000) is Professor at the Dyson School of Design Engineering at Imperial College London and co-lead of the Imperial Spoke at the Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence.
Until 2019 he was Professor at the University of Sydney and Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council. He has taught at several Universities, high schools and professional training institutions. He worked at the Language Technology Institute in Carnegie Mellon University, Universidad Nacional de Rosario (Argentina) and on sabbaticals at the University of Cambridge and the University of Memphis. Rafael also has worked as an Internet consultant for projects in the US, Australia, Brasil, and Argentina. He is the recipient of 5 teaching awards for his work on learning technologies, and the author of two books and many publications in the fields of learning technologies, affective computing and computational intelligence. Rafael is co-author of “Positive Computing” (MIT Press) with Dorian Peters.
He is co-Editor of the IEEE Transaction on Technology and Society, and was co-Editor of the Oxford Handbook of Affective Computing, Associate Editor of the IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing, IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies and the Journal of Medical Internet Research Human Factors (JMIR-HF).


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Wellbeing Supportive Design Toolkit

A toolkit for designers interested in improving technologies by applying wellbeing psychology to design.  The toolkit includes the latest version of the Wellbeing Design Cards The toolkit helps you support key psychological needs through design.  The content draws on decades of research in psychology and the toolkit has been tested with over 100 designers and researchers […]

“Vaccine Passports” May Backfire: Findings from a Cross-Sectional Study in the UK and Israel on Willingness to Get Vaccinated against COVID-19

T Porat, R Burnell, R A Calvo, E Ford, P Paudyal, W L Baxter, A Parush. (2021). ‘“Vaccine Passports” May Backfire: Findings from a Cross-Sectional Study in the UK and Israel on Willingness to Get Vaccinated against COVID-19’, Vaccines. 9 (8): 902. https://doi.org/10.3390/vaccines9080902

Tools for Wellbeing-Supportive Design: Features, Characteristics, and Prototypes

Tools for Wellbeing-Supportive Design: Features, Characteristics, and Prototypes. Multimodal Technologies Interact. 2020, 4(3), 40; https://doi.org/10.3390/mti4030040 Abstract: While research on wellbeing within Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) is an active space, a gap between research and practice persists. To tackle this, we sought to identify the practical needs of designers in taking wellbeing research into practice. We report on 15 […]

Responsible AI—Two Frameworks for Ethical Design Practice

Responsible AI – Two Frameworks for Ethical Design Practice. IEEE Transactions on Technology and Society ( Volume: 1 , Issue: 1 , March 2020) Abstract:In 2019, the IEEE launched the P7000 standards projects intended to address ethical issues in the design of autonomous and intelligent systems. This move came amidst a growing public concern over the unintended consequences […]

Health surveillance during covid-19 pandemic

Health surveillance during covid-19 pandemic. BMJ 2020;369:m1373. An editorial in the British Medical Journal considering how to safeguard autonomy and why it matters. Download Academic Journal article


Rafael Calvo

Designing for Wellbeing

Growing concern over the impact of digital technologies on psychological wellbeing has prompted the largest technology companies to develop initiatives on ‘digital wellbeing’. However, these initiatives tend to focus on encouraging people to change their technology behaviour rather than on changing technology itself. Yet, it’s unclear why users should bear the burden of adjusting to, or […]

Rafael Calvo

Ethical development methods for conversational agents

This project, led by the CFI Imperial Spoke, will explore ethical issues to do with the design and devlopment of AI-enhanced conversational agents and how to address these issues as part of the technology development process. The research will survey several development projects currently underway at Imperial that employ Natural Language Processing techniquies to facilitate helpful human-machine conversation. The dialogues are delivered […]