Michael Lo Bianco
Why did you choose to do a research degree with Swinburne?
I completed my undergraduate degree in Digital Media Design here at Swinburne and received First Class Honours.
After working within the industry for some time, I knew from experience and on-going relationships with my past lecturers and peers that Swinburne was going to be the right choice to undertake my research degree. I now have an exceptional and highly qualified supervisory team who are dedicated to letting me grow and develop academically. The wider research community within Swinburne provides tremendous encouragement and support to those who wish to flourish as researchers.
What is your research topic?
For the elderly, falls are a significant issue that negatively affect their safety and quality of life. Within Swinburne’s Centre for Design Innovation, I am developing a digital tool to assist in the visualisation and retrofitting of existing elderly home environments for fall prevention. The aim of this is to facilitate safer and more empowering ageing-in-place conditions and solutions.
"The wider research community within Swinburne provides tremendous encouragement and support to those who wish to flourish as researchers."
Michael Lo Bianco
What are the best aspects of your PhD candidature?
Throughout my PhD candidature there have been a number of standout moments. An example is presenting my research topic as a whole and receiving warm commendations at the 6th Biennial Australian and New Zealand Falls Prevention Conference in Sydney. Also, the opportunity to become a sessional lecturer has allowed me to get back into the classroom to engage with and motivate Swinburne’s future digital and communication designers.