Curriculum Vitae

Education

2022 (expected)

PhD Student in Interaction Design | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | Stockholm, Sweden
As part of a five year PhD (80% research, 20% teaching), I’m investigating Implicit Interaction by way of Research through Design. Supervised by Ylva Fernaeus (KTH), Barry Brown (SU), Anna Ståhl (RISE), and Alex Olwal (Google).
On parental leave from May 2019 through February 2020.

2014

MFA in Interaction Design | Umeå Institute of Design | Umeå, Sweden
My thesis The Family Circuit: A New Narrative of Domesticity 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?”

2007

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

Practice

Mar 2015 – Dec 2016

Senior Interaction & Service Designer | Zebra Technologies | London, UK
An enterprise IoT company that builds tracking technology and solutions. Service Design Lead for Transportation & Logistic co-creation projects, ethnographic and user research across enterprise and consumer industries within UK and USA, and User Experience Designer for cross-platform interfaces. Led internal cross-disciplinary workshops on future product development and strategy, and co-managed a Service Design Intern.

May 2007 – Dec 2013

Interaction Designer & Front End Developer | Self-employed | Washington, DC
Full-time freelancer responsible for the full lifecycle from contract to concept to deployment. Deliverables included user flows, wireframes, visual designs, motion graphics, and complete interactive solutions. Worked with HTML5/CSS3, object-oriented JavaScript, and various APIs to develop custom WordPress themes and hosted eCommerce sites.

Jan 2011 – June 2013

Interaction Designer & Front End Developer | The John F. Kennedy Center | Washington, DC
The United States’ busiest performing arts facility. Worked part-time in-house in an agile environment. Lead user experience designer and front-end developer of the Center’s first mobile website, and lead developer and information architect for lobby directional and educational interfaces.

Aug 2007 – Dec 2007

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

May 2007 – Dec 2007

Digital Information Designer | The Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities | Charlottesville, VA
University of Virginia research unit developing information technology as a tool for scholarly humanities research. Roles included user research, information architecture, and web design and development.

Publications

Conference Papers

ForthcomingKarey Helms, Pedro Ferreira, Barry Brown, Airi Lampinen. 2019. Away and (Dis)connection: Reconsidering the Use of Digital Technologies in Light of Long-term Outdoor Activities. ACM International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP 2020), Sanibel Island, Florida, USA.

Forthcoming – Pedro Ferreira, Karey Helms, Barry Brown, Airi Lampinen. 2019. From Nomadic Work to Nomadic Leisure Practice: A Study of Long-term Bike Touring. ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW 2019), Austin, Texas, USA.

Karey Helms. 2019. Do You Have to Pee? A Design Space for Intimate and Somatic Data. ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2019), San Diego, California, USA. (Best Paper Honorable Mention Award, top 2% of submissions)

Karey Helms, Ylva Fernaeus. 2018. Humor in Design Fiction to Suspend Disbelief and Belief. ACM Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI 2018), Oslo, Norway.

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), Stanford, California, USA.

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), Stanford, California, USA.

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

Workshops Organized

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.

Workshop 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.

Awards

2019

DIS Best Paper Honorable Mention Award (top 2% of submissions), “Do you have to pee? A Design Space for Intimate and Somatic Data”, DIS’19

2012

OzCHI 1st Place Student Design Challenge Award, “UsTime”, OzCHI’12

2007

Award for Design Excellence from the University of Virginia Faculty of Architecture

2007

Award for Public Service to the School, the University and the Community from the University of Virginia

2007

Member of The Raven Society at the University of Virginia (oldest and most prestigious honorary society)

Teaching

MSc Thesis Supervision (selection)

Designing for and with Care in Multispecies Kinship: Exploring Methods of Decentering the Human in Design | Patricia Ciobanu | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2019
Strategies for reducing the perception of complexity in a GIS interface | Claudia Zelazowska | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2019
A GDPR Compliant Address Infrastructure Mobile Application for Ugandan and Rwandan Users| Lina Modin Larsson | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018
Key Tension Points and Design Guidelines for GDPR Compliance: Designing for a News Service Application | Melis Burt Kut | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018

Teaching Assistant

Advanced Project Course (DM2799) | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018
Interaction Design as a Reflective Practice (DH2629) | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2017
Media Technology and Interaction Design (DM2601) | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018
Human Perception for Information Technology (DM2350) | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2017, 2018
Human-Computer Interaction Introductory Course (DH1620) | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018, 2019
CAAD 3d Modeling & Visualization (ARCH 541) | University of Virginia | 2006
Lessons of the Lawn (ARCH 101) | University of Virginia | 2006

Guest Lecturer

Design Fiction | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018, 2019
Implicit Interactions | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018, 2019
Industry Experiences as an Interaction Designer | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018
Agile User Experience | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2018
Service Design | Umeå Institute of Design | 2014

Talks

2018

“Humorous Fictions and Taboo Frictions” | Umeå Institute of Design | Umeå, Sweden

2017

“Internet of Everything. But what is everything?” | Internetdagarna 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden

2017

“Implicit Interactions: Implied, Intangible and Intelligent” | EuroIA 2017 | Stockholm, Sweden

2016

“Insights in Self-centered Design” | Interact London 2016 | London, UK

2016

“Implicit Interaction” | Interaction Design Association (IxDA) London | London, UK

2016

“Making the Invisible Physical” | World IA Day 2016 | Bristol, UK

Service

Conference Organizer

Associate Chair Pictorials | Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) | 2018, 2019
Web Chair | Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction (TEI) | 2018

Conference Reviewer

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) | 2018 – 2019
Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) | 2017 – 2019
Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI) | 2018

Local Organizer

Humanising AI | Stockholm, Sweden | 2018
Interaction Design Association London (IxDA) | London, UK | 2015 – 2016

Student Volunteer

Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI) | 2018
Design Research Society Conference (DRS) | 2014

Student Representative

PhD Student Council | KTH Royal Institute of Technology | 2017 – 2019
Design School Student Council | Umeå Institute of Design | 2013 – 2014
School of Architecture Tour Guide for Prospective Students | University of Virginia | 2004 – 2007
School of Architecture Student President | University of Virginia | 2006 – 2007
School of Architecture Student Senate | University of Virginia | 2006 – 2007
Lawn Selection Committee Chair | University of Virginia | 2006 – 2007