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. 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
  2. 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. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2018, pp. 441-452. DOI: 10.1145/3196709.3196773
  3. 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. DIS 2018 - Companion Publication of the 2018 Designing Interactive Systems Conference. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2018, pp. 411-414. DOI: 10.1145/3197391.3197401
  4. 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
  5. Carrasco, R.; Baker, S.; Waycott, J.; Vetere, F. Negotiating stereotypes of older adults through avatars. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2017, pp. 218-227. DOI: 10.1145/3152771.3152795
  6. 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
  7. Puri, A.; Baker, S.; Hoang, TN.; Zuffi, RC. To be (Me) or not to be? photorealistic avatars and older adults. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2017, pp. 503-507. DOI: 10.1145/3152771.3156166
  8. 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. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2016. DOI: 10.1145/3010915.3010944
  9. Baker, S.; Waycott, J.; Pedell, S.; Hoang, T.; Ozanne, E. Older people and social participation: From touch screens to virtual realities. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. Association for Computing Machinery. 2016, pp. 34-43. DOI: 10.1145/2996267.2996271
  10. 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