We are pleased to announce that Research Fellow, Sarah Webber, has achieved a ‘Best Paper’ award for her submission to DIS2020, titled ‘Orangutan-Centred Design: Enhancing Co-design with Animals’. The annual DIS conference provides a space for designers, systems engineers, usability engineers, academics and industry professionals associated with the design of interactive systems to share new research findings, generate collaboration opportunities and learn about developments in related workforces.
Sarah’s paper describes how she managed the process of co-designing with zoo staff and animals to create the ‘Kinecting with Orangutans’ installation for Melbourne Zoo, as part of a wide-scale initiative with Zoos Victoria. Also incorporated were reflections on the design process, and discussions with experts in the fields of animal welfare and behaviour science.
Due to the current global situation, DIS2020 will be a virtual conference, where Sarah will be presenting her research digitally to fellow attendees. Following the theme, ‘More than Human Centred Design’, the conference will be held between 6–20 July 2020.
We would like to congratulate Sarah Webber on this outstanding achievement.