Ryan Kelly
Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing


I am a research fellow in the Interaction Design Lab at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I work with Professor Frank Vetere in the Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces. 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 communication technologies, virtual reality, healthcare devices, collaborative information seeking, and personal informatics for self-monitoring and reflection.

Before coming to Melbourne I worked on 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, where I collaborate with Dr Gooch and Professor Blaine Price.

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

  • ACM Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (ToCHI)

  • Informatics


  • Mentor, Student Reviewing 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 2013, 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.


  • Price, B. A., Kelly, R., Mehta, V., McCormick, C., Ahmed, H., & Pearce, O., 2018. Feel my pain: Design and evaluation of Painpad, a tangible device for supporting inpatient self-logging of pain. To appear in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18) ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI:

  • Kenning, M. P., Kelly, R., & Jones, S. L., 2018. Supporting credibility assessment of news in social media using star ratings and alternate sources. To appear in Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI:

  • Mallais, P., Jones, S. L., & Kelly, R., 2018. Exploring data in virtual reality: Comparisons with 2D data visualizations. To appear in Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '18). ACM, New York, NY, USA. DOI: