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Dr Stuart Favilla

Senior Lecturer, Interaction Design


Dr Favilla's research activities have covered a diverse range of design related fields including Defence Systems, Medical Technologies, Wildlife Conservation and STEM education for blind and low vision communities. Together with Sonja Pedell at the Swinburne University Future Self and Design Living Lab Stu has applied his knowledge and love for music co-creating tablet apps, social and music interactions for people living with dementia. An innovator in the area of spatial sound and immersive audio, Stu currently heads the Swinburne Sonic Research group.

As an audio designer Stu Favilla has been recognised internationally for three decades, contributing to computer music, interaction design and instrument design. Winner of notable international prizes including the Karl Szucka Preis and finalist for the Bourges Electroacoustique Prize, Stu Favilla has developed digital music instruments and interactions rich in creative possibilities and skill-developing affordances. His work has been profiled by the Qantas in-flight Magazine, International and Australian Television, featured by the DK Books’ Cool Stuff series and in numerous academic books including the recent publication "Body as Instrument" by Mary Mainsbridge (Bloomsbury, Academic). He has performed complete concert programs for the European main stage including Festival deBase (Basel Art Fair, Switzerland), Festival Resonances (Pompidou, Paris), AudioArt (Krackow) and twice at Earzoom (Ljubljana).  A specialist in software development and audio and video signal processing, Stu was a silver medallist at the 2020 International Design Awards for his efforts developing data driven and generative life video wall projections.

Research interests

Aged care; Mood Disorders; Human Computer Interactions; Signal and Image Processing; Strategic & Transformative Design: Human-Object-Environment Interaction; Ultrasound

Fields of Research

  • Other Information And Computing Sciences - 469900

Teaching areas

Digital Music


  • 2006, International, Winner New Genre Category (Music) with Joanne Cannon, IAWM
  • 2006, Other, Vice-Chancellor's Award "Outstanding Engagement", Victoria University
  • 2006, Other, Vice-Chancellor's Award "Excellence in Teaching and Learning", Victoria University
  • 2006, International, Finalist Program Music, Bourges Competition Computer Music, IMEB, Bourges, France
  • 2004, International, Karl Szucka Preis, Blisters Ensemble, International Competition
  • 1994, National, Research Excellence Award, University of Tasmania


Also published as: Favilla, Stuart; Favilla, S.; Favilla, Stu
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2021: Revising the A Better Visit App *; Dementia Australia Ltd
  • 2017: Media art as urban storytelling: Australian opportunities for data-driven content on large format screens *; MIRVAC Funding Scheme
  • 2016: A better visit project: Creation of four social tablet-based game apps for enabling people living with dementia *; Alzheimer’s Australia Victoria

* Chief Investigator