Dr Sonja Pedell

PhD, MA Psych (Diplom Psychologin)

Senior Lecturer
School of Design
Swinburne University of Technology
Research Expertise
Interaction Design, User-centred Methods, Digital Media Design, Design for the Ageing
Sonja joined the staff of Swinburne in January 2012, contributing her extensive knowledge of human-computer interaction (HCI) to the teaching of digital media and communication design. 
She has been a member of the Interaction Design Group at University of Melbourne for the last 12 years where she also completed her PhD on representing context for technology design. Her research interests are user-centred design methods, scenario-based and mobile design, domestic technology development for health and well-being, and the design of engaging novel technologies for various user groups. She is particularly interested in designing for the ageing population taking into consideration their emotional and aesthetical needs.
Industry Experience
  • Usability consultant: Centre for User Interface Design, Siemens Corporate Research (2002-2003)
  • Product Manager: Siemens Audiological Technology, Germany (2006-2007)

Current collaborations with:

  • City Council of Wyndham in their Ageing Well Program
  • Big Issue newspaper

Awards and Citations

ARC Discovery Grant, People-oriented technologies and services with Sterling & Miller (360 AUD, 2013-2015)

S. Pedell, A. Lopez-Lorca, T. Miller, and L. Sterling. “Don’t Leave me Untouched: Considering Emotions in Personal Alarm Use and Development”. In: Health Care Informatics and Analytics — Emerging Issues and Trends. Ed. by M. Tavana, A. Ghapanchi, and A. Talaei-Khoei. IGI Press, 2014, ch. 6, pp. 96-127

S. Pedell, T. Miller, L. Sterling, F. Vetere, and S. Howard. “Tools for participation: Intergenerational technology design for the home”. In: International Journal of Design 8.2 (2014) pp. 1-14