Jaz, the Founder and Chair of ACM SIGCHI FoodCHI network, co-chaired the second FoodCHI symposium with Dr. Rohit Khot. Rohit attended the inaugural FoodCHI symposium at QUT in 2014, and enjoyed it so much that he wanted to host the second one at RMIT, where he is based.
Generously supported by the RMIT Design and Creative Practice ECP, FoodCHI17 provided an open and interdisciplinary platform for researchers and practitioners from diverse backgrounds to gathered to share insights across domains of food literacy, ecology, science, play, and culture, and together envisaged the future of food. Speaker included Prof. Charles Spence, who leads the Crossmodal Lab at Oxford University and often collaborates with leading chefs including Heston Blumenthal OBE; Prof. Ann Light, leader of the Creative Technology Research Group at the University of Sussex; Prof. Deborah Lupton, Centenary Research Professor in the News & Media Research Centre, Faculty of Arts & Design, University of Canberra, and; most talented creatives such as Marcus Cher from Masterchef Australia and Elizabeth Willing. And of course, our fantastic Masters intern Jan Mayer also gave his first research presentation on designing to reduce food waste at small-to-medium food businesses.
All talks are available via the FoodCHI Facebook page.
Want to find out more about FoodCHI? See Eat, Cook, Grow: Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions (MIT Press)!
Interested in hosting the next FoodCHI symposium? Get in touch!