Dr. David Kirk - User Experience Researcher
BSc (Hons), MSc, PhD, AFBPsS, CPsychol, FRSA

School of Computing Science,
Digital Interaction Group,
Culture Lab,
Newcastle University,
Newcastle upon Tyne,
NE1 7RU

david.kirk@ncl.ac.uk
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David Kirk

About Me
I am an academic and user experience (UX) researcher working in the world of Interaction Design.

I study the complex, messy and intriguing interactions between people, digital technologies and the environments in which they're used, with a view to designing new kinds of interactive computational technologies and services. I am currently Senior Lecturer in Experience-Centred Design, in the Digital Interaction group, in the School of Computing Science, Newcastle University. I can mostly be found hanging out in the Culture Lab.

I have a background in psychology (University of York) and ergonomics (Loughborough University), and have a PhD from a computer science department (University of Nottingham), where I was a member of the Mixed Reality Lab. I was previously a Post-doc in the Socio-Digital Systems group at Microsoft Research Cambridge and a Lecturer of Human-Computer Interaction at the University of Nottingham.

Research Interests
I've worked on quite a few different projects over the years, in quite diverse areas of Human-Computer Interaction (you can see my publications below). Some of my main interests however, have been in video-mediated communication, remote collaboration, tangible and surface computing, physical-digital hybridity, personal archiving / digital storage and the future of memorialisation. It's these last few areas which have exercised me most, and I've spent a lot of time thinking about the relationship between human memory and digital and physical artefacts, working with concepts like 'Technology Heirlooms' to understand how we relate to digital technologies. I'm particularly keen on exploring how more nuanced explorations of human values and experiences, in relation to memory and temporality (especially the slow computing movement), can lead us to design more evocative and inspiring technologies.

Much of my work has involved studying domestic environments and has attempted to consider how technology might support or perturb relationships in the home. I am still keen to pursue work in this space, and in particular, after my work on video-communication, am interested in examining support for communication and connection between and across domestic 'spaces' as defined by changing patterns of mobility.

Professional Activities
Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts
Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society and Chartered Psychologist
ACM & SIGCHI member
Graduate Member of the Ergonomics Society (UK)

Regular reviewer for CHI (Computer-Human Interaction), UIST (User Interface Software and Technology), Ubicomp (Ubiquitous Computing), CSCW (Computer Supported Co-operative Work), ITS (Interactive Tabletops and Surfaces), TEI (Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction), DIS (Designing Interactive Systems), and ECSCW (European CSCW) conferences, and the HCI, IJHCS, Information Society, Visual Studies, ACM TOMCCAP and TOCHI journals. I am, or have also been, a Member of the Program Committee for ECSCW 2007 and ACM CHI Associate Chair 2009, 2010, 2012 and Subcommittee Chair 2013, DIS2012 DIScourse chair and TEI 2013 Programme Chair.

Publications

2012

Odom, W., Selby, M., Sellen, A., Kirk, D., Banks, R., Regan, T. (2012). Photobox: On the Design of a Slow Technology. In Proceedings of Designing Interactive Systems. (DIS '12). ACM Press.

Odom, W., Banks, R., Kirk, D, Harper, R., Lindley, S., Sellen, A. (2012). Technology Heirlooms? Considerations for Passing Down and Inheriting Digital Materials. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012). ACM, New York, NY, USA

Banks, R., Kirk, D. and Sellen, A. (2012) A Design perspective on three Technology Heirlooms. Human-Computer Interaction. 27, 1-2, p.63-91

Durrant, A., Kirk, D., Benford, S. and Rodden, T. (2012) Pursuing Leisure: Reflections on Theme Park Visiting. Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 21, 43-79

Merritt, S., Durrant, A., Reeves, S. and Kirk, D. (2012) In Dialogue: Methodological Insights on Doing HCI Research in Rwanda. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012). ACM, New York, NY, USA

2011

Durrant, A., Golembewski, M., Kirk, D., Benford, S., Rowland, D. and McAuley, D. (2011) Exploring a Digital Economy Design Space in Theme Parks. In Proceedings of Desire'11 Conference: Creativity and Innovation in Design. New York: ACM, p. 273-284

Odom, W., Harper, R., Sellen, A., Forlizzi, J., Zimmerman, J., Banks, R. and Kirk, D. (2011) Absence and Family Life: Understanding and Supporting Adaption to Change. In R. Harper (Ed.) The Connected Home: The Future of Domestic Life. London: Springer-Verlag

Kirk, D. S., Durrant, A. and Reeves, S. (2011). Rwanda: Memorialisation in the Global Digital Economy. In Proceedings of 2nd All Hands Meeting for the Digital Economy (Digital Engagement 2011)

Kirk, D. S., Reeves, S. and Durrant, A. (2011). Spomenik: Augmenting Memorials in the Woods. In Proceedings of 2nd All Hands Meeting for the Digital Economy (Digital Engagement 2011)

Durrant, A., Rowland, D., Kirk, D., Benford, S., Fischer, J and McAuley, D. (2011) Automics: Souvenir Generating Photoware for Theme Parks. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1767-1776.

Massimi, M., Odom, W., Banks, R. and Kirk, D. (2011) Matters of Life and Death: Locating the End of Life in Lifespan-Oriented HCI Research. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 987-996.

2010

Kirk, D. S. & Sellen, A. (2010) On Human Remains: Values and Practice in the Home Archiving of Cherished Objects. Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (TOCHI), 17, 3, 1-43

Rennick Egglestone, S., Whitbrook, A., Greensmith, J., Walker, B., Benford, S., Marshall, J., Kirk, D., Schnadelbach, H., Irune, A. and Rowland, D. (2010) Recommending Rides: Psychometric Profiling in the Theme Park. Comput. Entertain. 8, 3, Article 21 (December 2010), 17 pages.

Neustaedter, C. Judge, T. K., Harrison, S., Sellen, A., Cao, X., Kirk, D. and Kaye, J. (2010) Connecting families: new technologies, family communication, and the impact on domestic space. In Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on Supporting group work (GROUP '10). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 363-366.

Odom, W., Banks, R. and Kirk, D. (2010) Reciprocity, deep storage, and letting go: opportunities for designing interactions with inherited digital materials. interactions 17, 5 (September 2010), 31-34.

Tuddenham, P., Kirk, D. S. & Izadi, S. (2010) Graspables revisited: Multi-Touch vs. Tangible Input for Tabletop Displays in Acquisition and Manipulation Tasks. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2223-2232.

Kalnikaite, V., Sellen, A., Whittaker, S. & Kirk, D. S. (2010) Now Let Me See Where I Was: Understanding How Lifelogs Mediate Memory. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 2045-2054.

Odom, W., Harper, R., Sellen, A., Kirk, D. S. & Banks, R. (2010) Passing On & Putting To Rest: Understanding Bereavement in the Context of Interactive Technologies. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2010). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 1831-1840.

Kirk, D. S., Sellen, A. & Cao, X. (2010) Home Video Communication: Mediating 'Closeness'. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2010). ACM, NewYork, 135-144

Kirk, D. S., Izadi, S., Sellen, A., Taylor, S., Banks, R. & Hilliges, O. (2010) Opening Up the Family Archive. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2010). ACM, NewYork, 261-270

Cao, X., Sellen, A., Bernheim Brush, A. J., Kirk, D., Edge, D. & Ding, X (2010) Understanding Family Communication Across Time Zones. In Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2010). ACM, NewYork, 155-158

2009

Lindley, S. E., Durrant, A., Kirk, D. & Taylor, A. (2009) Collocated social practices surrounding photos. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. 67, 12, pp. 995-1004

Kirk, D. S., Sellen, A., Taylor, S., Villar, N. & Izadi, S. (2009) Putting the Physical into the Digital: Issues in Designing Hybrid Interactive Surfaces. In Proceedings of HCI 2009 - 23rd BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. BCS, 35-44

Cockton, G., Sellen, A., Banks, R. & Kirk, D. S. (2009) Evolving and Augmenting Worth Mapping for Family Archives. In Proceedings of HCI 2009 - 23rd BCS Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. BCS, 329-338

Taylor, S., Izadi, S., Kirk, D. S., Harper, R. & Garcia-Mendoza, A. (2009) Turning the Tables: An Interactive Surface for VJing. In Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 4th-9th April, ACM: Boston, MA, 1251-1254

Hilliges, O. & Kirk, D. S. (2009) Getting Sidetracked: Display Design and Occasioning Photo-Talk with the Photohelix. In Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 4th-9th April, ACM: Boston, MA, 1733-1736

2008

Kirk, D. S. & Banks R. (2008) On the Design of Technology Heirlooms. In Proceedinings of The International Workshop on Social Interaction and Mundane Technologies (SIMTech í08).

Wilson, A.D., Izadi, S., Hilliges, O., Garcia-Mendoza, A., Kirk, D. (2008) Bringing Physics to the Surface. In Proceedings of ACM UISTí08 (Best Paper Award UIST ë08), pp 67-76

Terrenghi, L., Kirk, D., Richter, H., Kr‰mer, S., Hilliges, O., Butz, A., (2008) Physical Handles at the Interactive Surface: Exploring Tangibility and its Benefits. In Proceedings of the International Working Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, AVI'08, Napoli, Italy. pp 138-145

Kirk, D. & Sellen, A. (2008) On Human Remains: Excavating the Home Archive. Microsoft Technical Report. MSR-TR-2008-8

2007

Kirk, D. S., Sellen, A., Harper, R. & Wood, K. (2007) Understanding Videowork. In Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 28th April-3rd May, ACM: San Jose, CA, pp 61-70

Kirk, D. S., Rodden, T. & Stanton Fraser, D. (2007) Turn It This Way: Grounding Collaborative Action with Remote Gestures. In Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 28th April-3rd May, ACM: San Jose, CA, pp1039-1048

Terrenghi, L., Kirk, D. S., Sellen, A. & Izadi, S. (2007) Affordances for Manipulation of Physical versus Digital Media on Interactive Surfaces. In Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 28th April-3rd May, ACM: San Jose, CA, pp 1157-1166

2006

Kirk, D. S., Sellen, A., Rother, C. & Wood, K. (2006) Understanding Photowork. In Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 22-27 April, ACM, Montreal: Canada pp. 761-770

Kirk, D. S., & Stanton Fraser, D. (2006) Comparing Remote Gesture Technologies for Supporting Collaborative Physical Tasks. In Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 22-27 April, ACM, Montreal: Canada pp. 1191-1200

2005

Kirk, D. S., Crabtree, A., & Rodden, T. (2005) Ways of the Hand. In Proceedings of ECSCW 2005, Paris: France, Kluwer, pp. 1-21

Kirk, D. S., & Stanton Fraser, D. (2005) The Impact of Remote Gesturing on Distance Instruction. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2005, Taipei: Taiwan, LEA, pp. 301-310

Stanton Fraser, D., Smith, H., Tallyn, E., Kirk, D., Benford, S., Rowland, D., Paxton, M., Price, S. and Fitzpatrick, G. (2005) The SENSE Project: A Context-Inclusive Approach to Studying Environmental Science Within and Across Schools. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL) 2005, Taipei: Taiwan, LEA, pp.155-159

2004

Kirk, D. S. (2004). Touching Other Worlds: Remote Gesturing in Collaborative Physical Tasks. Workshop paper for Giving Help at a Distance Workshop at the Sixth International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing, Nottingham, UK

Tallyn, E., Stanton, D., Benford, S., Rowland, D., Kirk, D., Paxton, M., et al. (2004). Introducing eScience to the classroom. In Proceedings of the UK e-Science All Hands Meeting, EPSRC, pp. 1027-1029

Facer, K., Joiner, R., Stanton, D., Reid, J., Hull, R., Kirk, D. Savannah: mobile gaming and learning? (2004) Journal of Computer Assisted Learning. 20, 6, pp. 399-473

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