Goodbye 2016 & Hello 2017!

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Goodbye 2016 & Hello 2017!

Year 2016 is almost over! Throughout the year, our lab members have celebrated many achievements; supported one another when times were tough, and; learned from, shared, and created different experiences that made us grow as researchers and individuals. As we say good bye to 2016 and welcome 2017, we thank you for your continued support and share stories of 2016 from some of our lab members. We look forward to seeing you in 2017!

Dr Jaz Hee-jeong Choi

Director, Urban Informatics

Biggest work-wise achievement that made me proud in 2016: We celebrated 10 years of our lab and I got to have an amazing opportunity to lead a bunch of amazing people as the Director. I am constantly reminded just how lucky I am to have this opportunity, and am genuinely proud of our team members and what they are trying to make happen through their research and practices. As a researcher, being selected as one of 8 emerging research leaders to represent Australia in Japan was exciting.

Personally memorable moment: I had my first surprise birthday party – such sikrit, such delight – organised by our lab people. This was followed by our annual corpse play session.

One important/unique/new thing I learned: Across many forms of presence: step down, step aside, let other people in, and mentor someone who doesn’t look like you (as advocated in words and action by Deb Verhoeven).

Most special moment of our lab: will be when everyone loses their memory of my speech on the couch at our 10 year anniversary party

Prof. Marcus Foth

Founder & Professor; Director, QUT Design Lab

Biggest work-wise achievement that made me proud in 2016: i) 10 years of the lab and handing the directorship over to Dr Jaz ii) hosting DIS 2016 and QLD Design Summit iii) starting the new QUT Design Lab iv) becoming an Honorary Professor, School of Communication & Culture, Aarhus University, Denmark

Personally memorable moment: 10 years of the lab and Jaz’s speech on the sofa

One important/unique/new thing I learned: The most challenging research endeavour is not in science and technology, it’s coming up with a new economic paradigm that decouples growth from prosperity.

Most special moment of our lab: 10 years of the lab and Jaz’s speech on the sofa (this is not an accidental copy and paste)

Dr Mirko Guaralda

Senior Lecturer, Architecture

Memorable moments of 2016 Urban Informatics: i) Launch of the open access Journal The Journal of Public Space ii) Attendance to the Habitat III conference in Quito iii) One of my DAH525 Architecture and the City students won the Logan Urban Design Award in the Student Category for work done within my unit

Richard Medland

Dr Richard Medland

Lecturer, Computer-Human Interaction

Biggest work-wise achievement that made me proud in 2016: Winning the AAUT Award for the STIMulate Program (and more to come! 😉 ).

Personally memorable moment: I really enjoy our team lunches and the odd evenings where people head out for drinks.

One important/unique/new thing I learned: 3D printing with Leo 🙂

Most special moment of our lab: I mean we’re pretty much family, it’s always good.

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Alice Brown

Doctoral Candidate

Biggest work-wise achievement that made me proud in 2016: Winning at IxDA ^-^ I can’t believe I got to go to a conference near Santa. Also that I did my first series of guest lectures despite nervous public speaking skills. I have acquired posh cow-milking hand movements from Dr Jaz when speaking.

Personally memorable moment: The annual Urban Informatics retreat + getting a fancy desk near a window. Most of all, the time Dr Jaz accidentally wrote “tomato user-experience” instead of good user-experience. Such happy, many tears.

One important/unique/new thing I learned: I learned about care. I learned the importance of moving beyond surface level insights, teasing out the layers of an experience to find colourful answers and often more questions.

Most special moment of our lab: Eating together! Celebrating achievements together over bubbles and coffee. Finding poems in my mail box.

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Heather McKinnon

Doctoral Candidate

Biggest work-wise achievement that made me proud in 2016: Getting to travel, attending my first conference (DIS) and getting a Best Paper nomination.

One important/unique/new thing I learned: That the diversity of skills, experiences, backgrounds and personalities in our lab is what makes us special 🙂 And that when all of my corporate friends complain about their lazy, draining, rude and unenthusiastic work colleagues, I can’t relate 🙂

Most special moment of our lab: Urban Informatics 10th anniversary party was a blast. As was all of the lunches and afternoon teas and coffee runs etc. The urban Informatics bunch sure loves lunch!

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Fabius Steinberger

Doctoral Candidate

Biggest work-wise achievement that made me proud in 2016: Spending time at Stanford and attending BMW Summer School with interesting people.

Personally memorable moment: Showing Brisbane to overseas visitors during DIS 2016.

One important/unique/new thing I learned: Mangos occasionally fall on your head – it happens!

Most special moment of our lab: Drinking and dancing with everyone at our lab’s tenth anniversary.

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Anna Svensdotter

Doctoral Candidate

Biggest work-wise achievement that made me proud in 2016: being confirmed as a doctoral candidate, sworn in, accepted into the mysterious realms of academic research. At 33 weeks pregnant with twins!

Personally memorable moment: the welcoming into this world of said twins two weeks later!

One important/unique/new thing I learned: To trust in my own capacity, listening to suggestions and advise, whilst staking out a way of my own.

Most special moment of our lab: Long rope skipping outside of D-block like we were 5; Many many occasions of genuinely caring for each other in good and bad; The welcoming of many wonderful people, and the saying goodbye as some fly off on new adventures.