Dr Ben Matthews

Senior Lecturer

School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering
Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology
matthews@uq.edu.au
+61 7 336 52185

Overview

Ben is a mechanical engineer by training, with a PhD in design studies. From 2004-2012, he lived and worked in Denmark, teaching interaction design and participatory innovation. He returned to UQ towards the end of 2012 to join the interaction design research area at the School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering, where he teaches DECO1100 Design Thinking, an introductory course that familiarises students with the user centred design process, and DECO3801 Studio 3, the capstone development project for Computer Science, IT and Multimedia Design students at UQ.

Research Interests

  • Interaction design
    Ben's research focuses on the human and social aspects of designing technologies. His research develops methods for studying design, for studying how people use technologies, and for designing interactive products and systems. His work has developed methods and approaches for involving users and other stakeholders in technology design processes, designing new products and systems, as well as case studies of design processes in organisations and analyses of technology use in people's everyday lives.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • B Eng (Hons I), The University of Queensland

Publications

  • Wensveen, Stephan and Matthews, Ben (2015). Prototypes and prototyping in design research. In Paul A. Rodgers and Joyce Yee (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Design Research (pp. 262-276) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Kelly, Janet and Matthews, Ben (2014) Displacing use: exploring alternative relationships in a human-centred design process. Design Studies, 35 4: 353-373. doi:10.1016/j.destud.2014.02.001

  • Matthews, Ben (2014). Designing assumptions. In André van der Hoek and Marian Petre (Ed.), Software designers in action: a human-centric look at design work (pp. 249-265) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Matthews, Ben (2014). Trajectories of the object in interaction. In Maurice Nevile, Pentti Haddington, Trine Heinemann and Mirka Rauniomaa (Ed.), Interacting with Objects: Language, Materiality and Social Activity (pp. 381-388) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/z.186.17mat

  • Jaffari, Svenja and Matthews, Ben (2013) Aiming to miss: lessons for design research from the study of everyday energy practices. Journal of Design Research, 11 2: 107-125. doi:10.1504/JDR.2013.055136

  • Boden, Marie, Dekker, Andrew, Viller, Stephen and Matthews, Ben (2013). Augmenting play and learning in the primary classroom. In: Proceedings of IDC 2013: The 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children. IDC 2013, New York, NY, United States, (228-236). 24-27 June 2013. doi:10.1145/2485760.2485767

  • Matthews, Ben and Heinemann, Trine (2012) Analysing conversation: studying design as social action. Design Studies, 33 6: 649-672. doi:10.1016/j.destud.2012.06.008

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Grants

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Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Featured Publications

  • Wensveen, Stephan and Matthews, Ben (2015). Prototypes and prototyping in design research. In Paul A. Rodgers and Joyce Yee (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Design Research (pp. 262-276) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Kelly, Janet and Matthews, Ben (2014) Displacing use: exploring alternative relationships in a human-centred design process. Design Studies, 35 4: 353-373. doi:10.1016/j.destud.2014.02.001

  • Matthews, Ben (2014). Designing assumptions. In André van der Hoek and Marian Petre (Ed.), Software designers in action: a human-centric look at design work (pp. 249-265) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Matthews, Ben (2014). Trajectories of the object in interaction. In Maurice Nevile, Pentti Haddington, Trine Heinemann and Mirka Rauniomaa (Ed.), Interacting with Objects: Language, Materiality and Social Activity (pp. 381-388) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/z.186.17mat

  • Jaffari, Svenja and Matthews, Ben (2013) Aiming to miss: lessons for design research from the study of everyday energy practices. Journal of Design Research, 11 2: 107-125. doi:10.1504/JDR.2013.055136

  • Boden, Marie, Dekker, Andrew, Viller, Stephen and Matthews, Ben (2013). Augmenting play and learning in the primary classroom. In: Proceedings of IDC 2013: The 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children. IDC 2013, New York, NY, United States, (228-236). 24-27 June 2013. doi:10.1145/2485760.2485767

  • Matthews, Ben and Heinemann, Trine (2012) Analysing conversation: studying design as social action. Design Studies, 33 6: 649-672. doi:10.1016/j.destud.2012.06.008

Book Chapter

  • Matthews, Ben and Heinemann, Trine (2015). Concessions in audiology. In Fabienne H. C. Chevalier and John Moore (Ed.), Producing and managing restricted activities: avoidance and withholding in institutional interaction (pp. 337-367) Amsterdam, The Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing Company. doi:10.1075/pbns.255

  • Matthews, Ben and Brereton, Margot (2015). Navigating the methodological mire: practical epistemology in design research. In Paul A. Rodgers and Joyce Yee (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Design Research (pp. 151-162) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Wensveen, Stephan and Matthews, Ben (2015). Prototypes and prototyping in design research. In Paul A. Rodgers and Joyce Yee (Ed.), Routledge Companion to Design Research (pp. 262-276) London, United Kingdom: Routledge.

  • Matthews, Ben (2014). Designing assumptions. In André van der Hoek and Marian Petre (Ed.), Software designers in action: a human-centric look at design work (pp. 249-265) Boca Raton, FL, United States: CRC Press.

  • Matthews, Ben (2014). Trajectories of the object in interaction. In Maurice Nevile, Pentti Haddington, Trine Heinemann and Mirka Rauniomaa (Ed.), Interacting with Objects: Language, Materiality and Social Activity (pp. 381-388) Amsterdam, Netherlands: John Benjamins Publishing. doi:10.1075/z.186.17mat

  • Matthews, Ben (2013). Conversation analysis and design. In Carol A. Chapelle (Ed.), The encyclopedia of applied linguistics (pp. 967-971) Oxford, United Kingdom: Wiley - Blackwell. doi:10.1002/9781405198431.wbeal1306

  • Heinemann, Trine, Matthews, Ben and Raudaskoski, Pirkko (2012). Hearing aid adjustment: Translating symptom descriptions into treatment and dealing with expectations. In Maria Egbert and Arnulf Deppermann (Ed.), Hearing aids communication: Integrating social interaction, audiology and user centrered desighn to improve communication with hearing loss and hearing technologies (pp. 113-124) Mannheim, Germany: Verlag für Gesprächsforschung.

  • Egbert, Maria and Matthews, Ben (2012). User centered design: From understanding hearing loss and hearing technologies towards understanding interaction. In Maria Egbert and Arnulf Deppermann (Ed.), Hearing aids communication: Integrating social interaction, audiology and user centered design to improve communication with hearing loss and hearing technologies (pp. 48-55) Mannheim, Germany: Verlag für Gesprächsforschung.

  • Matthews, Ben (2009). Intersections of social order and brainstorming rules. In Janet McDonnell and Peter Lloyd (Ed.), About: designing: Analysing design meetings (pp. ?-?) Boca Raton: CRC Press.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Cervantes, Maria, Ramani, Ramya, Worthy, Peter, Weigel, Jason, Viller, Stephen A. and Matthews, Benjamin Robert (2016). Could the inherent nature of the internet of things inhibit person-to-person connection?. In: DIS 2016 Companion - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, (177-180). 4 - 8 June, 2016. doi:10.1145/2908805.2909418

  • Viller, Stephen, Worthy, Peter, Boden, Marie, Weigel, Jason, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Rodden, Tom and Matthews, Ben (2016). IoT: designing for human values. In: DIS 2016 Companion - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016, Brisbane, Australia, (61-64). 4 - 8 June 2016. doi:10.1145/2908805.2913019

  • Horst, Willem and Matthews, Ben (2016). Live prototyping. In: 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016. DIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse, Brisbane, Australia, (632-642). 4-8 June 2016. doi:10.1145/2901790.2901807

  • Disalvo, Alyssa, Watson, Leila, Yu, Zishan, Worthy, Peter, Weigel, Jason, Viller, Stephen and Matthews, Ben (2016). StoryLamp: Sentimentality is killing the world. In: DIS 2016 Companion - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016, Brisbane, Australia, (141-144). 4-8 June, 2016. doi:10.1145/2908805.2909409

  • Worthy, Peter, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen A. (2016). Trust me: doubts and concerns living with the internet of things. In: 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016. DIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse, Brisbane, Australia, (427-434). 4-8 June 2016. doi:10.1145/2901790.2901890

  • Worthy, Peter, Boden, Marie, Karimi, Arafeh, Weigel, Jason, Matthews, Ben, Hensby, Kristyn, Heath, Scott, Pounds, Paul, Taufatofua, Jonathon, Smith, Michael, Viller, Stephen and Wiles, Janet (2015). Children's expectations and strategies in interacting with a Wizard of Oz Robot. In: Bernd Ploderer, Marcus Carter, Martin Gibbs, Wally Smith and Frank Vetere, Proceedings of the Annual Meeting of the Australian Special Interest Group for Computer Human Interaction. OZCHI '15, Melbourne, Australia, (608-612). 7-10 December 2015. doi:10.1145/2838739.2838793

  • Epifani, Andrea, Boden, Marie, Meinicke, Larissa, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2015). Designing for visually impaired developers. In: Vesna Popovic, Alethea Blackler, Ding-Bang Luh, Nithikul Nimkulrat, Ben Kraal and Yukari Nagai, IASDR 2015 Interplay: Proceedings. World Conference of the International Association of Design Research, Brisbane, Australia, (609-622). 2-5 November 2015.

  • Lu, Zeqing, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2014). Designing for reducing procrastination on side projects. In: Toni Robertson, Kenton O'Hara, Lian Loke and Greg Wadley, Proceedings of the 26th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference on Designing Futures: the Future of Design. Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2014), Sydney, NSW, Australia, (396-399). 2-5 December 2014. doi:10.1145/2686612.2686673

  • Boden, Marie, Dekker, Andrew, Viller, Stephen and Matthews, Ben (2013). Augmenting play and learning in the primary classroom. In: Proceedings of IDC 2013: The 12th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children. IDC 2013, New York, NY, United States, (228-236). 24-27 June 2013. doi:10.1145/2485760.2485767

  • Matthews, Ben and Heinemann, Trine (2012). When words fail: the description of hearing problems in audiology clinics. In: AIEMCA 2012 Biennial Conference, Brisbane, Australia, (). 29-30 November 2012.

  • Kelly, Janet and Matthews, Ben (2010). Taking transition into account: designing with pre-users of medical devices. In: Toni Robertson, Proceedings of the 11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference. 11th Biennial Participatory Design Conference (PDC'10), Sydney, Australia, (71-80). 29 November - 3 December 2010. doi:10.1145/1900441.1900452

  • Jaffari, Svenja D. and Matthews, Ben (2009). From occupying to inhabiting - A change in conceptualising comfort. In: Beyond Kyoto: Addressing the challenges of climate change - Science meets industry, policy and public. Beyond Kyoto Conference, Aarhus, Denmark, (012008.1-012008.14). 5-7 March 2009. doi:10.1088/1755-1315/8/1/012008

  • Mattelmaki, Tuuli and Matthews, Ben (2009). Peeling apples: prototyping design experiments as research. In: Nordes 2009: Engaging Artefacts. Nordic Design Research Conference: Engaging Artefacts, Oslo, Norway, (). 30 August – 1 September 2009.

  • Buur, Jacob and Matthews, Ben (2008). Participatory innovation: A research agenda. In: Jesper Simonsen, Toni Robertson and David Hakken, PDC 2008 : Experiences and Challenges, Proceedings of the tenth anniversary conference on Participatory Design 2008. 10th Conference on Participatory Design, PDC 2008, Bloomington, Indiana, (186-189). 1- 4 October 2008.

  • Kjeldsen, Malene and Matthews, Ben (2008). Talking about hearing: Designing from users' problematisations. In: Agneta Gulz, Charlotte Magnusson, Lone Malmborg, Håkan Eftring, Bodil Jönsson and Konrad Tollmar, Proceedings of the 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction: Building bridges. 5th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (NordiCHI'08), Lund, Sweden, (531-534). 18 - 22 October 2008. doi:10.1145/1463160.1463237

  • Matthews, Ben (2006). Grammar, meaning and movement based interaction. In: Proceedings of the 18th Australia Conference on Computer-Human Interaction: Design: Activities, Artefacts and Environments. OZCHI 2006, Sydney, Australia, (405-408). 20 -24 November 2006.

  • Matthews, Ben and Clark, Brendon (2005). Practical action as inquiry - facilitating appropriation in a design handover event. In: Proceedings: 6th International Confernce of the European Academy of Design. 6th International Confernce of the European Academy of Design, Bremen, Germany, (). 29-31 March 2005.

  • Matthews, Ben and Buur, Jacob (2005). Teaching design research in the studio. In: Binder, Thomas, Nordic Design Research Conference: In the Making, Copenhagen, Denmark, (). 29 - 31 May 2005.

  • Matthews, B, Brereton, M and Buur, J (2001). Brick games in boardrooms: Making use context tangible. In: Peter LLoyd and Henri Christiaans, Designing in context : Proceedings of Design Thinking Research Symposium. 5th Design Thinking Research Symposium, Delft Netherlands, (187-198). 18-20 December 2001.

  • Matthews, B. R. and Brereton, M. F. (2000). Knowledge and inspiration: Concept generation in engineering design. In: Design for Excellence: Engineering Design Conference 2000. Engineering Design Conference 2000, Brunel University, UK, (509-516). 27-29 June 2000.

  • Mcgarry, B., Matthews, B. and Brereton, M. (2000). Reflections on a candidate user-interface for a wireless vital signs monitor. In: Proceedings of DARE 2000 Designing Augmented Reality Environements. DARE 2000, Elsinore, Denmark, (33-40). 12-14 April 2000. doi:10.1145/354666.354670

  • Matthews, B. and Brereton, M. F. (2000). The role of social and physical interaction in engineering concept generation. In: CoDesigning 2000 Adjunct Proceedings: Companion Volume to Collaborative Design: Proceedings of CoDesigning 2000. CoDesigning 2000, Coventry, UK, (105-108). 11-13 September 2000.

Other Outputs

Grants (Administered at UQ)

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Principal Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

    Other advisors:

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor

  • Doctor Philosophy — Associate Advisor