Researchers at UCD


David Coyle


School Of Computer Science & Informatics
Science Centre - East
Dublin 4

Tel: +353 1 7162818


I am a Lecturer in Computer Science with the School of Computer Science and Informatics. My research and teaching focus on Human Computer Interaction, with a focus on healthcare technologies and the application of cognitive neuroscience in system design and understanding. 
Prior to joining UCD I was a Lecturer and Senior Lecturer in Human Computer Interaction with the Bristol Interaction and Graphics group at the University of Bristol. Broadly speaking, Human Computer interaction is a discipline dedicated to research and education in topics related to computer technology in support of human activity and society. I am particularly interested in the design of health care technologies.

Prior to Bristol I was a Marie Curie post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Cambridge. I was based jointly with the Computer Laboratory and the Behavioural and Clinical Neuroscience Institute. My research focused on the application of neuro-cognitive methods to provide a more in-depth understanding of human computer interactions. More specifically, I investigated peoples¿ experience of agency while interacting with intelligent computer interfaces and on-body technologies. Ultimately I believe this research has applications both in Human Computer Interaction and in understanding the difficulties faced by people suffering from unusual and disabling perceptual experiences. 

Much of my prior research has focused on the design of technology to support mental health interventions. From September 2007 to November 2009 I was a post-doctoral research fellow at Trinity College Dublin. I was the Lead Interaction Designer on the Technology Enhanced Therapy project. We developed a software platform called SilverCloud. IP from the SilverCloud system provided the basis for a spin out company called SilverCloud Health Ltd. In May 2012 this company was named ¿Most Investable Business in Ireland¿ at the Irish Software Association Software Investment Forum. Customers include a cross section of private and public healthcare providers in the US, Ireland, UK and Europe, and include the largest health insurance company in the US.

My PhD, also at Trinity College Dublin, focused on the design of computer systems to support clinical interventions for adolescents experiencing medium to severe mental health difficulties. I developed a framework that supported the rapid creation of therapeutic computer games. Using the framework, and worked collaboratively with mental health researchers and practitioners, I developed a series of games for use in face-to-face interventions.




Peer Reviewed Journals

Limerick, H.; Coyle, D.; Moore, J.W.; (2014) 'The experience of agency in human-computer interactions: a review'. Frontiers in Human Neuroscience, 8 (643). [DOI] [Details]
Knowles SE; Toms G; Sanders C; Bee P; Lovell K; Rennick-Egglestone S; Coyle D; Kennedy CM; Littlewood E; Kessler D; Gilbody S; Bower P (2014) 'Qualitative Meta-Synthesis of User Experience of Computerised Therapy for Depression and Anxiety'. PLoS ONE, e84323 . [DOI] [Details]
Doherty, G; Coyle, D; Matthews, M. (2010) 'Design and evaluation guidelines for mental health technologies'. Interacting With Computers, 22 (4):243-252. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Coyle, D; Doherty, G; Sharry, J (2009) 'An Evaluation of a Solution Focused Computer Game in Adolescent Interventions. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry'. Clinical Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 14 (3):345-360. Available Online [DOI] [Details]
Coyle, D., Doherty, G., Matthews, M., Sharry, J. (2007) 'Computers in Talk-Based Mental Health Interventions'. Interacting with Computers, 19 (4):545-62. Available Online [Details]
Coyle, D; Matthews, M; Sharry, J; Nisbet, A; Doherty, G (2005) 'Personal Investigator: A Therapeutic 3D Game for Adolescent Psychotherapy'. Interactive Technology and Smart Education, 2 (2):73-88. [Details]

Conference Publications

Burrows, A; Noyes, J; Gooberman-Hill, R; Coyle, D (2015) Investigating contexts of use for the development of domestic healthcare technology: an ethnographic study International Conference on Information and Communication Technologies and Development [Details]
Berthaut, F; Coyle, D; Moore, J; Limerick, H (2015) Liveness Through the Lens of Agency and Causality New Interfaces for Musical Expression Available Online [Details]
Clare, LR; Worgan, P; Stark, B; Coyle, D. (2015) Influence of Exposure Guidelines on the Design of On-Body Inductive Power Transfer IEEE Wireless Power Transfer Boulder, Colorado, [Details]
Worgan, P; Clare, L; Stark, BH; Proynov, P; Coyle, D (2015) Inductive Power Transfer for On-body Sensors. Defining a design space for safe, wirelessly powered on-body health sensors Pervasive Health Istanbul, Turkey, , 20-MAY-15 - 23-MAY-15 [Details]
Krusteva, D; Sahoo, D; Marzo, A.; Subramanian, S; Coyle, D (2015) Marionette: a Multi-Finger Tilt Feedback Device for Curvatures and Haptic Images Perception ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Seoul, South Korea, [DOI] [Details]
Limerick, H; Moore, J; Coyle, D (2015) Empirical Evidence for a Diminished Sense of Agency in Speech Interfaces ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Seoul, South Korea, , 20-APR-15 - 23-APR-15 Link to full text [Details]
Slovak, P; Wadley, G; Coyle, D; Thieme, A; Yamashita, N; Lederman, R; Schutt, S (2015) Developing Skills for Social and Emotional Wellbeing ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 20-APR-15 - 23-APR-15 Link to full text [Details]
Preist, Chris and Massung, Elaine and Coyle, David (2014) Competing or Aiming to Be Average?: Normification As a Means of Engaging Digital Volunteers ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work New York, NY, USA, , pp.1222-1233 Available Online [Details]
Vi, Chi Thanh and Jamil, Izdihar and Coyle, David and Subramanian, Sriram (2014) Error Related Negativity in Observing Interactive Tasks ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.3787-3796 Available Online [Details]
Wilson, Max L. and Chi, Ed H. and Reeves, Stuart and Coyle, David (2014) RepliCHI: The Workshop II ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.33-36 Available Online [Details]
Martinez Plasencia, Diego and Knibbe, Jarrod and Haslam, Andy D. and Latimer, Eddie James and Dennis, Barnaby and Lewis, Gareth J. and Whiteley, Matthew and Coyle, David (2014) ReflectoSlates: Personal Overlays for Tabletops Combining Camera-projector Systems and Retroreflective Materials ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.2071-2076 Available Online [Details]
Knibbe, Jarrod and Martinez Plasencia, Diego and Bainbridge, Christopher and Chan, Chee-Kin and Wu, Jiawei and Cable, Thomas and Munir, Hassan and Coyle, David (2014) Extending Interaction for Smart Watches: Enabling Bimanual Around Device Control ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.1891-1896 Available Online [Details]
Massung, Elaine and Coyle, David and Cater, Kirsten F. and Jay, Marc and Preist, Chris (2013) Using Crowdsourcing to Support Pro-environmental Community Activism ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.371-380 Available Online [Details]
Wilson, Max L. L. and Resnick, Paul and Coyle, David and Chi, Ed H. (2013) RepliCHI: The Workshop ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.3159-3162 Available Online [Details]
Coyle, David and Moore, James and Kristensson, Per Ola and Fletcher, Paul and Blackwell, Alan (2012) I Did That! Measuring Users' Experience of Agency in Their Own Actions ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.2025-2034 Available Online [Details]
Doherty, Gavin and Coyle, David and Sharry, John (2012) Engagement with Online Mental Health Interventions: An Exploratory Clinical Study of a Treatment for Depression ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.1421-1430 Available Online [Details]
Coyle, David and Linehan, Conor and Tang, Karen and Lindley, Sian (2012) Interaction Design and Emotional Wellbeing ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.2775-2778 Available Online [Details]
Thieme, Anja and Balaam, Madeline and Wallace, Jayne and Coyle, David and Lindley, Si\^an (2012) Designing Wellbeing ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference New York, NY, USA, , pp.789-790 Available Online [Details]
Coyle, D., McGlade, N., Doherty, G., O'Reilly, G.; (2011) Exploratory evaluations of a computer game supporting Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Adolescents ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems [DOI] [Details]
Coyle, David and Doherty, Gavin and Sharry, John (2010) PlayWrite: End-user Adaptable Games to Support Adolescent Mental Health ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems New York, NY, USA, , pp.3889-3894 Available Online [Details]
Coyle, D; Doherty, G (2009) Clinical evaluations and collaborative design: developing new technologies for mental healthcare interventions ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Boston, MA, USA, , pp.2051-2060 [DOI] [Details]
Coyle, David and Doherty, Gavin (2008) Towards Ontologies for Technology in Mental Health Interventions First International Workshop on Ontologies in Interactive Systems Washington, DC, USA, , pp.18-26 Available Online [Details]


Research Interests

I work mainly in Human Computer Interaction. The overall goal of my research is to design systems that help to address important societal challenges, in particular healthcare and sustainability.

My current work has a strong interdisciplinary focus, with several broad themes:
  • User Experience: I am developing new techniques to understand the experience of agency when interacting with novel technologies, including intelligent and on-body interfaces.
  • Health technologies: I have projects investigating the use of games and mobile devices in mental health interventions and lead the user-centred design activities in two large health technology projects, SPHERE and the IEU.
  • Crowdsourcing and information visualisation: Other projects are investigating crowdsourcing and visualisation to support environmental activism and safety critical navigational tasks.



Modules Coordinated

201400   COMP40630     Computer Science: Human Computer Interaction



External Collaborators

Over the past few years I have collaborated and published research with many people, including:
Hannah Limerick (University of Bristol)
James Moore (Goldsmiths, University of London) 
Chris Preist (University of Bristol)
Sriram Subramanian (University of Bristol)
Alan Blackwell (University of Cambridge) 
Per Ola Kristensson (University of Cambridge)
Gavin Doherty (Trinity College Dublin) 
Mark Matthews (Cornell)
Conor Linehan (University of Cork)
Anja Thieme (Newcastle University)
Alison Burrows (University of Bristol)
Rachel Gooberman-Hill (University of Bristol)