Reuben Kirkham | Research Associate

Reuben Kirkham

My research interests lie in the intersection of ubiquitous/wearable computing and human rights. This involves the development of technical systems which challenge the existing status quo, whilst also accounting for the surrounding legal context.

I have published this work in a range of well-known computing science venues, including ACM Ubicomp, IEEE Computer and the Pervasive and Ubiquitous Computing journal. The latter was in collaboration with the BBC, examining how to make television production accessible.

In April 2017, I started as the EPSRC Doctoral Prize fellow in Computing Science, working on a project that combines inertial and environment sensors in the new Urban Sciences Building in Newcastle to track the well-being of individuals and populations whilst retaining their privacy


How long is a piece of string? The appropriateness of search time as a measure of ‘burden’ in Access to Information regimes
Kirkham R, Government Information Quarterly


WheelieMap: An Exploratory System for Qualitative Reports of Inaccessibility in the Built Environment
Kirkham R, Ebassa R, Montague K, Morrissey K, Vlachokyriakos V, Weise S, Olivier P, MobileHCI 2017 19th International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services


Using Disability Law to expand Academic Freedom for Disabled Researchers in the United Kingdom
Kirkham R, Webster M, Chen K, Vines J, Journal of Historical Sociology65-91


Can Disability Discrimination Law Expand the Availability of Wearable Computers?
Kirkham R, Computer25-33
Being reasonable: A manifesto for improving the inclusion of disabled people in SIGCHI conferences
Kirkham R, Vines J, Olivier P, CHI’15: 2015 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems601-612
Social Access vs. Privacy in Wearable Computing
Kirkham R, Greenhalgh C, IEEE Pervasive Computing26-33


Forays into disability discrimination legislation and wearable computing
Kirkham R, Proceedings of the 2014 ACM International Symposium on Wearable Computers: Adjunct Program (ISWC '14 Adjunct)119-124
Playful science: Deriving computer games from complex systems
Kirkham R, Blum J, Brown M, CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '14)1507-1512


On preserving statistical characteristics of accelerometry data using their empirical cumulative distribution
Hammerla NY, Kirkham R, Andras P, Ploetz T, Proceedings of the 2013 International Symposium on Wearable Computers65--68
On Preserving Statistical Characteristics of Accelerometry Data using their Empirical Cumulative Distribution
Hammerla N, Kirkham R, Andras P, Ploetz T, International Symposium on Wearable Computers (ISWC)65-68
The breaktime barometer: an exploratory system forworkplace break-time social awareness
Kirkham R, Mellor S, Green D, Lin J, Ladha K, Ladha C, Jackson D, Olivier P, Wright P, Ploetz T, Proceedings of the 2013 ACM international joint conference on Pervasive and ubiquitous computing73--82

Associated Projects

  • Affinity - Create4Dementia Hack
      The Create4Dementia hack event hosted 50+ hackers with skills in software, design and healthcare to develop innovative technologies for those living with dementia in 24 hours. The team from Open Lab - Team Sonar - consisted of Andy Garbet...
    August 30, 2011
  • Forays into Disability Discrimination Law and Ubiquitious Computing
    What is the use of an assistive technology if the people who could benefit from it are not in practise able to access it? For many people with disabilities, this is a particularly concerning problem, because they are not necessarily able to demonstr...
    August 30, 2011
  • The Break-Time Barometer
    The Break-Time Barometer is a social awareness system, which was developed as part of an exploratory study of the use of situated sensing and displays to promote cohesion in a newly-dispersed workplace. The Break-Time Barometer specifically aims to...
    August 30, 2011
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