2 October 2019 @ 4:00 pm

Designing for Interactions in Domestic Spaces

How can technology be introduced to positively impact how people interact with each other to achieve domestic tasks? For example, cooking together. With the advent of the push for ‘smart homes’, interaction designers need to ensure that the daily patterns of household interactions are acknowledged and designed for, as new ‘smart’ technologies pervade our everyday lives.

The domestic space is an interesting and relevant domain in human-computer interaction (HCI) research. Dr Jeni Paay’s interest in this traces back to her PhD, where she studied supporting people’s social interactions with digital information overlaid in urban spaces. Similar ideas apply to domestic spaces.

For her talk, Jeni shared the ‘kitchen stories’ in her research, including how she has used different methodologies to study domestic interactions, which can in turn be used to inspire new opportunities for designing digital enhancements of such spaces.

This forum took place on 2 October. A recording of the livestream from the talk is available below.

A livestream of Jeni's talk from 2 October

Dr Jeni Paay is Associate Professor in Interaction Design at Swinburne University of Technology, Melbourne, Australia. Dr Paay is one of four Program Directors in the University-wide Smart Cities Research Institute at Swinburne. She directs the “Future Spaces for Living” program. She is also Deputy Director of Centre for Design Innovation.

Dr Paay has a transdisciplinary background spanning architecture, computer science, and Human-Computer Interaction publishing in Interaction Design. Her research areas include: Design Methods; Interaction Design for Mobiles, Augmented Reality and Virtual Reality; Digital Health; Smart spaces; Future of Work and Workplaces and User Experience Design.