A key feature of Horizon is our Transitional Assistant Professor scheme – a mechanism recruiting the most promising research fellows onto a pathway that guarantees a transition into an academic lecturing position over several years.  Through a number of agile projects, Horizon ‘TAPS’ will further develop their impact skills and rapidly establish their careers as independent academics.

Take a look at Horizons current Transitional Assistant Professors and discover about their research interests under the ‘About’ menu


Georgiana’s research and impact activities are dedicated to resolving challenges that the world is facing today through data science.  Most recently, as part of a Knowledge Transfer Partnership between N/Lab and OLIO Exchange Ltd.,  she developed the first UK-wide machine-learning model of food-insecurity.  Georgiana is passionate about women’s careers in STEM and cultivating scientific curiosity and enjoyment from an early age.





Horia is a multidisciplinary trained researcher who started with integrating physiological sensors and non-invasive brain monitoring devices, such as functional Near Infrared Spectroscopy (fNIRS), in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Human Factors (HF).  Horia’s primary focus is to further advance the understanding of brain and physiological data in naturalistic study settings by developing new ways of processing and analysing this data, to produce new scientific knowledge and establish guidelines of applying brain and physiological data in the field of HRI evaluation.





Neelima’s research addresses designing responses to the challenges of personal data leverage in future media experiences.  She has worked with the BBC on a number of projects which involve design, evaluation and dissemination focussed on the use of alternative privacy preserving techniques. 





Helena is an inter-disciplinary researcher working at the intersection of society and technology.  Her  research has focused on a number of topic areas including, social media, algorithmic bias, AI, and social robots and she has taught subjects including software requirements, ethics, responsible innovation, and computers in society.

Yordan studies problems in statistical machine learning focussing on interpretable ML and exploratory applications.   His focus is on Bayesian nonparametrics and hierarchical generative models and most of his applied work is in biomedical engineering – algorithms for digital health, precision medicine and proteomics.


Horia Maior – new paper

Adaptive Human-Swarm Interaction based on Workload Measurement using Functional Near-Infrared Spectroscopy One of the challenges of human-swarm interaction (HSI) is how to manage the operator’s workload. In order to do this, we propose a novel neurofeedback technique for the realtime measurement of workload using functional near-infrared spectroscopy (fNIRS). The objective is to develop a baseline …

Horia Maior – new paper – consumer wearable technologies

The CHI’24 Workshop on the Future of Cognitive Personal Informatics While Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has contributed to demonstrating that physiological measures can be used to detect cognitive changes, engineering and machine learning will bring these to application in consumer wearable technology. For HCI, many open questions remain, such as: What happens when this becomes a …

AI Safety Summit workshop

Horizon Transitional Assistant Professor Horia Maior shares his experience of facilitating a workshop on Ethics and Responsible Innovation in the application of AI within the nuclear energy sector at the AI Summit hosted by the UK Atomic Energy Authority and the Robotics and AI Collaboration (RAICo).. “Together with Dr Virginia Portillo and Dr Pepita Barnard I had …