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Dr Bernd Ploderer
Senior Lecturer
Faculty of Science,
School of Computer Science
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, Human-Computer Interaction for Healthy Living, Interaction Design, Social Computing, Social Media, Wearable Computing, Stroke, Sleep, diabetic foot, Health Informatics

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


I am a Senior Lecturer in Human-Computer Interaction for Healthy Living at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I study ways to design interactive technology to empower people through novel personal data and through interactions with peers and health professionals. I explored this topic in various contexts, including bodybuilding, quitting smoking, healthy sleep habits, and rehabilitation after a stroke. Currently, I am involved in the following projects:

  • MyFootCare: empowering people with a diabetic foot ulcer (DFU) in their self-care through mobile visual analytics (supported by The Prince Charles Hospital Foundation)
  • Ambient Nature Network: designing technologies to connect people to and through nature (supported by ARC DP190101647)
  • I want to Move it, Move it:  exploring children’s active play through tangible and embodied interfaces (supported by ARC DP200100723)

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.

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


Awards and recognition

Committee Role/Editor or Chair of an Academic Conference
Reference year
Papers Chair for OzCHI 2020 The 32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, 02 - 04 December 2020
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
PCHF Innovation Grant to conduct a trial study "MyFootCare: A Mobile App to Engage Patients with Diabetic Foot Ulcers in Self-Care." With P Lazarrini, J van Netten, R Brown, D Clark, and J Warnock
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
Metro North Hospital and Health Service Link Grant to develop and trial "Better Individualised Stroke Care using Technology (BISCUT)." With T Green, J Muller, K Clark, and A Tariq
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 for mentoring research students and colleagues through CHI writing workshops

Research projects

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

Ambient Nature Network: New Technologies to Connect People to Nature
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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