Imperial College London

Professor Rafael A. Calvo

Faculty of EngineeringDyson School of Design Engineering

Chair in Engineering Design







Dyson BuildingSouth Kensington Campus





Rafael A. Calvo, PhD (2000) is Professor at Imperial College London focusing on the design of systems that support wellbeing in areas of mental health, medicine and education, and on the ethical challenges raised by new technologies. In 2015 Calvo was appointed a Future Fellow of the Australian Research Council to study the design of wellbeing-supportive technology.

Some of my roles include:

Current Grants

  • Leverhulme Centre for the Future of Intelligence
  • Improving asthma care through personalised risk assessment and support from a conversational agent (EPSRC: project EP/W002477/1)

Publications in Google Scholar, I also Blog at (on design for wellbeing) and Medium (on design ethics).
More information at:



Positive ComputingOxford handbook of Affective Computing

New Perspectives on Affect and Learning Technologies

Selected Publications

Journal Articles

Porat T, Burnell R, Calvo R, et al., 2021, 'Vaccine Passports’ may backfire: findings from a cross-sectional study in the UK and Israel on willingness to vaccinate against Covid-19, Vaccines, Vol:9, ISSN:2076-393X, Pages:1-11

Aji M, Gordon C, Peters D, et al., 2019, Exploring user needs and preferences for mobile apps for sleep disturbance: mixed methods study, Jmir Ment Health, Vol:6, ISSN:2368-7959

Davis SR, Peters D, Calvo RA, et al., 2018, "Kiss myAsthma": using a participatory design approach to develop a self-management app with young people with asthma, Journal of Asthma, Vol:55, ISSN:0021-9134, Pages:1018-1027

Peters D, Calvo RA, Ryan RM, 2018, Designing for motivation, engagement and wellbeing in digital experience, Frontiers in Psychology, Vol:9, ISSN:1664-1078, Pages:1-15

Calvo RA, Dinakar K, Picard R, et al., 2018, Toward impactful collaborations on computing and mental health, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:20, ISSN:1438-8871, Pages:e49-e49

Hoermann S, McCabe KL, Milne DN, et al., 2017, Application of synchronous text-based dialogue systems in mental health interventions: systematic review, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:19, ISSN:1438-8871, Pages:e267-e267

Liu C, Lim RL, McCabe KL, et al., 2016, A web-based telehealth training platform incorporating automated nonverbal behavior feedback for teaching communication skills to medical students: a randomized crossover study, Journal of Medical Internet Research, Vol:18, ISSN:1438-8871, Pages:1-9

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