Ruth Stalker-Firth, PhD (EPFL), lecturer & writer; loves to talk about human-computer interaction, storytelling, & bikram; fascinated by how people use technology & vice-versa.

Hi, my name is Ruth and I have been blogging here since 2007. I specialise in human-computer interaction and believe that technology is pure magic when people are at the centre of its application.


I have built computers and written software for use on bridges, in chemical engineering plants, steel rolling mills, exhibition centres and architectural firms. I’ve worked on websites, kiosks, apps, mobile phones – in the lab, in offices and anywhere else people needs this tech. My goal has always been to make data more manageable, support people, and reduce the gap in between.


I have degrees in computing, artificial intelligence, and structural engineering; and postgraduate diplomas in journalism, teaching, and virtual reality.


I have taught human-computer interaction, cognitive science, biometrics, IT security, java, databases, ux, and web design at BSc and MSc level; and have provided consultancy to companies as big as the BBC and as small as sole traders who want to make the most of this digital landscape in which we work and live.

What am I doing now?