As a cutting-edge research hub, focusing on the evolving relationship between human beings and technology, The University of Melbourne’s Human-Computer Interaction (IDL) has received a tech-powered update to their research workspace. The brand new lab space is the home for graduate researchers at varying stages of PhD study, as well as the group’s experienced team of tech researchers.
Aesthetically, the lab has been optimised for enhanced collaboration opportunities between researchers. The common area features wall-to-wall whiteboard spaces where staff and students can offload an afternoon’s brainstorm, with the comfort of an adjoining lounge area accessible for later reflections.
These spaces have been extended to accommodate more graduate research students in the area, with a glass divider placed to secure adjacent study spaces and more desk-room provided. Fresh facilities are now also available for use in the kitchen, including a brand-new coffee machine – a welcome arrival for many researchers, to fuel long sessions at the lab.
While the refurbishments have amplified comfort and collaboration in the space, the biggest developments can be found in the refurbished HCI lab. An impressive new kit has been installed to power future projects, enabling ground-breaking opportunities for researchers of Augmented Reality (AR), Virtual Co-Presence and advanced Motion Capture technologies. The space will also serve to host a number of interactive technology projects, including work done for the smart hospital living lab.