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Research interests

Website for Dr Kirsten Ellis - https://sites.google.com/site/drkirstenellis/home


Kirsten Ellis has a strong technical background and has experience in designing, developing and evaluating systems for people with unique requirements. Her research interests include human computer interaction and how technology can create a more inclusive society. She had developed multiple resources using a variety of technologies including on the Nintendo DS lite, iPad, iPhone, Android and the Microsoft Kinect. In addition, she also researches innovative technologies to create tangible objects as authentic learning experiences.

Australian Sign Language

Her current specialisation is in teaching sign language to hearing people so that they can interact with deaf people in a common language that is fully accessible to all participants and she has designed and developed multiple resources to enable this. Kirsten has conducted research in how the use a whole rage of technologies to improve the learning experience and learning outcomes.

Attention Training Games

She was part of a team that conducted research on the potential for using touch technologies for improving the attention of children with developmental disabilities.

Young Children and Technology

Kirsten Ellis has researched two year old children using technology in terms of behavior, interaction style and concentration span. This work has tracked how new technologies are making computer accessible to even the youngest members of the community.

Clinical Trials

Kirsten is currently undertaking research on how to utilise the distributed nature of the internet to facilitate large scale medical projects. These project deal with the collection and distribution of information in a medical context that has not been previously possible.

littleBits Puppets

Brining together technical and creative skills Kirsten is involved with creating puppets that can be controlled with new technologies. The puppets use off the shelf technology to facilitate a creative and fun side to technology that is of interest to a more diverse range of users and developers.

Monash teaching commitment

Dr Kirsten Ellis has experience as the Chief Examiner for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT2003 IT professional practice

Kirsten has experience as the Lecturer for the following units in the Faculty of IT:

  • FIT1012/FIT9027 Website authoring
  • FIT2032/FIT3045 Industry-based learning
  • FIT2003 IT professional practice


Research area keywords

  • Children's play
  • Computer Education/Literacy
  • Computer Graphics
  • Computer Interface
  • Computers and information technology in education
  • Deaf Culture
  • Deafness
  • Development of CD ROMs
  • Developmental Disabilities
  • Developmental dyslexia
  • Devices for the blind and deaf
  • Disability
  • Early Childhood Development
  • Early Childhood Education
  • Early childhood
  • Education development and assessment
  • Education research
  • Educational/Instructional Technology
  • Ethics in education
  • Ethics in information technology
  • Human Learning and Memory
  • Human computer interaction, multimedia
  • Information technology in education

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Research Output

  • 18 Conference Paper
  • 9 Article
  • 1 Chapter (Book)
  • 1 Review Article

A survey of dynamic parameter setting methods for nature-inspired swarm intelligence algorithms

Phan, H. D., Ellis, K., Barca, J. C. & Dorin, A., Jan 2020, In : Neural Computing and Applications. 32, 2, p. 567-588 22 p.

Research output: Contribution to journalReview ArticleResearchpeer-review

Building capacity: eTextile tactile storybook workshops

Holloway, L., Ellis, K. & Curtin, L., 2019, ASSETS ’19 - The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility. Azenkot, S. & Kane, S. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 597-599 3 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOther

Designing efficacious mobile technologies for anxiety self-regulation

Senaratne, H., Ellis, K., Oviatt, S. & Melvin, G., 2019, Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Cox, A. & Kostakos, V. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), 6 p. LBW1819

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review

1 Citation (Scopus)

MIC, an interactive sign language teaching system

Phan, H. D., Ellis, K. & Dorin, A., 2018, Proceedings of the 30th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2018): Melbourne 4 – 7 December 2018. McKay, D., Waycott, J., Morrison, A., Hee-Jeong Choi, J., Lugmayr, A., Billinghurst, M., Kelly, R., Buchanan, G. & Stevenson, D. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 544-547 4 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperOtherpeer-review

Toddler techie touch generation

Ellis, K., Power, M. & Albrecht, D. W., 2018, CHI PLAY 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play: October 28–31, 2018 Melbourne, VIC, Australia. Toups, Z. & Wyeth, P. (eds.). New York NY USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM), p. 127-139 13 p.

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference PaperResearchpeer-review