Ryan Kelly
Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing

About Me

I am a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I am a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Group. I also hold the position of Visiting Researcher in the Software Engineering and Design group at the Open University UK. I am principally a Human-Computer Interaction researcher with interests in digital health, computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and social computing. My work is interdisciplinary, cutting across computer science and psychology, and has covered topics including communication technologies, virtual reality, healthcare devices, collaborative information seeking and personal informatics.

My current research focuses on the use of virtual and augmented reality to support human health and wellbeing. I am currently leading a project to investigate the design of digital technologies to alleviate student homesickness, funded by a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Award. I am collaborating with psychologists in the National eTherapy Centre at Swinburne University of Technology to design virtual reality applications that support mindfulness meditation for people living with anxiety disorders, and I am collaborating on the Ageing and Avatars project to understand how virtual reality can support healthy ageing for older adults.

I also collaborate with PHORIA, an immersive technology studio in Melbourne, to understand how augmented reality can support social interaction in public spaces. I have evaluated applications including Santa's Lil Helper, which was designed in collaboration with Melbourne City Council, and REWILD Our Planet, which was designed in collaboration with Netflix, Google and the World Wildlife Fund.

I was previously affiliated with the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne. Before coming to Melbourne I worked as a Consulting Research Fellow at the Open University UK, where I collaborated with Dr Daniel Gooch, Prof. Janet van der Linden and Prof. Marian Petre on the MK:Smart project. I also worked with Professor Blaine Price and on the design and evaluation of Painpad, a device to support pain logging in clinical settings. Prior to that I was a Research Fellow on a three-year project on the investment of care and appreciation of effort in the use of personal communication technologies, which I led in collaboration with Dr Leon Watts at the University of Bath.

Please see below for an overview of my education, research skills, service record and publication history.


Bournemouth University


Bachelor of Science (Honours) in
Applied Psychology & Computing

University of Bath


Master of Science in
Advanced Computer Systems:
Human-Computer Interaction

University of Bath


Doctor of Philosophy in
Computer Science
(Human-Computer Interaction)

Academic Service

Invited Program Committee Membership

Conference and Journal Reviewing

  • ACM Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), 2010–2020

  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW), 2014–2020

  • 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 Studies

  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin

  • Journal of Medical Internet Research: Human Factors

  • Human-Computer Interaction

  • Informatics

Other Service

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

  • 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

Awards and Prizes

  • Best Paper Award, ACM CHI 2019 (Top 1% of submissions)

  • Honorable Mention for Best Paper Award, ACM CHI 2019 (Top 5% of submissions)

  • Honorable Mention for Best Paper Award, ACM CSCW 2017 (Top 5% of submissions)

  • EPSRC PhD Studentship (fees + stipend), University of Bath, 2009

  • Twelve "Special Recognition" Awards for exceptional reviewing at ACM conferences: CHI 2020 x3, CSCW 2020, CHI 2019, CHI 2017 x2, CSCW 2017, DIS 2016, CHI 2016 x2, CHI 2015


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. You can also email me and I will be happy to provide you with free copies of any of my papers.

Please see my Google Scholar profile for citations.