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Overview

We work to design and better understand human-machine interfaces and systems.

We focus on understanding how technology is used by particular communities and developing new and improved forms of socio-technical systems.

Our experts

Our discipline brings together a diverse team of experts who deliver world-class education and achieve breakthroughs in research.

Explore our staff profiles to discover the amazing work our researchers are contributing to.

Professor Margot Brereton
Discipline Leader, Computer Human Interaction

Meet our experts

Professor Margot Brereton
Position
Professor Eng. & Interaction Design
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research fields
Information Systems
Design Practice and Management
Distributed Computing
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Professor Daniel Johnson
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research fields
Other Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
Other Information and Computing Sciences
Other Technology
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Professor Paul Roe
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research fields
Distributed Computing
Computer Software
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Professor Peta Wyeth
Position
Professor
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research fields
Information Systems
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Design Practice and Management
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Dr Ross Brown
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research fields
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Other Information and Computing Sciences
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Dr Laurianne Sitbon
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research fields
Other Information and Computing Sciences
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Library and Information Studies
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Dr Jinglan Zhang
Position
Senior Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research fields
Artificial Intelligence and Image Processing
Information Systems
Distributed Computing
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Dr David Conroy
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research field
Information Systems
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Dr Bernd Ploderer
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research field
Information Systems
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Dr Alessandro Soro
Position
Lecturer
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research fields
Information Systems
Other Information and Computing Sciences
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Dr Selen Turkay
Position
Lecturer in Computer Human Interaction
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research field
Information Systems
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Dr Roger Altizer Jr
Position
Senior Research Fellow in Digital Games and Play
Division / Faculty
Computer Human Interaction,
School of Electrical Engineering, Computer Science
Research field
Information Systems
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Real experience

The graduate showcase for our Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments is attended by industry professionals and exhibits the best polished and published games by our final-year students.

Bachelor of Games and Interactive Environments

Teaching

We have a prominent role in teaching across a number of the degree programs, including:

  • big data
  • digital games and player experience
  • e-science (environmental monitoring)
  • Information and Communications Technologies for Development (ICT4D)
  • interaction design
  • participatory design.

Projects

Fostering making practices in people from low socio-economic backgrounds

Project leader

Dr Dhaval Vyas

Dates
2018-2020
Project summary

This project aims to foster do-it-yourself practices among people from low socio-economic backgrounds by understanding existing practices at four diverse makerspaces, and enabling people to co-design technological prototypes that fit their own needs.

This project will make our culture more inclusive, harness the strengths of people from low socio-economic backgrounds, increase their community engagement, and raise their economic prospects.

Earth soundscapes: A human-computer approach to environmental sound analysis

Project leaders
Dates

2016-2019

Project summary

This project aims to visualise and analyse big sound data, to detect patterns of animal and bird calls at different temporal and spatial scales. Eco-acoustics are important for scaling environmental monitoring; since the resulting big sound data is opaque and its fully automated analysis is intractable, human-computer methods are needed to interpret the data.

The project expects to deliver multi-scale sound visualisation, end-user analytic tools and annotation and management methods so people can monitor the environment with insight and accuracy.

New information access technologies for people with intellectual disability

Project leader

Professor Margot Brereton

Dates
2016-2019
Project summary

This project aims to co-design a social, interactive and visual internet search interface for people with intellectual disability. Enabling choice and independence is key to the new National Disability Insurance Scheme, but people with intellectual disability are effectively excluded from much of the web.

This project will investigate ways to access and provide information using technologies such as interactive avatars, virtual worlds and trusted social support. Expected outcomes are new search interface technology, a theoretical framework and new web accessibility guidelines.

Framing authentic assessment of service learning within an information technology curriculum

Project leader

Professor Peta Wyeth

Dates

2015-2017

Project summary

This project investigated student engagement in service learning projects within an IT context. By examining student experiences and perceptions on civic and social responsibility, ethics and accountability, and community outreach as aspects of professional practice, this project contributed new insights into how these topics are viewed.

The results highlight the unique challenges within this context, particularly how to deliver opportunities for reflection and self-awareness that IT students will value. The results also allowed us to propose a new project management and assessment model designed to address the awareness gaps identified.

Human Internet of Things: enabling people to connect through their things

Project leader

Professor Margot Brereton

Dates
2015-2017
Project summary

The 'Internet of Things' promises a future in which everyday things are all connected to the internet enabling them to share data and communicate with one another. The vision is technology-centric and things cannot be built by end users.

This project aims to research how the 'Internet of Things' can be democratised: designed and built by everyone young and old, of different cultures and remote, with a domain focus on enabling social engagement and connectedness. People are expected to be able to connect through familiar objects such as their tables and kettles, and build interfaces themselves with intuitive building blocks. Anticipated project outcomes include new toolkits, new creative practices, a theoretical model and example networks of things connecting people in new ways.

Bio-acoustic observatory: engaging birdwatchers to monitor biodiversity by collaboratively collecting and analysing big audio data

Project leader

Professor Paul Roe

Dates
2014-2016
Project summary

This project will research how to crowd-source the collection and analysis of environmental animal sounds (for example, birds, frogs). This will enable a bio-acoustic observatory which provides a scalable, objective and permanent record of the environment, something hitherto impossible. The project will investigate how to engage the community of birdwatchers to extend their pastime online with new kinds of interactive tools to enable collaborative analysis of big audio data, and new kinds of birding experiences.

Outcomes will be: new approaches to physical/virtual engagement in human-computer interaction; new approaches to analysing big data; a new validated ecological monitoring technique and concepts for sustainable knowledge generation communities.

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