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 mean, 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 (a non-human one) and how as system designers we can support this interaction. 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



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