David Kirsh

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David Kirsh.

David Kirsh (born 1950) is a Canadian cognitive scientist, and Professor at University of California, San Diego (UCSD), where he heads the Interactive Cognition Lab.[1]


He received his BA from the University of Toronto in 1976 and his D.Phil. from the University of Oxford[2] in 1983 with the thesis Representation and rationality: foundations of cognitive science. At Oxford he studied under A.J. Ayer and Gareth Evans.

Prior to arriving at UCSD, he spent five years as a research scientist at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Laboratory from 1984 to 1989. Since 1989, he has been on faculty at the Department of Cognitive Science at University of California, San Diego (UCSD). Since 1989, he has also been director of the Interactive Cognition Lab.

His research interests include interactive design, collaborative environments, cognitive aspects of multimedia design, information architecture, attention management and human-computer interaction.


Kirsh published several books and articles. A selection:

  • 1983. Representation and rationality : foundations of cognitive science. Thesis D.Phil. University of Oxford
  • 1992. Foundations of artificial intelligence. Edited by David Kirsh Cambridge, Mass ; London : MIT Press.
  • 2003. Proceedings of the Twenty-Fifth Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society : July 30-August 2, 2003, Park Plaza Hotel, Boston, Massachusetts, USA. edited by Richard Alterman and David Kirsh. Cognitive Science Society (U.S.). Conference (25th : 2003 : Boston, Mass.)
Articles, a selection


Recently Professor Kirsh has taught such courses as:


  1. ^ Interactive Cognition Lab
  2. ^ "David Kirsh". Retrieved 2007-09-24. 

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