I have contributed to a number of projects at the University of Melbourne related to the increasingly pervasive presence of digital and interactive technologies, and their role in our personal and social lives.
The QUIT project examined the potential for a mobile app to help people quit cigarette smoking. In collaboration with a government agency which targets smoking cessation, we developed an app to provide access to expert tips, distractions and an online support forum for people quitting smoking. Amongst other things, this research considers the role of personal stories in the quitting process, and the problematic nature of designing for engagement in an app to support sustained behaviour change.
Encounters was a large-scale artistic installation created through a unique collaboration between the Microsoft Research Centre for SocialNUI and the Victorian College of the Arts. Three Kinect sensors were used to create a social, artistic experience which responds to the interactions of the audience. Encounters provided a platform to research new possibilities for participatory art forms enabled by motion sensing technologies.
The Virtual Locker project focused on the needs of young people in out-of-home care (such as foster care), and the challenges of managing their personal possessions as they transition through different care settings and agencies. In collaboration with social work researchers and archivists, I conducted design workshops with care leavers and case workers.
Findings from this project provide design proposals for a virtual locker (an online storage system for personal content) for young people and carers. More broadly, these design objectives suggest ways in which personal content systems could better support shifting interpersonal relationships, such as dynamic family contexts.
As part of the OzCHI Student Design challenge to design the future of email, we investigated the problems faced by dispersed families using email to manage digital possessions of shared value. We proposed a cross-platform solution to address email overload associated with managing personal information, bridge the intergenerational disparity in technology use, and enhance reminiscence within geographically dispersed families.