Designing digital tools and resources for human research ethics in computer science

External Member

ANU Human Research Ethics Office


** NOTE: This project is at capacity for Sem 1, 2022. I am not accepting any further applications for Sem 1 2022 at this time.

Many computing projects, particularly in human-computer interaction (HCI), involve working with current or prospective technology users in design and evaluation activities. Computer scientists must address the ethical dimensions of this work, such as managing risks of harm to participants through data collection activities and consider the benefits and impacts of a technology design project on individuals and society.

All ANU research projects involving human research are required to obtain ANU Human Research Ethics approval, and adhere to the NHMRC National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research (2007).

This project involves designing new digital tools and resources to support the ethical conduct of computing research projects with human participants. Ideas for specific projects within this theme include:

  • Designing a mobile or web application that allows HCI researchers to deliver information to participants in different audio-visual formats
  • Designing educational resources such as interactive quizzes, games, or tools for teaching human research ethics concepts and skills to computing students
  • Investigating the ethical issues and challenges of computer science research in a particular context

How to apply

** NOTE: This project is at capacity for Sem 1, 2022. I am not accepting any further applications for Sem 1 2022 at this time.


  • Completion of COMP3900/COMP6390 Human-Computer Interaction is advantageous but not a requirement
  • A genuine interest in your project topic and desire to learn new skills
  • Prior involvement in a project involving human research ethics (in any discipline) is highly advantageous.

Background Literature

NHRMC 2007, National Statement on Ethical Conduct in Human Research, Canberra, accessed from <>

Sharp, H., Preece, J., and Rogers, Y., 2019. Interaction Design: Beyond Human-Computer Interaction. West Sussex: Wiley.

Waycott, J, Munteanu, C, Davis, H, Thieme, A, Branham, S, Moncur, W, McNaney, R & Vines, J ‘Ethical Encounters in HCI: Research In Sensitive and Complex Settings’, Ethical Encounters website, accessed August 15, 2021, from <>


Human research ethics, HCI ethics, academic integrity, HCI education

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