Dr Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi is the Deputy Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is also the founder and acting chair of FoodCHI, a global food and computer-human interaction research network as part of ACM SIGCHI.
Her research interests are in playful technology, particularly the ways in which various forms of playful interaction are designed, developed, and integrated in different cultural contexts. In her doctoral research, she developed a new conceptual approach to urban sustainability that recognises ‘play’ as the core of transformative interactions in cities as complex techno-social networks. Her current research explores designing and developing playful technologies to cultivate sustainable food culture, as well as self-care and mutual aid in urban environments with a particular focus on youth social entrepreneurship. Her innovative approach to understanding techno-social developments by coalescing macro- and microscopic research methods has contributed to a wide variety of scholarship domains and technological innovations. She has collaborated with leading international researchers, published in books and journals across various disciplines, and given invited talks at major international conferences including the opening keynote at the 2010 UNESCO Creative Cities Conference.