Matthew Kay

I am a Ph.D. candidate in human–computer interaction at UW CSE.

I study the design of user-facing uncertainty in everyday systems.

We are increasingly exposed to sensing and prediction in our daily lives (“how many steps did I take today?”, “how long until my bus shows up?”, “how much do I weigh?”). Uncertainty is both inherent to these systems and usually poorly communicated. To build understandable data presentations, we must study how people interpret their data and what goals they have for it. This informs the way that we should communicate results from our models, which in turn determines what models we must use in the first place. I work across this stack, from understanding people, to designing visualizations, to modelling: human−computer interaction, information visualization, and computer science.

Selected publications

See my C.V. for a complete listing.

  1. Beyond Weber’s Law: A second look at ranking visualizations of correlation

    Matthew Kay and Jeffrey Heer

  2. Unequal representation and gender stereotypes in image search results for occupations

    Matthew Kay, Cynthia Matuszek, and Sean Munson

  3. How good is 85%? A survey tool to connect classifier evaluation to acceptability of accuracy

    Matthew Kay, Shwetak N. Patel, and Julie A. Kientz

  4. Challenges in personal health tracking: The data isn’t enough

    Matthew Kay

  5. There’s no such thing as gaining a pound: Reconsidering the bathroom scale user interface

    Matthew Kay, Dan Morris, mc schraefel, and Julie A. Kientz

    • Ubicomp 2013
    • Best paper award (top 1%)
    • PDF
    • BibTeX
  6. PVT-Touch: Adapting a reaction time test for touchscreen devices

    Matthew Kay, Kyle Rector, Sunny Consolvo, Ben Greenstein, Jacob O. Wobbrock, Nathaniel F. Watson, and Julie A. Kientz

  7. Lullaby: A capture & access system for understanding the sleep environment

    Matthew Kay, Eun Kyoung Choe, Jesse Shepherd, Benjamin Greenstein, Nathaniel Watson, Sunny Consolvo, and Julie A. Kientz

    • Ubicomp 2012
    • Best paper award (top 1%)
    • PDF
    • BibTeX
  8. Textured agreements: Re-envisioning electronic consent

    Matthew Kay and Michael Terry

  9. Communicating software agreement content using narrative pictograms

    Matthew Kay and Michael Terry

  10. Perceptions and practices of usability in the Free/Open Source Software (FOSS) community

    Michael Terry, Matthew Kay, and Ben Lafreniere

  11. Ingimp: Introducing instrumentation to an end-user open source application

    Michael Terry, Matthew Kay, Brad Van Vugt, Brandon Slack, and Terry Park