An upcoming study day organised by the Laboratory of research GREIF and the Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University promises to explore how urban environments can shape, frame and incite political discourse.
Scheduled to be held on November 22nd of 2018, the conference invites scholars from the fields of architecture, urban studies, history, art and political, cultural and social studies to contribute to a deeper discussion around political expression in a number of historical and contemporary case studies, including the agora of Athens, the former Communist Bloc and the streets of San Francisco.
The ideas of both official and unofficial political discourse will be extensively scrutinised, traversing exactly how unofficial political discourse is able to gain traction and how these unofficial voices can become “audible.”
By analysing the tensions between officially shaped public spaces and those of unofficially used or occupied spaces and the effect they have on wider political expression, organisers hope to question the very meaning of “what is political.”
The study day will be will be held at the Ecole Nationale Supérieure d’Architecture de Bretagne, 44, boulevard de Chézy, Rennes and will be conducted in both French and English.
More information is available at: www.cdiengage.com.au/events/leaving-traces-living-politics-in-the-city.
The CDI has recently been successful in developing a collaborative relationship with the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics teacher community, one that promises to contribute significantly to the nuance of design innovation within Victorian schools, especially at the VCE level.
This new focus, in conjunction with A/Prof Therese Keane of Swinburne’s Faculty of Arts, Health and Design, heavily promotes cross-faculty collaborative research in order to achieve innovative design outcomes and is endorsed by the Design and Technology Teachers Association (DATTA) Victoria.
DATTA’s recent Technotes journal explores the CDI’s sponsorship of Mr Milorad Cerovac, a VCE Systems Engineering teacher and PhD student at Swinburne University, who saw an opportunity to expand upon research into measuring design innovation in the K-12 curriculum in Victorian schools .
In doing so, Milorad hopes to contribute to a wider study on Technacy that has been led by the CDI, which looks to create a framework for effective student uptake in Technology, a relatively new concept within most secondary schools in the state.
DATTA’s Technotes Journal for June 2018 is available here: (8mb PDF Download)
The Centre for Design Innovation is pleased to announce the release of its 2018 Biennial Report!
This new edition encompasses a wide selection of our research outcomes and a detailed overview of our core programs: Architecture and Habitat, User Experience Design for Services, Future-Self and Design Living Lab, Smart Equipment Engineering and Wearable Technology Design and Advanced Product Design and Development.
The CDI has grown significantly over the last two years, a product of our sustained success in conducting serious deep research that creates innovative outcomes in a range of different design fields. This report delves into the information pursuit of our team, exploring the way the CDI navigates the contextual factors that shape uptake and adaption, as well as the positive effect our catalogue of work has had on end-users both locally and internationally.
We at the Centre for Design Innovation look forward to continuing our efforts to maximise the human experience of wider systems, services and spaces into the future.
Download PDF web version (8MB low resolution) here: CDI Biennial Report 2018
The CDI would like to congratulate Dr Gavin Melles, who recently received a GIAN (Global Initiative of Academic Networks) fellowship for India to teach about designing social innovation. This award symbolises a global recognition of Melles’ expertise, resulting in his teaching of human-centred design at the National Institute of Technology Silchar, in the Indian state of Assam.
This award places both Dr Melles and Swinburne University of Technology on a global stage, highlighting the excellence that Swinburne has cultivated over a number of years. Locally, Dr Melles’ success represents one of few fellowships of similar prestige awarded to Melbourne universities in recent years, and Swinburne’s second such award.
The Government of India developed the GIAN program in 2014, with an eye to “accelerating the pace of quality reform” and “elevating India’s scientific and technological capacity to global excellence.” It has focused on bringing global experts to India mainly in the areas of science and technology.
Levels of international engagement with institutes of Higher Education in India have subsequently increased over the ensuing years, with a number of the world’s best academic and industry experts imparting their knowledge on those that will develop their local infrastructure.
This is not Dr Melles’ first honour of the kind, following a similar STINT grant in Sweden (at Linköping University) in 2012-13 and a global fellowship at Edinburgh University’s Institute of Advanced Studies in Humanities (IASH) in 2016. His partner at NIT Silchar will be Dr Ray Avishek, whom Dr Melles met when they were both at IASH as fellows. He has also previous studied NGO and social enterprise impact assessment in New Delhi, funded by the Australia India Institute.
The Centre for Design Innovation is excited to announce the arrival of Professor Mark Taylor, who will look to lend his expertise to the upstart User Experience Design for Services program.
Professor Taylor joins the CDI with an impressive body of work, following six years as a Professor of Architecture at the University of Newcastle where he lent his expansive knowledge of the history and theory of architecture and industrial design to a number of university projects and publications focused around the effect the intricacy of interior design can have on culture.
Mark was a key driver of the ‘Flow: A Conference in Two Parts’ international symposium in 2011, which laid the foundations for his upcoming publication of Flow: Interior, Landscape and Architecture in the Era of Liquid Modernity, exploring the relationship between the interior, landscape and architecture and how this affects the relationships between phenomena. Set to be released on the 12th of July this year, Mark’s newest publication is a major point of excitement for the CDI. He also continues as an editorial board member for ‘Designing Interiors’ (Lund Humphries).
Professor Taylor has also heavily contributed to a wide array of publications centred around interior design, such as: Interior Design and Architecture: Critical and Primary Sources (Bloomsbury 2013), Designing the French Interior: The Modern Home and Mass Media (Bloomsbury 2015) and is currently finalizing A Cultural History of Interiors in the Medieval Age (Bloomsbury 2018).
Mark promises to prove a valuable addition to the User Experience Design for Services team, immediately commencing an ARC Discovery Grant upon his transfer to Swinburne, with a focus on “Place and Parametricism: Provocations for the Rethinking of Design” which will be explored between 2017-2020.
Swinburne’s School of Design was home to an engaging lecture by world-renowned architect Richard Maddock recently. The Foster and Partners Associate spoke to a theatre full of aspiring design students about a variety of topics, including the structural integrity of timber and a number of projects that he has personally been involved with over recent months.
The University of Tasmania graduate has become an integral part of Foster and Partners’ Specialist Modelling Group, working out of their London office on a number of innovative designs the world over since 2014.
Maddock spoke about his experiences designing the new Crossrail Place for London’s Canary Wharf, an innovative structure with a rooftop garden and a latticed wooden roof structure, in order to “bathe the garden in natural sunlight”.
“It really stands out amongst the steel and glass skyscrapers of Canary Wharf.”
Maddock also went in-depth about his team’s reliance on wood construction, labelling trees as “silent engineers”.
With a real focus on the structural integrity of hardwood, Maddock explained in detail the composition of a number of large trees, including the famed Sequoia trees of Sequoia National Park, California.
According to Maddock, timber’s tensile strength is developed as the tree grows, with the outer of the tree exposed to wind pressure, ensuring that the timber derived can thrive in adverse conditions.
To learn more about Maddock, as well as Foster + Partners, visit: https://www.fosterandpartners.com/
CDI research fellow, Mr. Michael Lo Bianco, is now a member on the Knox Active Ageing Advisory Committee (KAAAC).
KAAAC was established in 2010 to provide advice to Knox City Council on services, programs and issues which support active ageing in the community. The main purpose of the committee is to provide feedback and advice, obtained from engagement with older people and other key stakeholders, to support the decision making of Council.
Michael is appointed as an industry member, representing Swinburne University of Technology, due to his relevant expertise and experience in the field of active ageing and aged services. His expertise is needed in areas of policy and research, service planning and/or provision. He has also lived within Knox City for his whole life.
The role provides a platform upon which Michael's research within CDI's Future Self and Design Living Lab can be implemented into practice. Additionally, the role facilitates research networks whilst promoting the CDI and Living Lab to a new group of likeminded individuals and organisations.
We are pleased to welcome our new professor, Dr. Steffen P Walz, into the CDI team!
Steffen is a senior academic and entrepreneur with a digital innovation track record in Germany, Switzerland, and Australia. He is also an internationally recognised scholar and book author, a business consultant, and an entrepreneur.
Steffen has acquired, led and completed digital innovation / R&D projects for major industry clients including; Novartis Pharma, Audi, LG Display. He has also provided creative industries consultancy to policy organisations including; MFG Baden-Wuerttemberg, Swiss Federal Government, Australian Trade and Investment Commission, Creative Victoria, UN Population Fund, Deptartment of Education and Training Victoria, and VicHealth.
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.
Steffen's research sits, broadly speaking, at the intersections of (1) health and wellbeing, (2) mobile technologies (including automotive, location-based, wearable, and spatial technologies including VR and AR), and (3) playfulness, game design and foresight facilitation.
For more on Prof. Walz, please see the link to his profile below.
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:
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.
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
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.
We are proud to announce the commencement 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.
The gig economy is offering Australians jobs, but it comes at a cost. These are often temporary positions, where workers are independent and have to take on more risks.
In our series Working Well in the Gig Economy we ask experts how workers can cope in this new environment.
People who work in the gig economy can work from everywhere. But not all places are compatible with the contingent nature of their work, recommended health and safety guidelines or fulfil their needs when it comes to the social nature of work.
Temporary self-employment is not new, but online platforms like Upwork and Freelancerare enabling an estimated 55 million freelancers in the United States (35% of their workforce)to connect with those that require their skills. A 2014 study estimates 3.7 million (30% of workers) contribute A$51 billion to the Australian economy each year.
The sheer amount of freelancers and their significant contribution to the economy, make it important to consider what makes a good place for gig workers to do their gigs. While workspaces used by freelancers might have similar components (for example chairs and desks) as those used by full-time employees, historical differences make freelancers’ workplaces different from the office.
It’s important to remember that the office is an invention. Contemporary corporate workplaces are the result of conditions that have not only given us the office building, but shaped civilisations.
For example in the US, the office evolved from a variety of circumstances including increased trade produced by the railroad. People could no longer do their business in their heads and businesses progressively needed more space for managers.
Further management inventions, such as hierarchy and bureaucracy, shaped organisational structures. Other developments like a reduction of the cost of steel and the invention of the elevator shaped the physical structure of tall buildings in prime locations in New York City and Chicago.
In Australia, one of the first multinational corporations, the East India Company, contributed to the development of the early office building. In the early 1800s, the first Postal Act of 1825 enablied the New South Wales governor to fix postage rates and appoint postmasters outside of Sydney. This led to some of the first offices of Australia Post.
The technological, economic and social circumstances fostering freelancing are in many ways different, if not at odds, with the context that created the office. However work is a social activity and professional isolation can negatively impact job performance and create adverse psychological conditions.
Another popular option for gig workers is the coffee shop. These have provided a social outlet and have hosted activities similar to today’s work activities –reading, writing and exchange of information - since the 17th century. However, these places are not sites for gainful or productive work.
Coworking spaces are shared workplaces utilised by professionals, mostly freelancers, who miss the interactions (and amenities) of the office but do not want to commit to long and complicated lease terms. These spaces allow freelancers to rent space in a casual fashion and in short terms, even by the hour.
Coworking also allow freelancers to work among others, even if not with them, in other words to “work alone together”. What started in 2005 in San Francisco by a software developer who wanted “the freedom and independence of working for myself along with the structure and community of working with others”, is now a multi-billion dollar industry.
Some coworking offerings are based on the access economy, taking advantage of underutilised resources and making them accessible. For example, Spacious is looking into the more than 2,000 restaurants which are closed before 6pm in New York and aiming to open them for coworking during business hours.
Which codes or health and safety requirements apply when a restaurant, or home, is also being used as a workplace? As legislation evolves to protect the right of freelancers, design must strive to provide them with safe and good working environments.
Several studies from social and physical sciences on topics as varied as the influence of ceiling heights in creativity or the effects of smelling peppermint in typewriting speed and accuracy, suggest that qualities of the environment can affect work. Quantitative and qualitative studies also highlight the role of physical proximity between people in supporting interactions and transferring knowledge.
Even experiments with divers suggest that information is better recalled in the same environment that it was learnt (surface or under the sea). Working from a constant, purposely designed space to work with or among others might not only help to provide the necessary contextual cues to remind freelancers what they need to do, but the environment to do it better.
As the gig economy evolves, distinct places for gig workers are likely to change the skyline created by the railroad and busy managers. The advantages of freelancing such as casual and portable work should not come at the expense of a precarious work life without access to ergonomic, social and purposely designed spaces that take into consideration the uncertain nature of their work.
Kyla Lodewijk, Provisional Psychologist and Allied Health Consultant, also contributed to this article.
We are proud to announce the themes for the Design4Health Confrence 2017
Abstract online submissions for peer review and online payment of early bird discount registration to secure your place is now open.
GO TO: D4HMelbourne
We also welcome papers focussed on methods or education and training that cross-link into one or more of the themes listed above.
This biennial event, in collaboration with Sheffield Hallam University, provides an opportunity for collaboration between the disciplines of design and health to develop new ways to positively impact the environmental, social, cultural and economic factors within our communities and beyond.
Design4Health will be held at Swinburne University of Technology from 4–7 December 2017.
We are proud to present our Inaugural Research Centre Report!
The report features a selection of our research projects and a detailed overview of our core programs: Smart Wearables Technology and Design, Furture Self and Design Living Lab, Project Geldom, and Humanitarian Habitat and Design.
Our serious deep research has innovative and impactful outcomes because we understand the intentions of end-users, the outcome goals at play, and the contextual factors that influence uptake and adaption.
We look forward to continuing to improve the human experience of carefully designed systems, services, and spaces.
A Memorandum of Agreement (MoA) was handed over on the afternoon of Friday the 9th December by Dr. Religiana Hendarti of Binus University to A/Prof. Kurt Seemann, Director of Centre for Design Innovation (CDI), on behalf of the Deputy Vice-Chancellor for Research and Development, Prof. Aleks Subic.
The memorandum outlines the five-year research collaboration between the two universities and focuses on CDI’s Humanitarian Habitat and Design program which looks at the design of suitable, temporary shelters and facilities for after disaster. In particular, the relationship centres on flood disasters in Jakarta, Indonesia.
We look forward to our ongoing relationship with Binus University, including initial fieldwork, a joint design workshop and exhibition, joint research papers and a student exchange program.
A/Prof. K Seemann (CDI), Dr. Religiana Hendarti (Binus), and Dr. Yenny Rahmayati (CDI)
Luke Ebert, a Master of Design student at Swinburne, has been selected as the Victorian state finalist in The Big Issue’s The Big Idea competition.
The Big Issue, Australia’s longest standing social enterprise, is an independent, not-for-profit organisation which delivers solutions to help homeless, marginalised, and disadvantaged people to positively change their lives. The Big Idea competition invites students to develop a concept and business plan for a social enterprise that might become the next ‘Big Issue’.
Luke’s ‘Big Idea’ is focused on an Indigenous Food Truck social enterprise. His enterprise seeks to re-affirm Australia’s rich cultural history through food, education and opportunity. Based in Melbourne, the Indigenous Food Truck provides training and employment for young Indigenous Australians who are in protective care.
Swinburne Student, Ms. Jessica Herrera, created a 3D bronze model of Victoria's endangered state emblem, the Leadbeater’s Possum, for her final year portfolio. This was part of her research project which supported the Great Forest National Park Campaign.
This model was sponsored by Swinburne's School of Design and the Centre for Design Innovation, in support of the protection of the Leadbeater’s possum. It was cast in the university’s workshop by Mr. Michael Hall.
Jessica handed over the possum statue to Mr. Steve Meacher, the President of Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum community group, on the 6th of November, during the opening event of the Toolangi Sculpture Trail.
The statue is on display to the public in the Toolangi Forest Discovery Centre, North-East of Melbourne, which provides habitat for the Leadbeater’s possum.
Ms. Herrera graduated her Bachelor of Design (Digital Media Design/Honours) at Swinburne University of Technology in 2015.
Handing over the sculture to the President of Friends of Leadbeater’s Possum, in the Toolangi Forest Discover Centre.
The bronze, life-sized statue of the Leadbeater’s Possum.
CDI researchers will present to the world at Habitat III in Quito, Ecuador, held only once every 20 years.
The conference is the United Nations Conference on Housing and Sustainable Urban Development.
It seeks to bring people and disciplines together to understand habitat, reinvigorate the global commitment to sustainable urbanisation, and implement a New Urban Agenda on Sustainable Development, building on the Habitat II Agenda of Istanbul in 1996.
CDI will host a Side Event in the Urban Library of the conference to engage in a conversation on Ekistics, and ideas with the emerging new economies of India, Asia and China, and the urban challenges experienced in the southern hemisphere including South America, Africa, and Oceanic island nations.
"Our conversations with the world will seek to share and exchange ideas on humanitarian design, complexity in urban design, and the systemic relationships that develop between the rural outer, and inner urban centres. I am personally interested in the importance of the human-centred experience, our relationship with our natural and designed habitat, and the prospect of achieving urban simplicity in the amenity of the settlement," says CDI Director, Associate Professor Kurt Seemann. "Our team there includes CDI Researcher, Dr Matthew Parnell, and PhD Candidate Mr Andre Van Eymeren who is investigating a novel approach to understanding and fostering community in urban design".
Additionally, Dr. Kurt Seemann has been selected as Editor In Chief of Ekistics: the science and problems of human settlements. The Journal and its society – the World Society for Ekistics – is well known to the UN Habitat having presented and contributed to Habitat II 20 years before.
The conference will take place in Quito, Ecuador, from 17 – 20 October 2016.
Learn More at our CDI Project Page
A two-week course will run at the Indian Institute of Technology in Madras from 5th to 16th December 2016. The course provides an introduction to social enterprise in India and Asia by combining classroom knowledge with immersive tours and field trips. Accommodation is provided.
The course is based on the work of Dr. Gavin Melles, who has studied social enterprise and innovation in India over the last 3 years.
Regional understanding is imperative for successful social enterprises.
"You can’t understand social enterprise in India or Vietnam or Australia or UK unless you understand the socio-cultural and institutional environment in which it operates," Dr. Melles says.
Dr. Melles has been awarded the Chingari Seed Grant from the Australia-India Institute. Along with the Centre for Social Initiative and Management (CSIM Chennai), Dr. Melles will conduct a study on measuring social impact in NGO and social enterprise using social accounting. The study will run alongside the two-week course.
Interested students can enroll in DDD20025 Design Study Tour (12.5 credit points)
Applications close 14th October 2016
Contact Dr. Gavin Melles for further details
Kelly McJannet is the CEO of Food Ladder, an international social enterprise providing innovative solutions to food security. At 24, when backpacking through northern India, Kelly couldn’t get past the stark poverty experience in the slums in Rajasthan. It solidified her life’s mission to make a change on a global scale. Kelly realised that to address the pressing global concern of food security, the solution needed to be both environmentally and economically sustainable. She created Food Ladder which empowers disadvantaged people to grow their own produce using its hydroponic greenhouses in the slums of India through to Indigenous communities in the Northern Territory of Australia.
Food Ladder is an award winning business funded by the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade internationally that has collectively created employment for over 600 people previously living in poverty or suffering from long-term unemployment.
Kelly is experienced in developing start-ups as well as designing innovative and compelling strategies to deliver growth. Kelly has held management roles in Indigenous education, employment and development sectors before pursuing her dream of addressing food security challenges on a global scale.
Working with Governments to scale its reach, Kelly’s vision is to provide a socially, environmentally and economically sustainable solution to food security for impoverished communities around the world.
The Centre for Design Innovation presents Dr Maria Jakobs, Chair and Professor of Textlinguistics and Technical Communication at RWTH Aachen University, Germany.
Dr Jakobs is currently working on a number of interdisciplinary, industry-linked research projects focused on mobility, sustainability, communication, and open platforms. She joins fellow researcher, Swinburne's Dr Gavin Melles of the Cooporative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living to share her expertise and developments in Australian-German research projects.
Date: 21 October 2016
Time: 1.30pm – 2.30pm
Venue: AGSE207 Hawthorn Campus, Swinburne University of Technology
Contact Information: Dr Gavin Melles
Email: [email protected]
The CDI offers advanced research in design that aims to give our research partners and research students a distinctive competitive advantage.
We are interested in creative and ambitious design researchers, or researchers not from a design background but who wish to advance a design thinking, product or service design innovation. Our current design research focus themes are outlined in this brochure and include:
Strategic Applications of Design Research:
Across our strategic research applications, we seek to advance world class design research expertise in:
Dr. Samantha Edwards-Vandenhoek recently returned from engaging in Indigenous 'place-making' and community participation with the Indigenous Design and Planning Institute at the University of New Mexico, USA.
'Place-making' involves social art initiatives, informed by co-design processes, which seek to empower communities and improve general health and social wellbeing.
"Place-making isn’t focused on the outcome, but rather the process," Dr. Edwards-Vandenhoek says, "It’s about what the execution and story sharing affords people. It’s a highly charged space."
In Albuquerque, where the University is located, Dr. Edwards-Vandenhoek drove thousands of kilometres across the Navajo Nation visiting pueblos, documenting street art and traces of ‘place-making’ practices.
"Going to New Mexico was about building links with the university and what they do, and attempting to feed in some of that knowledge and work they're doing into my own projects in Australia," Dr. Edwards-Vandenhoek says.
Samantha also spent time documenting the Painted Desert Project: an initiative that connects public artists with communities through mural opportunities on the Navajo Nation. Communities in the Navajo Nation experience very poor economic development, among other problems. The Painted Desert Project aims to reimagine public spaces and empower the community.
"Being there really shows what place-making can accomplish. That's the design connection- understanding how things like public art and placemaking are designed and changes people's perceptions of their environment, which can then lead to greater things."
The work the university and Dr. Edwards-Vandenhoek are doing is part of something greater.
"It isn't the final thing, it's part of something else. A lot of people will think my work is just about murals and street art but it isn't. It's more about what that affords people: coming together, doing something differently, all that kind of design process work".
While in the States, Dr. Edwards-Vandenhoek also presented her own research on placemaking at the university and at a design conference in Boston.
This knowledge will inform Dr. Edwards-Vandenhoek's design-led place-making work in remote Aboriginal community in Ramingining.
Swinburne University of Technology is running three, half-day workshops over the next 12 months, to develop a digital package for home renovators interested in sustainability.
The workshops will give homeowners with a desire to renovate, the ability to contribute their valuable inputs into an important digital renovation package (applications and website).
This digital package will use virtual reality technology to show homeowners how they can concurrently cut carbon dioxide emissions while achieving their renovation goals.
This workshop is part of a larger research project on carbon reduction through renovation.
The first workshop is scheduled on Monday 5th September 9am-12pm and 1pm-4pm.
Contact Dr. Gavin Melles for more information:
0413 079 218
(03) 9214 6851
Dr Gavin Melles
Swinburne's Dr Gavin Melles is travelling India to assist in his dissertation on livelihood oriented social enterprises. Gavin is undertaking MSc Sustainability Development (Development planning), at SOAS, University of London.
The focus of Gavin's research is the links between social enterprise, in the various ways it is conceived and social development- especially as understood from a sustainable livelihoods perspective
Gavin's interest in social enterprise began 30 years ago when he was living and studying in Costa Rica.
"I started to think about how the society in Costa Rica was divided with the indigenous people at the bottom," Gavin told Indian news website, Chennai Online.
Gavin continued to focus on culture and social issues through his academic research and now volunteers as a social business mentor for the School of Social Entrepreneurs (SSE), in Delhi, India.
"You can’t understand social enterprise in India or Vietnam or Australia or UK unless you understand the socio-cultural and institutional environment in which it operates…all these organisations make the environment favourable to change or development," states Gavin.
"In India, from what I know, you have the caste, gender, socio-economic status—all of these influence the extent of which social enterprises is acceptable and for whom"
In Australia, we have an excluded population of aboriginals who have a much lower life expectancy and health problems. The issues are not absent in Australia but are different, and the attitude towards social enterprises—there is growing acceptance."
Gavin explains India is more like Europe than the USA; "It is like a bunch of different countries with different languages put together. These regional and district level differences affect how social enterprise works or is accepted.
"When you talk about social enterprise, and even the basic division about the poor north and the more developed south, in India; it would only make sense to talk about social enterprise with a regional understanding.
There are a lot of claims about how social enterprise is changing India, but whether there is a good connect with government social policy remains to be seen.
The entrepreneurial spirit, affordable innovation, and the fortune at the bottom of the pyramid; there is so much to do and as an outsider, I can see that change is happening!"
Lastly, Gavin believes social enterprises need to focus on needs-based impact assessment and be more explicit about their work; "I see the problem, globally, wherein people are not assessing but just telling good stories. It is not enough."
Gavin is Swinburne's Senior Lecturer for Social Innovation through Design and supervises PhD candidates in Design for Social Innovation. He has links with Swinburne's Centre for Social Impact (CSI), Okapi Consultancy in Villgro, DesiCrew in Tamil Nadu, and the Centre for Social Innovation and Entrepreneurship (CSIE) at IIT Madras.
He is a researcher with the Collaborative Research Centre for Low Carbon Living, is a social business mentor for the School of Social Entrepreneurs (Australia) and assessor for the Australian Research Council and Swiss National Research Council.
Future Self and Design Living Lab will be officially awarded membership into European Network of Living Labs next month when Associate Professor Dr. Sonja Pedell travels to Montreal to accept the award at The Open Living Lab Days 2016.
Future Self and Design Living Lab at Swinburne University of Technology will be the first Australian living lab in the prestigious network with a focus on ageing.
The importance of this focus is underpinned beyond the acknowledged issue of the aging population. Dr. Sonja believes the is a bigger issue at play: Society suffers from strong ageism.
"Older people are neglected in considerations of their quality of life, in considerations of product development".
This large section currently makes up one-third of the population and is set to increase.
"One day, if we are lucky, we will part of it. So for me, it's a no-brainer to really push for quality of life across the whole life span."
Living labs encourage co-created solutions to real world problems. This is achieved through involving multiple parties in research such as; government, community, industry, academic researchers, and end-users.
Dr. Sonja receiving the award at ENoLL's 10th-anniversary
celebration in Amsterdam, earlier this year
The Asia-Pacific Congress in Sports Technology (APCST2017) will be held at Swinburne, in September 2017.
Swinburne was suggested as a location by Professor Tino Fuss, who was appointed at Swinburne on 1st August 2016.
The bi-annual event provides an international forum for sports technology researchers, developers, and innovators. The event also engages the broader sporting industry through site visits and specialist workshops.
The 2017 congress will include a sports products and industry expo, organised by the Australian Sports Technology Industry Network, of which Professor Fuss is co-director.
Tino Fuss is a professor of sports engineering, with dual backgrounds in medicine and engineering. Along with researching and developing smart equipment and wearable technologies for over 15 years, Professor Fuss has collaborated with many elite sports organisations.
CDI are excited to announce the arrival of Professor Tino Fuss in the roles of Professor of Health and Sports Technologies and Core Program Director: Smart Cap and Gear, on 1st August.
Tino's dual backgrounds in medicine and engineering manifest into a high level of expertise in the development of implant technologies, and smart health and sports equipment.
"In order to produce an innovative product, there is always a design process. So the best place for us within Swinburne University is definitely the Centre for Design Innovation", Tino says.
Tino and his team are working on a number of exciting projects including The Smart Cap and Gear, a smart insole for diabetic patients, a smart soccer boot, a smart compression garment, and a smart cricket ball (used by the English Cricket Board).
"First of all, [my team] are the crazy people. This means crazy ideas create innovations.
Secondly, we start working at the point other people say it can't be done.
Thirdly, we don't believe in research questions. The reason for this is research questions actually constrain your research. You set a goal and then you try to achieve that goal, without realising there are other possibilities. You can go further.
Lastly, we are intrigued by lateral innovation, which sums up our research and development activities".
Shaping change is a participatory art event that explores gender issues and migrant experience. The event runs from the 15th of June until the 31st of August at Peel Street Park, Collingwood.
The Centre for Design Innovation at Swinburne University of Technology engineered the augmented reality technology between the mural, and tablets and phones. By using either of these devices to interact wth the artwork, participants activate a dynamic video piece on tragic stories of three migrant Australians.
'Shaping Change' participatory artwork at Peel Street Park
Date: Until 31st August
Time: All hours
Venue: Peel Street Park, Collingwood
Conference: Dates: June 09-10th. 2016
Venue: Swinburne University of Technology,
Hawthorn, Melbourne, Victoria, Australia.
Convenor: Dr. Kirsten Day
Future Housing: Global Cities and Regional Problems
Interdisciplinary – International Conference. Part of the Housing-Critical Futures Program
Location: Swinburne University of Technology, Australia
Prof. Esther Charlesworth. Founding Director of Architects without Frontiers (Australia).
Dr. Tom Alves. Award winning architect and researcher on housing and community. Office of the Victorian Government Architect.
SEE this link for more deatils.
Professor Anil Gupta
Date: 5 May 2016
Venue: Swinburne University AMDC301
in partnership with:
Date: 5 May 2016
Time: Arrivals from 5.45pm for 6.00pm start.
Join the Centre for Transformative Innovation and the Centre for Design Innovation for a public lecture on frugal innovation with special guest Professor Anil Gupta. Professor Gupta will explore India's hidden hotbeds of invention and will show how the Honey Bee Network helps India's unsung inventors build the connections they need — and gain the recognition they deserve.
Professor Anil Gupta is a globally recognised academic and activist in the field of frugal and grass roots innovation. He is a senior staff member of the Indian Institute of Management (IIM) Ahmedabad, one of India’s top tier Schools. He founded the Honey Bee Network to support grass roots innovators. The Honey Bee Network has documented thousands of innovations and assisted some of them through to commercialisation and securing their IP. Much of the knowledge about these innovations has been acquired through week-long walks to visit villages, a practice each summer over the past few decades. The Honey Bee Network database of innovations now extends to many from China and, more recently, Brazil.
His achievements have led to appointments to India’s National Innovation Council and his involvement in the policy discussions about innovation in India. His profile is best appreciated through his TED talk.
A/Prof Sonja Pedell is co-authoring "what's special about ageing" in the new edition of Interactions Magazine.
Insights highlighted in this article include:
If we focus on aging as a process, rather than old age as a state, we design systems that help people move smoothly through later life as circumstances and capacities change.Designing technology to allow people to stay engaged and exert choice,irrespective of independence, is a way to support emotional health.
Interactions Magazine is the flagship magazine for the ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), with a global circulation that includes all SIGCHI members.
The Community + Culture section "features practitioner perspectives on designing technologies for and with communities. We highlight compelling projects and provocative points of view that speak to both community technology practice and the interaction design field as a whole" (Editor Christopher A. Le Dantec)
Lean approaches to service design in health, government and other fields
By Damon O'Sullivan, of Studio Thick.
Dr Gavin Melles
Builidng TD144 - Hawthorn Campus, Swinburne University William Street, Hawthorn, VIC 3122, Australia
Monday, 4 April 2016 from 2:30 PM to 3:30 PM (AEST)
Studio Thick is a leader in lean service design in multiple fields
Damon O'Sullivan joins us for a seminar on lean UX and service design principles driving their innovative portfolio
Living Lab research team gave presentations on UX for senior citizens to the UX Group of Melbourne (55 attended).
User Experience Design for older adults is a topic of growing importance. Sonja Pedell is an Associate Professor at the School of Design at Swinburne University of Technology, and has also worked in UX and User-Centred Design consultancy. Sonja, with other members of the Future Self and Design Living Lab, ran this session of lightning talks about methods that they developed and use in their research and design projects when designing technology supported solutions with and for older adults.
The brief presentations emphasised what worked and what did not work when co-designing with older adults across a range of different projects. The focus of the talks was on how methods should give older adults a strong voice in the design process and enable them to express their goals and emotions in order to steer design decisions. The team was accompanied by Kira the humanoid robot, who has been playing a facilitating role between technology and people in some of the projects.
The presenters from the Future Self and Design Living Lab at the Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology, were:
• Sonja Pedell (Introduction designing with older adults)
• Alen Keirnan (Co-evaluating user emotions with animations)
• Michael Lo Bianco (Life goals as drivers for fall prevention)
• Jeanie Beh (Interest-based touchscreen IT training)
• Angeline Mayasari (Mediating emotions in intergenerational communication)
• Nicole Symington (Intergenerational storytelling in the VR Cube: Sharing places)
Interesting questions by the audience which consisted of UX professionals, researchers and older adults involved in Swinburne's research projects included:
Will the technology knowledge gap between younger and older people close soon?
Is the participant sample you work with not very selective in that they are interested in technology use?
How can research support older adults to manage steps with arthitic knees better?
Swinburne’s CDI launches Living Lab
Solutions for the health and wellbeing of older adults will be the focus of Swinburne University of Technology’s newly opened Future Self and Design (FSD) Living Lab.
Living Labs are impact-focused innovation settings that bring together researchers, government, business and end-users to co-create solutions to real world problems.
|Date/Time:||Thursday, 31 March 2016; 12:30pm to 1:30pm|
|Venue:||AMDC206, AMDC Building Hawthorn Campus|
Dr Gavin Melles
RSVP interest to:
Rose Cooney: [email protected]
Research Centre Coordinator, CDI
If Nature doesn’t do 'problem-solving' or recognise 'genius', does the genre of invention needs re-inventing? Living systems evolve by re-combining existing resources to create multiple opportunities. My ‘relational innovation’ tool applies this principle in both commercial and educational settings.
John Wood is Emeritus Professor of Design at Goldsmiths, University of London and a director of Creative Publics. He has published over a hundred and fifty publications, co-founded the international ‘Writing-PAD Network’ and co-edits its ‘Journal of Writing in Creative Practice’. He was Deputy Head of Fine Art before launching several radical design degrees that founded the current Design Department, ranked as number one in 2016 (Guardian newspaper)
The aged care sector in Australia and Japan is facing a challenge of the increasing demands due to the rapid population ageing.
Designing and providing a living environment that is well suited to the diverse needs of older adults is an important task in addressing the challenge. Research evidence needs to be further developed and shared to inform the design of aged care facilities and other places for older adults. This seminar brings together researchers in the field of design for ageing in Japan and in Australia. They will present their studies on the design aspects of older adults’ living environments that can contribute to their wellbeing. The seminar, hosted by Centre for Design Innovation, Swinburne University of Technology, will be of interest to practitioners, researchers, and students who are involved in the design and management of aged care and relevant facilities.
To register for the seminar and learn more click on link below:
She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation was launched on October 10th at Tongji University, Shanghai, China.
This is an open access journal and all articles are available in both English and Mandarin. Having scholarly articles in both languages will open up interaction between the English and Chinese speaking design research communities. Their Editor in Chief, University Distinguished Professor Ken Friedman, and the Deputy Managing Editor, Associate Professor Deirdre Barron, are both members of Centre for Design Innovation (CDI) here at Swinburne.
For more information click on this link below:
⤵️ Click here to download the first issue in PDF.
Marngo Designing Futures
Marngo Designing Futures is a Centre for Design Innovation initiative that seeks to build leadership capacity, stimulate interest and raise awareness of career pathways that promote and enable Indigenous design and innovation.
Funded by the Higher Education Participation Program, Marngo Designing Futures provides opportunities for the sharing of Aboriginal design knowledge, intergenerational collaboration and formation of peer-to-peer networks in an intensive and responsive workshop format, on Country.
In August 2015, 15 ATSI students from schools across Victoria participated in Marngo Designing Futures at Mungo National Park. Working at the intersection of art, design and film, this video captures the journey we went on together. Moreover, how Marngo Designing Futures harnesses the power of creativity to develop students teamwork, problem-solving, communication and lateral thinking skills, which can then be carried into university and industry.
Art and design students from around the world are invited to share ideas on innovative and culturally appropriate ways to communicate safe sex in South East Asia and Africa.
Topic: Create a visual around packaging, branding, advertising and promotional, material for safe sex
Categories: Young designers (under 35 years of age) Design students (currently in tertiary education)
Eligibility: Entries may be individual or from a group but group members must all be withinthe same category. Mixed groups are not accepted. Anyone born from 1 January 1980 on can enter. Students must be enrolled full- or part-time across the globe in a recognised post-secondary course anywhere in the world.
Prizes: Two winning projects will be chosen from each category – a winner and a runner-up. The winner in each category will receive prize money of $3500. The runner –up in each category will receive prize money of $1500.
Entry Information: There is no entry fee for this competition.
Dates: Closes July 31, 2015; judging in August and winner announced in September
Entrants are asked to prepare their artwork as a single .JPG file, A4 (landscape or portrait) at 150dpi. Files over 10mb in size will not be accepted. Files are to be emailed to [email protected], along with the completed Entry Form and the following contact details.
Please include a written explanation for your design of around 100 words.
The plan for the research centre provides a synthesis of the design requirements of a medical research facility with that of a working laboratory.
The brief for Aitkenhead Centres for Medical Discovery (ACMD) requires state of the art laboratory facilities to develop and promote the work of the collaborative partners.
Requirements include a project innovation studio that enables project teams to tailor laboratory space (including PC1, PC2 and 3D printing environments) and work collaboratively onsite and with remote partners via the interactive studio space.
Research draws together cutting edge investigative and ground-breaking practices by adapting diverse work methods to create a facility that promotes experimentation, innovation and collaboration.
Trending world wide is a recognition that design concepts and research methods offer scholarly insights into the world we create that traditional sciences may not address.
How people exprience and interact with the made world involving complex systems, visual communication symbols, manufactured products, and environments has rapidly grown into a field of inquiry informing design knowledge and practice. Design led innovation research drives new design frontiers in health, services, products, and aged care solutions. Research in the field of design is informing approaches to navigate complexity when it is derived from the increase of smart and interactive systems in our lives.
Centre for Design Innovation scholars, University Distinguished Professor Ken Friedman and Research Fellow Heico Wesselius (PhD Candidate), were awarded the prestigious Best Presentation at the international conference "Design - What's Next?", jointly convened by the 20th Chinese Institute of Design; 2nd International Design Study Forum and Conference, May 16, 2015 Yunlin, Taiwa.
Dr Gavin Melles on Design Thinking in Education
FHAD Learning Innovation Research Network (LIRN) Lunch Thursday 21st May 1-2pm AMDC912
You are invited to attend this week's LIRN Lunch Discussion Group at which Gavin Melles will discuss a recently completed book chapter, 'Problem Finding Through Design Thinking in Education', co-authored with Neil Anderson, Tom Barrett and Scott Thompson-Whiteside.
From the Chapter Abstract:
Design thinking has become something of a buzz word in innovation discussions and has recently also invested occupied education spaces. In this chapter we briefly compare design thinking to problem-based learning
(PBL) and enquiry-based learning (EBL) approaches to problem solving in education before focusing on the approach itself and current debates about its meaning and significance. This chapter focuses particular attention on the problem finding aspect of design thinking and its integration of creative methods for solving a range of tame to wicked problems in a variety of spaces. We ground our analysis in three environments of design thinking and five specific cases of application across education sectors from primary through to university. The examples focus on the generative potential of design thinking for all students and especially those from non-design disciplines. It is this capacity of design thinking to complement existing pedagogies and provide inspiration for change and innovation that is the strength of the model.
The chapter is available on the FHAD wiki.
Swinburne University of Technology’s fourth Chancellor, Graham Goldsmith, has been installed in a ceremony presided over by the Governor of Victoria, the Honourable Alex Chernov AC QC.
Mr Goldsmith was appointed as the Chancellor in August 2014, having served on the Council of Swinburne since 2010.
He is a highly respected figure in the Australian financial services industry and an experienced company director and community leader with a deep commitment to education.
Mr Goldsmith was educated at Swinburne Institute of Technology, as it then was, and graduated with a Bachelor of Business (Accounting) in 1983. He has also completed the Advanced Management Program at Harvard University in Boston.
“I am honoured to be taking up this exciting new role,” Mr Goldsmith said. “I hope that during my period as Chancellor of Swinburne that I might be able to make at least a modest contribution to this university and to the future of all who come in contact with it.
“I acknowledge the great strides the university has made in the last four years under the leadership of Vice Chancellor, Professor Linda Kristjanson, and her team and look forward to working with them and assisting in whatever way possible in the years ahead.
“I also want to acknowledge my two immediate predecessors, Bill Scales and Doug Mitchell, who, together with the late Richard Pratt, are the group of Chancellors that have led Swinburne so ably since its formation as a university in 1992.”
Mr Goldsmith’s career began with National Australia Bank in Melbourne before joining JBWere and Son in 1987, working in Melbourne and London. Following the merger of JBWere with the Australian operations of Goldman Sachs and Co in 2003, Mr Goldsmith held a number of senior roles, including as Chair of the Goldman Sachs Australia Foundation. Mr Goldsmith retired in 2012 as Vice-Chairman and a Managing Director of Goldman Sachs Australia after a 25-year career with the firm.
In addition to being Chancellor at Swinburne, Mr Goldsmith is currently a non-executive director of ASX listed companies Djerriwarrh Investments Limited and SEEK Limited, and NYSE listed Zhaopin Limited.
Mr Goldsmith is a Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors (FAICD), Financial Services Institute of Australia (FFin), and Australian Society of Certified Practicing Accountants (FCPA).
Watch the installation here.
PNG balsa industry to receive a $10,000 boost thanks to Swinburne design student
In recent times the PNG balsa industry has increased in global volume and value due to the demand from China to manufacture renewable wind energy farms. The industry has in turn provided employment to a large population of locals particularly in the PNG province of East New Britain.
But the global financial crisis changed that and the industry is now one in over supply and under demand.
This is where Nathan Kotlarewski comes in. Nathan is a PhD student at Swinburne University of Technology’s Centre for Design Innovation and as part of his research he’s been looking at ways to develop new and novel products for the PNG balsa wood industry which in turn is helping to protect the incomes of the locals who heavily depend on the industry.
A specific part of Nathan’s research has focussed on “Balsalation” or new ways to use balsa panels for interior wall or ceiling linings to enhance the thermal and acoustic insulation of interior dwellings.
Nathan’s “Balsalation” projects ticks all the boxes in sustainability, social responsibility and this year has also earned him the honour of winning the 2014 Swinburne Innovation Cup.
His $10,000 prize will go towards the commercial development of products using PNG balsa.
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