Hello! I'm Kim Sauvé (she/her)

I'm a Research Associate in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Bath. My doctoral research focused on exploring how the physical characteristics and contextual elements of physicalizations influence individuals’ perception and interaction with tangible information. I specialize in Research Through Design, applying design practice and developing interactive research prototypes to generate novel insights for human-data interaction. My overarching research goal is to design tangible data experiences that seamlessly integrate into people’s daily lives. These experiences aim to transform raw data into meaningful information, fostering reflection, facilitating discussion, and informing decision-making processes.

Research experience

March 2023 - Present

Associate Researcher, University of Bath, UK

Research on the ERC FORCE-UI project.

February - April 2022

Research intern, Inria Bordeaux, France

Research on the design of participatory physicalizations.
Advisors: Dr. Yvonne Jansen, Dr. Pierre Dragicevic

November 2020

TEI2021 WIP committee member

2019 - Present

Reviewer for a range of HCI conferences

ISS 2022, CHI 2022, TEI 2022, CHI 2021 LBW, DIS 2021, MobileHCI 2021, TEI 2021, DIS 2020, NordiCHI 2020, TEI 2020

September - November 2017

Research intern, Lancaster University, UK

Research on the physical visualization of dietary choice and climate impact as part of the Master thesis.
Supervisor: Dr. Steven Houben

September - November 2016

Research intern, University College London Interaction Center, UK

Research on the physical visualization of activity tracking data.
Supervisors: Dr. Steven Houben, Dr. Nicolai Marquardt


January 2019 - March 2023

PhD Human Computer Interaction

Lancaster University, UK
Supervisor: Dr. Steven Houben

February 2016 - June 2018

MSc. Industrial Design, Distinction

Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
Supervisors: Dr. Ir. Saskia Bakker, Dr. Steven Houben

September 2011 - January 2016

BSc. Industrial Design

Eindhoven University of Technology, NL
Supervisor: Dr. Ir. Saskia Bakker

Teaching experience

September 2021 - February 2022

Co-supervision of master project on physicalization and sustainability

Britt Stegers, Eindhoven University of Technology, NL

October - December 2021

SCC.402: Innovations in Interactive Computing

Postgraduate module, Lancaster University, UK

October - December 2020

SCC.202: Human-Computer Interaction

Undergraduate module, Lancaster University, UK

October 2019 - February 2020

Associate Teaching Program

Lancaser University, UK

October - December 2019

SCC.402: Innovations in Interactive Computing

Postgraduate module, Lancaster University, UK

October - November 2019

SCC.202: Human-Computer Interaction

Undergraduate module, Lancaster University, UK

May - June 2017

Training on Education, Didactics and Pedagogy

Fontys higher education, NL

June - July 2017

Voluntary after-school teaching of primary school pupils with technology-based projects

Eindhoven Vakcollege, NL

2009 - 2016

Personal tutor of high school subjects

Mathematics A and B, Chemistry, Physics, Dutch, English, German and French

International experience

August - June 2017

Tsinghua-Santander World Challenges of 21st Century, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China

Our team was one of the 11 finalists from over the globe for an international interdisciplinary innovation competition and we were invited for a 10-day workshop to turn our idea Food for Thought into reality, which aims at making people aware of their carbon footprint by visualizing the distance their groceries have to travel and the level of carbon dioxide the production creates.

June 2017

Demonstrator DIS 2017 Conference, Edinburgh, UK

At the Conference on Designing Interactive Systems I demonstrated the work on LOOP, a physical artifact visualizing personal activity data to facilitate seamless interaction with data in everyday life. During the conference the paper received the DIS Best Demo Award.

November 2015

International Workshop ‘Design for Social Interaction in Public Spaces’, Shanghai, China

I went together with 9 other Dutch students to Shanghai to participate in a two-week workshop ‘Affection’, which focused on designing interactive public installations for social interaction, inspired by elements and techniques from performance arts.

July 2015

BENQ Future Light International Design Workshop, NTUST, Taipei, Taiwan

I was an invited participant for a 9-day product design workshop on the future of BENQ products.