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Professor Judy Kay
CHAI Principal

Contact Details

Phone: +61 2 9351 5711

School of Information Technologies
Level 3 West, Building J12
University of Sydney
NSW, 2006, Australia


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Research Interests

Pervasive Computing, Personalisation, Human Computer Interaction


Judy Kay's research aims to create personalised computing that is embedded throughout the environment to support people in the broad range of activities that are important to their lives, ranging from learning to maintaining personal relationships. The core of her research is in personalisation which ensures the user can maintain control and the associated work on applications of personalisation and novel interfaces.

She has over 200 publications in the areas of personalisation and teaching and learning. She has presented invited keynote addresses at major conferences, such as UM'94 User Modeling Conference, Boston, USA; IJCAI'95 International Joint Conference on Artificial Intelligence, Montreal, Canada; ICCE'97, International Conference on Computers in Education, Kuching, Malaysia; ITS'2000, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Montreal, Canada; AH2006 Adaptive Hypermedia and Adaptive Web-Based Systems, Dublin, Ireland, ITS2008, Intelligent Tutoring Systems, Montreal, Canada.

She has a strong commitment to Computer Science Education and creation of a rich student experience. She has had a long term role as staff liaison for the student society, SUITS, Sydney University IT Society, has been coach for programmig competition teams competing in the ACM Programming Competition, hosting the regional competition in 2007 and 2008 and she has been creating an alumni association, which was formally constituted in 2008 as USITAA, University of Sydney IT Alumni Association.

Editorial Positions: Associate Editor, IJAIED, the International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education; Associate Editor, IEEE TLT Transaction on Learning Technologies; Editorial Board, UMUAI User modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: the Journal of Personalization Research

Current Projects

Recent Publications

C. Ackad, M. Tomitsch, and J. Kay. Towards learnable gestures for exploring hierarchical information spaces at a large public display. In Gesture based Interaction Design: Communication and Cognition, CHI 2014, 2014. [View Details]

M. Tomitsch, C. Ackad, O. Dawson, L. Hespanhol, and J. Kay. Who cares about the content? an analysis of playful behaviour at a public display. In The 3rd International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, 2014. [View Details]

J. Kay and B. Kummerfeld. Creating personalized systems that people can scrutinise and control: drivers, principles and experience. ACM Transactions on Interactive Intelligent Systems (TiiS), Highlights of the Decade in Interactive Intelligent Systems, (4):1-24, 2013. [View Details]

J. Kay, S. Kleitman, and R. Azevedo. Empowering teachers to design learning resources with metacognitive interface elements. In R. Luckin, J. Underwood, N. Winters, P. Goodyear, B. Grabowski, and S. Puntambeker, editors, Handbook of Design in Educational Technology, pages 124-134. Taylor and Francis, 2013. [View Details]

L. Pizzato, T. Rej, J. Akehurst, I. Koprinska, K. Yacef, and J. Kay. Recommending people to people: the nature of reciprocal recommenders with a case study in online dating. User Modeling and User-Adapted Interaction: The Journal of Personalization Research, 23(5):447-488, 2013. [View Details]

R. Gluga, J. Kay, and T. Lever. Foundations for modeling university curricula in terms of multiple learning goal sets. IEEE Transactions on Learning Technologies, 6(1):25-37, 2013. [View Details]

S. Bull and J. Kay. Open learner models as drivers for metacognitive processes. In R. Azevedo and V. Aleven, editors, International Handbook of Metacognition and Learning Technologies, pages 349-365. Springer, 2013. [View Details]

R. Gluga, J. Kay, R. Lister, Simon, M. Charleston, J. Harland, and D. Teague. A conceptual model for reflecting on expected learning vs. demonstrated student performance. In J. Whalley and A. Carbone, editors, Australasian Computing Education Conference (ACE2013), pages 77-86, Melbourne, Australia, 2013. ACS. [View Details]

R. Gluga, J. Kay, R. Lister, Simon, and S. Kleitman. Mastering cognitive development theory in computer science education. Computer Science Education, 23(1):24-57, 2013. [View Details]

D. Barua, J. Kay, and C. Paris. Viewing and controlling personal sensor data: What do users want? In PERSUASIVE 2013, LNCS 7822, pages 15-26. Springer, Heidelberg, 2013. [View Details]

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