Dr Peter Worthy

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

School of Health and Rehabilitation Sciences
Faculty of Health and Behavioural Sciences

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

UQ Centre for Clinical Research
Faculty of Medicine

Overview

Through my Ph.D. research and work, I have developed a personal philosophy informed by human-centred design when developing technology for people. I am passionate about ensuring that interactive technology is truly designed for people so that it supports what is important to them within the specific context that they are using that technology. I believe that the best way to do this is to work with a team that has a mixture of disciplines that involves the people that we are designing for as part of that team.

I’m very happy now to be working on a project that seeks to support people living with dementia as it’s definitely continuing my learning journey. For me, working with a diverse multidisciplinary team is a clear benefit of the project as it is exposing me to many different viewpoints, something which I think is critical for successful design. IMHO design must be applied through working with people who have different experiences and perspectives on the condition that is sought to be changed or improved. Most importantly, Design must include the actual lived experience of that condition throughout its process. The Florence project is guided by a reference group of people with lived experience (established through the vision of Jacki Liddle) and I think this is an important step towards a deeper collaboration in the development of technology.

As an interaction designer I accept that, when designing and developing technology, I have a clear responsibility both to my employer/client and the person who will be using that technology. I have developed an interest in the ethics of the design and development of technology. I have one foot firmly in the de-colonialisation of design camp.

My interests extend across design theory and practice, human-computer interaction and user experience, and the application of the theory of these domains into practical and novel contexts. I have a strong interest in developing a vision for technology that supports a citizen-centric smart city and am seeking to extend my understanding of design research in complex and contested environments.

Research Interests

  • Human-computer Interaction
    Interaction between people and digital systems with a specific interest in people living with dementia and other cognitive impairment
  • Interaction Design
    The design of digital systems in order to meet people needs and values along with the wider implications of digital systems for people along with the methods used to support design. This interest extends across a range of contexts including social robotics, internet of things and smart environments, people living with dementia and other cognitive impairments, and digital musical instruments.
  • Human-centred Artificial Intelligence
    I am interested in the design of AI systems to make those systems human-centred including how AI practitioners gain an understanding of people's needs and values, the practices they use to centre people in AI systems and identify potential harms, and how they can account for these values and needs in the design of AI systems.
  • Assistive Technology Design
    How can technology best support people with different abilities with a particular focus on human rights.

Qualifications

  • Doctor of Philosophy, The University of Queensland
  • Master of Interaction Design, The University of Queensland

Publications

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Supervision

  • Master Philosophy

  • Doctor Philosophy

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Publications

Book Chapter

  • Pedwell, R., Rowland, S., Lawrie, G., Zimbardi, K. and Worthy, P. (2019). Chapter 6: evaluating ALURE outcomes. Engaging undergraduate students in authentic science research: a large-scale approach. (pp. 33-44) edited by Susan Rowland, Gwendolyn Lawrie and Rhianna Pedwell. Hammondville, NSW Australia: Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia.

Journal Article

Conference Publication

  • Hunter, Trevor, Worthy, Peter, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2019). Soundscape : Participatory design of an interface for musical expression. 14th International Audio Mostly Conference: A Journey in Sound on ZZZ, Nottingham, United Kingdom, September 18 - 20, 2019. New York, NY, United States: ACM Press. doi: 10.1145/3356590.3356640

  • Hunter, Trevor, Worthy, Peter, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2019). Using participatory design in the development of a new musical interface : Understanding musician's needs beyond usability. 14th International Audio Mostly Conference: A Journey in Sound on ZZZ, Nottingham, United Kingdom, September 18 - 20, 2019. New York, NY, United States: ACM Press. doi: 10.1145/3356590.3356635

  • Hunter, Trevor, Worthy, Peter, Viller, Stephen and Matthews, Ben (2018). Designing for citizen-centric smart cities: supporting people's needs of a community garden. OzCHI '18: 30th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, Melbourne, Australia, 4-7 December 2018. New York, United States: ACM Press. doi: 10.1145/3292147.3292217

  • Khan, Awais Hameed, Hunter, Trevor and Worthy, Peter (2018). Outpost : A proposal for libraries of the future. OzCHI '18, Melbourne, Australia, 4 - 7 December, 2018 . New York, New York, USA: ACM Press. doi: 10.1145/3292147.3292244

  • Doherty, Skye and Worthy, Peter (2017). Exploring journalistic values through design: a student perspective. 29th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, Brisbane, Australia, 28 November-1 December 2017. New York, NY United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3152771.3156140

  • Hunter, Trevor, Balachandran, Shiva, Worthy, Peter, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2017). Soundscape: building connection between digital musicians and their audience. 29th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2017, Brisbane, QLD Australia, 28 November-1 December 2017. New York, NY, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3152771.3156176

  • Karimi, Arafeh, Worthy, Peter, McInnes, Paul, Bodén, Marie, Matthews, Ben and Viller, Stephen (2017). The community garden hack: Participatory experiments in facilitating primary school teacher's appropriation of technology. 29th Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference, OzCHI 2017, Brisbane, Australia, November 28-1, 2017. New York, New York, USA: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3152771.3152787

  • Khan, Awais Hameed, DiSalvo, Alyssa , Wang Ng, Ki , Balachandran, Shiva, Hunter, Trevor and Worthy, Peter (2017). The sixth sense: augmenting sensory perception through critical design. 11th ACM International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, TEI 2017, Yokohama, Japan, 20 - 23 March 2017. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/3024969.3035533

  • 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?. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016, Brisbane, QLD, Australia, 4 - 8 June, 2016. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2908805.2909418

  • Hensby, Kristyn, Wiles, Janet, Boden, Marie, Heath, Scott, Nielsen, Mark, Pounds, Paul, Riddell, Joshua, Rogers, Kristopher, Rybak, Nikodem, Slaughter, Virginia, Smith, Michael, Taufatofua, Jonathon, Worthy, Peter and Weigel, Jason (2016). Hand in hand: tools and techniques for understanding children's touch with a social robot. 11th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand, 7-10 March 2016. Piscataway, NJ, United States: IEEE Computer Society. doi: 10.1109/HRI.2016.7451794

  • Viller, Stephen, Worthy, Peter, Boden, Marie, Weigel, Jason, Fitzpatrick, Geraldine, Rodden, Tom and Matthews, Ben (2016). IoT: designing for human values. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016, Brisbane, Australia, 4 - 8 June 2016. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2908805.2913019

  • Wiles, Janet, Worthy, Peter, Hensby, Kristyn, Boden, Marie, Heath, Scott, Pounds, Paul, Rybak, Nikodem, Smith, Michael, Taufotofua, Jonathon and Weigel, Jason (2016). Social cardboard: pretotyping a social ethnodroid in the wild. 11th Annual ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, HRI 2016, Christchurch, New Zealand, 7-10 March 2016. Piscataway, NJ, United States: IEEE. doi: 10.1109/HRI.2016.7451841

  • Disalvo, Alyssa, Watson, Leila, Yu, Zishan, Worthy, Peter, Weigel, Jason, Viller, Stephen and Matthews, Ben (2016). StoryLamp: Sentimentality is killing the world. 11th ACM SIGCHI Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, DIS 2016, Brisbane, Australia, 4-8 June, 2016. New York, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. 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. DIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse, Brisbane, Australia, 4-8 June 2016. New York, NY, United States: Association for Computing Machinery. doi: 10.1145/2901790.2901890

  • Rowland, Susan, Lawrie, G., Wang, J., Zimbardi, K., Myatt, P., Pedwell, R., West, J., Veenstra, A., Kappler, U., Milward, L., LeBard, R., Howitt, S. and Worthy, P. (2015). ALURE: The Apprenticeship-Style Large-Scale Undergraduate Research Experience Project. HERDSA 2015: Learning for Life and Work in a Complex World, Melbourne, Melbourne, Australia, 6-9 July 2015.

  • 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. OZCHI '15, Melbourne, Australia, 7-10 December 2015. New York, NY, United States: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2838739.2838793

  • Dekker, Andrew, Worthy, Peter, Viller, Stephen, Zimbardi, Kirsten and Robinson, Ricky (2014). Designer client communication in web design: a case study on the use of communication in practice. Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference (OzCHI 2014), Sydney, NSW, Australia, 2-5 December 2014. New York, NY, United States: ACM. doi: 10.1145/2686612.2686681

  • Colthorpe, K. L., Zimbardi, K., Dekker, A., Hay, P., Engstrom, C., Bugarcic, A., Long, P., Lluka, L. J., Chunduri, P., Worthy, P. and Marrington, J. (2013). Enhancing feedback provision and use through in situ audio commenting. IUPS 2013: International Union of Physiological Societies XXXVII Congress, Birmingham, UK, 21-26 July, 2013. Oxford, UK: London Physiological Society.

  • Colthorpe, Kay, Zimbardi, Kirsten, Dekker, Andrew, Hay, Peter, Engstrom, Craig, Bugarcic, Andrea, Long, Phil, Lluka, Lesley, Chunduri, Prasad and Worthy, Pete (2013). Enhancing feedback provision and use to promote learning through assessment. 36th HERDSA Annual Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 1-4 July, 2013.

  • Zimbardi, Kirsten, Bugarcic, Andrea, Kibedi, Judit, Rowland, Susan, Lawrie, Gwen, Wang, Jack, Myatt, Paula and Worthy, Peter (2013). The impact of authenticity and student ownership on learning gains derived from undergraduate research experiences in physiology. IUPS 2013: IUPS & ADInstruments Teaching Workshop, Bristol, UK., July 18-21, 2013. Bristol, UK: University of Bristol.

  • Dekker, Andrew, Zimbardi, Kirsten, Long, Phil, Hay, Peter, Engstrom, Craig, Bugarcic, Andrea, Colthorpe, Kay, Lluka, Lesley, Chunduri, Prasad, Marrington, Justin and Worthy, Peter (2012). Examining the use of in-situ audio annotations to provide feedback to students. SoLAR Southern Flare Conference, Sydney, Australia, 29-30 November 2012.

  • Colthorpe, K., Dekker, A., Zimbardi, K., Long, P., Lluka, L. J., Chunduri, P., Bugarcic, A., Hay, P., Engstrom, C., Worthy, P. and Marrington, J. (2012). UQMarkUP: effective feedback and consistent assessment for large cohorts with e-learning enabled ‘in situ’ commenting. 2nd Annual CUBEnet Forum, Sydney, NSW, Australia, 10-11 December 2012.

Other Outputs

PhD and MPhil Supervision

Current Supervision