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Dr Sonja Pedell

Associate Professor
PhD, The University of Melbourne, Australia; Psychology, Technische Universitaet Berlin, Germany

Biography

Associate Professor Sonja Pedell is Director of Swinburne’s Future Self and Design Living Lab, where her research contributes extensive knowledge of human-computer interaction (HCI) and research methods to the teaching of digital media and communication design. Alongside this role, Dr Pedell is also Department Research Director for Swinburne’s Department of Communication and Digital Media Design.

Dr Pedell’s research interests include user-centred design methods, scenario-based and mobile design, domestic technology development, and the design of engaging novel technologies for various user groups, in particular for the ageing population.

Prior to taking up these roles at Swinburne, Dr Pedell completed a Masters of Psychology from the Technical University of Berlin and was employed as an Interaction Designer, Usability Consultant and Product Manager in industry for several years.

Research interests

Design for Aging; Aged care; Ergonomics and Aesthetics Design: Cognitive Models; Interaction Design; User-centred Design; Human Computer Interaction

PhD candidate and honours supervision

Higher degrees by research

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

PhD topics and outlines

Assistive Dogs for the Ageing Population

Avoiding stigma in the technology design of older people

Honours

Available to supervise honours students.

Fields of Research

  • Digital And Interaction Design - 120304

Teaching areas

Ergonomics and Aesthetics Design: Cognitive Models;Public Good Design;Strategic & Transformative Design: Health

Awards

  • 2016, Swinburne, Deans Award Outstanding Researcher School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology
  • 2015, Swinburne, Deans Award Outstanding Researcher School of Design, Swinburne University of Technology

Publications

Also published as: Pedell, Sonja; Pedell, S.
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Recent research grants awarded

  • 2017: Dementia-friendly communities: Living together watching out for each other *; Boroondara City Council
  • 2017: Investigating the influence on co-design on the role of designer (Fan Art) *; VILLAGE CINEMAS
  • 2017: The AccessHC family: a branded series of characters and animations for staff training, patient education and engagement *; Access Health and Community Funds Scheme
  • 2016: Catering for individuals emotions in technology development *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2016: Future Self and Design Living Lab Project: Designing the Waiting Room 2020 - an exploration of supportive innovative health services for the community. *; Inner East Community Health Service
  • 2015: Technologies for Wellbeing of the Ageing Population *; Visiting Researcher Scheme
  • 2014: Collaborative Touch Screen Interaction for Older People with Dementia *; Ian Potter Foundation Grants
  • 2014: New Financial Services *; Smart Services CRC
  • 2013: Software engineering of people-oriented technologies and services *; ARC Discovery Projects Scheme
  • 2013: Supportive technology for monitoring sleep problems *; Barbara Dicker Brain Science grant
  • 2012: Personalisation *; Smart Services CRC

* Chief Investigator