Research interests

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

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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 H, Newn J, Joukhadar Z, Vetere F. Biometric Mirror: Exploring Values and Attitudes towards Facial Analysis and Automated Decision-Making. 2019 Designing Interactive Systems Conference. 2019. DOI: 10.1145/3322276.3322304
  2. Kelly R, Ferdous H, Wouters N, Vetere F. Can Mobile Augmented Reality Stimulate a Honeypot Effect? Observations from Santa’s Lil Helper. CHI 2019: PROCEEDINGS OF THE 2019 CHI CONFERENCE ON HUMAN FACTORS IN COMPUTING SYSTEMS. 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. Media Architecture Biennale 2018. 2018. 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. Media Architecture Biennale 2018. 2018. DOI: 10.1145/3284389.3284492
  5. Wouters N, Keignaert K, Huyghe J, Vande Moere A. Revealing the Architectural Quality of Media Architecture. 3rd Media Architecture Biennale Conference (MAB). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2946803.2946808
  6. 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. DOI: 10.1145/2914920.2929906
  7. Wouters N, Downs J, Harrop M, Cox T, Araujo Oliveira E, Webber S, Vetere F, Vande Moere A. Uncovering the Honeypot Effect: How Audiences Engage with Public Interactive Systems. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/2901790.2901796
  8. Claes S, Wouters N, Slegers K, Moere AV. Controlling In-the-Wild Evaluation Studies of Public Displays. 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI). Association for Computing Machinery Inc.. 2015, Vol. 2015-April. 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. 27th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI). Association for Computing Machinery. 2015. Editors: Ploderer B, Carter M, Gibbs M, Smith MW, Vetere F. 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 ARCHITECTURES. 2015, Vol. 25, Issue 25.
  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. PerDis 2015 - Proceedings: 4th ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays. 2015. DOI: 10.1145/2757710.2757727
  12. Huyghe J, Geerts D, Wouters N, Moere AV. LocaLudo: Card-based workshop for interactive architecture. CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2014. 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 NordiCHI 2014: The 8th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Fun, Fast, Foundational. 2014. DOI: 10.1145/2639189.2641211
  14. Wouters N, Huyghe J, Vande Moere A. OpenWindow: Citizen-controlled content on public displays. 2nd ACM International Symposium on Pervasive Displays. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2013. DOI: 10.1145/2491568.2491595
  15. Moere AV, Wouters N. The role of context in media architecture. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. 2012. DOI: 10.1145/2307798.2307810

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