Research interests

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

Personal webpage


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.; Kelly, R.; Velloso, E.; Wolf, K.; Ferdous, HS.; Newn, J.; Joukhadar, Z.; Vetere, F. Biometric Mirror: Exploring Values and Attitudes towards Facial Analysis and Automated Decision-Making. Proceedings of the 2019 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference - DIS '19. ACM. 2019, pp. 447-461. DOI: 10.1145/3322276.3322304
  2. Kelly, R.; Ferdous, HS.; Wouters, N.; Vetere, F. Can Mobile Augmented Reality Stimulate a Honeypot Effect? Observations from Santa’s Lil Helper. Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '19. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2019. DOI: 10.1145/3290605.3300515
  3. Wouters, N.; Claes, S.; Vande Moere, A. Hyperlocal Media Architecture: Displaying Societal Narratives in Contested Spaces. Proceedings of the 4th Media Architecture Biennale Conference on - MAB18. ACM. 2018, pp. 76-83. DOI: 10.1145/3284389.3284490
  4. 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 4th Media Architecture Biennale Conference on - MAB18. ACM. 2018, pp. 35-44. DOI: 10.1145/3284389.3284492
  5. Wouters, N.; Keignaert, K.; Huyghe, J.; Vande Moere, A. Revealing the Architectural Quality of Media Architecture. Proceedings of the 3rd Conference on Media Architecture Biennale - MAB. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2946803.2946808
  6. Coenen, J.; Wouters, N.; Vande Moere, A. Synchronized wayfinding on multiple consecutively situated public displays. Proceedings of the 5th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays - PerDis '16. ACM Press. 2016, pp. 182-196. DOI: 10.1145/2914920.2929906
  7. 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. Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems - DIS '16. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2016, pp. 5-16. DOI: 10.1145/2901790.2901796
  8. Claes, S.; Wouters, N.; Slegers, K.; Moere, AV. Controlling In-the-Wild Evaluation Studies of Public Displays. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '15. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2015, Vol. 2015-April, pp. 81-84. DOI: 10.1145/2702123.2702353
  9. Webber, S.; Harrop, M.; Downs, J.; Cox, T.; Wouters, N.; Moere, AV. Everybody Dance Now: Tensions between Participation and Performance in Interactive Public Installations. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction on - OzCHI '15. Association for Computing Machinery. 2015, pp. 284-288. DOI: 10.1145/2838739.2838801
  10. 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.
  11. 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. Proceedings of the 4th International Symposium on Pervasive Displays - PerDis '15. ACM Press. 2015, pp. 15-21. DOI: 10.1145/2757710.2757727
  12. Huyghe, J.; Geerts, D.; Wouters, N.; Moere, AV. LocaLudo: Card-based workshop for interactive architecture. Proceedings of the extended abstracts of the 32nd annual ACM conference on Human factors in computing systems - CHI EA '14. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2014, pp. 1975-1980. DOI: 10.1145/2559206.2581348
  13. Wouters, N.; Huyghe, J.; Vande Moere, A. StreetTalk: Participative design of situated public displays for urban neighborhood interaction. Proceedings of the 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction Fun, Fast, Foundational - NordiCHI '14. ACM Press. 2014, pp. 747-756. DOI: 10.1145/2639189.2641211
  14. Wouters, N.; Huyghe, J.; Vande Moere, A. OpenWindow: Citizen-controlled content on public displays. Proceedings of the 2nd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays - PerDis '13. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2013, pp. 121-126. DOI: 10.1145/2491568.2491595
  15. Moere, AV.; Wouters, N. The role of context in media architecture. Proceedings of the 2012 International Symposium on Pervasive Displays - PerDis '12. ACM Press. 2012. DOI: 10.1145/2307798.2307810

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