Dr Kirsten Cater is a Senior Lecturer in Computer Science at the University of Bristol specialising in Human Computer Interaction and Tangible User Interfaces. Her main interests focus 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 technology.

The areas that her research currently touches include: gamification; data collection through crowdsourcing; innovative interactions with big and open data; location based experiences; and novel tangible user interfaces. This work includes the use of resonance to trigger content, in particular to capture memories about objects for residents in care home settings through the Tangible Memories project. Her emerging research profile complements and strengthens the activities of the Bristol Interaction Research Group and the Pervasive Media Studio. She is currently co-director of the studio overseeing the University of Bristol's partnership. Her research and public engagement work in primary and secondary schools, as well as community centres and care homes, have been very popular with the media getting press coverage in both local and national newspapers and radio, as well as a BBC TV news-item and a documentary for South Korea.