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Dr Rob Saunders
Senior Lecturer, Acting Head of Discipline

My primary research interest is the development of computational models of creativity. The development of computational models of creative processes provides opportunities for developing a better understanding human creativity, producing tools that support human creativity and possibly creating autonomous systems capable of creative activity. My approach to developing computational models of creativity is to develop curious agents and to use these curious agents to simulate creative systems.

Dr Martin Tomitsch

Senior Lecturer, Director of Bachelor of Design Computing

Dr Martin Tomitsch's primary research interest is the application of user-centred interaction design methods and the study of user behaviours to inform the development of novel interfaces and interaction techniques for everyday life. In his research work he emphasises the design and evaluation of new approaches to human-computer interaction.

Dr Oliver Bown
Postdoctoral Fellow, Lecturer

Oliver Bown is a British researcher and electronic music practitioner. He joined the Design Lab, at the Faculty of Architecture, Design and Planning, in June 2011. His research interests include digital music, music software and performance systems, computational creativity, biologically-inspired computing, complex systems and ecosystems, multi-agent modelling, models and theories of cultural dynamics, and human evolution, particularly with respect to human artistic behaviour.

Dr Caitilin de Bérigny

Dr Caitilin de Bérigny is a visual artist her artworks have been exhibited extensively, nationally in Australia and internationally in France, USA and Canada. onacloV completed aPhD from the University of Canberra. Her other degrees include a Bachelor of Arts (Visual) with Honours from the Australian National University and the École Nationale Supérieure des Beaux-Arts, Paris, France and a Post Graduate Diploma in Video Art & Contemporary Theory and Philosophy from the École des Beaux-Arts, Marseille, France.

Dr Lian Loke
Senior Lecturer Design Lab, Acting Program Director MIDEA

Her research is interdisciplinary and spans human-computer interaction, design and artistic practice, with the body as a central focus. Her research interests lie in understanding the lived experience of people interacting with emerging technologies and exploring how to design future products and systems from such understandings. Design methods and tools for speculative, user-centred and participatory design form a large part of her research programme. An ongoing strand of research is the development of methods for working with the creative potential of the moving body, drawn from movement improvisation, dance and somatic practices, which can be appropriated by designers. Her doctoral research investigated the emerging field of movement-based interaction design and resulted in a design methodology, Moving and Making Strange, consisting of methods and tools to assist in the design of movement-based interactive technologies. The design methodology gives primacy to the lived experience of people interacting with technology and offers three perspectives for designers: the first-person experiential, the observer and the machine.

Dr Somwrita Sarkar
Lecturer Design Lab

My research looks at complex systems and networks in various design, technological and biological domains, and developing models and methods to better understand them. Specifically, I have worked on spectral methods of modularity detection in complex networks and network structure discovery methods. An emerging principal area of interest in my work is city science research and urban computing, where I aim to develop novel data mining and computational methods for solving problems in urban design and planning research, especially focused around the social and economic dynamics of housing in the city.