Professor David Frohlich

Director - Digital World Research Centre, Impact Officer - Department of Music & Media, Professor of Interaction Design
BA Hons, PhD



David Frohlich is Director of Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey and Professor of Interaction Design.

He joined the Centre in January 2005 to establish a new research agenda on new media innovation with social and cultural benefit. Current work includes a mixture of PhD and Research Council projects exploring digital storytelling, personal media collections and augmented paper ( Prior to joining Digital World, David worked for 14 years as a senior research scientist at HP Labs, conducting design research on the future of mobile, domestic and photographic technology.

He has contributed numerous studies and patents to the field of digital photography, as indicated in two recent books entitled 'From snapshots to social media: The changing picture of domestic photography' (2011 with Sarvas) and 'Fast design, slow innovation: Audiophotography ten years on' (2016).

David has a PhD in psychology from the University of Sheffield and post-doctoral training in Conversation Analysis from the University of York. He has also held visiting positions at the Royal College of Art, and the Universities of York, Manchester, Sydney (UTS) and Melbourne, and is founding editor of the international journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing.

Research collaborations

Visiting Fellowships

2002-2004 Helen Hamlyn Research Centre, Royal College of Art

2000-2003 Centre for Usable Home Technology, University of York

2010-Present Manchester Business School, University of Manchester

2013 Faculty of Design, Architecture and the Built Environment, University of Technology Sydney

Selected Exhibitions

  • Telecoms '99, Geneva. Audioprint player
  • Great expectations exhibition of the best of British design and innovation in Grand Central Station, New York, 14-28th October 2002. Audiopaperclip player built into a banqueting table.
  • Photokina 2000, Cologne. HP Photosmart cameras with sound
  • Helen Hamlyn End-of-Year Show, Royal College of Art, 7th-17th October 2003. Audiophoto desk.
  • HP European Press Conference 2004, Cos. Audiophoto desk
  • Microsoft interactivity exhibit, CHI 2008, Florence. Speculative photo displays, Photoswitch, Photomesa, Photoillume
  • Telling the StoryBank exhibit, British Science Association, Festival of Science 2009, University of Surrey. StoryBank system
  • London Design Festival, Victoria and Albert Museum, London. 17-23rd September 2011. Bespoke: Insight journalism as a catalyst for community engagement.
  • London Design Festival, Brompton Design District, 17-22nd September 2012. Interactive newsprint.
  • Unbox, New Delhi, India, 7-10th February 2013. Bespoke and Interactive Newsprint.
  • Selected Patents

  • Printing of image with related sound. Adams, Frohlich & Rix (27th July 1999). US 20020075464 (20.6.02). US 6563563 (13.5.03). EP1095312 (15.10.03)
  • Storage apparatus. Murphy & Frohlich (7th September 2000). US6803856 (12.10.04).
  • Digital camera with sound recording. Frohlich & Hickey (27th April 1999). WO/2000/048388 (17.8.00). EP1028583 (16.8.00). EP1151600 (7.11.01)
  • Accessing a remotely stored data set and associating notes with that data set. Grosvenor & Frohlich (10th January 2002). WO/2003/058496 (17.7.03) US20040193697 (30.9.04) EP1466272 (13.10.04)
  • System for capturing audio segments in a digital camera. Battles, Staudacher, Thorland & Frohlich (22nd Feb 2002) US 20030174218 (18.9.03) JP2003283904 (3.10.03)
  • Photo album with provision for media playback via surface network. Adams & Frohlich (13th March 2002) US 20040008209 (15.1.04) US 6975832 (13.12.05) JP2004034692 (5.2.04)
  • Associating audio and image data. Frohlich & Adams (30th April 2002) US 20040037540 (26.2.04)
  • Display and manipulation of pictorial images. Pilu, Pollard & Frohlich (16th September 2002) US 20030058275 (27.3.03)
  • Internet browsing system. Frohlich & Grosvenor (30th October 2002) WO/2003/038668 (8.5.03) US 20050021673 (27.1.05)
  • Method and apparatus for producing video and audio-photos from static digital images. Grosvenor, Frohlich & Hall (2nd Dec 2002) US 20050008343 (13.1.05) JP2005038399 (10.2.05)
  • Communication devices. Frohlich, Brown, Durrant, Lindley, Oleksik, Robson, Rumsey, Sellen & Williamson (10th January 2008) US 20090180623 (16.7.09)
  • Proactive image reminding and selection method. Kiddle, Piper, Payne, Wall & Frohlich (31st March 2009) WO/2009/130110 (29.10.09)
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