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Dr. Kirsten Cater

Me I am a Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Bristol.

I studied Computer Science as my first degree here at Bristol University graduating in July 2000 with a 2:1. I then went on to do a PhD again in Computer Science here at Bristol University with Professor Alan Chalmers as my supervisor, which I completed in June 2004. In my final year of completing my PhD I went to work as a postdoc on a project called Mobile Bristol with Hewlett Packard till I got a lectureship at Bristol University.

My main interests lie in pervasive computing where I focuses on designing elegant solutions for enhancing people's experiences and interactions with their physical environment and each other in urban and public spaces through the use of mobile and sensor technologies. The areas that my research currently touches include: gamification; data collection through crowdsourcing; and children's access and usage of the internet through mobile phones.

My latest research is concentrating on the use of gamification techniques in mobile and ubiquitous computing systems to encourage pro-social behaviour, particularly that of reduction of energy usage. At present although there is already a commercial market forming of gamified apps with several companies offering gamification software right now there is a lot of misunderstanding of its application, thus my work analyzing the actual social impact that is created by the deployment of gamification methods in a real world context is novel in this area.

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Research Information


I am extreme when it comes to my hobbies - if it's mad and it's dangerous then I'll be there!! I have done two bungee jumps, one at Victoria Falls which is 111m and one at the World's highest commercial bungee jump at Bloukrans in South Africa which is a stonking 216m jump. I've also done a 9000ft freefall, been canyoning, caving, waterskiing, white water rafting, jetboating, body-surfing, handgliding, cage diving with great white sharks and much more ......

Contact information

You can contact me at:
Dr. Kirsten Cater
Room 3.26
Department of Computer Science
University of Bristol
Merchant Venturers Building
Woodland Road
United Kingdom
+44 (0)117 9545155
(Fax)  +44 (0)117 9545208 

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