PhD. MPhil. Davis-Owusu, K.A.

Academic Background

Kadian Davis-Owusu hails from the lush green island of Jamaica. Currently, Kadian works as a postdoc, within the section of Design Conceptualization and Communication on the project "Creating design knowledge in the context of eating behaviour". She is also involved in education activities. 

In 2003, she pursued a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree in Computer Science at the University of the West Indies, Mona Campus. Upon completion in 2006, she started a Master of Philosophy (MPhil) in Computer Science with a specialization in User Centered Design for Computer Science Education at the said university.  In 2013, Davis-Owusu commenced her Ph.D. project in the Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme in Interactive and Cognitive Environments, primarily based at the Eindhoven University, The Netherlands and secondarily at the University of Genova, Italy. During her tenure as a Ph.D. student, she has conducted research in the area of Design for Social Interaction for Ambient Assisted Living Environments (AAL), which was successfully defended in Nov. 2017. 


  • 2017
    Ph.D. dissertation, Erasmus Mundus Joint Doctorate Programme in Interactive Cognitive Environments (ICE), Eindhoven University of Technology, The Netherlands and The University of Genova, Italy.
    Title: Social Hue A bidirectional Human Activity-Based System for Improving Social Connectedness between the Elderly and their Caregivers.
  • 2011
    Master of Philosophy in Computer Science, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica
  • 2006
    Bachelor of Science in Computer Science, The University of the West Indies, Jamaica


In Kadian's PhD research, she employed a user-centered design approach within a multidisciplinary framework, which included aspects of human-computer interaction, social psychology, cognition, signal processing, and pervasive computing for the design, development, deployment, and validation of bidirectional activity peripheral displays to support social connectedness in ambient assisted living environments. Throughout her dissertation, she exploited a human-centered approach to actively involve impending ageing and caregiver users in her design, development, and validation process.  

As a PhD candidate, Kadian has contributed to peer-reviewed conferences published by (IEEE, ACM, Scitepress, and Springer etc.) as well as one journal paper (IEEE Access) and a book chapter (IET). Also, she served as the PhD representative for ICE students. Prior to her PhD scholarship, she was the Head of the Information Technology Department with the University College of the Caribbean for two years and was a Teaching Assistant with the Department of Computing, University of the West Indies, for over four years.

Field of research / Specialisation

Kadian has been involved in research projects with an emphasis on the evaluation of technologies related to Ambient Assisted Living, Human Activity Recognition, Awareness, Social Connectedness, and Improving the Quality of Life. Her work has contributed in the design and development of ambient  intelligent technologies with a focus on bidirectional awareness and improving social interaction in ambient assisted living environments.

Currently, she is exploring food informatics strategies to engage clients in generating contextual knowledge of their food behaviour.

Lectures and/or coaches students on

  • Interaction & Electronics (Coach)

Involved in the research projects

Kadian Davis-Owusu

"Wisdom is the principal thing: therefore get wisdom: and with all thy getting get understanding."