Research interests

  • Art Science
  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Media Architecture
  • Public Displays
  • Urban Informatics

Personal webpage

http://nwt.rs

Biography

Dr. Niels Wouters is Head of Research and Emerging Practice for Science Gallery Melbourne, and Research Fellow in the Interaction Design Lab at the University of Melbourne. In his role, he promotes collisions between arts and science as a mechanism to expose the breadth of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics). His research practice in Human-Computer Interaction revolves around the democratization of technology and the road to empowerment, so as to achieve tangible benefits for society. Niels' work is regularly featured in national and international media, highlighting the impact of new technology on urban life. Niels acquired a PhD in Architectural Engineering and holds degrees in Architectural Design, Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction.

Recent publications

  1. Wouters, N.; Claes, S.; Vande Moere, A. Hyperlocal Media Architecture: Displaying Societal Narratives in Contested Spaces. Proceedings of the Media Architecture Biennale 2018. ACM. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3284389.3284490
  2. Wouters, N.; Hunt, T.; Dziemidowicz, O.; Hiscock, R.; Vetere, F. Media Architecture in Knowledge and Innovation Districts: Designing a Canvas for Research, Culture and Collaboration. Proceedings of the Media Architecture Biennale 2018. ACM. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3284389.3284492
  3. Wouters, N.; Keignaert, K.; Huyghe, J.; Vande Moere, A. Revealing the Architectural Quality of Media Architecture. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2946803.2946808
  4. Coenen, J.; Wouters, N.; Vande Moere, A. Synchronized wayfinding on multiple consecutively situated public displays. PerDis 2016 - Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays. 2016, pp. 182-196. DOI: 10.1145/2914920.2929906
  5. Wouters, N.; Downs, J.; Harrop, M.; Cox, T.; Oliveira, E.; Webber, S.; Vetere, F.; Vande Moere, A. Uncovering the Honeypot Effect: How Audiences Engage with Public Interactive Systems. DIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2016, pp. 5-16. DOI: 10.1145/2901790.2901796
  6. Claes, S.; Wouters, N.; Slegers, K.; Moere, AV. Controlling In-the-Wild Evaluation Studies of Public Displays. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2015, Vol. 2015-April, pp. 81-84. DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702353
  7. Webber, S.; Harrop, M.; Downs, J.; Cox, T.; Wouters, N.; Vande Moere, A. Everybody Dance Now: Tensions between participation and performance in interactive public installations. OzCHI 2015: Being Human - Conference Proceedings. Association for Computing Machinery. 2015, pp. 284-288. DOI: 10.1145/2838739.2838801
  8. Wouters, N.; Claes, S.; Moere, AV. Investigating the Role of Situated Public Displays and Hyperlocal Content on Place-Making. Interaction Design and Architecture(s). INTERACTION DESIGN & ARCHITECTURES. 2015, Vol. 25, Issue 25, pp. 60-72.
  9. Veenstra, M.; Wouters, N.; Kanis, M.; Brandenburg, S.; Raa, KT.; Wigger, B.; Vande Moere, A. Should public displays be interactive? Evaluating the impact of interactivity on audience engagement. PerDis 2015 - Proceedings: 4th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays. 2015, pp. 15-21. DOI: 10.1145/2757710.2757727
  10. Huyghe, J.; Geerts, D.; Wouters, N.; Moere, AV. LocaLudo: Card-based workshop for interactive architecture. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2014, pp. 1975-1980. DOI: 10.1145/2559206.2581348
  11. Wouters, N.; Huyghe, J.; Vande Moere, A. StreetTalk: Participative design of situated public displays for urban neighborhood interaction. Proceedings of the NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational. 2014, pp. 747-756. DOI: 10.1145/2639189.2641211
  12. Wouters, N.; Huyghe, J.; Vande Moere, A. OpenWindow: Citizen-controlled content on public displays. PerDis 2013 - Proceedings: 2nd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays 2013. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2013, pp. 121-126. DOI: 10.1145/2491568.2491595
  13. Moere, AV.; Wouters, N. The role of context in media architecture. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2012. DOI: 10.1145/2307798.2307810