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Professor Marcus Foth

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design

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Name
Professor Marcus Foth
Position(s)
Research Leader (Design)
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Interactive and Visual Design
Discipline *
Design Practice and Management, Information Systems, Communication and Media Studies
Phone
+61 7 3138 8772
Email
Location
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Social Media
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Qualifications

PhD (Queensland University of Technology), MA (Queensland University of Technology), BCompSc(Hons) , BMultimedia (Griffith University), JP(Qual.) Qld

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

Community Engagement, Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Mobile Applications, Social Media, Sustainability, Ubiquitous Computing, Urban Computing, Urban Informatics, User Experience

* Field of Research code, Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification (ANZSRC), 2008

Biography

Professor Marcus Foth is i/Director of the QUT Design Lab, founder and former director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab, and Professor in Interactive & Visual Design, School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology.

Marcus’ research focuses on the relationships between people, place and technology. He leads a cross-disciplinary team that develops practical approaches to complex urban problems. He adopts human-computer interaction and design methodologies to build engagement around emerging issues facing our cities. Marcus’ recent work has examined:

  • Urban planning – new approaches to community participation and engagement
  • Environmental sustainability – new strategies for energy monitoring in domestic settings
  • Food futures – new ideas to re-think eating, cooking and growing food in the city
  • Collaboration and co-working spaces – new aspirations for libraries in the 21st century

Marcus has received over $4 million in national competitive grants and industry funding. He received a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2013, and was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology.

Marcus has authored and co-authored over 150 publications in journals, edited books, and conference proceedings. He is the editor of the Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics (IGI 2009), co-author of Action Research and New Media (Hampton Press 2009), co-editor of From Social Butterfly to Engaged Citizen (MIT Press 2011), Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions (MIT Press 2014), and Citizen’s Right to the Digital City (Springer, 2015). He was the co-chair of the Oxford Internet Institute’s Summer Doctoral Programme 2009, conference chair of OZCHI 2009, the 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T) 2011, co-chair of FoodCHI 2014, and chair of Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) 2016.

Marcus has been invited to give presentations at leading research institutions, including MIT, Harvard, Emerson, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tsinghua University, University of Oxford, University of Manchester, Helsinki Institute for Information Technology, University of Oulu, IT University of Copenhagen, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Cape Peninsula University of Technology, and the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST).

Previous Appointments

This information has been contributed by Professor Marcus Foth.

Teaching

Research Training and Supervision of Research Students

  1. Glenda Caldwell, PhD: Media Architecture – Facilitating the Co-creation of Place
  2. Tiago Camacho, PhD: Urban Rail In-Vehicle Activities – The Role of Technology in Facilitating Passengers’ Experiences
  3. Carlos Estrada, PhD: (Re)-Imagining Brisbane at Night – Ethnographic Contributions for Personal Safety Design
  4. Geremy Farr-Wharton, PhD: Opportunities for Mobile and Social Media to Reduce Domestic Food Waste
  5. Daniel Filonik, PhD: Participatory Data Analytics – Designing Visualisation and Composition Interfaces for Collaborative Sensemaking on Large Interactive Screens
  6. Heather Hill, PhD: Energy Coaching – Trialling a Transdisciplinary Empathic Approach to Improve Energy Efficiency in Low-Income Households
  7. Peter Lyle, PhD: Communicative Ecologies of Urban Agriculture: Opportunities for Social Media and Ubiquitous Computing
  8. Heather McKinnon, MDes(Res): Aligning Energy Use to Activity through Behavioural Visualisations
  9. Jodi Newcombe, PhD: Re-­designing Interfaces between the Public, Policy and Nature – The Role of the Creative Producer
  10. Leonardo Parra Agudelo, PhD: Multimodal Interaction and Active Citizenship in Urban Public Spaces
  11. Alireza Rezaeian, PhD: Potentials of Tangible / Physical Data Presentation
  12. Fabius Steinberger, PhD: Designing Computing Devices to Foster Safer Driving Behaviours in Young Males
  13. Dane Tennant, MDes(Res): Social Comparison on Tangible Interfaces to Reduce Energy Consumption in Low-Income Households
  14. Jimmy Ti, PhD: Enhancing the Experience of Public Transport through Mobile-Mediated Interactions and Services
Professor Marcus Foth has also been regularly giving guest lectures and tutorials at QUT and other universities since 2001. In 2013, Marcus was the acting Course Coordinator of the newly established Master of Design by Research. He is currently the Postgraduate Coordinator in Interactive & Visual Design.
This information has been contributed by Professor Marcus Foth.

Experience

Review Experience

Journals
Member of the Editorial Board
Reviewer

Conferences

Workshops

Jury and Assessment Duties
This information has been contributed by Professor Marcus Foth.

Publications


For more publications by this staff member, visit QUT ePrints, the University's research repository.

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2013
Details
Marcus has received a Queensland Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2013 which recognises him as one of the state's best young scientists, combining world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2013
Details
Queensland Open Data Forum: steering committee member 2013
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2013
Details
Foth, M. (2013, Feb 10). Libraries turn Starbucks? On Co-Working Spaces, Collaborative Learning, Community Engagement, and Coffee. Invited keynote presentation at the New Librarians' Symposium (NLS6), Brisbane, QLD.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2012
Details
QUT Vice-Chancellor's Performance Award 2012
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2012
Details
Foth, M. (2012, Sep 21). The Library beyond (just) the Book: Collaboration and Co-working Spaces for New Technology and New Technological Practices. Invited keynote presentation at the NSW.net Technology in Libraries Seminar, State Library of NSW, Sydney.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2011
Details
Foth was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world's top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology.
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2011
Details
ACM 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies (C&T 2011), Brisbane: Conference Chair
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2010
Details
awarded the inaugural Australian Business Foundation Research Fellowship on Innovation and Cultural Industries 2010 sponsored by the Aurora Foundation
Type
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
2009
Details
Conference Chair of OZCHI 2009: the 21st Annual Conference of the Australian Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group (CHISIG) of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society of Australia (HFESA), Melbourne, 23-27 November 2009

Research projects

Grants and projects (Category 1: Australian Competitive Grants only)

Title
Fostering digital participation through Living Labs in regional and rural Australian communities
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP130100469
Start year
2014
Keywords
digital citizenship; rural & regional; digital literacy
Title
Eat, Cook, Grow: Ubiquitous Technology for Sustainable Food Culture in the City
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP100100232
Start year
2010
Keywords
Human Computer Interaction, Urban Informatics, Ubiquitous Computing, Mobile Social Interaction
Title
Remembering the Past, Imagining the Future: Embedding Narrative and New Media in Urban Planning
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0882274
Start year
2008
Keywords
Community Engagement, Community Informatics, New Media, Urban Planning
Title
Swarms in Urban Villages: New Media Design to Augment Social Networks of Residents in Inner-City Developments
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0776341
Start year
2008
Keywords
Social Networking Systems, New Media, Human Computer Interaction, Community Informatics, Interaction Design, Urban Neighbourhoods
Title
Opportunities of Media and Communication Technology to Support Social Networks of Urban Residents in Mexico, South Africa, UK and Australia
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LX0776580
Start year
2007
Keywords
Media Studies, Communication Studies, New Media, Community Informatics, Urban Renewel, Community Networks
Title
New Media in the Urban Village: Mapping Communicative Ecologies and Socio-Economic Innovation in Emerging Inner-City Residential Developments
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0663854
Start year
2006
Keywords
New Media, Urban Renewal, Social Networks, Inner City Neighbourhoods, Community Informatics, Social Capital.

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