Professor Sam Bucolo
This person does not currently hold a position at QUT.
Sam Bucolo has 20 years experience as an industrial designer working within academia, start ups, SMEs and the corporate sector. During this period Sam has successfully applied a human centred approach to the design of several projects which span multiple disciplines and industry sectors with a particular focus on medical devices, telecommunications and consumer electronics. During this period Sam has seen the transformation of industrial design from that which focuses on consumer product design to a discipline which strategically adds value to traditional research outputs across a diverse range of sectors.
Most recently Sam was the R&D Director of the CRC for Interaction Design (ACID), where he led numerous projects within Australian and European based organizations focusing on the role of design thinking to create a strategic competitive advantage. As part of this role he had established a contract R&D services division within ACID to apply and transfer the research generated within the CRC, to assist non shareholder companies to innovate across a diverse range of product and services.
Sam is currently an Associate Professor in Industrial Design at QUT where he presents and researches on the the topic of design led innovation and innovation management. He currently runs a unit in Design Led Innovation where design students are required to work with academic across the university to collaborate with researchers to identify how the research outcomes can be transferred into commercial applications.
He also currently holds a joint position with QMI which allows him to bridge the relationship between academia and industry, with a particular focus on SME engagement strategies. As part of this appointment he is leading a team of consultants to trial the Ulysses program, which is a Queensland Government initiative focusing on business transformation through design integration. He is also piloting the use of the IMP3rove innovation management audit tool, which is a significant European Union project to assist SME with their innovation management strategies, within Queensland SMEs.
Sam maintains an active research profile through competitive funding for collaborative research including CRC, ARC and direct industry funding. He regularly publishes on the topic of design innovation with over 30 conference proceedings, journal articles or book chapters and holds several PCT Patent and Design registrations. He is regularly invited to speak on the topic of design innovation and has authored several industry reports on the topic.
Industrial design, design collaboration, design evaluation, design led innovation, human centred design, interaction design, medical devices, mobile devices, virtual reality
Design Practice and Management
Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008
- Doctor of Philiosphy (Queensland University of Technology)
- MAppSc (Queensland University of Technology)
- GradDipIndDes (Queensland University of Technology)
- BAppSc (Queensland University of Technology)
- Matthews J, Bucolo S, (2011) Do programs to improve business performance in small and medium manufacturing enterprise improve opportunity recognition?, Regional Frontiers of Entrepreneurship Research 2011: Proceedings of the 8th AGSE International Entrepreneurship Research Exchange p999
- Wrigley C, Bucolo S, (2011) Teaching design led innovation: The future of industrial design, Design Principles and Practices, 5 (2) p231
- Behrendorff C, Bucolo S, (2010) Participatory design for technological disruption within the agricultural sector, Proceedings of the 11th Conference on Participatory Design 2010 p267
- Bucolo S, Matthews J, (2010) Using a design led disruptive innovation approach to develop new services: Practicing innovation on times of discontinuity, Proceedings of the 11th International CINet Conference: Practicing Innovation in the Times of Discontinuity p176
- Miller K, Rodger S, Bucolo S, Greer R, Kimble R, (2010) Multi-modal distraction: Using technology to combat pain in young children with burn injuries, Burns, 36 (5) p647
- Bucolo S, Fitzgerald C, (2005) Interaction Design as a Strategic Driver for Pervasive Technologies Enabling Connected Communities, Joining Forces: Design Research, Industries and a New Interface for Competitiveness p1
- Bucolo S, Billinghurst M, Sickinger D, (2005) Mobile maze: a comparison of camera based mobile game human interfaces, Presented at: International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services (7th) p329
- Bucolo S, Mott J, Kimble R, (2006) The design of a tangible interaction device to alleviate anxiety and pain in paediatric burns patients, Presented at: CHI 2006 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems p129
- Varan D, Turk A, Bucolo S, Polson D, Brereton M, Donovan J, Montgomery K, McIndoe G, (2006) Interactive lounge: an interdisciplinary approach to the design of a gestural interaction device, Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 10 (2-3) p166
- Bucolo S, (2009) Celebrating a common and uncommon ground - A case study, (Un)common Ground: Creative Encounters across Sectors and Disciplines p44