Professor Kirsten Cater

kirsten cater

Academic Director of the multi-award-winning Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol

Professor Kirsten Cater is the Academic Director of the multi-award-winning Centre for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at the University of Bristol offering students the opportunity to combine their in-depth study of a core subject discipline alongside innovation and entrepreneurship education to equip graduates with critical skills required for an ever changing workplace. She is a Computer Science Professor specialising in Human Computer Interaction, designing elegant solutions for enhancing people’s experiences and interactions in areas including virtual reality, augmented reality, location based services, gamification and tangible user interfaces. 

She is currently Principal Investigator on the Virtual Realities: Immersive Documentary Encounters research project, funded by the UK EPSRC, which is examining the production and user experience of non-fiction Virtual Reality content. Through a process of investigation, dialogue, and shared findings, researchers from human-computer interaction (University of Bristol), psychology (University of Bath) and documentary studies (UWE Bristol) are working alongside internationally recognised creative industry collaborators to support the development of this new production sector, keeping the interests of audience and subjects to the fore.

She is also one of three co-directors of the Pervasive Media Studio, a unique research space with a resident community of over 150 artists, creative companies, technologists and researchers working at the intersections of creativity, technology and culture.