Professor Frank Vetere

  • Room: Level: 09 Room: 9.04
  • Building: Doug McDonell Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Interaction design
  • Social Computing
  • Usability Engineering

Personal webpage


Professor Frank Vetere is a teacher and researcher in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He the director of the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (Social-NUI) and leads the Interaction Design Laboratory.

Frank’s expertise is in Human-Computer Interactions (HCI) and Social Computing. He has particular interests in design-thinking and in technologies for ageing well. His research aims to generate knowledge about the use and design of information and communication technologies for human wellbeing and social benefit. He applies human-oriented design techniques, interpretations of ethnographies, and evaluation of technologies (field-based studies and lab-based experiments) to create knowledge about the design and use of ICTs.

Frank serves on the editorial board of the journals Interacting with Computers (IwC), and the International Journal of Human Computer Studies (IJHCS) and is an expert member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP TC13). At the University of Melbourne, he is a member of the executive committee on the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI), member of the steering committee on the Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative (HARI), member of the University Appointments and Promotions Committee (UAPC) and Fellow of the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, Ormond College. Frank is a general chair of CHISIG, Australia's leading body for HCI research.

Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2001, Frank worked as a usability engineer and before that as a secondary school teacher. He was deputy Head of Department (2011-2013). He has been a keynote speaker as several conferences. He has received various awards in recognition of his teaching and in 2011 was awarded the CHISIG Medal for outstanding service to and promotion of Human-Computer Interaction in Australia.

Recent publications

  1. Davis H, Ferdous H, Vetere F. 'Table manners': Children's use of mobile technologies in family-friendly restaurants. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. 2017, Vol. Part F127655. DOI: 10.1145/3027063.3053353
  2. Abdelrahman Y, Velloso E, Dingler T, Schmidt A, Vetere F. Cognitive Heat: Exploring the Usage of Thermal Imaging to Unobtrusively Estimate Cognitive Load. Proc. ACM Interact. Mob. Wearable Ubiquitous Technol.. 2017, Vol. 1, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1145/3130898
  3. Muller FF, Gibbs M, Vetere F, Edge D. Designing for Bodily Interplay in Social Exertion Games. ACM TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTER-HUMAN INTERACTION. Association for Computing Machinery. 2017, Vol. 24, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1145/3064938
  4. Newn J, Velloso E, Allison F, Abdelrahman Y, Vetere F. Evaluating real-time gaze representations to infer intentions in competitive turn-based strategy games. CHI PLAY 2017 - Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. 2017. DOI: 10.1145/3116595.3116624
  5. Webber S, Carter M, Smith M, Vetere F. Interactive technology and human-animal encounters at the zoo. INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN-COMPUTER STUDIES. Academic Press - Elsevier Science. 2017, Vol. 98. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2016.05.003
  6. Webber S, Carter M, Sherwen S, Smith M, Joukhadar Z, Vetere F. Kinecting with Orangutans: Zoo Visitors' Empathetic Responses to Animals? Use of Interactive Technology. 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2017. DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025729
  7. Heffernan K, Vetere F, Chang S. Military Insertables Lessons from Civilian Use. IEEE TECHNOLOGY AND SOCIETY MAGAZINE. IEEE - Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers. 2017, Vol. 36, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1109/MTS.2017.2654290
  8. Nansen B, Carroll P, Gibbs L, MacDougall C, Vetere F. Mobilising children: The role of mobile communications in child mobility. Children's Health and Wellbeing in Urban Environments. 2017. DOI: 10.4324/9781315571560
  9. Aggarwal D, Hoang T, Zhang W, Ploderer B, Vetere F, Bradford M. Sophy: Smart socks for video consultations of physiotherapy. Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics). Springer Verlag. 2017, Vol. 10516 LNCS. DOI: 10.1007/978-3-319-68059-0_44
  10. Heffernan K, Vetere F, Chang S. Towards insertables: Devices inside the human body. First Monday. First Monday Editorial Group. 2017, Vol. 22, Issue 3. DOI: 10.5210/fm.v22i3.6214
  11. Ploderer B, Fong J, Withana A, Klaic M, Nair S, Crocher V, Vetere F, Nanayakkara S. ArmSleeve: a Patient Monitoring System to Support Occupational Therapists in Stroke Rehabilitation. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2901790.2901799
  12. Ferdous H, Ploderer B, Davis H, Vetere F, O'Hara K. Commensality and the Social Use of Technology during Family Mealtime. ACM TRANSACTIONS ON COMPUTER-HUMAN INTERACTION. Association for Computing Machinery. 2016, Vol. 23, Issue 6. DOI: 10.1145/2994146
  13. Aggarwal D, Ploderer B, Vetere F, Bradford M, Hoang T. Doctor, Can You See My Squats? Understanding Bodily Communication in Video Consultations for Physiotherapy. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2901790.2901871
  14. Newn J, Velloso E, Carter M, Vetere F. Dynamically Exposing Gaze to Foster Playful Experiences in Multiplayer Gameplay. CHI Play 2016 Designing for Emotional Complexity in Games Workshop. 2016.
  15. Newn J, Velloso E, Carter M, Vetere F. Exploring the Effects of Gaze Awareness on Multiplayer Gameplay. 3rd ACM SIGCHI Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play (CHI PLAY). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2968120.2987740

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