Personal details

Name
Professor Marcus Foth
Position(s)
Professor
Faculty of CI, Education & Social Justice,
School of Design
Discipline *
Design Practice and Management, Information Systems, Communication and Media Studies
Phone
+61 7 3138 8772
Email
Location
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Identifiers and profiles
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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

Urban Informatics, Smart Cities, Interaction Design, Human-Computer Interaction, Sustainability, Urban Computing, Ubiquitous Computing, Community Engagement, Design, Blockchain

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

Biography

Marcus Foth is Professor of Urban Informatics in the QUT Design Lab, Faculty of Creative Industries, Education, and Social Justice, at Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane, Australia. He is also an Honorary Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark.

Marcus’ research brings together people, place, and technology. His current research foci include: urban media and geoprivacydata care in smart cities; digital inclusion and participation; blockchain and food supply chains, and; sustainability and more-than-human futures.

His research directly coincides with a historic moment: Cities now house most of the world’s population as well as both major physical and digital infrastructure. Marcus founded the Urban Informatics Research Lab in 2006. Ahead of their time and well before the term “smart cities” became popular, he championed a new field of research: Urban informatics examines people creating, applying and using information and communication technology and data in cities and urban environments.

For two decades, Marcus has been at the helm of ubiquitous computing and human-computer interaction (HCI) research into interactive digital media, screen, mobile and smart city applications. This work has been adopted by industry (e.g., smart city programs by McKinsey, Intel, CISCO), and universities (e.g., urban informatics courses at NYU, University College London, Warwick, Northeastern). His leadership in establishing the field was recognised by the Australian Computer Society inducting Marcus as a Fellow in 2017 for ‘a sustained and distinguished contribution to the field of computer science’ and by the Australian and New Zealand Governments, which included urban informatics as a new field of research in their 2020 Standard Research Classification.

In 2021, the Australian Government again recognised Marcus’ distinguished research leadership by appointing him to the Australian Research Council’s College of Experts.

Marcus has made significant contributions to knowledge including more than 200 peer-reviewed publications. His h-index is 50 with 8,000+ citations (Google Scholar). His major publications have often been field-defining. For instance, his 2009 Handbook of Research on Urban Informatics demonstrates the merits of a transdisciplinary research approach integrating the physical and digital aspects of cities.

The outputs of Marcus’ research have received many awards. For example, the Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer Toolkit received the 2021 National Award for Cutting Edge Research of the Planning Institute of Australia for significantly accelerating the calculation of value uplift in linear infrastructure projects such as rail networks. His BeefLedger project was recognised as a 2020 Good Design Australia Award winner twice: in the commercial services category and for design strategy, for demonstrating tangible benefits and impact of blockchain and smart contract applications for industry. Nominated by the Smart Cities Council Australia / NZ, Marcus was awarded ICT Researcher of the Year 2017 (Gold Disruptor) by the Australian Computer Society.

Marcus has made substantial contributions to academic service, including being conference chair of OZCHI 2009, Communities & Technologies 2011, and ACM SIGCHI Designing Interactive Systems 2016. He is an active reviewer, associate chair, and editorial board member for various conferences and journals. In recognition of his service, he received the 2018 Publons Peer Review Award (cross-field), which honours the top 1% of reviewers.

Marcus is an ACM Distinguished Speaker and has been giving invited keynote talks and presentations at international conferences and leading research institutions, including Aalto University Helsinki, Aarhus University, Harvard University, IT University of Copenhagen, KAIST, Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität Munich, MIT, Politecnico di Milano, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, Tsinghua University, University of Oulu, University of Oxford.

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Teaching

Research Training and Supervision of Research Students

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Experience

Member of Editorial and Advisory Boards

Conference Chair

Committee Positions

Jury and Assessment Duties

Review Experience
Journals

Conferences

Workshops

 

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Publications


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

Awards

Awards and recognition

Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2018
Details
Appointed Peer-to-Peer Economy and Short-term Letting Industry Reference Group Member by the Queensland Department of Tourism, Major Events, Small Business and the Commonwealth Games. The purpose of the group is to discuss whether the state and local governments should intervene in P2P short-term letting in Queensland. This includes the positive and negative impacts of intervention at the local or state levels, as well as whether governments should play a role in fostering the development of the P2P sector.
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Inducted as ACM Distinguished Speaker: The Distinguished Speakers Program is an outreach program of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) that brings distinguished speakers from academia, industry, and government together to give presentations to ACM chapters, members, and the greater IT community in a variety of venues and formats.
Type
Fellowships
Reference year
2017
Details
The Australian Computer Society (ACS) made me a fellow for "a sustained and distinguished contribution to the field of computer science. Foth is the international thought leader who coined the term urban informatics - now adopted by universities and industry worldwide. Foth's work makes clear how academic research can successfully respond to societal challenges."
Type
Academic Honours, Prestigious Awards or Prizes
Reference year
2017
Details
Nominated by the Smart Cities Council Australia / New Zealand, I was shortlisted and won the Gold Disruptor Award in the ICT Researcher of the Year category of the ACS Digital Disruptors Awards 2017. The awards honour the efforts of Australia¿s ICT professionals, recognising the teams and individuals at the forefront of digital disruption.
Type
Appointment to State/National/International Reference Group or Government Committees
Reference year
2017
Details
Appointed Infrastructure Innovation Task Force Member. The State Infrastructure Plan (SIP) is an infrastructure strategy and program that underpins economic growth, supports jobs and creates long-term prosperity for all Queenslanders. The Infrastructure Innovation Taskforce relates to the SIP implementation action 14: to establish a joint industry-government infrastructure innovation taskforce.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2017
Details
Appointed to the Built Environment Task Force for Smart Cities by the Smart Cities Council Australia New Zealand (SSCANZ). The Built Environment Task Force provides a forum to advance smart cities dialogue and action in city building processes, and better understand the opportunities at the intersection of technology, intelligent design, and the built and social environments. This in turn will build greater opportunities for the successful procurement and deployment of smart cities solutions that are critical to achieving sustainable city outcomes.
Type
Advisor/Consultant for Industry
Reference year
2017
Details
Appointed advisory board member by BlueChilli CityConnect smart city startup accelerator and incubator
Type
Visiting Professorships/Fellowships
Reference year
2016
Details
Appointed Honorary Professor in the School of Communication and Culture at Aarhus University, Denmark
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
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.

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

Supervision

Current supervisions

Completed supervisions (Doctorate)