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Applying human-centred design to products, services and systems
Our research explores the role of design for innovation, and to envision, define and inform the interactions and experiences between people and digital technologies.

We are committed to interdisciplinary, design-led research that enhances current practice, environments and systems through design. Our research applies knowledge from the areas of interaction design, creative technologies and design innovation, and contributes to these areas through the development of applications, methods, models and theories. Our research extends through collaborations across and beyond Design into more specialised research areas including computational creativity, designing for health and well-being, digital placemaking and urban science.

Urban Interfaces Lab

The Urban Interfaces Lab investigates the application of emerging technologies in cities. It draws on knowledge, methodologies and theories from the field of interaction design, interrogating speculative futures through design. The work in the lab intersects with other academic and professional fields, by demonstrating the application of urban interfaces and their impact in domains such as smart cities, experience design, urban health, digital placemaking and community engagement. Research in the lab is underpinned by human-centred design, but also challenges the notion of human-centredness by exploring new approaches that consider ecological systems in the design of urban interfaces. 

Lab Coordinator: Associate Professor Martin Tomitsch

Our researchers:

The Designing with AI Lab DwAIL

Artificial Intelligence has already reshaped the design world, from fashion to architecture to digital products. The Designing with AI lab encapsulates existing work within ADP that is investigating the threefold impact of intelligent systems on design: AI as a design material, AI in design processes, and AI as design collaborators.

Research into designing with AI-as-material explores how AI can be embedded into objects and services to provide new kinds of experiences. Research into designing with AI-as-processes explores new tools and workflows for design practice. Research into designing with AI-as-collaborator is the most far-reaching, asking what the future of design would look like if machines could be credible partners in creativity.

Lab Coordinator: Dr Kazjon Grace

Our Researchers:

The Design Innovation research group

The Design Innovation research group collectively investigates design methods, implementation techniques and strategies to integrate design into innovation practices worldwide. Their research spans a wide number of disciplines and sectors and is constantly being disseminated through a range of high-quality research publications. Through collaborations with start-up organisations, small-to-medium size enterprises and the multi-national corporate sector the research team investigates the value of design practices to business. The group collaborates nationally and internationally with world-leading researchers and industry experts that develop and implement novel design methods and processes to push the boundaries of the design field. The group’s mission is to achieve real-world impact through collaborative research.  

Project Manager: Dr Peta Hinton


  • Dr Erez Nusem Lecturer in Design Innovation, Director, Master of Design
  • Dr Sean Peel Postdoctoral Research Associate in Design Innovation (Medicine and Health)
  • Dr Peta Hinton, Project Manager
  • Harj Rana, Design Facilitator 
  • David Powers, Senior Industrial Designer 
  • Morgan Beames, Research Associate
  • Michael Mosely, Research Associate
  • David Lahoud, Research Associate

Affective Interactions Lab

Advancing knowledge on new ways of supporting everyday life through affective experiences embedded in human-technology interactions.

Designing interactions aims to enrich our experiences with everyday technologies that are increasingly ubiquitous. Access to personal devices is on the rise, with the premise of enabling individuals to grow in many aspects of their lives, both personal (e.g. wellbeing) and professional (e.g. work, education, volunteering). This necessitates research on how these technologies can provide the benefits desired by individual users or user groups.

Affective Interactions lab builds upon a body of research in experience design combined with positive psychology to examine issues relevant to user motivation, opportunities for reflection, developing skills and self-knowledge. We aim to create knowledge about methods, tools and design opportunities to support user engagement with technologies through affect, core to human experiences, emotions and behaviours.   Emerging technologies (e.g. virtual reality), information (e.g. data visualisation) and materials (e.g. biodesign) are key to our researc

Lab Coordinator: Professor Naseem Ahmadpour


Lab Affiliate:

  • A. Baki Kocaballi (UTS)