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Professor Vesna Popovic

Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Industrial Design

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Name
Professor Vesna Popovic
Position(s)
Head of Discipline
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Industrial Design
Professor
Creative Industries Faculty,
School of Design Office,
Industrial Design
Discipline *
Information Systems, Design Practice and Management
Phone
+61 7 3138 2669
Email
Location
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Qualifications

PhD (University of Sydney), MFA (Industrial Design) (University of Illinois), DipEngArch (University of Belgrade)

Professional memberships
and associations
Keywords

Conceptual modeling, Design and ergonomics, Experience research and modeling, Expertise, Human-centred design, Human-computer interaction, Industrial (product) design, Industrial design research and technology, Product design

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

Biography

Background

Vesna Popovic, PhD is a Professor in Industrial design at the Queensland University of Technology and she is founder of the Industrial Design infrastructure in Brisbane, Queensland. She has worked as corporate and practicing industrial designer and ergonomics/ human factors consultant and was involved in international studies conducted by ICSID (International Council of Societies of Industrial Design), UNDRO (United Nation Disaster Relief Organisation) and The League of Red Cross Societies. She has a number of realised designs and some of them received significant awards. She is the recipient of various awards (31 awards). She is recipient of ARC Discovery and ARC Linkage grants and is an ARC Discovery Grant Reviewer.

Vesna Popovic is a Fellow of the Design Institute of Australia and Fellow of the Design Research Society (UK). She was the Executive Board Member of the International Council of Societies of Industrial Design (ICSID), Education Chair 1997 – 2001 and South Pacific – South East Asia ICSID Region Portfolio Leader (1997-2001). Since 2001 she has been an ICSID adviser. She has been an International corresponding Council Member of the Design Research Society since 2002. She is a Fulbright scholar.

Broad Area of Research: Design

Professor Vesna Popovic has been pioneering in implementing research as a vehicle for human-centred innovation as applied to complex devices. The research has been conducted within the Human-Centred Research and Useability Domain that has world class research laboratory. The domain is focusing on human interaction with complex devices, context of use, expertise and applied product research focusing on activity and experiences. Professor Popovic leads the domain.

Research areas

  • Human-centred research and interaction with complex devices
  • Expertise and user research
  • Applied product design research

Human-centred research and interaction with complex devices

I am interested in researching human activity and experiences people have during various levels of interaction. I have been challenged to research ‘activity based’ or ‘activity-centred’ interaction. Within this area, I would like to explore how knowledge and experiences are represented during an interaction and within activities.

Expertise and user research

This research aims to provide artifacts designers with more knowledge about the human users of interactive artifacts that they design. It is focusing on researching novice and expert differences during interaction with complex devices. I have been challenged to research and model the transition from a novice to an expert, and what is the minimal knowledge required to achieve an intuitive interaction. I am interested in exploring how artifacts have been used and how the new uses, not yet designed, emerge and how this impacts on expertise and interaction.

 Applied product design research

This applied research aims to situate artifact design within the social context in order to generate new knowledge and support innovation. The research is situated within the social structure that constitutes people, activity, context and culture where an artifact is positioned to be a mediator for the generation of new knowledge and its application. I am interested in how the knowledge generated from this concept can identify the new strategic direction for design of artifacts, systems and services. I am exploring concept potentials to supports the diversification of innovation within international market. Therefore, I have been investigating the relationships between design and knowledge: design as contributing factor for knowledge integration and knowledge as a resource to support and promote innovation.

Grants

Over $1,500.00 dollars in funding has been received to conduct research and commercial research projects.

Selected List of Awarded/Pending Grants (External and Internal)

Professor Vesna Popovic in collaboration with the research teams has been granted or applied for funds to conduct the following research projects:

Facilitating intuitive interaction with complex devices for older users

Chief Investigators: Dr Alethea Blackler, Prof Vesna Popovic, Dr Douglas Mahar
Funding Sources: Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects (2008-2010)

Older people have difficulties using complex electronic devices, and our research has shown that they use them less intuitively than younger people do. Older people are often not experiencing the benefits of new developments and technologies, and so can feel isolated from modern workplaces and society generally. This project aims to investigate, and build a clear picture of, the relationship between age and intuitive interaction with complex devices, particularly healthcare devices. This picture will inform the development of a tool to guide designers in making complex devices more intuitive for older people to use.

Remote patient assessment using digital stethoscope for telehealth systems in Australia

Chief Investigators: A/Prof Raj Gururajan, Prof Vesna Popovic, Dr Donald Kerr
Partner Investigators: Ms Annette Scott, Mr Clint Moloney, Prof C Kesawan (India)
Funding Sources: Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Projects (2008-2010)
Contributing Partner: Telehealth, Queensland

Health departments in Australia use a significant amount of their budget to assist patients travelling to major centres for assessment prior to surgery or for routine checks. This travel is expensive and disruptive to the patients involved. Digital Stethoscope and associated communications technology offers an alternative for a significant amount of this travel. This project will produce a user friendly, remote patient assessment tool for illness that requires a stethoscope for diagnosis or assessment. Benefits of the project will include incidental learning by remotely located health workers, less disruption to patients and more effective use of the medical professional’s time.

Investigation of Compression Bandaging Methods and Nurses Interaction during this Process (pending)

Chief Investigators: Prof Vesna Popovic, Assoc Prof Keryln Carville and Dr Ben Kraal
External Collaboration: Curtin University of Technology and Silver Chain, Perth, WA
Funding Sources: NHMRC 2009-2011 (pending)

This research investigates the way in which nurses interact with patients during the application of compression bandaging. Overall the research aims to gain a better understanding of the methods used in the clinical application of compression bandaging in order to develop improved bandaging techniques and inform clinical practice guidelines. The research investigates, for the first time, the way community nurses interact with patients during the application of compression bandaging in order to identify variations in techniques and nurses’ decision-making rationales. It also aims to identify specific design opportunities.

This research has emerged from QUT Strategic Collaborative Seeding Grant across Science, Health and Engineering Faculties and IHBI (2005-2007)

Facilitating Novice to Expert Transition in a Medical Emergency Care Context (pending)

Chief Investigators: Prof Vesna Popovic, Dr Michael Lawley, Dr Paul Barnes, Prof KP Lee (KAIST) and Dr Ben Kraal
External Collaboration: KAIST, South Korea
Funding Sources: Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Projects (2009-2012) (pending)

During emergencies, the possibilities for confusion are greatest when equipment with poorly designed interface is pressed into service. As a matter of principle, all such interfaces, whether simple or complex, should be designed for ease of understanding and operation and must support quick novice-to-expert transition in life and death situation. An innovative novice-to-expert transitional model developed from this study will allow the design of interfaces that support this faster transition. This will significantly improve communication and efficiency within a medical emergency care context, minimise the potentials of confusion and, subsequently, reduce casualties.

Awards and Recognitions

Vesna Popovic has been recipient of significant awards and recognitions totalling 31 awards. Selected awards are listed only.

  • 2007: Vice-Chancellor Performance award, QUT
  • 2006: Fellowship of Design Research Society (DRS), UK
  • 2005: BEE Best Postgraduate Supervisor Award
  • 2003: Excellent Paper Award, 6th Asian Design Conference, Tsukuba, Japan
  • 2002: Nomination for the Best Entrepreneurial Educator 2002, Nominator: Design Institute of Australia (DIA)
  • 2000: Nomination for Design Festival Osaka Prize for the international contribution to Industrial Design Education, Japan
  • 1999: Nomination for Best Postgraduate Supervisor of the Year, QUT
  • 1995: 1995 Honorary Member of CIDA, (Industrial Designers Association of Taiwan) for contribution to the progress of the design profession
  • 1990: QUT Award for Distinguished Academic Service
  • 1989: Fellowship of Design Institute of Australia (FDIA)

Selected Design Awards

  • Finalist (two designs), Design Festival, Osaka, Japan.
  • Finalist, Mainichi International Design Competition, Japan.
  • Diploma “Good Design”, Design Centre, Belgrade.
  • International jury selection of the project Rescue Kit for Crushed Limbs, International study: Design for Rescue & Relief, ICSID, Brussels, Belgium
  • BI0 8 Good Idea Award, 8th Biennial of Yugoslav Industrial Design, Ljubljana, Slovenia
  • Honourable Mention, Award of the international jury for the design of the “Kitchen 2000″, AS Design Contest, Ljubljana, Slovenia

Career History

2005Present: Professor in Industrial Design, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology

1990 – 2005: Associate Professor in Industrial Design, School of Design, Queensland University of Technology

This information has been contributed by Professor Vesna Popovic.

Teaching

Professor Vesna Popovic is the founder of the Industrial Design program at the Queensland University of Technology and Industrial Design professional infrastructure in Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. Her major responsibility has been the leadership and development of the Industrial Design and setting teaching standards of excellence. In this capacity the main contribution has been in leading the direction of the discipline towards design research and innovation. The vision of the program has been related to the industrial and business settings of Queensland, Australia and South East Asia, where small businesses are dominant. The leadership drive that emerged from applied design research has been utilised by graduates to create their business opportunities in Australia and overseas.

Teaching areas

  • industrial design studio
  • applied industrial design research
  • human-centred design and innovation
  • applied human factors and usability
This information has been contributed by Professor Vesna Popovic.

Experience

Professor Popovic and her research team have collaborated with:

  • Brisbane Airport Corporation
  • University of Southern Queensland (USQ)
  • Telehealth, Queensland
  • Curtin University of Technology, Australia
  • SADI/ Samsung, South Korea
  • KAIST, South Korea
  • Tsinghua University, China
  • University of Botswana, Botswana

Interests and Community Service

  • Associate Editor, Design Research Quarterly, DRS, UK
  • Reviewer for major design research journals, eg Design Studies, International Journal of Design
  • Member of Scientific or Review committees of major national and international Design Research, Design Education and Human-computer Interaction conferences
  • Design Juror for Design competition and Design Awards
  • International Expert Reviewer of ARC Discovery Grants
  • International Council of Society of Industrial Design (ICSID) Adviser
  • International corresponding Council Member of the Design Research Society since 2002
  • Executive Board Member, International Council of Society of Industrial Design (ICSID) from 1997-2001, Education Chair.

 

This information has been contributed by Professor Vesna Popovic.

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
2003
Details
Excelent Paper Award for Novice and Expert User Model and its application to the Design Process
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Nomination for the Design Studies Award for the best paper published in 2008 (Five nominations world wide only)
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2009
Details
Vice-Chancellor's Award for Excellence, AcademicTeam, Airports of the Future Project Team
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2003
Details
ICSID Advisor International Council of Societies of Industrial Design Advisor for Design Reserach and Industrial Design Education, This is an ongoing role.
Type
Appointment to Prestigious Positions
Reference year
2001
Details
ICSID (International Councils of Societies of Industrial Design) Executive Board Member, Education Chair (world) and South-Asia Pacific Portfolio Chair.
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2008
Details
Collaboration with KAIST, Industrial Design. This is continouos collaboration since 2000.
Type
International Collaboration
Reference year
2010
Details
Reserach Adviser to the Industrial Design Department, Tsinghua University, Beijing, China
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2008
Details
Keynote speaker at the conference "Ubiquotes Design", Seoul, Korea
Type
Keynote Speaker/Expert Panel Member/Invited Speaker for a Conference
Reference year
2009
Details
RED DOT AWARD Judge, Germany/ Singapore. This is very prestigeous award and to be invited to be a judge is an honour.

Research projects

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

Title
Airports of the Future
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0990135
Start year
2009
Keywords
Complex Systems Engineering, Airport Operations Management, Business Process Modelling, Surveillance and Identity Management, Human Systems Interaction, Risk and Emergency Management,
Title
Remote Patient Assessment Using Digital Stethoscope for Telehealth Systems in Australia
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
LP0882065
Start year
2008
Keywords
Telehealth, Digital Stethoscope
Title
Facilitating Intuitive Interaction with Complex Devices for Older Users
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
DP0877964
Start year
2008
Keywords
Design, Design Innovation, Intuitive Interaction, Usability, Intutive Use

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