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19 Nov 2021: Talk by Shlomo Berkovsky

On 19 November 2021, from 12-1pm, A/Prof Shlomo Berkovsky will give a talk for the SydCHI community.

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Health Personalisation: From Wellbeing to Medicine


The current agenda of health personalisation research mainly revolves around lifestyle and wellbeing. A number of works on personalised technologies for physical activity, food intake, mental support, health information consumption, and more have been published recently. While these mainly addressed the patient as the recipient of the personalised service, strikingly little attention has been paid to personalised medical applications targeting clinical users. In this talk, we turn the spotlight to such medical use-cases and the advantages personalisation can bring there. We will overview the established health care processes and highlight the touch points, where personalised support can improve the clinician’s decision making. Also, we will discuss the differences between patient- and clinician-facing personalisation, particularly focussing on risk, trust, and explainability.


Shlomo Berkovsky is a Computer Scientist, with deep theoretical and applied expertise in several areas related to human-centric applications of Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning. His original research areas include user modelling and personalised technologies. Currently, he leads the Precision Health research stream at the Centre for Health Informatics, Macquarie University. The stream focusses on the use of AI to develop patient models and personalised predictions of diagnosis and care, and studies how sensors can be deployed to predict medical conditions, and how clinicians and patients interact with health technologies.

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22 Oct 2021: Talk by Judy Kay

On 22 October 2021, from 12-1pm, Prof Judy Kay will give a talk for the SydCHI community.

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In a World Awash With Personal Data, How Can We Empower People To Harness And Control Their Data

Abstract of Judy’s talk

As technology pervades our lives in an increasingly rich ecosystem of digital devices, they can capture huge amounts of long-term personal data. A core theme of my research has been to create systems and interfaces that enable people to harness and control that data and its use. This talk will share key insights a series of case studies from that work and plans to build upon these. The first case studies explored how to harness data from wearables, such as smart watches, for personal informatics interfaces that help us gain insights about ourselves over the long term, for analysis of a large dataset (over 140,000 people) and for Virtual Reality games for exercise.   The second set of case studies are from formal education settings where personal data interfaces, called Open Learner Models (OLMs), can harness learning data. I will share key insights that have emerged for a research agenda: OLMs for life-wide learning; the nature of the different interfaces needed for fast, versus slow and considered, thinking; communicating uncertainty; scaffolding people to really learn about themselves from their data; and how these link to urgent challenges of education in an age of AI, fake news and truth decay.

Judy’s bio

Judy Kay is Payne-Scott Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. She leads the Human Centred Technology Research Cluster, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney. A core focus of her research has been to create infrastructures and interfaces for personalisation, especially to support people in lifelong, life-wide learning. This ranges from formal education settings to supporting people in harnessing the long-term data from their personal digital eco-system, to support self-monitoring, reflection and planning. She has created new forms of interaction including virtual reality, surface computing, wearables and ambient displays. Her research has been commercialised and deployed and she has extensive publications in leading venues for research in user modelling, AIED, human computer interaction and ubicomp.  She has had leadership roles in top conferences in these areas and is Editor-in-Chief of the IJAIED, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (IJAIED) and Editor of IMWUT, Interactive Mobile Wearable and Ubiquitous Technology (IMWUT).

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17 Sept 2021: Talk by Aaron Quigley

On 17 September 2021, from 12-1pm, Prof Aaron Quigley will give a talk for the SydCHI community.

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Human Object Interaction

Abstract of Aaron’s talk

The exploration of novel sensing to facilitate new interaction modalities is an active research topic in Human-Computer Interaction. Across the breadth of HCI we can see the development of new forms of interaction underpinned by the appropriation or adaptation of sensing techniques based on the measurement of sound, light, electric fields, radio waves, biosignals etc. In this talk I will delve into three forms of sensing for object detection and interaction with radar, blurred images and touch along with discussing future research directions.

Aaron’s bio

Aaron Quigley is a Professor of Computer Science in the School of Computer Science and Engineering (CSE) in the University of New South Wales in Sydney Australia and he serves as Head of School. Aaron’s research interests include discreet computing, global HCI, pervasive and ubiquitous computing and information. He has published over 190 internationally peer-reviewed publications including edited volumes, journal papers, book chapters, conference and workshop papers. Aaron is an ACM Distinguished Member, general co-chair for the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems in 2021, technical program chair for the ACM EICS conference, serves on the ACM CHI Steering committee and serves on the Yirigaa Advisory Board.

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16 March 2021: ACM Distinguished Speaker talk by Prof Stephen Brewster

On 16 March 2021, from 9am to 10am, Prof Stephen Brewster will give a talk for the SydCHI community. We encourage everyone to join in via Zoom.

Haptics and Levitation Interfaces: The future of human-computer interaction?

Abstract of Stephen’s talk

Ultrasound provides some brand new opportunities for interaction in user interfaces. In this talk, I will describe this new modality and what it offers to HCI. By using standard loudspeakers, we can create soundfields that generate haptic feedback in mid-air, without the user having to hold or touch anything. We can control the position and texture of this feedback in real time. This ‘mid-air’ haptics enables new interaction techniques around devices. I will give examples of how it can be used for virtual controls and how novel interactions can be designed.

Bio of Prof Stephen Brewster

Stephen Brewster is a Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing Science at the University of Glasgow where he leads the Multimodal Interaction Group, which is very active and has a strong international reputation in HCI ( His research focuses on multimodal HCI, or using multiple sensory modalities and control mechanisms (particularly audio, haptics and gesture) to create a rich, natural interaction between human and computer. He pioneered the study of non-speech audio and haptic interaction for mobile devices with work starting in the 1990’s. Brewster’s work has had over 18,000 citations. He was a General Chair of CHI 2019 in Glasgow, CHI papers chair in 2013 and 2014. He is a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Edinburgh.

This talk is hosted as part of the Basser Seminar Series, by the School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney. Of course, everyone can join us online as Prof Brewster will join us remotely.

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7 Dec 2020: Inaugural Research Day

The first SydCHI Research Day will be held on December 7th, 2020, on the University of Sydney’s Darlington campus. It is a great opportunity to meet fellow HCI researchers and practitioners.

Our aim for the day is to give everyone a moment to introduce themselves and to explore common themes in our work.


Time (AEDT)Activity
09:30 – 10:00 Morning coffee and Registration
10:00 – 10:20Welcome – Anusha Withana
Introduction to ACM Local Chapters – Eunice Sari
Introduction to SydCHI Day – Wafa Johal
10:20 – 11:40Short talks session
11:40 – 12:00Introduction to the afternoon workshop, finding themes
12:00 – 13:00Lunch and making groups
13:00 – 14:00Workshops in groups
14:00 – 14:30Groups present
Wrap up – Shlomo Berkovsky

The morning session (until lunch) will be made available live via Zoom and is open to a broader public, including other SIGCHI Local Chapters. Join via this Zoom link (password is SydCHI2020).

The afternoon program is private to registrants.


We ask all participants to prepare a 2-minute lightning talk to introduce themselves and their research.


LT123 (ground Floor) Building J12, School of Computer Science

The University of Sydney

1 Cleveland St, Darlington NSW 2008

Staying safe

We strongly encourage all attendees to keep all current safety precautions in mind. We’ll ensure the venue is set up in a way to allow us to keep a comfortable distance, have sanitiser on hand, etc. If you’re unable or uncomfortable joining in person, we’re making it possible to join us online.


Registration has now closed.

Sponsorship and support

This event is generously sponsored by ACM SIGCHI to encourage our community to come together and grow.

We are also grateful to the University of Sydney for allowing us to use the venue.