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I am a Postdoctoral Researcher in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at Aalto University. My work explores how we can use technologies to connect with each other through digital versions of ourselves and exploring how animals can interact with computer systems.

I am interested in building animal controlled technologies to explore what it means to interact as an animal (a non-human one) and how as system designers we can build and support an animals interaction with technology. Part of my passion is to push the boundaries of what is known towards creating a better environment for the animals and people we share our world with.

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

I publish across various topics from augmented reality systems, HCI and robotics in venues ranging from animal behaviour and cognition to the top conferences in computer science.

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/ 

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