Dr Luke Hespanhol

Member of China Studies Centre

G04 - Wilkinson Building
The University of Sydney

Biographical details

Dr Luke Hespanhol's practice investigates the potential of interactive media to create engaging experiences that lead to reflection on the relationship between individuals and the immediate environment around them. He has explored these possibilities of public expression through the development of interactive media installations for academic research, galleries and public art festivals. Luke holds a PhD from the Design Lab, University of Sydney, researching interactive media architecture and the user-centred design of hybrid urban environments. His research spans a wide spectrum of interactive media applications, from urban media art and generative media to responsive environments, technology-mediated social interactions, digital placemaking, urban informatics, smart cities and media architecture.

Luke is a lecturer in Design and Computation, a former guest researcher at the Department of Aesthetics and Communication at Aarhus University, Denmark, and a member of the Media Architecture Institute.

Current research students

Project title Research student
Responsive and Interactive Architecture � Embedding interactive technology in hospital architecture for occupants� satisfaction and health Salaam HAMAD
Designing for Better Public Mundane Technologies Hamish HENDERSON
Perception and Motivation: An Eastern Ontological Approach to Designing Moral Agency Into Digital Media Experience Kristina MAH
Responsive street crossings: Improving pedestrian safety through smart technologies Dawei (david) ZHOU

PhD and master's project opportunities

Selected grants

2018

  • Student Creative Coding Challenges: student-generated self-directed learning; Grace K, Hespanhol L, Bray L, Frawley J; DVC Education/Large Educational Innovation Grant.

2017

  • CDIP Industry & Community Engagement Fund 2017_Digital Bridges_ The Willoughby City Council_L.Hespanhol; Hespanhol L; DVC Research/Industry & Community Engagement Seed Fund (I&CEF).

Selected publications & creative works

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Book Chapters

  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2018). Power to the People: Hacking The City With Plug-In Interfaces for Community Engagement. In Michiel de Lange and Martijn de Waal (Eds.), The Hackable City, (pp. 25-50). Singapore: Springer Singapore. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Dalsgaard, P. (2015). Social Interaction Design Patterns for Urban Media Architecture. In J. Abascal, S. Barbosa, M. Fetter, T. Gross, P. Palanque, M. Winckler (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2015: 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference Bamberg, Germany, September 14-18, 2015 Proceedings, Part III, (pp. 596-613). Cham: Springer. [More Information]

Journals

  • Fredericks, J., Hespanhol, L., Parker, C., Zhou, D., Tomitsch, M. (2018). Blending pop-up urbanism and participatory technologies: Challenges and opportunities for inclusive city making. City, Culture and Society, 12, 44-53. [More Information]
  • Haeusler, M., Hespanhol, L., Hoggenmueller, M. (2018). ParticipationPlus: Documenting a design process of a media architecture installation in the second digital turn era. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 7(1), 133-149. [More Information]
  • Gardner, N., Hespanhol, L. (2018). SMLXL: Scaling the smart city, from metropolis to individual. City, Culture and Society, 12, 54-61. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., McArthur, I., Fredericks, J., Schroeter, R., Foth, M. (2016). Situated interfaces for engaging citizens on the go. Interactions, 23(1), 40-45. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2015). Strategies for intuitive interaction in public urban spaces. Interacting with Computers, 27(3), 311-326. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2014). Understanding the effects of contextual constraints on performative behaviour in interactive media installations. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 18(7), 1651-1665. [More Information]

Conferences

  • Davis, H., Hespanhol, L., Farmer, J., Fredericks, J., Caldwell, G., Hoggenmueller, M. (2017). Designing participation for the digital fringe. 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: Technologies for the Common Good (C&T '17), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Davis, H., Fredericks, J., Caldwell, G., Hoggenmueller, M. (2017). Digital outreach: Designing technologies for diversity, participation and social inclusion. 29th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (OZCHI 2017), New York: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L. (2017). More than smart, beyond resilient: Networking communities for antifragile cities. 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: Technologies for the Common Good (C&T '17), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Hoggenmueller, M., Hespanhol, L. (2017). P+: A test fit platform for generative design of 3D media architecture. The 6th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis 2017), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L. (2016). Interacting With Laughter: A Case Study On Audio-Based Interactivity of Public Projections. 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzCHI 2016), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Fredericks, J., Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2016). Not just pretty lights: using digital technologies to inform city making. 3rd Media Architecture Biennale Conference (MAB 2016), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Fredericks, J., Tomitsch, M., Hespanhol, L., McArthur, I. (2015). Digital Pop-Up: Investigating Bespoke Community Engagement in Public Spaces. The 27th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzCHI 2015), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • McArthur, I., Tomitsch, M., Hespanhol, L. (2015). Empowering Citizens and their Input on Civic Issues through Urban Media. Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People. 3rd International Biennial Conference, Athens: University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC).
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., McArthur, I., Fredericks, J., Schroeter, R., Foth, M. (2015). Vote as you go: Blending interfaces for community engagement into the urban space. 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2015), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., Ackad, C., Kay, J. (2014). Icebreaker NUIs: Encouraging Social Conversations Around Interactive Urban Spaces. Social NUI - Social Perspectives in Natural User Interfaces Workshop as part of the DIS 2014 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Vancouver, Canada: ACM Digital Library.
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., Bown, O., Young, M. (2014). Using Embodied Audio-Visual Interaction to Promote Social Encounters Around Large Media Facades. DIS '14: Designing Interactive Systems Conference, ACM, NYC, New York, USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Tomitsch, M., Ackad, C., Dawson, O., Hespanhol, L., Kay, J. (2014). Who cares about the Content? An Analysis of Playful Behaviour at a Public Display. The 3rd International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, Copenhagen, Denmark: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Bown, O., Cao, J., Tomitsch, M. (2013). Evaluating the effectiveness of audio-visual cues in immersive user interfaces. 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration (OzCHI 2013), New York City, New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2012). Designing for Collective Participation with Media Installations in Public Spaces. Media Architecture Biennale (MAB'12), New York, NY, USA: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., Grace, K., Collins, A., Kay, J. (2012). Investigating Intuitiveness and Effectiveness of Gestures for Free Spatial Interaction with Large Displays. 2012 International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis 2012), New York, NY, USA: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Sogono, M., Wu, G., Saunders, R., Tomitsch, M. (2011). Elastic Experiences: Designing Adaptive Interaction for Individuals and Crowds in the Public Space. 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Design, Culture and Interaction (OzCHI 2011), Canberra, Australia: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]

Visual Art

  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2012). Metastasis. In: Digital Interdisciplinations. Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, The University of Sydney. Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

Live Performance - Interarts

  • Bown, O., Tomitsch, M., Hespanhol, L., Young, M., Young, R. (2013). Solstice LAMP. Amplify/Vivid Festival. AMP Building, Sydney, Australia, Australia.

2018

  • Fredericks, J., Hespanhol, L., Parker, C., Zhou, D., Tomitsch, M. (2018). Blending pop-up urbanism and participatory technologies: Challenges and opportunities for inclusive city making. City, Culture and Society, 12, 44-53. [More Information]
  • Haeusler, M., Hespanhol, L., Hoggenmueller, M. (2018). ParticipationPlus: Documenting a design process of a media architecture installation in the second digital turn era. Smart and Sustainable Built Environment, 7(1), 133-149. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2018). Power to the People: Hacking The City With Plug-In Interfaces for Community Engagement. In Michiel de Lange and Martijn de Waal (Eds.), The Hackable City, (pp. 25-50). Singapore: Springer Singapore. [More Information]
  • Gardner, N., Hespanhol, L. (2018). SMLXL: Scaling the smart city, from metropolis to individual. City, Culture and Society, 12, 54-61. [More Information]

2017

  • Davis, H., Hespanhol, L., Farmer, J., Fredericks, J., Caldwell, G., Hoggenmueller, M. (2017). Designing participation for the digital fringe. 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: Technologies for the Common Good (C&T '17), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Davis, H., Fredericks, J., Caldwell, G., Hoggenmueller, M. (2017). Digital outreach: Designing technologies for diversity, participation and social inclusion. 29th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (OZCHI 2017), New York: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L. (2017). More than smart, beyond resilient: Networking communities for antifragile cities. 8th International Conference on Communities and Technologies: Technologies for the Common Good (C&T '17), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Hoggenmueller, M., Hespanhol, L. (2017). P+: A test fit platform for generative design of 3D media architecture. The 6th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis 2017), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]

2016

  • Hespanhol, L. (2016). Interacting With Laughter: A Case Study On Audio-Based Interactivity of Public Projections. 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzCHI 2016), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Fredericks, J., Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2016). Not just pretty lights: using digital technologies to inform city making. 3rd Media Architecture Biennale Conference (MAB 2016), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., McArthur, I., Fredericks, J., Schroeter, R., Foth, M. (2016). Situated interfaces for engaging citizens on the go. Interactions, 23(1), 40-45. [More Information]

2015

  • Fredericks, J., Tomitsch, M., Hespanhol, L., McArthur, I. (2015). Digital Pop-Up: Investigating Bespoke Community Engagement in Public Spaces. The 27th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction (OzCHI 2015), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • McArthur, I., Tomitsch, M., Hespanhol, L. (2015). Empowering Citizens and their Input on Civic Issues through Urban Media. Hybrid City 2015: Data to the People. 3rd International Biennial Conference, Athens: University Research Institute of Applied Communication (URIAC).
  • Hespanhol, L., Dalsgaard, P. (2015). Social Interaction Design Patterns for Urban Media Architecture. In J. Abascal, S. Barbosa, M. Fetter, T. Gross, P. Palanque, M. Winckler (Eds.), Human-Computer Interaction - INTERACT 2015: 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference Bamberg, Germany, September 14-18, 2015 Proceedings, Part III, (pp. 596-613). Cham: Springer. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2015). Strategies for intuitive interaction in public urban spaces. Interacting with Computers, 27(3), 311-326. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., McArthur, I., Fredericks, J., Schroeter, R., Foth, M. (2015). Vote as you go: Blending interfaces for community engagement into the urban space. 7th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2015), New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]

2014

  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., Ackad, C., Kay, J. (2014). Icebreaker NUIs: Encouraging Social Conversations Around Interactive Urban Spaces. Social NUI - Social Perspectives in Natural User Interfaces Workshop as part of the DIS 2014 Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, Vancouver, Canada: ACM Digital Library.
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2014). Understanding the effects of contextual constraints on performative behaviour in interactive media installations. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 18(7), 1651-1665. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., Bown, O., Young, M. (2014). Using Embodied Audio-Visual Interaction to Promote Social Encounters Around Large Media Facades. DIS '14: Designing Interactive Systems Conference, ACM, NYC, New York, USA: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Tomitsch, M., Ackad, C., Dawson, O., Hespanhol, L., Kay, J. (2014). Who cares about the Content? An Analysis of Playful Behaviour at a Public Display. The 3rd International Symposium on Pervasive Displays, Copenhagen, Denmark: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]

2013

  • Hespanhol, L., Bown, O., Cao, J., Tomitsch, M. (2013). Evaluating the effectiveness of audio-visual cues in immersive user interfaces. 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration (OzCHI 2013), New York City, New York: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]
  • Bown, O., Tomitsch, M., Hespanhol, L., Young, M., Young, R. (2013). Solstice LAMP. Amplify/Vivid Festival. AMP Building, Sydney, Australia, Australia.

2012

  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2012). Designing for Collective Participation with Media Installations in Public Spaces. Media Architecture Biennale (MAB'12), New York, NY, USA: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M., Grace, K., Collins, A., Kay, J. (2012). Investigating Intuitiveness and Effectiveness of Gestures for Free Spatial Interaction with Large Displays. 2012 International Symposium on Pervasive Displays (PerDis 2012), New York, NY, USA: ACM Digital Library. [More Information]
  • Hespanhol, L., Tomitsch, M. (2012). Metastasis. In: Digital Interdisciplinations. Faculty of Architecture, Design & Planning, The University of Sydney. Tin Sheds Gallery, Sydney, Australia.

2011

  • Hespanhol, L., Sogono, M., Wu, G., Saunders, R., Tomitsch, M. (2011). Elastic Experiences: Designing Adaptive Interaction for Individuals and Crowds in the Public Space. 23rd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Design, Culture and Interaction (OzCHI 2011), Canberra, Australia: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). [More Information]

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