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The effective use of technology depends on the adoption and appropriation of the technology by a wide-range of stakeholders, with a range of abilities and motivations. The emotional aspects of interaction with technology are important but are routinely ignored by software engineers. This talk makes a case for considering the emotional experience when designing and implementing technology. It describes research projects where emotional factors have been taken into consideration for software for healthcare applications, such as screen tests for depression patients. It also covers a current ARC Project where the approach has been used to inform the development of AskIzzy, which presents services for the homeless.


Professor Leon Sterling received a BSc(Hons) from the University of Melbourne and a PhD in Pure Mathematics from the Australian National University. He has worked at universities in the UK, Israel, the US, and Australia. His teaching and research specialties are artificial intelligence, software engineering, and logic programming. Leon had a range of roles for 15 years at the University of Melbourne, including Professor of Software Innovation and Engineering and Director of e-Research. He served at Swinburne University of Technology as Dean of Information and Communication Technologies from 2010-2013 and as Vice Chancellor (Digital Frontiers) from 2014-2015. He has served as President of the Australian Council of Deans of ICT.

8:30 PM @Blue Diamond | Level, 15, 123 Queen Street, Melbourne

* Entrance over 18  |  The venue is wheelchair accessible.