Professor Andrew Howes BSc PhD

Professor Andrew Howes

School of Computer Science
Professor of Computer Science

Contact details

School of Computer Science
University of Birmingham
B15 2TT

Professor Andrew Howes is a Computer Scientist who is interested in the application of computational thinking to explaining human behaviour. He is also interested in how to design tools that help people make better decisions. Andrew is currently a visiting fellow at Aalto University, Finland and will return to University of Birmingham in August 2021.

For more information, please visit Professor Andrew Howes' Computer Science profile.


His career started at the University of Lancaster where he was trained in Computer Science and where his Ph.D. supervisor, Professor Stephen J. Payne (1986-1989), was based. Afterwards, he then moved to the MRC Applied Psychology Unit in Cambridge and to Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh where he conducted post-doctoral research on cognitive architectures under the supervision of Professor Richard M. Young (1989-1994).

He subsequently held posts at Cardiff University (Psychology) and University of Manchester (Informatics and Business), before moving to Birmingham in 2011. He has also made sabbatical visits to NASA Ames Research Centre and during the winter of 2016, Professor Howes was the inaugural Marshall Weinberg Visiting Professor in the Department of Psychology at University of Michigan.


Selected Publications

  • Oulasvirta, A., Kristensson, P.O, Bi, X., & Howes, A. (Eds.).(2018). Computational Interaction. Oxford University Press. [Publisher Site]
  • Chen, X., Starke, S.D., Baber, C., & Howes, A. (2017). A cognitive model of how people make decisions through interaction with visual displays. In Proceedings of the ACM CHI’17 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. ACM Press. Best of CHI Award: Honorable Mention.
  • Howes, A., Warren, P., Farmer, G., El-Deredy, W., & Lewis, R. L. (2016). Why contextual preference reversals maximize expected value. Psychological Review, 123(4), 368–391.
  • Payne, S.J. & Howes, A. (2013). Adaptive Interaction: A utility maximisation approach to understanding human interaction with technology. Morgan Claypool. [Publisher Site] [Amazon]
  • Howes, A., Lewis, R.L. & Vera, A. (2009). Rational adaptation under task and processing constraints: Implications for testing theories of cognition and action. Psychological Review, 116, 4, 717-751. [pdf]
  • Lewis, R. L., Howes, A., & Singh, S. (2014). Computational rationality: linking mechanism and behavior through bounded utility maximization. Topics in Cognitive Science, 6(2), 279–311.

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