Curriculum Vitae


PhD Student in Human-computer Interaction | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Stockholm, Sweden | Dec 2016 – Current
As part of a five year PhD (80% research, 20% teaching), I’m investigating Smart Implicit Interaction through Research through Design.

MFA in Interaction Design | Umeå Institute of Design | Umeå, Sweden | Sept 2012 – Jun 2014
My thesis sought to critique and challenge society’s relationship with energy through a near future speculative fiction that asked “what if you were required to produce all the energy you desire to consume?”

BS in Architecture (High Honors) | University of Virginia | Charlottesville, Virginia | Sept 2003 – May 2007
Pursued design studios and electives that focused on kinetic and robotic architectural systems explored through fabrication technologies, physical prototyping and parametric modeling.


Senior Interaction Designer | Zebra Technologies | London, UK | Mar 2015 – Dec 2016
Zebra Technologies is an enterprise IoT company that builds tracking technology and solutions to generate actionable information and insight, giving physical things a digital voice.
* Service Design Lead for multiple Transportation & Logistic co-creation projects
* Ethnographic and user research across enterprise and consumer industries within UK and USA
* UX and UI design for in-house cross-platform interfaces (web-based and mobile applications)
* Synthesize emerging technology trends into actionable insights
* Research, test, and advocate new digital and physical prototyping tools
* Led internal cross-disciplinary workshops on future product development and business strategy
* Co-managed Service Design Intern with Senior Design Researcher

Interaction Designer & Front End Developer | Self-employed | Washington, DC | May 2007 – Dec 2013
Freelanced full-time working directly with clients from contract to concept to deployment.
* Delivered user flows, wireframes, visual designs, and motion graphics
* Developed custom WordPress themes, hosted eCommerce sites, and responsive solutions
* Worked with HTML5/CSS3, Canvas, object-oriented JavaScript, jQuery, various APIs
* Responsible for direct client engagement and business operations.

Interaction Designer & Front End Developer | The John F. Kennedy Center | Washington, DC | Jan 2011 – June 2013
The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts is America’s living memorial to President Kennedy as well as the nation’s busiest arts facility.
* Responsible for user flows, wireframes, and front end development of Center’s mobile website
* Lead programmer and information architect for lobby directional and educational interfaces
* Main everyday roles included UX/UI design, motion design, and front end development
* Worked part-time in-house in an agile environment

Architectural Design Assistant | Future Cities Lab | Charlottesville, VA | Aug 2007 – Dec 2007
Future Cities Lab is an experimental design studio, workshop and architectural think tank.
* Assisted in the fabrication of a kinetic installation project (VIVISYS) displayed in Chicago
* Participated as part of the Grow [DC] team in the History Channel’s City of the Future competition

Digital Information Designer | The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities | Charlottesville, VA | May 2007 – Dec 2007
IATH is a research unit of the University of Virginia exploring and developing information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research.
* Responsible for the design and construction of Flash and HTML sites for IATH
* Main roles included user research, information architecture, web design and development


Conference Papers

Karey Helms, Barry Brown, Magnus Sahlgren, and Airi Lampinen. 2018. Design Methods to Investigate User Experiences of Artificial Intelligence. AAAI 2018 Spring Symposium Technical Report (The Design of the User Experience for Artificial Intelligence).

Magnus Sahlgren, Erik Ylipää, Barry Brown, Karey Helms, Airi Lampinen, Donald McMillan, Jussi Karlgren. 2018. The Smart Data Layer. AAAI 2018 Spring Symposium Technical Report (Artificial Intelligence for the Internet of Everything).

Tom Jenkins, Karey Helms, Vasiliki Tsaknaki, Ludvig Elblaus, and Nicolai B. Hansen. 2018. Sociomateriality: Infrastructuring and Appropriation of Artifacts. ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI 2018), Stockholm, Sweden.

Karey Helms. Leaky Objects: Implicit Information, Unintentional Communication. ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2017), Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2017.

Position Papers

Karey Helms. A Walk in the Woods: Gear and Infrastructure in the Outdoors. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2018) Workshop “HCI Outdoors: Understanding Human-Computer Interaction in the Outdoors”, Montréal, Québec, CA 2018.

Karey Helms. Implicit Interaction: Information, Intention and Infrastructure. ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2017) Workshop “People, Personal Data and the Built Environment”, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK 2017.

Karey Helms. The Family Circuit: A New Narrative of American Domesticity. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017) Workshop “Making Home: Asserting Agency in the Age of IoT”, Denver, Colorado, USA 2017.

Karey Helms. Phygital Party Mode: A Relationship with Relationships. ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017) Workshop “Designing the Social Internet of Things”, Denver, Colorado, USA 2017.

Master’s Thesis

Karey Helms. The Family Circuit: A New Narrative of Domesticity. Interaction Design, Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå, Sweden 2014.

Speaking & Outreach

Speaker | “Internet of Everything. But what is everything?” | Internetdagarna 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden | Nov 2017
Technological forecasts have long predicted that someday in the future everything will be smart and connected. And while ambient intelligence and ubiquitous computing are seemingly possible with innovations within neural networks, embedded sensors, and autonomous algorithms – what actually is everything? And what are the implications for consumers, businesses and stakeholders of everything being smart and connected?

Speaker | “Implicit Interactions: Implied, Intangible and Intelligent” | EuroIA 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden | Sep 2017
As ambient agents, intelligent assistants and proactive bots drive this shift from explicit to implicit interactions in our information spaces, what are the implications for everyday user experiences? And how do we architect dynamic, personal information in shared, phygital environments?

Speaker | “Insights in Self-centered Design” | Interact London 2016 | London, UK | Oct 2016
The definition of products is transitioning from isolated hardware and software to integrated systems and agents. In order to create these new systems we must not only design the tangible elements, but also the intangible interconnections. Therefore, as Interaction Designers, how do we make sense of and design these ambiguous, emergent, and invisible relationships?

Assistant Local Organizer | Interaction Design Association (IxDA) London | London, UK | Jun 2015 – Oct 2016
Guest host and assistant organizer for IxDA London chapter events
* Implicit Interaction
* Enterprise IxD: Wicked Solutions for Complex Problems.
* Urban (IxD) Dictionary: Designing for the Contemporary City

Speaker | “Making the Invisible Physical” | World IA Day 2016 | Bristol, UK | Feb 2016
Gave a 20 minute talk on personal design projects in which I prototype physical manifestations of invisible interactions from the mundane moments of my daily life. Insights from these playful Internet of Things explorations inform how I makes sense of complex socio-technical systems and dynamic information exchanges to design meaningful enterprise solutions.

Lightning Talk | “Making the Invisible Physical” | Push Conference 2015 | Munich, Germany | Oct 2015
Gave a 10 minute lightning talk on Making the Invisible Physical.


Supervisor | Master’s Thesis | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Fall 2017
Supervising five students.

Assistant | DM2799: Advanced Project Course | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Fall 2017
Course administration, project supervision, and examination.

Assistant | DM2601: Media Technology and Interaction Design | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Fall 2017
Project supervision, examination, and lecture on working in industry as an Interaction Designer.

Assistant | DM2350: Human Perception for Information Technology | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Fall 2017
Project supervision and examination.

Assistant | DH2629: Interaction Design as a Reflective Practice | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Spring 2017
Course administration, project supervision, and examination. Wrote design brief Manuals of Misuse.

Guest Lecturer | DM2578: Social Media Technologies | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Spring 2017
Guest lecture on Insights in Self-centered Design: Making the Implicit Explicit.

Guest Lecturer | DH2628: Interaction Design Methods | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Spring 2017
Guest lecture on my experiences as an Interaction Designer working in Agile teams and environments.

Guest Lecturer | Service Design | Umeå Institute of Design | Spring 2014
Gave a guest lecture and presentation on Service Design to one year Industrial Design Intensive students.

Assistant | ARCH 541: CAAD 3d Modeling & Visualization | University of Virginia | Fall 2006
Assisted weekly workshops, held personal office hours for individual student aid, graded assignments, and delivered individual feedback.

Assistant | ARCH 101: Lessons of the Lawn | University of Virginia | Fall 2006
Responsible for eight first year students and lead weekly meetings for the introductory architectural design course, graded assignments, and delivered individual feedback.

HCI Community Service

ACM DIS 2018 Associate Chair Pictorials
ACM CHI 2018 Student Volunteer
ACM TEI 2018 Web Chair (identity design and web development)
Lift 2016 Student Volunteer
DRS 2014 Student Volunteer

Academic Service

2017 – 2018

KTH PhD Student Representative

2013 – 2014

Umeå Institute of Design student council (Ställverket)

2004 – 2007

UVa School of Architecture Tour Guide for Prospective Students

2006 – 2007

UVa School of Architecture President

2006 – 2007

UVa School of Architecture Student Senate

2006 – 2007

UVa Lawn Selection Committee Chair



Selected to exhibit and present thesis at Semcon Student Exhibition in Göteborg


Awarded 1st place in OzCHI 24-Hour Student Design Challenge


Award for Design Excellence from UVa Faculty of Architecture


Award for Public Service to the School, the University & the Community from UVa


Member of University of Virginia’s The Raven Society