Dr Ryan Kelly


I am a postdoctoral research associate in the Human-Computer Interaction Group, based in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Bath, United Kingdom.

In my research, I use qualitative and quantitative methods to better understand how people make use of interactive technologies in their everyday social lives, focusing in particular on the extent to which technologies can be designed to fulfil relational needs in professional and personal settings.

I am working with Dr Leon Watts and Dr Daniel Gooch on a three-year research project entitled “Investing care and appreciating effort in the use of personal communication technologies”. The project was funded by the Leverhulme Trust and began in May 2014.

I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Bath in 2014. I was supervised by Professor Stephen J. Payne. I also hold an MSc in Human-Computer Interaction (University of Bath) and a BSc in Applied Psychology & Computing (Bournemouth University).

I currently run the HCI seminar series at Bath, in conjunction with Daniela De Angeli.

I have presented my work at leading Computer Science conferences including the Proceedings of ACM Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and ACM Designing Interactive Systems (DIS). I have reviewed for venues including CHI, CSCW and the HCI and IJHCS journals. I was previously a Feature Editor for ACM XRDS magazine and visited the ACM headquarters in 2013.

In my spare time I like to play drums, listen to music, compete in card game tournaments, and go travelling. Also, I love tea! Check out Jing Tea and Teavana if you’re a fellow tea lover.