David Sirkin is a Research Associate at Stanford University's Center for Design Research, where he focuses on design methodology, as well as the design of physical interactions between humans and robots, and autonomous vehicles and their interfaces. He is also a Lecturer in Electrical Engineering, where he teaches interactive device design. David frequently collaborates with, and consults for, local Silicon Valley and global technology companies including Siemens, SAP and Microsoft Research. He grew up in Florida, near the Everglades, and in Maine, near the lobsters.


  • Gina D Venolia, George G Robertson, John C Tang, David M Sirkin, Bongshin Lee. "United States Patent 8520052, 9270936 Functionality for indicating direction of attention", Microsoft Research, Aug 27, 2013

All Publications

  • Robots need humans in the loop to improve the hopefulness of disaster survivors Proceedings of the 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication Dole, L., Sirkin, D., Murphy, R., Nass, C. 2015
  • Displayed uncertainty improves driving experience and behavior: The case of range anxiety in an electric car Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Jung, M., Sirkin, D., Gür, T., Steinert, M. 2015

    View details for DOI 10.1145/2702123.2702479

  • Mechanical ottoman: How robotic furniture offers and withdraws support Proceedings of the 10th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Sirkin, D., Mok, B., Yang, S., Wendy 2015

    View details for DOI 10.1145/2696454.2696461

  • Using embodied design improvisation as a design research tool Proceedings of the International Conference on Human Behavior in Design Sirkin, D., Ju, W. 2014
  • Press play: A course in interactive device design Proceedings of the 2014 ASEE Annual Conference Sirkin, D., Ju, W. 2014
  • Consistency in physical and on-screen action improves perceptions of telepresence robots Proceedings of the 7th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction Sirkin, D., Ju, W. 2012

    View details for DOI 10.1145/2157689.2157699

  • Motion and attention in a kinetic videoconferencing proxy Proceedings of the 13th IFIP TC13 Conference on Human-Computer Interaction Sirkin, D., Venolia, G., Tang, J., Robertson, G., Kim, T., Inkpen, K., Sedlins, M., Lee, B., Sinclair, M. 2011
  • Animate objects: How physical motion encourages public interaction Proceedings of the 5th International Conference on Persuasive Technology Ju, W., Sirkin, D. 2010
  • Lowering barriers to distributed design research collaboration Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Engineering Design Sirkin, D., Sonalkar, N., Jung, M., Leifer, L. 2009