Wally Smith

Senior Lecturer, Department of Computing & Information Systems, The University of Melbourne
wsmith@unimelb.edu.au  | tel: +61 3 8344 1494  | fax: +61 3 9349 4596
Room 9.05, Level 9, Doug McDonell Building, Carlton 3052
Map and Direction


·       ISYS90081 Organisational Processes

·       ISYS90051 Impacts of Digitisation

·       ISYS90031 Research Methods

·       ISYS90035 Knowledge Management Systems


I am interested in the design and use of digital technologies and their impact on our lives in range of settings, especially education, health, public history and heritage.  My projects are located in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and the Social Studies of Science. 


·         New Tools and Techniques for Learningn in the Field: Studying the Built Environment, funded  by the Office for Learning and Teaching (DEERW) (2011-2013), Wally Smith, Hannah Lewi, Shanton Chang, Andrew Saniga, Diego Ramirez-Loving & Lee Stickells

·         Social network sites for ambivalent socialisers: the case of smoking cessation, funded by the Australian Research Council Linkage scheme and QUIT Victoria (2011-2014), Wally Smith, Bernd Ploderer, Jon Pearce & Ron Borland.

·         Citizen Heritage: Digital and Community-based Histories of Place, funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery scheme (2014-2016), Hannah Lewi, Wally Smith, Tom Kvan, David Nichols, Steven Cooke & Dirk vom Lehn.


Webber, S., Carter, M.,  Smith, W. & Vetere, F. (accepted 4-May-2016) 'Interactive Technology and Human-Animal Encounters at the Zoo', International Journal of Human-Computer Studies

Shedden, P., Ahmed, A. Smith, W., Tscherning, H. & Scheepers, R. (accepted 5-April-2016)  'Information Security Risk Assessment: A Business Practice Approach.' Communications of the Association for Information Systems

Smith, W., Dignum, F. & Sonenberg, L. (accepted 6-May-2016) ‘The Construction of Impossibility: a Logic-Based Analysis of Conjuring Tricks’, Frontiers in Psychology

Lewi, H., Smith, W., Murray, A. & Cooke, S. (accepted 15-April-2016) ‘Visitor, Contributor and Conversationalist: multiple digital identities of the heritage citizen’, Historic Environment

Awori, K., Vetere, F., & Smith, W. (2016) 'Sessions with Grandma: Fostering Indigenous Knowledge through Video Mediated Communication', Proceedings of AfriCHI2016

Rogerson, M., Gibbs, M & Smith, W. (2016) “I love all the bits”: the materiality of boardgames , Proceedings of CHI 2016. ACM.

Smith, W. (2015) 'Technologies of stage magic: Simulation and dissimulation', Social Studies of Science, 45(3), 319-343.

Ploderer, B., Smith, W., Pearce, J., & Borland, R. (2015). An object-centred approach to encourage online participation in the context of behaviour change. Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), 24(1), 39-64.

Downs, J., Vetere, F., & Smith, W. (2015). 'Differentiated Participation in Social Videogaming.' In Proceedings of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (pp. 92-100). ACM

McKay, D., Smith, W., & Chang, S. (2015). 'Down the Superhighway in a Single Tome: Examining the Impact of Book Format on Borrowing Interactions.' In Proceedings of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (pp. 517-525). ACM.

Rogerson, M., Gibbs, M. & Smith, W. (2015) 'Digitising Boardgames: Issues and Tensions', Proceedings of DiGRA 2015 International Conference for Games Research, Luneberg Germany. pp 1-16

Awori, K., Vetere, F., & Smith, W. (2015) Transnationalism, Indigenous Knowledge and Technology: Insights from the Kenyan Diaspora. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2015). ACM, New York, NY, USA, pp 3759–3768.

Lewi, H., Saniga, A. & Smith, W. (2014) ‘Immersive and Temporal Experiences in Historic Landscapes: designing a mobile digital guide for the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne’, Landscape Review, Vol 15 (1), pp. 4-23.

Ploderer, B., Smith, W., Pearce, J. & Borland, R.A (2014) 'A Qualitative Study of a Smartphone App Offering Distractions and Tips to Cope with Cigarette Cravings', JMIR mHealth and uHealth, 2(2), e23. pp 1-14

Smith, W., Lewi, H., Constantinidis, D. & Stitt, H. (2014) 'Directed Looking and Proximal Content: Two Concepts for Designing Mobile Guides to Historic Urban Places', In Proceedings of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2014). New York: ACM Press. pp 1-4.

Wadley, G., Smith, W., Ploderer, B., Pearce, J., Webber, S., & Whooley, M. (2014). 'What people talk about when they talk about quitting', In Proceedings of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2014). New York: ACM Press. pp 1-4. 

Smith, W., Wadley, G., Webber, S., Ploderer, B., & Lederman, R. (2014). 'Unbounding the Interaction Design Problem: the Contribution of HCI in Three Interventions for Well-being', In Proceedings of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2014). New York: ACM Press. pp 1-4.

Paay, J., Kjeldskov, J., Brinthaparan, U., Lichon, L., Rasmussen, S., Srikandaraja, N., Smith, W., Wadley, G., & Ploderer, B. (2014) 'Quitty: Using Technology to Persuade Smokers to Quit', In Proceedings of the Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI 2014) 551-560.

McKay, D., Chang, S. & Smith, W. (2014) Lend me some sugar: Borrowing rates of neighboring books as evidence for browsing', Submitted to Digital Libraries conference 2014, London.

Downs, J., Vetere, F., Howard, S., Loughnan, S., & Smith, W. (2014). Audience experience in social videogaming: Effects of turn expectation and game physicality. Proceedings of 32nd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014). ACM, New York, NY, USA. pp 3473-3482.

Constantinidis, D., Smith, W., Chang, S., Lewi, H., Saniga, A. & Sadar, J. (2013) 'Designing Fieldwork with Mobile Devices for Students of the Urban Environment', in Proceedings of the Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education (ASCILITE), Sydney. pp 178-188

Ploderer, B., Smith, W., Howard, S., Pearce, J., & Borland, R. (2013).'Patterns of support in an online community for smoking cessation.' Communities & Technologies, Munich. pp 26-35. (35%, co-researchers)

Lewi, H., Saniga, A. & Smith, W. (2012) 'Presenting Historic Landscapes: A Mobile Digital Guide to the Botanic Gardens Melbourne' Annual Conference of SAHANZ, Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand. pp 1-10.

Ploderer, B., Smith, W., Howard, S., Pearce, J., & Borland, R. (2012). 'Things you don’t want to know about yourself: Ambivalence about tracking and sharing personal information for behaviour change.' In Proceedings of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2012). New York: ACM Press. pp. 489-492. 

Ploderer, B., Smith, W., Howard, S., Pearce, J., & Borland, R. (2012). Introducing the ambivalent socialiser. In Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012). New York: ACM Press. pp 1-4. 

Lewi, H. & Smith, W. (2011) 'Hand-held histories: using digital archival documents on architectural tours. Architectural Research Quarterly, 15(1), 69-77.

Nansen, B., Pearce, J. & Smith, W.  (2011) 'Gardening online: A tale of suburban informatics', In M.Foth, L.Forlano, C.Satchell & M.Gibbs (eds) From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen: Urban Informatics, Social Media, Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Technology to Support Citizenship’, Cambridge MA: MIT Press. pp 151-166. 

Shedden, P., Scheepers, R., Smith, W. & Ahmad, A. (2011) 'Incorporating a knowledge perspective into security risk assessments', VINE: The Journal of Information and Knowledge Management Systems, 41(2), 152-166.

Pathmanathan, V., Pearce, J., Kjeldskov, J. & Smith, W. (2011) ‘Using Mobile Phones for Promoting Water Conservation’, Proceedings of the 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference. ACM Digital Library. pp 1-10.  (15%, supervisor of first)

Ku, S., Pearce, J. & Smith, W. (2010) 'Can Traditional HCI Principles Be Applied to Computing Technology in Learning Contexts?' Proceedings of the 22nd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference.  New York, United States: ACM Press Digital Library. pp 1-8.

Ku, S., Pearce, J. & Smith, W. (2010) The role of a Computerised Concept Mapping Tool in the Context of the Australian PhD Candidature – An Exploratory Longitudinal Study.  E-Learn 2010; World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education. United States: AACE International. pp 1-8.

Shedden, P., Smith, W. & Ahmad, A. (2010) Information Security Risk Assessment: Towards a Business Practice Perspective.  Proceedings of the 8th Australian Information Security Management Conference.   Churchlands, Australia: Edith Cowan University. pp 127-138.

Smith, W., Lewi, H., Darian-Smith, K. & Pearce, J. (2010) 'Re-connecting visual content to place in a mobile guide for the Shrine of Remembrance', in Seal, Bowen & Ng(eds), Proceedings of EVA 2010: Electronic Visualisation in the Arts. NA, United Kingdom: British Computing Society.  pp 1-8.

Smith, W. (2009) 'Theatre of Use: A Frame Analysis of IT Demonstrations', Social Studies of Science, 39(3), 449-480.

Keogh, K., Sonenberg, L. & Smith, W. (2009) 'Coordinating in Adaptive Organisations: Extending Shared Plans with Knowledge Cultivation', In G.Vouros, A.Artikis, K.Stathis, J.Pitt (eds) ‘Organised Adaptation in Multi-Agent Systems’. Springer-Verlag: Berlin, Heidelberg. pp 90-107.

Pearce, J., Smith, W., Nansen, B. & Murphy, J. (2009) 'SmartGardenWatering: Experiences of using a garden watering simulation', In J.Kjeldskov & J.Paay (eds) Proceedings of OzCHI 2009 Conference, Melbourne: ACM Library, pp 1- 8. 

Shedden P., Smith, W., Scheepers R. & Ahmad A. (2009) 'Towards a Knowledge Perspective in Information Security Risk Assessments – an Illustrative Case Study', In M.Davern & H.Scheepers (eds) Proceedings of the 20th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Melbourne,  pp 74-84. 

Lewi, H., Darian-Smith, K. & Smith, W. (2009) 'New technologies of history-telling at The Shrine of Remembrance' In Gatley, J. (ed) Proceedings of 26th International Conference of the Society of Architectural Historians of Australia and New Zealand, Auckland. pp 1 -10

Smith, W. & Lewi, H. (2008) 'The Magic of Machines in the House', Journal of Architecture, 13(5), 633-660.

Pearce J., Murphy J. & Smith, W. (2008) 'Supporting gardeners to plan domestic watering: a case study of designing an everyday simulation', In F.Vetere, C.Graham and C.Satchell (eds) Proceedings of OzCHI Conference 2008, Cairns: ACM Digital Library. pp 1-4.  

Smith, W. & Lewi, H. (2007) 'Magical Beginnings of the Mundane', In C.Graham & M.Rouncefield (eds) Proceedings of the International Workshop on Social Interaction and Mundane Technologies. University of Lancaster. ISBN: 978-1-86220-208-5. pp 1-4.

Lewi, H. & Smith, W. (2007) 'Trivial Technologies of Effect in the Home', In K.Orr & S.Kaji-O'Grady (eds) Techniques & Technologies: Fourth International Conference of the Association of Architecture Schools of Australasia, Sydney: UTSePress. pp 137-143.

Smith, W., Acay, D., Fano, R. & Ratner, G. (2006) Tools for designing and delivering multiple-perspective scenarios. In J.Kjeldskov and J.Paay (Eds) Proceedings of OZCHI 2006, Sydney. pp 1-8.

Pedell, S. & Smith, W. (2005) Relating context to interface: An evaluation of picture scenarios. In T. Bentley & S. Balbo (Eds.) Proceedings of OZCHI 2005, Canberra. pp 1-4.

Smith, W. (2004) The misrepresentation of use in technology demonstrations. In M.Masoodian, S.Jones & B.Rogers, Computer Human Interaction: Proceedings of the 6th Asia-Pacific Conference on Computer-Human Interaction. Berlin, Springer-Verlag. pp 1-10.

Smith, W. (2004) The Complex Structure of Office Work: Tasks, Activities & Modes. In P.Hyland (Ed.) Proceedings of OZCHI 2004, Wollongong. pp 1-10.

Wilson, G., Jackson, P. & Smith, W. (2003) Knowledge management strategies in a small and medium sized enterprise: a tale of two systems. In C.Standing & P.Love (Eds) Proceedings of 14th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Perth, Western Australia. pp 1-10.

Thomas, R., Smith, W & Jackson, P. (2003) The relationship between process and practice: the case of a sales order office. In C.Standing & P.Love (Eds) Proceedings of 14th Australasian Conference on Information Systems, Perth, Western Australia. pp 1-9.

Smith, W. (2001). Documenting and disseminating narrative knowledge. In W.Smari, N.Melab & K.Yetongnon (Eds) Proceedings of the International Symposium on Information Systems Engineering, Las Vegas. pp 1-8.

Smith, W. & Dowell, J. (2000) 'A case-study of coordinative decision-making in disaster management', Ergonomics, 43(8), 1153-1166.  (ERA - A journal; Cited 120 times).

Martin, I. & Smith, W. (2000). Problems in planning for multi-party systems: Why does history repeat itself? In J.Burn, S.Stoney & W.Hutchinson (Eds) Proceedings of We-B Conference, Perth. pp 1-8.

Smith, W. (2000). Managing information and knowledge in a virtual organization: lessons from the Emergency Coordination Centre. In J.Burn, S.Stoney & W.Hutchinson (Eds) Proceedings of We-B Conference, Perth. pp 1-8.

Dowell, J. & Smith, W. (1999) Designing case based learning. In S. Bagnara (Ed) Proceedings of the European Conference on Cognitive Science, Siena. pp 1-8.

Smith, W., Dowell J. & Ortega-Lafuente, M. (1999) Support for interorganizational knowledge on disasters. In S.Sarkar & S.Narasimha (Eds) Proceedings of the Ninth Workshop on Information Technologies & Systems, Charlotte. pp 1-10.

Smith, W. & Dowell, J. (1999) Travels in ‘I-Space’: the diffusion of disaster management knowledge. In B. Hope & P.Yoong (Eds) Proceedings of Tenth Australasian Conference on Information Systems. Wellington, NZ. pp 1-10.

Smith, W., Dowell J. & Ortega-Lafuente, M. (1999) 'Designing paper disasters: an authoring environment for developing exercises in integrated emergency management', Cognition, Technology & Work, 1, 119-131. (Internationally well-regarded but non-ERA-ranked journal).

Dowell, J. & Smith, W. (1998) Coordination training  for distributed worksystems in emergency management. In Y.Waern (Ed) Co-operative Process Management: Cognition and Information Technology. Taylor & Francis. pp 147-157.

Smith, W., Dowell J. & Ortega-Lafuente, M. (1998) Narratran: a tool for designing emergency management training. In  Green T.R.G., Bannon L., Warren C., & Buckley J., (ed.s) Cognition and Cooperation: Proceedings of the  Ninth European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics. EACE: Paris. pp1-8.

Smith, W., Hill, B., Long, J. & Whitefield, A. (1997) 'A design-oriented framework for modelling the planning and control of multiple task work in secretarial office administration', Behaviour and Information Technology, 16(3), 161-183.  (ERA - A).

Dowell, J., Smith, W. & Pidgeon, N. (1997) Designing the natural: an engineering process for Naturalistic Decision Making. In R.Flin, M.Strub, E.Salas & L.Martin (Ed.s) Decision-Making Under Stress: Emerging Themes and Applications. Avebury. pp 126-136.

Smith, W., Randell, M., Lewandowsky, S., Kirsner, K. & Dunn, J. (1996) Collaborative research into cognitive technology: the importance of shared commitment, coherence and domain knowledge. Cognitive Technology, 1(1), 9-18. (non ERA-ranked journal)

Hill, B., Long, J., Smith, W. & Whitefield, A. (1995) 'A model of medical reception - the planning and control of multiple task work', Applied Cognitive Psychology, 9, 81-114.  (ERA - B).

Smith, W., Dunn, J., Kirsner, K. & Randell, M. (1995) 'Colour in map displays: issues for task-specific display design', Interacting With Computers, 7(2), 151-165. (ERA – B).

Hill, B., Long, J.B., Smith, W. & Whitefield, A.D. (1993). Planning for multiple task work - an analysis of a medical reception worksystem. In S.Ashlund, K.Mullet, A.Henderson, E.Hollnagel & T.White (Eds) Human Factors in Computing Systems: Proceedings of INTERCHI'93. Addison-Wesley. pp 1-10..

PhD Students

·         Piya Shedden – recently completed
Protecting information and knowledge assets in organisations: towards an integrative approach
(supervisors: Wally Smith and Atif Ahmed)

·         John Downs - recently completed

Topic: Audience experience in social videogaming
(supervisors: Frank Vetere and Wally Smith).

·         Joji Mori - recently completed

Topic: Digital memorials
(supervisors: Martin Gibbs and Wally Smith)

·         Kathleen Keeogh
Topic: The use of agent technologies to simulate realistic human behaviours within emergency management scenarios.
(supervisors: Liz Sonenberg and Wally Smith).

·         Dana McKay 

Topic: Support for browsing

(supervisors: Shanton Chang, Wally Smith)

·         Kagonya Awori

Topic: Digital tools for cultural exchange

(supervisors: Frank Vetere, Wally Smith

·         Mohammed Alrokayan

Topic: Innovation of cloud-based business models for start-ups

(supervisors: Wally Smith, Sherah Kurnia)

·         Melissa Rogerson

Topic: Digitization of board games

(supervisors: Martin Gibbs, Wally Smith)

·         Sarah Webber

(supervisors: Wally Smith, Frank Vetere, Marcus Carter)



·         CHISIG - Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group of the Human Factors & Ergonomics Society of Australia (OZCHI Conference Chair 2001; National Secretary, 2005-2006; OZCHI Doctoral Consortium Co-Chair, 2006, 2008)


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