Professor Frank Vetere

  • Room: Level: 09 Room: 9.04
  • Building: Doug McDonell Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Human Computer Interaction
  • Interaction design
  • Social Computing
  • Usability Engineering

Personal webpage


Professor Frank Vetere is a teacher and researcher in the Department of Computing and Information Systems at the University of Melbourne. He the director of the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces (Social-NUI) and leads the Interaction Design Laboratory.

Frank’s expertise is in Human-Computer Interactions (HCI) and Social Computing. He has particular interests in design-thinking and in technologies for ageing well. His research aims to generate knowledge about the use and design of information and communication technologies for human wellbeing and social benefit. He applies human-oriented design techniques, interpretations of ethnographies, and evaluation of technologies (field-based studies and lab-based experiments) to create knowledge about the design and use of ICTs.

Frank serves on the editorial board of the journals Interacting with Computers (IwC), and the International Journal of Human Computer Studies (IJHCS) and is an expert member of the International Federation for Information Processing (IFIP TC13). At the University of Melbourne, he is a member of the executive committee on the Melbourne Networked Society Institute (MNSI), member of the steering committee on the Hallmark Ageing Research Initiative (HARI), member of the University Appointments and Promotions Committee (UAPC) and Fellow of the Wade Institute of Entrepreneurship, Ormond College. Frank is a general chair of CHISIG, Australia's leading body for HCI research.

Prior to joining the University of Melbourne in 2001, Frank worked as a usability engineer and before that as a secondary school teacher. He was deputy Head of Department (2011-2013). He has been a keynote speaker as several conferences. He has received various awards in recognition of his teaching and in 2011 was awarded the CHISIG Medal for outstanding service to and promotion of Human-Computer Interaction in Australia.

Recent publications

  1. Reinoso M, Hoang T, Vetere F, Tanin E. Annotating Animated AR Objects for Co-located Learning. Proceedings of 2018 IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering, TALE 2018. 2019. DOI: 10.1109/TALE.2018.8615452
  2. Kelly D, Hoang T, Reinoso M, Joukhadar Z, Clements TK, Vetere F. Augmented reality learning environment for physiotherapy education. PHYSICAL THERAPY REVIEWS. Maney Publishing. 2018, Vol. 23, Issue 1. DOI: 10.1080/10833196.2018.1447256
  3. Hoang T, Ferdous H, Vetere F, Reinoso M. Body as a Canvas: An exploration on the role of the body as display of digital information. DIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3196709.3196724
  4. Velloso E, Dingler T, Vetere F, Horman S, McDougall H. Challenges of emerging technologies for human-centred design: Bridging the gap between inquiry and invention. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3292147.3293451
  5. Baker S, Warburton J, Waycott J, Batchelor F, Thuong H, Dow F, Ozanne E, Vetere F. Combatting social isolation and increasing social participation of older adults through the use of technology: A systematic review of existing evidence. AUSTRALASIAN JOURNAL ON AGEING. Council on the Ageing. 2018, Vol. 37, Issue 3. DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12572
  6. Singh R, Miller T, Newn J, Sonenberg E, Velloso E, Vetere F. Combining planning with gaze for online human intention recognition: Socially interactive agents track. Proceedings of the International Joint Conference on Autonomous Agents and Multiagent Systems, AAMAS. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2018, Vol. 1.
  7. Carrasco R, Waycott J, Baker S, Vetere F. Designing the lost self: Older adults' self-representations in online games. DIS 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3196709.3196773
  8. Andrade R, Baker S, Waycott J, Vetere F. Echo-house: Exploring a virtual environment by using echolocation. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3292147.3292163
  9. Madumal P, Newn J, Singh R, Vetere F. Interaction design for explainable AI. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3292147.3293450
  10. Paay J, Pedell S, Sterling L, Vetere F, Howard S. Interdisciplinary design teams translating ethnographic field data into design models: Communicating ambiguous concepts using quality goals. Innovative Methods, User-Friendly Tools, Coding, and Design Approaches in People-Oriented Programming. 2018. DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-5969-6.ch007
  11. Newn J, Allison F, Velloso E, Vetere F. Looks can be deceiving: Using gaze visualisation to predict and mislead opponents In strategic gameplay. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. 2018, Vol. 2018-April. DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3173835
  12. 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. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3284389.3284492
  13. Coghlan S, Waycott J, Barbosa Neves B, Vetere F. Using robot pets instead of companion animals for older people: A case of 'reinventing the wheel'?. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3292147.3292176
  14. Davis H, Ferdous H, Vetere F. 'Table manners': Children's use of mobile technologies in family-friendly restaurants. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. 2017, Vol. Part F127655. DOI: 10.1145/3027063.3053353
  15. Hoang T, Reinoso M, Joukhadar Z, Vetere F, Kelly D. Augmented Studio: Projection Mapping on Moving Body for Physiotherapy Education. ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2017. DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025860

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