I am a Research Fellow and Lecturer in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne, Australia. I am a member of the Human-Computer Interaction Group
. I also hold the position of Visiting Researcher in the Software Engineering and Design group
at the Open University UK. I am principally a Human-Computer Interaction researcher with interests in digital health, computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW) and social computing. My work is interdisciplinary, cutting across computer science and psychology, and has covered topics including communication technologies, virtual reality, healthcare devices, collaborative information seeking and personal informatics.
My current research focuses on the use of virtual and augmented reality to support human health and wellbeing. I am currently leading a project to investigate the design of digital technologies to alleviate student homesickness, funded by a University of Melbourne Early Career Researcher Award. I am collaborating with psychologists in the National eTherapy Centre
at Swinburne University of Technology to design virtual reality applications that support mindfulness meditation for people living with anxiety disorders, and I am collaborating on the Ageing and Avatars
project to understand how virtual reality can support healthy ageing for older adults.
I also collaborate with PHORIA
, an immersive technology studio in Melbourne, to understand how augmented reality can support social interaction in public spaces. I have evaluated applications including Santa's Lil Helper
, which was designed in collaboration with Melbourne City Council, and REWILD Our Planet
, which was designed in collaboration with Netflix, Google and the World Wildlife Fund.
I was previously affiliated with the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces
at the University of Melbourne. Before coming to Melbourne I worked as a Consulting Research Fellow at the Open University UK, where I collaborated with Dr Daniel Gooch
, Prof. Janet van der Linden and Prof. Marian Petre on the MK:Smart project
. I also worked with Professor Blaine Price
and on the design and evaluation of Painpad, a device to support pain logging in clinical settings. Prior to that I was a Research Fellow on a three-year project on the investment of care and appreciation of effort in the use of personal communication technologies, which I led in collaboration with Dr Leon Watts
at the University of Bath.
Please see below for an overview of my education, research skills, service record and publication history.