Recognition & Impact


Mobile Experiences for Tourism Project: ($106,000)
New York State Council on the Arts Grant, 2013 Regional Economic Development Council, ($53,000), with matching funds from Rochester Institute of Technology ($48,000) and VisitRochester ($5,000) – 12.2012

Student Conference Funding CHI Paris 2013: ($3,000)
Aided to secure funding from the College of Liberal Arts (COLA) Department to send for three students to present our research in Paris, France, CHI 2013. – 5.2013

Brick City Tours: Evaluating Mobile Experiences Before, During and After Campus Visits: ($5,000)
Vice President of Research Seed Funding Grant: Rochester Institute of Technology – 2.2013


Semi-Finalist: Finger Lakes Regional Business Plan Competition: TourBuilder.
Venture Creations Accelerator Startup Business: Rochester Institute of Technology – 3.2013

Winner: Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award in the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology: International Consumer Electronics Association (CEA). KODAK PULSE Digital Frame. 1.2011.

Ph.D. Borsa di Studio (three year Ph.D. student stipend with tuition remission) 
Full Ph.D. Scholarship, Università degli Studi di Firenze, Italy – 1.2004 to 4.2007.

AIGA 2003 Loop Archives: Interactive website “Andrei Tarkovsky
American Institute of Graphic Arts (AIGA), top 15 American interactive websites 2003 – 11.2002.

Top Interactive Portfolio: Temple University Senior Design Review 2002
Temple University, Tyler School of Art – 5.2002.


KODAK Pulse Digital Frame and Website
KODAK Playtouch Digital Video Camera
KODAK EASYSHARE Z981 Digital Camera
KODAK EASYSHARE Wireless Camera M750


Forming a multimedia product using video chat
United States US Patent US 9,247,306 – Issued January 26, 2016

Imaging Device providing caption location guidance
United States US Patent US 8,675,112 – Issued March 18, 2014

Guidance for image capture at different locations
United States US Patent US 8,405,740 – Issued March 26, 2013

See Full List of Patents Pending


Journal Paper
O’Keefe, B., Benyon, D. (2016). Using the Blended Spaces Framework to design Heritage Stories with Schoolchildren. International Journal of Child-Computer Interaction. – in Press.

Benyon, D., Quigley, A., O’Keefe, B., & Riva, G. (2013). Presence and Digital Tourism. (pp.1-9). AI & Society, 10(1007). doi:10.1007/s00146-013-0493-8

Book Chapter
O’Keefe, B. (2010). Dyslexic Visualizations in Practice: Strengths and Forgotten Frustrations. In Neil Alexander-Passe (Ed.), Dyslexia and Creativity, Investigations from Differing Perspectives (pp. 89-106). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers, Inc.

Peer-Reviewed Full and Short Conference Papers
O’Keefe, B., Benyon, D., Chandwani, G., Menon, M. & Duke II, R. (2014). A Blended Space for Heritage Storytelling. In Proceedings of the 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: Sand, Sea & Holiday HCI. (Article 45, 10 pages). Southport, UK, BCS-HCI 14.

Buldys, M., & O’Keefe, B. (2013). Theory into practice: Designing for presence in blended tourism experiences. 104th Annual Eastern Communication Association Convention “Confluence” (pp. 24-28). PA: CTIG 13.

Mokey, S., Nalbandian, A., & O’Keefe, B. (2013). Location as Interaction: Exploring Blended Spaces in the Global Village. In Proceedings of the 27th International British Computer Society Human Computer Interaction Conference: The Internet of things. (Article 52, 5 pages). Swinton, UK, BCS-HCI 13.

Nystrom, D., Reichenbach, M., Nalbandian, A., & O’Keefe, B. (2012). Exercise to Socialize: Improving Peer Relationships in the Fitness Center. Games Innovation Conference (IGIC), 2012 IEEE International. (pp. 40-45). Rochester, NY: IEEE.

O’Keefe, B. (2008). Dyslexia as a resource for design. In Proceedings of the Third IASTED international Conference on Human Computer interaction (pp. 156-163). D. Cunliffe, Ed. Anaheim, CA: ACTA Press.

Work-in-Progress, Workshop and Demo Papers
O’Keefe, B., Slutsky, B., Iuliucci, N., Nalbandian, A., Thanedar, A., Mokey, S., & Mival, O. (2013). Mobile Experiences for Tourism: Brick City Tours. CHI 2013 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1413-1418). Paris, France: ACM Press. {acceptance rate = 32%}

O’Keefe, B., David, B., Mival, O. (2013). A Blended Space for Tourism: Genesee Country Village & Museum. Blend13 Workshop. Paris, France: CHI 2013.

Benyon, D., O’Keefe, B., Mival, O. (2008). Human-Centered Design of Interactive Service. Human Centered Computing and Service Design Workshop. Liverpool, England: BCS-HCI 08.

Mival, O., O’Keefe, B., Bradley, J., Roa-Seiler, N. & Benyon, D. (2008). PHOTOPAL: Companionship, Sharing and the Digital Echo. Collocated Social Practices Surrounding Photos Workshop. Florence, Italy: CHI 2008.

O’Keefe, B., Mival, O., Bradley, J & Benyon, D. (2008). Demonstrating Conversational Companions. NordiCHI Interactive Demos. Lund, Sweden: NordiCHI 2008


“Truancy,” Designing Blended Spaces with Schoolchildren at Heritage Locations: Mumford, NY. 5.2014.

“Mystery of the Missing Child,” NYSCA Mobile Experiences for Tourism Project: Mumford, NY. 12.2013.

“Pioneer Explorations,” NYSCA Mobile Experiences for Tourism Project: Mumford, NY, 9.2013

“Global Village Prototype,” Proof-of-Concept, Mobile Experiences for Tourism: Rochester, NY. 4.2012.

“Passport,” National Parks Proof-of-Concept App, Mobile Experiences for Tourism: 11.2011, NY, USA.

“Kodachrome Digital Products,” Kodak Research Labs, 11.2011, Rochester, NY, USA.

Guidance for image capture at different locations,” Kodak Research Labs, 11. 2010, Rochester, NY, USA.

“The Reminiscer,” Future Emerging Technologies Conference, FET 2009 Exhibition; 5.2009, Prague, CZ.

“PhotoPal: Demonstrating Conversational Companions,” NordiCHI 2008 Demos; Lund, Sweden, 10.2008.

“Università degli Studi Siena Interactive Museum,” Museum Installation, 10.2003, Siena, Italia.


Providing an authentic traveler experience?” Invited Panelist RU Smart Session. 2015 New York State Tourism Conference, New York State Tourism Industry Association, Albany, NY, USA: 4.2015.

Principles of Graphic & User Centered Design” Invited Speaker. Seton Hill University, Department of Fine Arts & Graphic Design, Greensburg, PA, USA: 3.2015.

Designing Interactive Systems” Invited Speaker. University of Massachusetts, Department of Fine Arts, Lowell, MA, USA: 3.2015.

Five Principles of UX Design and Development” Invited Speaker. Ithaca Collage Communications Department, Ithaca, NY, USA: 12.2014.

Blended Interactions and Mixed Reality” Invited Speaker. Western New York Chapter of Human Factors Ergonomics Society Presentation Series, Rochester, NY, USA: 5.2014.

Wizard of Oz Prototyping,” Guest Lecturer, Interactive Gaming and Prototyping. Westphal College of Media Arts and Design, Drexel University, Philadelphia, PA, USA: 4.2014.

Designing Blended Spaces,” Guest Lecturer, Principles of Human Computer Interaction. Computer Science Department, University of Rochester, Rochester, NY, USA: 3.2014.

Designing Blended Spaces,” Guest Lecturer, User-Centered Design. Information Sciences Department, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA: 3.2013.

Concept to Prototype: A Design Overview of the Prototyping Process,” Guest Lecturer, Interactive Prototyping. Information Sciences Department, Rochester Institute of Technology, Rochester, NY, USA: 3.2013.

Wizard of Oz Prototyping,” Invited Speaker. Rochester Tech Startups: Rochester, NY, USA: 1.2012.

COMPANIONS: Conversational Interfaces to the Internet,” Invited Speaker. Kodak Research Labs, Digital Technologies Forum, Eastman Kodak Company, Rochester, NY, USA: 2.2010.

“Multimedia Design with AS3,” Guest Lecturer. School of Computing, Edinburgh Napier University, Scotland, UK: 3.2009.

Design By Lifestyles,” Guest Speaker. Irish HCI Conference; Cork, Ireland: 9.2008.

Dyslexia as a Resource for Design,” Invited Speaker. GIST, Glasgow University, UK: 3.2008.

Design By Lifestyles,” Workshop Chair and Invited Speaker, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art & Design, Dundee University, UK: 2.2008.

“Dyslexia as a Resource for Design,” Invited Speaker. Centre for Interaction Design, Edinburgh Napier University, UK: 11.2007.

“Dyslexia as a Resource for Design,” Invited Speaker. Computer Science, University or Aarhus, Aarhus, Denmark: 9.2006.

“Multimedia Art and Design as Exam Deliverables,” Invited Speaker. Tyler School of Art, Digital Media Art Program, Temple University Japan, Tokyo, Japan: 5.2005


Bureau, S. (2013, May 20). RIT enhances the tourism experience with mobile innovations. Retrieved from RIT University News:

Students Creating Mobile Experiences, Faculty Regognition @ RIT (n.d.). Retrieved from The Wallace Center Teaching and Learning Services:

Moffatt, K. (2013 July 4). Older-Adult HCI: Why Should We Care?. Retreieved from Interactions Magazine:

Professor Brian O’Keefe Enhances the Tourism Experience. (2013, May 30). Retrieved from RIT GCCIS IST Department News:

Savov, V. (2011 January 4). Kodak adds Quick Comment option, activity sensor to refreshed Pulse digiframe. Retrieved from Engaget:

Kodak Pulse Digital Frame Goes Social, Innovations 2011 Design and Engineering Award in the Eco-Design and Sustainable Technology. (2011 January 4). Retrieved from Kodak News Releases: