Ryan Kelly
Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction

About Me

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

My research focuses on topics related to human-computer interaction, digital health, computer-supported cooperative work and social computing. I am interested in understanding people's everyday experiences with technology, how technologies should be designed to support social interactions, and how we can design technologies to promote health and wellbeing. I am primarily a qualitative researcher though I have expertise in quantitative approaches and interaction design methods as well.

Some of the projects that I'm currently working on include:

  • An investigation of information browsing in online platforms, funded by an ARC Discovery grant.

  • Improving the design of video calling applications for older adults, funded by an Aged Care Research and Industry Innovation award. This work is a collaboration with industry partners including, Uniting AgeWell, and Ageing with Grace.

  • Designing technology for enrichment in residential aged care, in collaboration with Jenny Waycott and Bolton Clarke.

  • Collaborating on the evaluation of a music therapy training app for carers of people with dementia, in my role as an Associate Investigator on the MATCH project. This work is funded by a grant from the Medical Research Future Fund.

  • Interrogating the ethics of capturing biometric data in immersive technologies, funded by the University of Melbourne's Centre for AI and Digital Ethics.

My previous projects have focused on designing novel communication tools, improving the user experience of virtual and augmented reality, and investigating novel ways of involving citizens in smart city initiatives.

I am available for co-supervision of PhD and master's students. Please contact me via email if you'd like to discuss your project.


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 Conference Committee Membership

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

  • Nordic Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (NordiCHI), 2022

  • 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 Paper Awards Committee, CHI 2021, CHI 2022

  • Best Paper Awards Committee, CSCW 2021, CSCW 2022

  • 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.