HCI design of digital and tangible technologies for environmentally-sustainable campus practices

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Clare de Castella Mackay, ANU Climate Change Institute

Description

This project seeks to design tangible and digital technologies to promote environmentally sustainable practices within the ANU community, contributing to the ANU Below Zero Initiative. The ANU Council “recognises the urgency of action to address the growing climate challenge” and has committed to exploring and undertaking action that will support the university to become carbon negative. The ANU Below Zero Initiative has conducted a number of recent workshops with ANU staff and students to generate new ideas to grow environmentally sustainable campus practices, in areas such as travel, energy use, behaviour change, and research and teaching.

This human-computer interaction (HCI) project involves designing, implementing, and evaluating a new digital technology (e.g. mobile or web application) or tangible user interface to realize initiatives identified through the workshops. Examples of possible projects include developing a sharing economy platform for ANU, creating interfaces for visualising and tracking the personal impact of emissions, and designing tools to support sustainable commuting practices. Students are also welcome to propose their own idea for a new technology that addresses the project theme. Projects will be carried out in partnership with the ANU Climate Change Institute. If they wish, students will have the opportunity to display their projects on the ANU Below Zero website and social media channels.

To submit an expression of interest for this project, please email jennyfer.taylor@anu.edu.au by Monday 8 February 2021 with the subject line “Student Project EOI: HCI design for environmentally-sustainable campus practices”. Please include the following information and attachments: Academic transcript(s), CV, and a 1-2 page research plan that includes a brief statement about your interest in this project. This work has a strong HCI focus and students will be encouraged to engage with co-design approaches- please address this aspect in your proposal.

Requirements

  • Completed Human-Computer Interaction coursework (e.g COMP3900/COMP6390) or experience in interaction and experience design, or a strong motivation to upskill in this area
  • Completed coursework or other experience with programming, mobile application and/or web application development. For students interested in developing a tangible user interface (TUI), a background in electrical engineering and/or some familiarity with electronics
  • An interest in environmental sustainability and addressing climate change.

Background Literature

  • ANU Below Zero Initiative website: https://www.anu.edu.au/about/strategic-planning/anu-below-zero-initiative
  • Amartya Banerjee, Michael S. Horn, and Pryce Davis. 2016. Invasion of the Energy Monsters: A Family Board Game about Energy Consumption. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '16). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 1828–1834. DOI:https://doi.org/10.1145/2851581.2892507
  • Janet Davis. 2010. Participatory design for sustainable campus living. In CHI '10 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '10). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 3877–3882. DOI: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/1753846.1754072
  • Maria Håkansson and Phoebe Sengers. 2013. Beyond being green: simple living families and ICT. In Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '13). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 2725–2734. DOI: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/2470654.2481378
  • Rikke Hagensby Jensen, Yolande Strengers, Jesper Kjeldskov, Larissa Nicholls, and Mikael B. Skov. 2018. Designing the Desirable Smart Home: A Study of Household Experiences and Energy Consumption Impacts. In Proceedings of the 2018 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI '18). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Paper 4, 1–14. DOI: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/3173574.3173578
  • Nuno Jardim Nunes, Valentina Nisi, and Kara Rennert. 2016. BeEco: Co-designing a Game with Children to Promote Environmental Awareness - A Case Study. In Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI EA '16). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, 718–727. DOI: https://dl.acm.org/doi/10.1145/2851581.2851585

Keywords

Environmental sustainability, climate change, emissions reduction, carbon negative, ANU Below Zero, human-computer interaction, web applications, mobile applications, tangible user interfaces.

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