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Dr Bernd Ploderer
Senior Lecturer
Science and Engineering Faculty,
Electrical Engineering, Computer Science,
Computer Human Interaction
IHBI Membership
Institute of Health Biomedical Innovation (IHBI),
IHBI Science and Engineering Projects,
IHBI Chem Physics Mech Engineering - CDA
Discipline *
Information Systems
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Doctor of Philosophy (University of Melbourne)

Professional memberships
and associations

ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI): Member

Fellow of the Higher Education Academy

CHISIG – Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group: Committee Member


Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Social Computing, Social Media, Wearable Computing, Health Informatics, Stroke, Sleep

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


I am a Senior Lecturer in Computer Human Interaction at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I received my PhD degree in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Melbourne, a MA degree in Communications from the University of Salzburg, Austria, and a BSc (Hons) degree in Information Systems from FH Joanneum Graz, Austria.

My research focuses on Human-Computer Interaction for Healthy Living. I study ways to design interactive technology to empower people through novel personal data and through fostering interactions with peers and health professionals. I explored this topic in various contexts, including bodybuilding, quitting smoking, and running. In my current work I design mobile and wearable technology to support healthy sleep habits, wound management, and rehabilitation after a stroke. For more information see

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I have been responsible for the teaching and administration of the following human-computer interaction subjects:

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Do you need research experience? I need good research students. I am looking for Honours and PhD students with a background in HCI to work on research into social, mobile or wearable technologies to support healthy living. I am particularly interested in HCI research on rehabiliation after a stroke and in fostering healthy sleep practices.

Before you contact me, please do your homework:

  1. Familiarise yourself with the PhD scholarships available, eligibility criteria, and the application process at QUT
  2. Read through my proposed topics and some of my recent publications
  3. Prepare the following documents: (i) a brief research proposal, (ii) a CV and (iii) a transcript of your academic results


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


Awards and recognition

Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Honorable Mention award for my CHI 2017 paper "Trajectories of Engagement and Disengagement with a Story-Based Smoking Cessation App". The paper was ranked among the top 5% of all submissions to the SIGCHI 2017 conference.
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
QUT Vice Chancellor's Performance Award
Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
Technical Program Chair for OzCHI '15 The Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction, Parkville, VIC, Australia ¿ December 07 - 10, 2015
Editorial Role for an Academic Journal
Reference year
Journal special issue on "social interaction and reflection for behaviour change" for the Journal Personal and Ubiquitous Computing; with Reitberger, Oinas-Kukkonen, van Gemert-Pijnen
Funding Award
Reference year
Establishment of the Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI at the University of Melbourne awarded by the Victorian Dept of State Development Business & Innovation; Microsoft; The University of Melbourne; with Prof Frank Vetere