Carnegie Mellon University
October 09, 2012

Press Release: Aisling Kelliher Joins Carnegie Mellon School of Design

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Aisling KelliherPITTSBURGH—Aisling Kelliher has joined the full-time faculty of Carnegie Mellon University’s School of Design as an associate professor. Prior to coming to Carnegie Mellon, Kelliher was an assistant professor in media communication systems and media theory at Arizona State University (ASU).

Kelliher’s research primarily focuses on the development of tools and online environments for sharing, annotating and creating media stories about our everyday lives. Crafting and exchanging stories is a fundamental part of the human experience, and today’s digital culture provides new challenges and opportunities to support this process. Kelliher’s research provides computational assistance to the home movie-maker, the casual photographer or the event organizer in reviewing and making sense of their data collections.

Grounded within the fields of human-computer-interaction, multimedia and interaction design, Kelliher has been published in a variety of journals and presented at conferences including the ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications; Special Interest Group on Computer–Human Interaction; Conference on Information and Knowledge Management; and the International AAAI Conference on Weblogs and Social Media. She also has exhibited her work at national venues such as the ASU Art Museum and the DeCordova Sculpture Park and Museum in Lincoln, Mass.

“I am excited to join the highly collaborative School of Design at this transformative time in its development,” Kelliher said. “Together with my colleagues, I am looking forward to expanding the role of media computation as a core element of design research.”

A native of Dublin, Kelliher holds a bachelor’s degree in communications studies from Dublin City University and a master’s degree in multimedia systems from Trinity College, Dublin. She also received a master’s degree and doctorate in media, arts and sciences from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab.