Dr Martin Tomitsch is Associate Professor and Chair of Design at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, and Director of the Design Lab, a research group that focuses on design innovation, interaction design and creative technologies. Before moving to Australia, he studied informatics and worked as interaction designer in Vienna, Stockholm, Reykjavik and Paris. He is state co-chair of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG), guest professor at the Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, and visiting lecturer at the Vienna University of Technology's Research Group for Industrial Software (INSO). His research expertise is across products and services that interface between technology and people. He is co-author of three books and has published over 100 articles in academic journals and conferences.
Dr Cara Wrigley is Associate Professor in Design Innovation at the University of Sydney, residing in the Design Lab – an interdisciplinary research group within the School of Architecture, Design and Planning. She is an Industrial Designer who is actively researching the value that design holds in business – specifically through the creation of strategies to design business models which lead to emotive customer engagement. Her primary research interest is in the application and adoption of design innovation methods by various industry sectors in order to better address customer latent needs. Her work to date has crossed research boundaries and appears in a wide range of disciplinary publications.
Madeleine Borthwick is an Associate Lecturer in Design at the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. She is responsible for teaching and coordinating design subjects that include User Experience Design, Interaction Design, and Design Process and Methods. She is also a practicing Interaction Designer and the Director of Kiss the Frog Australia – a consultancy specialising in the design of creative multimedia-based experiences for museums and visitor centres. Her background is in Industrial Design (UTS, Hons) and Interaction Design (TUDelft, Hons).
Dr Naseem Ahmadpour’s research is interdisciplinary and broadly focused on design for wellbeing and life enjoyment. Specifically, she looks at the implications of several psychological theories, including self-determination theory for interaction and game design. She investigates motivation and perceived abilities in relation to behaviours, decisions and experiences in areas of exercise and healthy behaviour and explores new possibilities in design. Her research is aimed at inspiring new technologies that enhance people’s ability to self-regulate and to overcome perceived limitations and therefore enjoy a higher quality of life.
Dr Jessica Frawley has a multidisciplinary background spanning Arts, Social Sciences and Information Technology. Her research sits at the nexus of fields such as semiotics, human–computer interaction, information systems and education. Her primary area of specialisation is on understanding people’s lived experience with new and emerging technologies and using such understandings to inform future technology design and use.
Dr Karla Straker is an Early Career Development Fellow, in the Design Lab, located in the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning. She has a Bachelor of Design (Industrial Design) and PhD in Design from the Queensland University of Technology, and has published widely in the field of Design and Innovation. Her research is in a cross-disciplinary setting exploring the design of digital channel engagements, investigated through theoretical approaches from the fields of design, psychology, marketing and information systems. Her research focuses on how strong relationships with customers can be built and sustained through a deeper understanding of customer emotions.
Dr A. Baki Kocaballi is a design researcher and artist. He has a PhD degree in Interaction Design (The University of Sydney), Master degree in Information Systems (METU), and Bachelor degree in City and Regional Planning (METU). During his undergraduate studies, he completed a minor degree in Geographic Information Systems. Currently, he works at the Concord Clinical School of the University of Sydney and the cCCHiP. He is responsible for developing educational and medical web-based applications and multimedia content.
Claudia is currently a PhD candidate at the University of Sydney. Initially trained as graphic designer, Claudia discovered her passion in designing and handcrafting extravagant wearable devices, which can make users reflect on the – still unfamiliar – relationship between body and technology. Her research focuses on technology that assists the self-aware body as a tool for personal discourse of empowerment. In her research journey, she has commenced a multidisciplinary exploration that merges technology with new crafting techniques, as well as the introduction of somatic practices such as Eugene Gendlin’s Focusing technique into the design process.
Dr Lian Loke is a Senior Lecturer in the University of Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning and Program Director for the Master of Interaction Design and Electronic Arts. Her research is at the nexus of performance, somatics, design and technology, and explores the aesthetics of interaction with the body as a central focus. Her research interests lie in understanding the lived experience of people interacting with emerging technologies and exploring how to design future products and systems from such understandings. Her research contributes to one of the major issues confronting the built environment – its ability to foster healthy living. The relationship between creativity, movement and well-being drives the exploration of potential design solutions and methodologies.