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Professor Kirsten Cater


Prof. Kirsten Cater is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of Bristol specialising in Human Computer Interaction. Her main interests focus on designing elegant solutions for enhancing people's experiences and interactions with their physical environment and each other in urban and public spaces through the use of mobile and sensor technologies. The areas that her research currently touches include: location based experiences; gamification; virtual reality; data collection through crowdsourcing; novel interactions with big data; and tangible user interfaces for the elderly. Her emerging research profile complements and strengthens the activities of the Bristol Interaction research Group (BIG). Her research and public engagement work in primary and secondary schools, as well as community centres, have been very popular with the media getting press coverage in both local and national newspapers, as well as a BBC TV news-item and a documentary for South Korea.

She studied Computer Science as her first degree here at Bristol University graduating in July 2000 with a 2:1. She then studied for a PhD again in Computer Science here at Bristol University with Professor Alan Chalmers as her supervisor, which she completed in June 2004. In her final year of completing her PhD she worked as a postdoc on a pervasive computing project called Mobile Bristol in collaboration with Hewlett Packard. This project focussed on creating and researching location based experiences in both urban and public spaces.