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Dr Abdullah Al Mahmud

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. He has extensive experience in accessibility and assistive technology, pervasive healthcare, privacy and ambient intelligence, child-computer interaction, human-robot interaction, and affective interfaces.

Prior to joining Swinburne, Dr Al Mahmud was a postdoctoral research fellow at Delft University of Technology in the Netherlands. He obtained his PhD degree from the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology and holds a master degree in Interactive Systems Design from the Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden. 

Research interests

Human Computer Interactions; Sustainable Interaction Design, Living Lab, mHealth, Assistive Technology, Child-Computer Interaction, Ambient Intelligence, Ambient Assisted Living, Design Education; Gamification and serious games; Behaviour change and persuasive technology; Scientometrics; Mobile App Design

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

Accredited to supervise Masters & Doctoral students as Principal Coordinating Supervisor.

PhD topics and outlines

1. Computer mediated therapy for persons with aphasia/dementia

2. Gamification for personal/home-based rehabilitation for people with dementia/aphasia

3. Serious games for cognitive stimulation for people with dementia/Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI)

4. Propose your own topic.


Available to supervise honours students.

Honours topics and outlines

1. Domestic violence and role of technology.

2. Comparing mobile and web-based smoking/alcohol cessation applications.

3. Developing and evaluating novel technologies for personal wellbeing.

4. Reviews/systematic reviews of emerging technologies for behaviour change.

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


  • 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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