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Dr Abdullah Al Mahmud

Deputy Academic Director: Research Training; Senior Lecturer, Industrial Design
PhD, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands; Professional Doctorate in Engineering, Eindhoven University of Technology, Netherlands; Master of Science (MSc), Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Sweden


Dr Abdullah Al Mahmud is a design researcher and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) specialist, who works at the intersection of design and health. He is proficient in developing and assessing technology with end-users. His research interests include co-design, child-computer interaction, assistive technology, digital health, persuasive technology, and designing with and for marginalised communities living in low-resource regions. 

He has been involved in several industry-funded projects on co-design, assistive technology design (for people with low vision or blindness, children with autism, older adults, people with aphasia), loneliness, and domestic violence. 

He has published widely in the top-tier Human-Computer Interaction/Design Journals (Interacting with Computers, International Journal of Social Robotics, Universal Access in Information Society, ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing, Journal of Design Research, Entertainment Computing) and Core ranked HCI conferences (CHI, Interact, TEI, OzCHI, IDC). He has 20 journal papers, 4 book chapters, and over 70 Core ranked conference papers.

He completed 4 Swinburne HDR supervision successfully, and he is supervising 8 Swinburne PhD students who are working on a range of topics such as tangible toys for children with autism, smart garment design for athletes, technology support to improve nurses' workflow at Australian aged care facilities, design innovation in SMEs. He also provides hands-on training to FHAD PhD students on literature review and qualitative data analysis using NVivo. 

Research interests

Human Computer Interactions; Gamification and serious games; Behaviour change and persuasive technology; Mobile App Design; Co-Design; Digital Health; Child-Computer Interaction

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

Co-Design with children with ASD:

Framework for assessing mobile apps:


Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Computer-human Interaction - 080602
  • Digital And Interaction Design - 120304
  • Industrial Design - 120305

Teaching areas

Applied Design Research, Design and Emotion, Introductory Design Studio, Methods of Investigation, User-Centered Design;User Experience Design and Health


  • 2018, Swinburne, FHAD Teaching Sabbatical, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017, Swinburne, Dean's award: Outstanding Researcher, School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2017, International, Adjunct Associate Professor, Beijing Normal University
  • 2016, International, Best paper award, International Conference on Educational Technologies


Also published as: Al Mahmud, Abdullah; Al Mahmud, A.; Mahmud, A. A.; Mahmud, Abdullah Al
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2020: Smart Furniture Design and Manufacturing *; Malaysia Automotive Institute - International Grant
  • 2019: Hitting the Hay: Developing a sleep hygiene app for rural horse racing industry employees *; Racing Victoria
  • 2019: Product Development for a Compact Health Station - ICG001103 *; Innovation Connections
  • 2019: SAMIE - Secure Administered Medication Inventory Ecosystem *; Innovation Connections
  • 2019: Wearable sensors to support autonomous transactive experiences for people with dementia *; Evidence Based Design
  • 2018: Doing better for vulnerable young parents and their children: an exploration of how the use of technology could catalyse system transformation *; FamilyLife_FL
  • 2017: A digital prototype addressing loneliness in older adults *; Relationships Australia (Victoria)
  • 2016: 2016 Visiting Fellowships Scheme - Jean-Bernard Martens *; Visiting Fellowships Scheme
  • 2016: Can mobile apps be used to improve cognitive stimulation for people with dementia: A systematic review *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2016: Optimising technology to measure functional vision, mobility and serviceoutcomes for people with low vision or blindness *; Melbourne-Sarawak Collaborative Research Development Scheme
  • 2015: Creating a decision support tool to understand the competencies and employability attributes of industrial designers *; ACUADS Grants
  • 2014: MODE: MObility support for people with DEmentia *; CAESIE Priming Grants

* Chief Investigator

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