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New Centre Flyer 2018

We are excited to share our new 2018 Centre Flyer.  The flyer flags our new program of research, and signals our plans to build User Experience for Services: Tourism, Health and Government, and  Architecture and Habitat research.



Esteemed Architect treats School of Design

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:

CDI fellow - Knox Active Ageing Advisory Committee

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.

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.

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.


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