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Two PhD Scholarships in Design Innovation Education; Humanitarian Design

The Centre for Design Innovation (CDI) is a fast growing research effort of Swinburne University of Technology, focused user-focused, strategic and transformative design. CDI also builds strong collaboration research and partnership with other institutions which demonstrate the commercial value of design research and innovation. It provides the opportunity for students and researchers to develop and produce innovative research at the international level, by sharing experience and knowledge with external universities outside Australia.

We have two PhD scholarships on offer:


Design Innovation Education (K-12)

Post Graduate Award scholarship (APA equivalent), for a highly motivated and eligible graduate to produce deep research into the following areas: Towards a model of appropriate developmental milestones in applied design led innovation from early emergent play, to sophisticated pioneering capabilities Robust conceptual foundations for capacity to engage in degrees of complexity related to our designed environment where people, ecology, and technologies interact towards addressing goals of impact and outcome.

Humanitarian Design

Post Graduate Award scholarship (APA equivalent), for a highly motivated and eligible graduate to produce deep research into the following area:

The products, shelter systems, services or communication design factors that can make a difference in regional communities affected by flood, fire or other targeted type of natural disasters.


 Interested applicants are encouraged to click on the above hyperlinks to find out more information about the details for each position

Mobile game to increase physical activity

The well publicised effects of lifestyle diseases, such as Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus are undeniably substantial and detrimental. After undertaking thorough and user-focused research, Professor Steffen Walz and his GEElab team developed a gameful mobile application which facilitates the necessary lifestyle changes

Mission: Schweinehund (engl. Mission: My Inner Temptation) enables ‘exergaming’- a novel approach to increase motivation for regular physical activity among sedentary individuals such as patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus. 


“The main focus of this research was to identify and provide incentives for those afflicted to stay active, in the form of powerful, engaging software,” says Prof. Walz.

Unlike existing forms of exergaming, the smartphone-based Mission: Schweinehund is portable thus enabling physical activity to be performed anywhere and at any time.

Mobile Exergaming for Health examines whether this gameful application can lead to sustainable increases in daily physical in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus patients, compared to a control group.

Mission: Scherinehund is available for both iOS and Android (German language). provides German language details about the game.


Welcome new CDI Professer Dr. Steffen P Walz

We are pleased to welcome our new professor, Dr. Steffen P Walz, into the CDI team!

Dr. Walz was the founding director of RMIT’s GEElab team which conducted research into how game design influences domains other than games and entertainment, including health, well-being and mobility.

For more on Prof. Walz, please see the link to his profile below.

Director Welcomed as New Member of RDI Committee

Our director, Associate Professor Kurt Seemann, has been anounced as a committee member for the Research for Development Impact (RDI) Network.

The RDI is a network of Non Government Organisation (NGO) practitioners, researchers, and evaluators working in international development.

Working in close partnership with the Australian Council for International Development (ACFID), the Network functions as a key cross-sector platform for shared learning and action in the international development sector.

The Network is supported by the Australian Government Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT).

A/Prof. Seemann will be representing both Swinburne University and acedemia in the committee, providing strategic oversight and direction on activities undertaken by the network.

Winner of competitive NSF GROW fellowship picks CDI as best place to be

We are proud to announce the commencment of our new research fellow, Ms Carlye Lauff. Carlye is a mechanical engineering and is currently completing her PhD on design, through the University of Colorado Boulder.

The goal of her research is to form an overall framework of how businesses conduct prototyping and develop strategies to improve the process.

After winning the National Science Foundation Graduate Opportunities Worldwide (GROW) fellowship to spend a semester abroad in any of 18 countries, Carlye chose Australia after discovering Swinburne’s Center for Design Innovation (CDI).

Carlye describes CDI as "exactly the kind of place someone researching prototyping would want to be" due to our strong collaboration within the product design industry.

More on Carlye on the UoC website.


Carlye Lauff

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