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I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Aalto University. My research post explores how digital representations can be formed, what these and how they can be used in conversations.

At the same time I also research into how we design for, and how animals can use and become entangled within computer systems (Animal-Computer Interaction). I am interested in building animal-driven technologies to explore what it means to interact as an animal (non-human one) and how as system designers we can support this. Part of this is my excitement to push the boundaries of what is known towards creating a better environment for the animals we share our world with.

In 2013 I got my Masters degree in Computer Science from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), where later in 2017 I completed my PhD in HCI focusing on Dog-Computer Interaction.

Feel free to send me a message for a chat, check out my blog where I talk to researchers, blog about conferences I’ve been too and projects I take in my spare time, read my publications or look at my previous projects for more information on what I’ve worked on so far.

I always have several exciting Master’s thesis topics. To inquire topics, please email me with your CV, transcript, and letter of interest.

Contact Information

Email: ilyena.hirskyj-douglas [at] aalto. fi

Twitter@ilyena

LinkedInlinkedin.com/in/ilyena/ 

Google Scholarscholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=9z8DutMAAAAJ&hl=en&oi=ao 

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