Prof. David Kirsh

David Kirsh
Primarily Scientist
PhD, Ph.D

Univ California, San Diego    La Jolla, CA, USA

Brief Bio

Dept. of Cognitive Science, University of California San Diego

Member from Aug 2022
Member Type
Aug 2022 - Aug 2023
ANFA Position
Board of Directors
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Research interests
  • Acoustics / Sound
  • Embodied and Enactive Cognition
  • Experience Design
  • Interactivity
  • Multisensory Interaction
  • Navigation / Wayfinding
  • Quantified Buildings
  • Space
  • VR / Metaverse
  • Very Large Structures
  • Vision
Elaboration of interests

David Kirsh is Professor & past chair at the Cognitive Science Dept, UCSD. From 2017-19 he was Leverhulme Visiting Professor at The Bartlett School of Architecture Univ College London where he continues part-time. He is currently President of ANFA. He received a D. Phil. From Oxford Univ in Philosophy & Cognitive Science, did post-doctoral work in Artificial Intelligence at MIT (AI Lab), and held Research or Visiting Professor positions at: MIT - Comp Sci, Stanford Univ - Grad School of Education, Comp Sci, Music upcoming, Univ College London - Comp Sci, Architecture, Paris Univ - Sociology, Comp Sci, Adjunct Prof in Dance at Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, London. He has written extensively on situated cognition, especially on how the environment can be shaped to simplify and extend cognition, including how we intelligently use space, and how we use external representations as an interactive tool for thought. He runs the Interactive Cognition Lab at UCSD where the focus is on the way humans are closely coupled to the outside world, and how human environments have been adapted to enable us cope with the complexity of everyday life. Some recent projects focus on ways humans use their bodies as things to think with, specifically in dance making, how thought unfolds in many modalities, and how new media tools are reshaping thought, especially in the different stages of design. He is currently working on a new theory of interaction and visual reasoning.