Callum Parker BComp, PhD

Lecturer in Interaction Design.

Hi, I’m Callum! I am a Lecturer in Interaction Design at the Urban Interfaces Lab in the University of Sydney’s School of Architecture, Design and Planning. My research seeks to gain new understanding of interactive digital city interfaces and their place within urban environments, contributing towards the broader smart city. I’m specifically focused on leveraging cutting edge technologies such as pervasive displays, {augmented, virtual, and mixed} realities, and media architecture. Outside of research I coordinate and teach units across the undergraduate Design Computing and postgraduate Master of Electronic Arts and Interaction Design (MIDEA) degrees, including Designing for Virtual Reality, XR Design, and Interactive Product Design Studio (a capstone project for 3rd year design students). In 2013, I received a Bachelor of Computing majoring in Human Interface Technology at the University of Tasmania. In 2019, I received a PhD from the University of Sydney in Australia. I was supervised by Prof. Martin Tomitsch and Prof. Judy Kay.


Research Interests

I work across a range of topics within HCI and Digital City Interfaces with a particular focus on pervasive displays, {augmented, virtual, and mixed} realities, smart cities, and media architecture.


Updates

December 2021 Our team's Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Research proposal titled "Shared-space interactions between people and autonomous vehicles" was amongst 19% that were funded. This funding will enable us to gain better understanding around how autonomous vehicles in urban environments need to interact with the people (and their understanding and feeling of trust) that they share those spaces with. Read more here.
October 2021 Paper accepted to The Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (OzCHI): "Evaluating Virtual Reality as a Tool for Empathic Modelling of Vision Impairment: Insights from a simulated public interactive display experience". Co-authored with my Honours student Tina Yao (lead author) and Dr Soojeong Yoo.
October 2021 Appeared as a guest on the Versatilist (hosted by Patrick O'Shea) along with Anastasia Globa, Wendy Zhang, and Jude Philp to discuss our work on the design of augmented reality (AR) apps to support informal adult learning with entomology datasets.
September 2021 Journal paper ("A Review of Virtual Reality Studies on Autonomous Vehicle–Pedestrian Interaction") published in IEEE Transactions on Human-Machine Systems. Co-authored with my PhD student Tram Tran (lead author) and Prof Martin Tomitsch.
May 2021 Co-editor for a Special Issue on ("Augmenting Space: The role of immersive technologies in future cities") in Interaction Design and Architecture(s).
February 2021 Paper accepted to CAADRIA 2021: "Big Data Bugs: Unpacking a co-design approach for designing augmented reality applications for museum exhibitions". Co-authored with Dr Anastasia Globa, Dr Jude Philp, and John Antonios.
January 2021 Promoted to Lecturer in Interaction Design.
December 2020 Book chapter ("Smart engagement for smart cities: Design patterns for digitally augmented, situated community engagement") published in Shaping Smart for Better Cities (Elsevier).
May 2020 Presented our CHI 2020 paper ("Foundations for Designing Public Interactive Displays that Provide Value to Users") at CHI Down Under. The video presentation is available here.
February 2020 Late breaking work paper accepted to CHI 2020: "Designing Exocentric Pedestrian Navigation for AR Head Mounted Displays".
December 2019 Paper accepted to CHI 2020: "Foundations for Designing Public Interactive Displays that Provide Value to Users".
December 2019 Visited the Future Lab at Tsinghua University to participate and help run a workshop on selfie taking for the elderly.
October 2019 Book Chapter accepted to Shaping Smart for Better Cities (Elsevier): "Smart engagement for smart cities: Design patterns for digitally augmented, situated community engagement".
August 2019 Secured a continuing position as an Associate Lecturer in Interaction Design at the Design Lab, University of Sydney.
June 2019 Papers accepted to the IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality (ISMAR) 2019 and AutomotiveUI 2019.
February 2019 Secured a position as an Associate Lecturer in Design Computing at the Design Lab, University of Sydney.
January 2019 Visited the GSCT UVR LAB at the Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) and Mokpo National University in South Korea.