In this role I was director of the Human Interface Technology Laboratory (HIT Lab) Australia and Associate Professor in Computing and Information Systems. The Lab is a partner of the world-leading HITLab US based at the University of Washington in Seattle, in conjunction with the HITLab NZ at the University of Canterbury in Christchurch, and shares its goals of developing revolutionary interfaces that transform how people interact with computers and improve the human experience.
My role was to develop the collaborative human computer interaction teaching and inter-disciplinary research programs with Computing & Information Systems, Architecture & Design, Visual & Performing Arts, Human Life Sciences, Nursing, Education, Human Movement, and the Australian Maritime College. My goal was to make the HITLab Australia a leading teaching, research and commercialisation centre of excellence on the international stage in human interface technologies for use “in the wild” (i.e. away from the desktop).
Accomplishments in this role included:
- Awarding of an EU FP7 coordinating action grant on Bridging Research in Ageing and ICT Development (BRAID). The HITLab is the only non-EU partner in this €1m project from 2010-2012 addressing Objective ICT-2009.7.1 on ICT & Ageing
- Development of the BRAID project website
- Elevation to chair of the International Pervasive Computing conference series steering committee
- Securing matching funds to develop and advertise six Elite PhD scholarships for projects across a range of human computer interaction topics (each project is inter-disciplinary in nature)
- Development of new University College Pilot program unit KXH012 on Mixed Reality and HCI
- Development and submission of an ARC Discovery Grant related to Information Visualisation
- Development of new governance model for the HITLab and completion of a comprehensive transfer report.