Materialising Memories

Design for improved reliving of personal memories

The international research program Materialising Memories uses a design research approach (including research-for-design and research-through-design) to study people's everyday remembering activities and experiences.

This is a broad area, which includes a range of contexts (e.g. sharing personal experiences at home or on the go, or reminiscing about loved ones who have passed away) and different user groups (people with healthy memories but also those who experience challenges).

One of the focus areas in the research program centres around memory cues, voluntary and involuntary, how people are affected by them and whether these can be purposely created. For example, we study how media, such as photos, are used in everyday remembering situations and what desired relivings of memories are. The aim is to inform and create innovative media products (combining physical or material designs with embedded technology) that support remembering and forgetting experiences in real-life situations.

Partners

Dr. Gail Kenning, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS, Australia;

Dr. Roger Dunston, Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences, UTS, Australia;

Prof. Kristin Beeler, Jewelry and Metalwork, Long Beach City College, United States.

Funding

STW-VIDI (the Netherlands)

UTS Presidents scholarships (Australia)

IRS waivers (Australia)

Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council Doctoral Training Award (EPSRC DTA, United Kingdom)

Commonwealth Government’s Research Training Program funding (RTP, Australia)

Postdoctoral Research Abroad Program grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology (Taiwan)

Endeavour Research Fellowship (Australia)

Moncur, W. and Hoven, E. van den (2016). Awarded a Microsoft PhD Scholarship for research looking into Meaningful Metadata, jointly supervised with dr. Siân Lindley from Microsoft Research Cambridge.

Moncur, W. and Hoven, E. van den (2015). Awarded a SICSA Distinguished Visitor Fellowship for a visit of Dr. van den Hoven to several Scottish universities in 2016.

Tsai, W.-C. (2015). Awarded a 2016 Endeavour Research Fellowship from the Department of Education and Training of Australia for a visit of Dr. Tsai to UTS from March 2016-September 2016.

Tsai, W.-C. (2014). Awarded a Postdoctoral Research Abroad Program grant from the Ministry of Science and Technology of Taiwan for a visit of Dr. Tsai to UTS from March 2015-March 2016.

Kenning, G. (2014). Awarded a 3TU Design United Research Fellowship grant for a visit of Dr. Kenning (FASS, DAB, UTS) to Industrial Design, TU/e, January/February 2015.

Hoven, E. van den and Moncur, W. (2014). Awarded a Key Technology Partnership Visiting Fellow (KTP VF) grant for a visit of Dr. Moncur, Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art and Design, University of Dundee, to UTS September/October 2014.

Hoven, E. van den and Eggen, J.H. (2014). Awarded a Key Technology Partnership Visiting Fellow (KTP VF) grant for a visit of Prof. Eggen, Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology, to UTS August/September 2014.

Hoven, E. van den and Frohlich, D. (2013). Awarded a Distinguished Visiting Scholar (DVS) grant for a visit of Prof. Frohlich, DWRC, University of Surrey, to UTS November/December 2013.

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