Research interests

  • Animal-Computer Interaction
  • Digital Technologies in Zoos
  • Human-Computer Interaction

Personal webpage

www.sarahwebber.me

Biography

Sarah Webber is a Research Fellow at the Interaction Design Lab. Her research focuses on the design and use of interactive technologies in zoos. Sarah's PhD research explored the effects that digital technologies can have on visitors’ encounters with zoo animals. As part of this work she studied the co-design of a touch-based digital enrichment system for orangutans (‘Kinecting with Orangutans’), and evaluated the installation's effects on visitors’ empathy for animals and beliefs about animal minds. At the Interaction Design Lab, Sarah has contributed to research into social and experiential aspects of digital technologies. Her work has included projects relating to social interaction in public spaces, health and wellbeing, and the privacy and ethical issues associated with storing and sharing personal information in organisations and groups. She has a professional IT background, having worked across a range of corporate, government, academic and non-profit organisations, in business analysis and project management, user research and UX evaluation.

Recent publications

  1. French, F.; Webber, S.; Baskin, S.; Zamansky, A.; Gupfinger, R. ZooJamming: Designing beyond human experience. Proceedings of the International Conference on Game Jams, Hackathons and Game Creation Events 2019 - ICGJ 2019. ACM. 2019. DOI: 10.1145/3316287.3316294
  2. Webber, S.; Carter, M.; Smith, W.; Vetere, F. Interactive technology and human-animal encounters at the zoo. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies. ACADEMIC PRESS LTD- ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD. 2017, Vol. 98, pp. 150-168. DOI: 10.1016/j.ijhcs.2016.05.003
  3. Webber, S.; Carter, M.; Sherwen, S.; Smith, W.; Joukhadar, Z.; Vetere, F. Kinecting with Orangutans: Zoo Visitors' Empathetic Responses to Animals? Use of Interactive Technology. Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '17. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2017, Vol. 2017-May, pp. 6075-6088. DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025729
  4. French, F.; Kingston-jones, M.; Schaller, DT.; Webber, SE.; Vaataja, H.; Campbell, M. Don't Cut to the Chase: Hunting Experiences for Zoo Animals and Visitors. Proceedings of the Third International Conference on Animal-Computer Interaction - ACI '16. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2016, Vol. 15-17-November-2016. DOI: 10.1145/2995257.3014066
  5. Webber, S.; Carter, M.; Watters, J.; Krebs, B.; Sherwen, S.; Mancini, C.; French, F.; O'hara, K. HCI goes to the zoo [workshop proposal]. Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI EA '16. ACM Press. 2016, Vol. 07-12-May-2016, pp. 3355-3362. DOI: 10.1145/2851581.2856485
  6. 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
  7. Rault, .; Webber, S.; Carter, M. Cross-disciplinary perspectives on animal welfare science and animal-computer interaction. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology - ACE '15. ACM Press. 2015, Vol. 16-19-November-2015. DOI: 10.1145/2832932.2837014
  8. Webber, S. Design and Evaluation of Interactive Technology for Human-Animal Encounters at the Zoo. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology - ACE '15. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2015, Vol. 16-19-November-2015. DOI: 10.1145/2832932.2837009
  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. Webber, S.; Gibbs, M.; Mccarthy, G. Help Me Keep My Stuff Safe: Designing a Collaborative Online Repository for Young People in Care. Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction on - OzCHI '15. ACM. 2015, pp. 152-161. DOI: 10.1145/2838739.2838757
  11. Webber, S.; Sherwen, S.; Carter, M. Naturalism and ACI: augmenting zoo enclosures with digital technology. Proceedings of the 12th International Conference on Advances in Computer Entertainment Technology - ACE '15. ACM Press. 2015, Vol. 16-19-November-2015. DOI: 10.1145/2832932.2837011
  12. Smith, W.; Wadley, G.; Webber, S.; Ploderer, B.; Lederman, R. Unbounding the Interaction Design problem: the contribution of HCI in three interventions for well-being. Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures the Future of Design - OzCHI '14. ACM. 2014, pp. 392-395. DOI: 10.1145/2686612.2686672
  13. Wadley, G.; Smith, W.; Ploderer, B.; Pearce, J.; Webber, S.; Whooley, M.; Borland, R. What people talk about when they talk about quitting. Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures the Future of Design - OzCHI '14. ACM. 2014, pp. 388-391. DOI: 10.1145/2686612.2686671
  14. Webber, S.; Heffernan, K.; Rostami Yeganeh, B.; Estrada Martinez De Alva, F.; Augstkalns, D. Family room: reducing email overload. Proceedings of the 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference: Augmentation, Application, Innovation, Collaboration. ACM Press. 2013, pp. 407-408. DOI: 10.1145/2541016.2541097