Research interests

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Social Work

Biography

I am a Research Fellow at the Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces. My research interests centre around how technology can be used to support social change and benefit disadvantaged groups. My doctoral research centred on the use of tablet computers by older adults who had histories of homelessness, social isolation and complex needs. This interest in older adults and technology extends to my recent work as part of the Ageing and Avatars ARC Discovery project. This work has focussed on how social virtual reality and avatars can enable older adults to participate in meaningful social activities. In addition to my work with older adults, I am also currently involved in projects assessing the potential of virtual reality to support people living with a disability, and via my supervisory role, assessing assistive technology use by blind and visually impaired adults in the workplace, and the use of echolocation to navigate virtual worlds. See www.bakery.micro.blog for a full list of publications.

Recent publications

  1. Aladwan, A.; Kelly, R.; Baker, S.; Velloso, E. A Tale of Two Perspectives: A Conceptual Framework of User Expectations and Experiences of Instructional Fitness Apps. Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '19. Association for Computing Machinery. 2019. DOI: 10.1145/3290605.3300624
  2. Andrade, R.; Rogerson, MJ.; Waycott, J.; Baker, S.; Vetere, F. Playing Blind: Revealing the World of Garners with Visual Impairment. Proceedings of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - CHI '19. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2019. DOI: 10.1145/3290605.3300346
  3. Baker, S.; Warburton, J.; Waycott, J.; Batchelor, F.; Thuong, H.; Dow, B.; 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. WILEY. 2018, Vol. 37, Issue 3, pp. 184-193. DOI: 10.1111/ajag.12572
  4. Cavenett, W.; Baker, S.; Waycott, J.; Carrasco, R.; Robertson, E.; Vetere, F.; Hampson, R. Deploying new technology in residential aged care: Staff members' perspectives. Proceedings of the 30th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - OzCHI '18. ACM. 2018, pp. 200-204. DOI: 10.1145/3292147.3292214
  5. Carrasco, R.; Waycott, J.; Baker, S.; Vetere, F. Designing the lost self: Older adults' self-representations in online games. Proceedings of the 2018 on Designing Interactive Systems Conference 2018 - DIS '18. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2018, pp. 441-452. DOI: 10.1145/3196709.3196773
  6. Andrade, R.; Baker, S.; Waycott, J.; Vetere, F. Echo-house: Exploring a virtual environment by using echolocation. Proceedings of the 30th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - OzCHI '18. Association for Computing Machinery. 2018, pp. 278-289. DOI: 10.1145/3292147.3292163
  7. Waycott, J.; Wadley, G.; Baker, S.; Ferdous, HS.; Hoang, T.; Gerling, K.; Headleand, CJ.; Simeone, AL. Manipulating reality? Designing and deploying virtual reality in sensitive settings. Proceedings of the 19th International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility - DIS '18. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2018, pp. 411-414. DOI: 10.1145/3197391.3197401
  8. Wahidin, H.; Waycott, J.; Baker, S. The challenges in adopting assistive technologies in the workplace for people with visual impairments. Proceedings of the 30th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - OzCHI '18. Association for Computing Machinery. 2018, pp. 432-442. DOI: 10.1145/3292147.3292175
  9. Baker, S.; Warburton, J.; Hodgkin, S.; Pascal, J. The New Informational Paradigm: Developing Practice-Led Approaches to the Use of Mobile ICT in Social Work. The British Journal of Social Work. OXFORD UNIV PRESS. 2018, Vol. 48, Issue 6, pp. 1791-1809. DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcx124
  10. Carrasco, R.; Baker, S.; Waycott, J.; Vetere, F. Negotiating stereotypes of older adults through avatars. Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - OZCHI '17. ACM Press. 2017, pp. 218-227. DOI: 10.1145/3152771.3152795
  11. Baker, S.; Warburton, J.; Hodgkin, S.; Pascal, J. The supportive network: rural disadvantaged older people and ICT. Ageing and Society. CAMBRIDGE UNIV PRESS. 2017, Vol. 37, Issue 6, pp. 1291-1309. DOI: 10.1017/S0144686X16000350
  12. Puri, A.; Baker, S.; Hoang, TN.; Zuffi, RC. To be (Me) or not to be? photorealistic avatars and older adults. Proceedings of the 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - OZCHI '17. ACM Press. 2017, pp. 503-507. DOI: 10.1145/3152771.3156166
  13. Cyarto, EV.; Batchelor, F.; Baker, S.; Dow, B. Active Ageing with Avatars: A Virtual Exercise Class for Older Adults. Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction - OzCHI '16. ACM. 2016, pp. 302-309. DOI: 10.1145/3010915.3010944
  14. Baker, S.; Waycott, J.; Pedell, S.; Hoang, T.; Ozanne, E. Older People and Social Participation: From Touch-Screens to Virtual Realities. Proceedings of the International Symposium on Interactive Technology and Ageing Populations - ITAP '16. Association for Computing Machinery. 2016, pp. 34-43. DOI: 10.1145/2996267.2996271
  15. Baker, S.; Warburton, J.; Hodgkin, S.; Pascal, J. Reimagining the Relationship between Social Work and Information Communication Technology in the Network Society. Australian Social Work. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 2014, Vol. 67, Issue 4, pp. 467-478. DOI: 10.1080/0312407X.2014.928336

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