Melbourne knowledge week
Melbourne Knowledge Week

Interaction futures

Monday 20 May - Sunday 26 May, various times

Interaction Futures

Your gestures, voice, movement and gaze can now control how you use and interact with a smart device - how do you feel about your phone reading your body language?

Learn how artificial intelligence, mixed reality and the Internet of Things (IoT) will influence the way we interact with our devices through a series of talks with the University of Melbourne’s Computing and Information Systems team. The systems of the future will cause us to question our relationship with our devices and each other. Explore how we can create interfaces for our everyday lives that are usable, useful and easy to use, yet ensure we don’t lose our humanity.


Tuesday 21 May, 1pm – 1.45pm – Professor Frank Vetere: Interaction in and beyond mixed reality

Emerging technologies are creating new opportunities for us to relate to our spaces and our bodies in very different ways. VR allows us to occupy an avatar’s body; AR allows us to create surreal bodily overlays; Implantable (or insertable) technologies give our bodies the ability to sense otherwise undetectable electromagnetic fields. What are the impacts of these technologies? What new forms of interactions are possible? In what way do altered perception of our body and the body of others matter in those interactions? This talk will discuss data from a selection of research projects from the University of Melbourne that explores the intersection of human bodies and technology.


Wednesday 22 May, 3pm – 3.45pm – Dr Eduardo Velloso: How to control computers with your eyes

Though eye tracking has traditionally been used in laboratory settings, recent advances in eye tracking technologies make it easier and cheaper than ever to build digital systems that react to where users look at. In this talk, Dr Eduardo Velloso (University of Melbourne) will give an overview of how eye tracking has been used for enabling disabled users to interact with computers, to enhance gaming experiences, to automatically adapt e-learning activities, among many cool applications.


Thursday 23 May, 3pm – 3.45pm – Dr Niels Wouters and Dr Mor Vered: Algorithms gone wild: A case for explainability

Recent cases of algorithmic unfairness and discrimination have illustrated a need for new approaches to study digital ethics. In this talk, Dr Niels Wouters (The University of Melbourne) and Dr Mor Vered (Monash University) will look at a portfolio of recent, global cases where algorithms resulted in unintended and undesired outcomes for people. We will highlight how new approaches in Artificial Intelligence prove helpful to avoid conflict and make outcomes more understandable.


Friday 24 May, 1.30pm – 2.15pm – Professor Aaron Quigley: Discreet Computing

Computing and interaction are changing the nature of humanity. As individuals our capabilities can be extended, our memories augmented and our senses attuned. Societies are being reshaped by our ability to interconnect and harness the abilities of millions. Interaction is all around us and this talk offers a new vision of computing called Discreet Computing. Discreet Computing is intentionally unobtrusive through its design, development and use. Aspects of wearable, invisible, ambient and ubiquitous computing are key as discreet computing is woven into the literal or figurative fabric of day to day life. This talk provides a view of eight dimensions of discreet computing along with real research examples.


Saturday 25 May, 12pm – 12.45pm – Professor Vassilis Kostakos: Life in the 22nd century: Living with the Internet of Things

In this talk Prof. Kostakos will describe how life in the next century might look like. Reflecting on the history of computing, and recent advances in smart technology, he will explain what scientists and researchers are currently trying to achieve, the opportunities, threats, and scenarios for how life might in a smart city might look like when we have computers everywhere.


Sunday 26 May, 12pm – 12.45pm – Fraser Allison: Word play: What makes voice control technology fun?

New technology has brought fresh excitement and a sense of playfulness to voice control systems, but also the uncomfortable sense that our computers are talking back to us. In this talk, Fraser Allison (University of Melbourne) will look at the strange psychology of voice interaction technology, and what videogames have to teach us about how to make talking to computers less unsettling and more fun.

Interaction Futures

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Dates and times

Tue 21 May,
1pm — 1.45pm

Wed 22 May,
3pm — 3.45pm

Thu 23 May,
3pm — 3.45pm

Fri 24 May,
1.30pm — 2.15pm

Sat 25 May,
12pm — 12.45pm

Sun 26 May,
12pm — 12.45pm


Meat Market, 3 Blackwood Street, North Melbourne VIC, Australia

Auslan interpretation on request, Wheelchair accessible

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