Ryan Kelly
Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing


I am principally a human-computer interaction researcher with specific interests in computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and social computing. My work is interdisciplinary, cutting across computer science and psychology, and has covered topics including emotive communication, virtual reality, healthcare devices, collaborative information seeking, and personal informatics for self-monitoring and reflection.

I recently finished a three-year research project entitled "Investing care and appreciating effort in the use of personal communication technologies", working with Dr Leon Watts and Dr Daniel Gooch at the University of Bath. I now hold visiting researcher positions in the Human-Computer Interaction group at Bath and in the Department of Computing & Communications at the Open University, working with Professor Blaine Price. In October 2017 I will be joining the Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne, Australia.

In my spare time I enjoy music (especially playing my drum kit), playing card games, travelling and drinking tea. Be sure to check out Jing Tea if you're a fellow tea lover!

Please see below for my publications and service record.


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), 2010–2017

  • ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (CSCW), 2014–2018

  • ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), 2012—2017

  • 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)

  • International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

  • Human-Computer Interaction


  • Review Mentor, Student Reviewer Mentoring Program, 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 2015, ACM British HCI 2011


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

All of my papers are available here for free download.

See my Google Scholar profile for citations.


  • Kelly, R., Gooch, D., Patil, B., & Watts, L., 2017. Demanding by design: Supporting effortful communication practices in close personal relationships. In Proceedings of the 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 70-83. DOI:

  • Kelly, R. & Watts, L., 2017. Slow but likeable? Inefficient robots as caring team members. In Proceedings of Workshop on Robots in Groups and Teams. Held in conjunction with the 20th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW '17), Portland, Oregon, USA.

  • Jones, S. L. & Kelly, R., 2017. Dealing with information overload in personal informatics systems. Human-Computer Interaction. 1-48 DOI:

  • Gooch, D., Barker, M., Hudson, L., Kelly, R., Kortuem, G., van der Linden, J., Petre, M., Brown, R., Klis-Davies, A., Forbes, H., Macpherson, R., & Walton, C. 2017. Amplifying quiet voices: Challenges and opportunities for participatory design at an urban scale. To appear in ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (TOCHI). ACM, New York, NY, USA.