Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (SocialNUI)
The Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces is an academic-industry research centre that is jointly funded by Microsoft Australia, Microsoft Research, the University of Melbourne and the Victorian State Government. The centre explores how emerging computer technologies influence human behaviour in social environments and designs natural user interface technologies to help people communicate, play, learn and work together to support social interactions. For more information on research projects and student supervision opportunities:
The sudden death of Professor Steve Howard on April 19, 2013 has left our group mourning the loss of a close colleague and friend. Steve established the Interaction Design Laboratory. Steve will be sorely missed in the lab, and in the University more broadly. Our thoughts reach out to his family in Australia and the UK. Plans for an enduring acknowledgement of his legacy are currently under discussion.
The Interaction Design Lab explores a range of topics concerning the design, use and impact of ICT on human life. Our research covers a variety of settings such as health, sustainability, education, public spaces, aged care and the home.
Our areas of interest include:
- Recreational Use of Domestic ICTs (Martin Gibbs)
- Social use of ambient and pervasive technologies (Steve Howard, Frank Vetere)
- Persuasive Technologies (Steve Howard and Bernd Ploderer)
- Knowledge Management (Wally Smith)
- Ageing and IT (Frank Vetere, Jenny Waycott)
- Interactive Searching (Jon Pearce)
- Digital Commemoration (Martin Gibbs)
If you are interesting in working with us on these (or other) topics, either as a collaborator or as a research student, email us. We are always looking for talented and creative people to work with us.
We are keen to discuss supervision opportunities with talented students considering a research higher degree, Masters or PhD.
See the Department of Computing and Information System’s Graduate Research page for individual staff contact information and topic areas, or contact staff to arrange a discussion.