Digital Humanities Marathon

Find out about the distinguished thought leaders speaking as part of this series

Professor Kim Vincs
Swinburne University of Technology

14 March – Digital Embodiment:  Connectivity and the Cyber-physical

Kim Vincs is Professor of Interactive Media, and Research Director within the Department of Film and Animation at Swinburne University of Technology. She is a leading creative arts researcher with 6 Australian Research Council grants, 35+ industry partnerships, and 20+ arts/science collaborations across fields including dance, motion capture, game development, robotics, haptics, app design, 3D stereoscopy, artificial intelligence, virtual reality, augmented reality, cognitive psychology, biomechanics, mathematics, architecture and exercise science. She has been a choreographer for over 20 years, has created 18 dance technology and digital artworks. Her industry partnerships include national and international companies such as Autodesk, Motion Analysis, Act3animation, Iloura, Alt.vfx, Arts Access Victoria, Victorian Opera and Australian Dance Theatre. She has commercial motion capture credits for several computer games, television commercials and film projects, including the Cannes Silver Lion winning Nocturnal Migration.She is currently developing a new centre for Transformative Media Technologies at Swinburne University of Technology with Professor Angela Ngdalianis.

Professor Frank Vetere
University of Melbourne

28 March – Digital Bodies:  Augmented, Virtual & Implanted

Frank Vetere is Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He leads the Interaction Design Laboratory and is director of the research centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (SocialNUI), a collaborative initiative with Microsoft Research. His research interests are in design thinking, technologies for ageing-well and mixed realities interactions. His research aims to generate knowledge about the innovative use and design of information and communication technologies (ICT) for human wellbeing and social benefit.

Associate Professor Adrian Dyer
RMIT University

16 May – Digital Design Experience:  Insights into complex worlds and improved design from eye tracking

Adrian Dyer is a visual ecologist who maps how natural vision solves problems in complex environments. A major focus is on digital imaging to collect high quality empirical data to allow for improved design, and working with a variety of domain experts to construct digital representations of complex behaviours to interpret relationships of primary importance for resource management. Adrian is based within the School of Media and Communications at RMIT University and has previously won several prestigious Fellowships (Alexander von Humboldt, La Trobe University, ARC QEII), and published in the world’s leading journals like Nature.

Dr Simon Musgrave
Monash University

11 April – Digital Linguistics:  Digital humanities and disciplinary frontiers

Simon Musgrave is a lecturer in linguistics at Monash University who locates much of his work in recent years in the field of Digital Humanities continuing a longstanding interest in the use of computational tools for linguistic research. This interest has been focused recently on the use of Vector Space Models for semantic analysis, including collaborating in textual analysis with scholars in other disciplines. Other current research projects include developing combinatorial search strategies for corpus-based study of pragmatic phenomena and exploiting the affordances of online presentation to make grammatical description more accessible.

Professor Kath Albury

Swinburne University of Technology

2 May – Digital Intimacy:
Researching hook-up app cultures

Kath Albury is a Professor of Media and Communication at Swinburne University of Technology, Australia. Her current research focuses on young people’s practices of digital self-representation, and the role of user-generated media (including social networking platforms) in formal and informal sexual learning. Kath leads the Australian Research Council Linkage Project ‘Safety, risk and wellbeing on digital dating apps’, with industry partners ACON Health (formerly the AIDS Council of NSW) and Family Planning NSW.

Professor Scott McQuire
University of Melbourne

30 May – Digital City: Geomedia and ‘communicative cities’

Scott McQuire is Professor of Media and Communications in the School of Culture and Communication at the University of Melbourne. He is one of the founders of the interdisciplinary Research Unit in Public Cultures, and is Deputy-Director of the Melbourne Networked Society Institute.  His books include The Media City: media, architecture and urban space (2008) which won the 2009 Jane Jacobs Publication Award offered by the Urban Communication Foundation and Geomedia: networked cities and the future of public space (2016), which is being translated into Chinese and Russian.