Associate Professor Wally Smith

  • Room: Level: 09 Room: 9.05
  • Building: Doug McDonell Building
  • Campus: Parkville

Research interests

  • Educational technology
  • Health informatics
  • Public history and digital technologies
  • Social origins and implications of IT

Personal webpage


Wally Smith has worked in the field for Human-Computer Interaction and Social Computing for several years, holding research positions at University College London, University of Surrey, University of Western Australia, City University London, before joining the University of Melbourne. His research examines real-world experiences of using IT in a variety of domains including public history, education, health and emergency management. He also does more theoretical work on the social and historical origins of information technology. Across his career he has taught various aspects of applied computing, most recently Organisational Processes, Knowledge Management, Research Methods in Information Systems, and Impacts of Digitisation.

Recent publications

  1. Smith, W.; Lewi, H.; Nichols, D. 'PastPort': Reflections on the Design of a Mobile App for Citizen Heritage in Port Melbourne. Australian Historical Studies. ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD. 2018, Vol. 49, Issue 1, pp. 103-125. DOI: 10.1080/1031461X.2017.1407350
  2. Rogerson, MJ.; Gibbs, MR.; Smith, W. Cooperating to compete: The mutuality of cooperation and competition in boardgame play. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2018, Vol. 2018-April. DOI: 10.1145/3173574.3173767
  3. Allison, F.; Carter, M.; Gibbs, M.; Smith, W. Design patterns for voice interaction in games. CHI PLAY 2018 - Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. 2018, pp. 503-509. DOI: 10.1145/3242671.3242712
  4. Graham, C.; Smith, W.; Moncur, W.; Van Den Hoven, E. Introduction: Mortality in Design. Design Issues. MIT PRESS. 2018, Vol. 34, Issue 1, pp. 3-14. DOI: 10.1162/DESI_e_00472
  5. Lederman, R.; Constantinidis, D.; Linden, T.; Corrin, L.; Smith, W.; Pearce, J.; Bailey, J. Using a Traffic Light System to Provide Feedback to IS Masters Students. ICIS 2017: Transforming Society with Digital Innovation. AISel. 2018.
  6. Slaughter, Y.; Smith, W.; Hajek, J. Videoconferencing and the networked provision of language programs in regional and rural schools. ReCALL. 2018. DOI: 10.1017/S0958344018000101
  7. Smith, W.; Lewi, H.; Saniga, A.; Stickells, L.; Constantinidis, D. Bringing the Classroom into the World: Three Reflective Case Studies of Designing Mobile Technology to Support Blended Learning for the Built and Landscaped Environment. Journal of Problem Based Learning in Higher Education. Aalborg University Press. 2017, Vol. 5, Issue 1, pp. 1-21.
  8. Smith, W.; Wadley, G.; Daly, JO.; Webb, M.; Hughson, J.; Hajek, J.; Parker, A.; Woodward-kron, R.; Story, DA. Designing an app for pregnancy care for a culturally and linguistically diverse community. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. The Association for Computing Machinery. 2017, pp. 337-346. DOI: 10.1145/3152771.3152807
  9. Rogerson, M.; Gibbs, M.; Smith, M. Exploring the Digital Hinterlands: Internet Practices Surrounding the Pursuit of "Offline" Hobbies. . Association of Internet Researchers. 2017.
  10. 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
  11. 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. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2017, Vol. 2017-May, pp. 6075-6088. DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3025729
  12. . Manoeuvres in the dark: Design implications of the physical mechanics of library shelf browsing. CHIIR 2017 - Proceedings of the 2017 Conference Human Information Interaction and Retrieval. 2017, pp. 47-56. DOI: 10.1145/3020165.3020179
  13. Dong, R.; Carter, M.; Smith, W.; Joukhadar, Z.; Sherwen, S.; Smith, A. Supporting animal welfare with automatic tracking of giraffes with thermal cameras. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). 2017, pp. 386-391. DOI: 10.1145/3152771.3156142
  14. Smith, W.; Ploderer, B.; Wadley, G.; Webber, S.; Borland, R. Trajectories of Engagement and Disengagement with a Story-Based Smoking Cessation App. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2017, Vol. 2017-May, pp. 3045-3056. DOI: 10.1145/3025453.3026054
  15. Rogerson, MJ.; Gibbs, MR.; Smith, W. What can we learn from eye tracking boardgame play?. CHI PLAY 2017 Extended Abstracts - Extended Abstracts Publication of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play. 2017, pp. 519-525. DOI: 10.1145/3130859.3131314
  16. Rogerson, MJ.; Gibbs, M.; Smith, W. "I love all the bits": The Materiality of Boardgames. Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2016, pp. 3956-3969. DOI: 10.1145/2858036.2858433
  17. Shedden, P.; Ahmad, A.; Smith, W.; Tscherning, H.; Scheepers, R. Asset Identification in Information Security Risk Assessment: A Business Practice Approach. Communications of the Association for Information Systems. ASSOC INFORMATION SYSTEMS. 2016, Vol. 39, Issue 1, pp. 297-320.
  18. Lewi, H.; Smith, M. Citizen Heritage: provoking participation in place through digital technologies. Historic Environment. Australia ICOMOS. 2016, Vol. 28, Issue 2, pp. 2-6.
  19. Awori, K.; Vetere, F.; Smith, W. Sessions with Grandma: Fostering Indigenous Knowledge through Video Mediated Communication. ACM International Conference Proceeding Series. ASSOC COMPUTING MACHINERY. 2016, Vol. 21-25-November-2016, pp. 1-11. DOI: 10.1145/2998581.2998585
  20. Smith, W.; Dignum, F.; Sonenberg, L. The Construction of Impossibility: A Logic-Based Analysis of Conjuring Tricks. Frontiers in Psychology. FRONTIERS MEDIA SA. 2016, Vol. 7, Issue JUN. DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2016.00748

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