Dr Stephen Snow

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Architecture
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Overview

I am a Research Fellow who works between the Centre for Energy Data Innovation (ITEE) and the School of Architecture at UQ. I am passionate about design that builds better relationships between people, the buildings they inhabit and the energy they consume. My work seeks to understand the role of data visualisations in building energy literacy and balancing energy efficiency and adequate ventilation/indoor air quality (IAQ). I lead the Study Fresh program at UQ which has engaged over 550 students across 15 schools in hands-on workshops towards building IAQ monitors and learning how to identify poor IAQ in classrooms and take actions to improve it. I hold grants related to improving users’ experience in electricity retailer switching and have run a two-year study examining longitudinal engagement with energy use feedback. My research involves mixed methods including ethnography, co-design, speculative design, in-situ monitoring and data analysis to inform the design of visualisations to improve energy literacy and assist users in navigating the complexities of the Australian energy market. I have applied these methods to case studies in the UK and Australia and completed over 200 audits as a building sustainability assessor under the Australian Government’s Green Loans scheme (2009-2012).

Research Impacts

Research featured in media.

Two-part report commissioned and prepared for the UK Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs.

Over 40 peer reviewed journal and conference articles published in Q1, Q2, CORE A* and CORE A venues- Google Scholar.

Grants awarded:

Snow, S., Chapman, A. (Awarded 2021) Charting farmers’ experience of tariff switching and understanding of electricity tariffs to enable better decision making. ($72,311) Energy Consumers Australia: https://grants.energyconsumersaustralia.com.au/archive/charting-farmers-experience-of-tariff-switching-and-understanding-of-electricity-tariffs-to-enable-better-decision-making

Snow, S., Ottenhaus, L., Glencross, M., Leardini, P., (Awarded 2020) "Study Fresh: Using citizen science to engages school children with indoor air quality ($26,552). Office of the Queensland Chief Scientist: https://www.chiefscientist.qld.gov.au/science-comms/citizen-science-grants/recipients/2020-recipients

Snow, S., Leardini, P., Ottenhaus, L., Glencross, M., (Awarded 2020) "Sensing technology for multidisciplinary research on building performance, energy usage, and human building interaction of Brisbane homes" $22,535 (EAIT internal infrastructure grant)

Snow, S. (Awarded 2018) University of Southampton Impact Accelerator: 0.75% FTE four month secondment to the UK Department for the Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (DEFRA), approximately AUD$17,000 (75% of £34,520 salary over four months).

Marsh, R., Britto, M., Stein, S., Snow, S., Costigan, G. (Awarded 2017) “The Atlantic Hurricane Season 2017: Context, Impacts and Long-term Recovery”. Southampton Marine and Maritime Institute (SMMI) (£8,800)- Secured seed funding to investigate the potential role of technology in building community resilience in communities affected by the 2017 hurricane season.

Wyeth, P (P.I) Sitbon, L., Drew, S., Zhang, J., Snow, S. (Awarded 2015) “Framing authentic assessment of service learning within an information technology curriculum. [Australian] Office of Learning and Teaching ($40,000)- A collaboration with colleagues at QUT, procuring funding for the development of QUT’s Service Learning delivery in Computer Science modules.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, Queensland University of Technology

Publications

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • McLaughlin, Bradley, Snow, Stephen and Chapman, Adriane (2021). Codesign to improve IAQ awareness in classrooms. Intelligent Environmental Data Monitoring for Pollution Management. (pp. 241-267) London, United Kingdom: Academic Press. doi: 10.1016/b978-0-12-819671-7.00011-7

  • Snow, Stephen, University of Queensland, Maguire, Joseph, Evans, Chris, Vasilchenko, Anna, Dix, Alan and Wilde, Adriana (2019). Towards a taxonomy of video for HCI education. Trends and good practices in research and teaching. A Spanish-English collaboration. (pp. 31-46) edited by Eloy López-Meneses, Esteban Vázquez Cano , Manuel León Urrutia and Nicholas Fair. Barcelona, Spain: Editorial Octaedro. doi: 10.36006/16184-02

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Khan, Awais Hameed, Ejaz, Neelam, Matthews, Sarah, Snow, Stephen and Matthews, Ben (2021). Speculative design for education: using participatory methods to map design challenges and opportunities in Pakistan. Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Virtual, 28 June - 2 July 2021. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3461778.3462117

  • Snow, Stephen, Khan, Awais Hameed, Glencross, Mashhuda and Horrocks, Neil (2021). Neighbourhood Wattch: Using Speculative Design to Explore Values Around Curtailment and Consent in Household Energy Interactions. CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Yokohama, Japan, 8-13 May 2021. New York, NY United States: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3411764.3445095

  • Snow, Stephen, Guinea, Toby, Balson, Alexander, Khan, Awais Hameed, Glencross, Mashhuda and Horrocks, Neil (2020). Rent-a-Watt: Rethinking energy use feedback. OzCHI '20: 32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Sydney, NSW Australia, 2-4 December 2020. Washington, DC United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3441000.3441059

  • Bayley, Mark, Snow, Stephen, Weigel, Jason and Horrocks, Neil (2020). Serious Game Design to Promote Energy Literacy among Younger Children. OzCHI '20: 32nd Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Sydney, NSW Australia, 2-4 December 2020. Washington, DC United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3441000.3441047

  • Khan, Awais Hameed, Snow, Stephen, Heiner, Scott, Hardgrove, Robert, Matthews, Sarah and Matthews, Ben (2020). The politics of materiality: exploring participatory design methods, tools and practices. DRS2020, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 11 - 14 August, 2020. London, United Kingdom: Design Research Society. doi: 10.21606/drs.2020.246

  • Khan, Awais Hameed, Snow, Stephen, Heiner, Scott and Matthews, Ben (2020). Disconnecting: towards a semiotic framework for personal data trails. 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 6-10 July 2020. New York, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3357236.3395580

  • Khan, Awais Hameed, Snow, Stephen and Matthews, Ben (2020). Tracing design: practitioner accounts of design value, documentation and practices. 2020 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Eindhoven, Netherlands, 6-10 July 2020. New York, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3357236.3395537

  • Snow, Stephen, Khan, Awais Hameed, Viller, Stephen, Matthews, Ben, Heiner, Scott, Pierce, James, Luger, Ewa, Gomer, Richard and Filipczuk, Dorota (2020). Speculative designs for emergent personal data trails: signs, signals and signifiers. 2020 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Honolulu, HI, United States, 25-30 April 2020. New York, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3334480.3375173

  • Snow, Stephen, Filipczuk, Dorota, Viller, Stephen and Gomer, Richard (2020). Design jam as a pedagogy: teaching design thinking to computer science students at scale. OZCHI’19, Fremantle, WA, Australia, 2-5 December 2019. New York, NY, United States: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3369457.3369468

  • Doherty, Skye, Snow, Stephen, Jennings, Kathleen, Rose, Ben, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2020). Vim: a tangible energy story. 13th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling, ICIDS 2020, Bournemouth, United Kingdom, 3-6 November 2020. Cham, Switzerland: Springer Nature Switzerland. doi: 10.1007/978-3-030-62516-0_24

  • Snow, Stephen, Viller, Stephen, Glencross, Mashhuda and Horrocks, Neil (2020). Where are they now?: Revisiting energy use feedback a decade after deployment. OZCHI’19, Fremantle, WA, Australia, 2-5 December 2019. New York, NY, United States: ACM. doi: 10.1145/3369457.3369501

  • Snow, Stephen, Oakley, Michael and schraefel, m.c. (2019). Performance by design: supporting decisions around indoor air quality in offices. Designing Interactive Systems Conference (DIS '19), San Diego, CA, United States, 23-28 June 2019. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi: 10.1145/3322276.3322372

  • Filipczuk, Dorota, Mason, Charles and Snow, Stephen (2019). Using a game to explore notions of responsibility for cyber security in organisations. 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Glasgow, Scotland, UK, 4-9 May 2019. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3290607.3312846

  • Visuri, Aku, Asare, Kennedy Opoku, Kuosmanen, Elina, Nishiyama, Yuuki, Ferreira, Denzil, Sarsenbayeva, Zhanna, Goncalves, Jorge, Van Berkel, Niels, Wadley, Greg, Kostakos, Vassilis, Clinch, Sarah, Matthews, Oludamilare, Harper, Simon, Jenkins, Amy, Snow, Stephen and Schraefel, M. C. (2018). Ubiquitous mobile sensing: Behaviour, mood, and environment. UbiComp '18, Singapore, 8 - 12 October, 2018. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. doi: 10.1145/3267305.3274142

  • Vasilchenko, Anna, Wilde, Adriana, Snow, Stephen, Balaam, Madeline and Devlin, Marie (2018). Video coursework: Opportunity and challenge for HCI education. 14th International Conference on Advanced Visual Interfaces, AVI 2018, Grosseto, Italy, 29 May - 1 June 2018. New York, NY United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3206505.3206596

  • Snow, Stephen, Auffenberg, Frederik and Schraefel, M. C. (2017). Log it while it's hot: designing human interaction with smart thermostats for shared work environments. ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2017), Denver, CO, United States, 6-11 May 2017. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery (ACM). doi: 10.1145/3025453.3025578

  • Biswas, Dwaipayan, Bono, Valentina, Scott-South, Michael, Chatterjee, Shre, Soska, Anna, Snow, Steve, Noakes, Catherine, Barlow, Janet F., Maharatna, Koushik and Schraefel, M. C. (2016). Analysing wireless EEG based functional connectivity measures with respect to change in environmental factors. 3rd IEEE EMBS International Conference on Biomedical and Health Informatics (BHI 2016), Las Vegas, NV, United States, 24-27 February 2016. New York, NY, United States: IEEE Computer Society. doi: 10.1109/BHI.2016.7455969

  • Snow, Stephen, Vyas, Dhaval, Lyle, Peter, Mallett, Miranda and Brereton, Margot (2016). Building connections: Technology design for living on a low income. 14th Participatory Design Conference, Aarhus, Denmark, 15 - 19 August 2016. New York, NY United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2948076.2948091

  • Snow, Stephen, Auffenberg, Frederik and Schraefel, M. C. (2016). Crowd-sourcing thermal (dis)comfort. 30th International BCS Human Computer Interaction Conference, HCI 2016, Poole, United Kingdom, 11-15 July 2016 . London, United Kingdom: BCS Learning and Development. doi: 10.14236/ewic/hci2016.88

  • Snow, Stephen, Soska, Anna, Chatterjee, Shre Kumar and Schraefel, M. C. (2016). Keep calm and carry on: Exploring the social determinants of indoor environment quality. CHI EA '16 , San Jose, CA, United States, 7 - 12 May, 2016. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2851581.2892490

  • Vyas, Dhaval, Snow, Stephen, Roe, Paul and Brereton, Margot (2016). Social organization of household finance: understanding artful financial systems in the home. 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2016, San Francisco, CA, United States, 27 February - 2 March 2016. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2818048.2819937

  • Vyas, Dhaval, Snow, Stephen, Brereton, Margot, Dulleck, Uwe and Boyen, Xavier (2015). Being thrifty on a $100K wage: Austerity in family finances. 2015 ACM International Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, CSCW 2015, Vancouver, BC, Canada, 14-18, 2015. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2685553.2698998

  • Redhead, Fiona, Snow, Steve, Vyas, Dhaval, Bawden, Owen, Russell, Ray, Perez, Tristan and Brereton, Margot (2015). Bringing the farmer perspective to agricultural robots. 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2015, Seoul, South Korea, 18-23 April 2015. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2702613.2732894

  • Snow, Stephen (2015). Commentary. CHI '15: CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Seoul Republic of Korea , April, 2015. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2702613.2732513

  • Snow, Stephen, McMahon, Bronte, McKenzie, Sally, Radke, Kenneth, Verlaat, Ivy and Buys, Laurie (2015). Designing for collections: Building histories, sharing the spectacle. OzCHI '15, Parkville, VIC, Australia, 7 - 10 December, 2015. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2838739.2838798

  • Capel, Tara, Schnittert, Johanna Frederike, Snow, Stephen and Vyas, Dhaval (2015). Exploring motivations of young adults to participate in physical activities. 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2015, Seoul, Korea, 18 -23 April, 2015. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2702613.2732800

  • Snow, Stephen and Vyas, Dhaval (2015). Fixing the alignment: an exploration of budgeting practices in the home. 33rd Annual CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, CHI EA 2015, Seoul, South Korea, 18-23 April 2015. Seoul, South Korea: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2702613.2732808

  • Snow, Stephen and Vyas, Dhaval (2015). Fostering collaboration in the management of family finances. 27th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2015, Parkville, VIC, Australia, 7-10 December 2015. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2838739.2838746

  • Vyas, Dhaval, Snow, Stephen and Mallett, Miranda (2015). More than just food: field visits to an emergency relief centre. OzChi'15: Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction, Parkville, VIC, Australia, 7-10 December 2015. New York, NY, United States: ACM Press. doi: 10.1145/2838739.2838787

  • Snow, Stephen, Rittenbruch, Markus and Brereton, Margot (2015). Prototyping the self-authored video interview: Challenges and opportunities. 15th IFIP TC 13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction, INTERACT 2015, Bamberg, Germany, 14 - 18 September 2015. Berlin, Germany: Springer Verlag. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-22668-2_13

  • Snow, Stephen, Radke, Kenneth, Vyas, Dhaval and Brereton, Margot (2014). Privacy in the new era of visible and sharable energy-use information. 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2014, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2 - 5, December, 2014. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2686612.2686664

  • Snow, Stephen, Buys, Laurie, Roe, Paul and Brereton, Margot (2013). Curiosity to cupboard: self reported disengagement with energy use feedback over time. 25th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (ozCHI'19), Adelaide, SA, Australia, 25-29 November 2013. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2541016.2541025

  • Snow, Stephen and Brereton, Margot (2013). Towards engaged consumption: new sources of inspiration for eco-feedback design. 14th IFIP TC 13 International Conference, Cape Town, South Africa, 2-6 September 2013. Heidelberg, Germany: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-642-40498-6_8

Other Outputs

  • Skye Doherty, Ben Rose, Kathleen Jennings, Stephen Snow, Ben Matthews and Stephen Viller (2020). Vim. Brisbane: University of Queensland.

  • Bean, Richard, Snow, Stephen, Glencross, Mashhuda, Viller, Stephen and Horrocks, Neil (2020). Keeping the power on to home medical devices. The University of Queensland. (Dataset) doi: 10.14264/uql.2020.802

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

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