David Kirsh is a researcher in the area of Cognitive Science. He is currently a Professor and Department Chair at UC San Diego, where he heads the Interactive Cognitive Lab. He received his BA from the University of Toronto and his PhD from Oxford University. Prior to arriving at UCSD, he spent 5 years as a research scientist at the Artificial Intelligence Lab at MIT.
His research interests include interactive design, collaborative environments, cognitive aspects of multimedia design, information architecture, attention management and human computer interaction.
- Metacognition, Distributed Cognition and Visual Design
- The Context of Work, Human computer Interaction, 2001 Vol 16(2-4), pp. 305-322
- Implicit and Explicit Representation , Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science, 2003
- A Few Thoughts on Cognitive Overload, Intellectica, 2000 pp 19-51
- Distributed Cognition, Coordination and Environment Design, Proceedings of the European conference on Cognitive Science. 1999 pp 1-11.
- Adapting the Environment instead of Oneself. Adaptive Behavior 4(3-4):415-452, 1996
- Complementary strategies: Why we use our hands when we think. In Johanna D. Moore and Jill Fain Lehman (Eds.) Proceedings of the Seventheenth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Pp. 212-217. 1995.
- The Intelligent Use of Space. Artificial Intelligence, Vol. 73, Number 1-2, pp. 31-68, (1995).
- On Distinguishing Epistemic from Pragmatic Actions. (written with P. Maglio). Cognitive Science. (1995).
- Today the Earwig Tomorrow Man? Artificial Intelligence. (1991).
- When is Information Explicitly Represented? The Vancouver Studies in Cognitive Science. (1990) pp. 340-365.
Recently Professor Kirsh has taught the following courses:
- Cognitive Science 25: Intro to Web Programming
- Cognitive Science 87: Designing Digital Environments
- Cognitive Science 187A: Cognitive Aspects of Multimedia Design
- Cognitive Science 187B: Cognitive Aspects of Multimedia Design, Projects
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