Ryan Kelly
Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction

About Me

I am a Research Fellow in the Human-Computer Interaction Group at the University of Melbourne. I also hold the position of Visiting Researcher in the Software Engineering and Design group at the Open University UK.

My research interests are centred around digital health, computer-supported cooperative work and social computing. I am interested in understanding people's everyday experiences of technology in the real world, how they use technology to improve wellbeing and stay socially connected, and how we can design technologies to better support these aims. Examples of topics I have worked on include communication tools, virtual and augmented reality, pain logging devices, collaborative information seeking and personal informatics.

I currently work with Associate Professor Jenny Waycott on a project exploring the use of digital technology for older adults' enrichment in later life, particularly for those living in residential aged care. My other active research projects are looking at the design of technologies to alleviate student homesickness and the use of virtual reality for mindfulness meditation.


BSc (Hons) Applied Psychology & Computing


Bournemouth University

MSc in Advanced Computer Systems: Human-Computer Interaction


University of Bath

PhD in Computer Science
(Human-Computer Interaction)


University of Bath


Invited Program Committee Membership

Conference and Journal Reviewing

  • ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), 2010–2022

  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW), 2014–2022

  • ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), 2012—2020

  • ACM Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (MobileHCI), 2020

  • Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), 2019

  • ACM Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS), 2018

  • IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (INTERACT), 2013–2015

  • British Human-Computer Interaction Conference (British HCI), 2012–2016

  • Asia-Pacific Conference on Computer Human Interaction (APCHI), 2012

  • Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology (JASIST)

  • ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (ToCHI)

  • International Journal of Human-Computer Interaction (IJHCI)

  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies (IJHCS)

  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

  • Journal of Medical Internet Research: Human Factors

  • International Journal of Medical Informatics (IJHCS)

  • International Journal of Intercultural Relations

  • Behaviour & Information Technology

  • Human-Computer Interaction

  • Informatics

Other Service

  • Best Papers Committee, CHI 2021, CHI 2022

  • Best Papers Committee, CSCW 2021

  • Mentor, ACM CSCW Student Reviewing Program (mentored four PhD students)

  • Session Chair, ACM CSCW 2018

  • Co-chair, HCI Seminar Series, University of Bath (2010-2011; 2015-2017)

  • Volunteer Feature Editor, ACM Crossroads (XRDS) Magazine (2012-2014)

  • Student Volunteer: ACM CSCW 2014, ACM CSCW 2013, British HCI 2011


I am committed to open access and I endeavour to publish in venues that are supportive of open access.

All of my published papers are available here for free download.

Please see my Google Scholar profile for citations.


  • Ryan M. Kelly, Elizabeth M. Seabrook, Fiona Foley, Neil Thomas, Maja Nedeljkovic, Greg Wadley. 2022. Design considerations for supporting mindfulness in virtual reality. Frontiers in Virtual Reality, 2, 1–19. DOI: 10.3389/frvir.2021.672556

  • Jenny Waycott, Ryan M. Kelly, Steven Baker, Barbara Barbosa Neves, Kong Saoane Thach, Reeva Lederman. 2022. The role of staff in facilitating immersive virtual reality for enrichment in aged care: an ethic of care perspective. To appear in Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '22). ACM, New York, NY, USA.
  • Honorable Mention for Best Paper Award - Top 5% of 2,579 Submissions.

  • Anam Ahmad Khan, Sadia Nawaz, Joshua Newn, Ryan M. Kelly, Jason M. Lodge, James Bailey, Eduardo Velloso. 2022. To type or to speak? The effect of input modality on text understanding during note-taking. To appear in Proceedings of the 2022 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '22). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

  • George Buchanan, Ryan M. Kelly, Stephann Makri, and Dana McKay. 2022. Reading between the lies: a classification scheme of types of reply to misinformation in public discussion threads. In Proceedings of the ACM SIGIR Conference on Human Information Interaction and Retrieval (CHIIR '22). ACM, New York, NY, USA.

  • Jenny Waycott, Wei Zhao, Ryan M. Kelly, and Elena Robertson. 2022. Technology-mediated enrichment in aged care: survey and interview study. Journal of Medical Internet Research: Aging.

  • Wei Zhao, Jenny Waycott, Ryan M. Kelly, and Melissa J. Rogerson. 2022. Understanding older adults' participation in online social activities: lessons from the COVID-19 pandemic. Minor revision for Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction (CSCW). ACM, New York, NY, USA.