Assoc Prof Markus Rittenbruch

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Areas of interest: User Experience Design, Collaborative and Social Robotics, Human-Robot Interaction, Data Visualisation, Augmented & Mixed Reality, Tangible Interaction, Urban Informatics

PhD (University of Queensland), Diplom Informatiker (University of Bonn)

Dr Markus Rittenbruch is an Associate Professor in Interaction Design at the School of Design, Creative Industries Faculty. He actively contributes to the QUT Design Lab, where he leads the Design and Technologies of Tomorrow program. He is a member of QUT’s Institute for Future Environments (IFE) and contributes to the Embracing the Digital Age leadership team. He has over 20 years of research experience in the fields of Interaction Design, User Experience Design, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Ubiquitous Computing (UbiComp). Before joining QUT he has been invited to work at various research organisations in Germany and Australia, including the University of Bonn, the Distributed Systems Technology Centre (DSTC), the University of Queensland, the Australasian CRC for Interaction Design (ACID), and NICTA (now CSIRO/Data61). Markus was one of the project leads at the Cube, a cutting-edge interactive learning and visualisation facility, responsible for the development of a flexible large-scale presentation and collaboration framework that uses the Cube’s large multi-touch display surfaces. He is a chief investigator in a number of recent research projects, and has attracted over $1.1M in research funding over the last three years. Current project include:

  • CRCSI (CRC for Spatial Information) Utilisation Project: Integrated City Planning using the RAISE toolkit (2017-2018).
  • CRCSI (CRC for Spatial Information) Major Project: Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer (RAISE) Toolkit (2016-2017).
  • QLD Gov Link Project, Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital Developing a message strategy to improve hand hygiene compliance (2017-2018).
  • RIRDC (Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation) Detecting opportunities and challenges for Australian agricultural and Rural Industries (2016-2018).

Markus’ research particularly focusses on the design and evaluation of large-scale collaborative systems, collaborative visualisation systems, human-robot collaboration, ambient, ubiquitous and physical computing, natural user interfaces, large-screen multi-touch interfaces and innovative ways of interfacing with and visualising sensors and sensor data. Markus has published over 60 peer-reviewed book chapters, journals articles and conference papers, including publications in the leading journals in HCI (Human-Computer Interaction Journal) and CSCW (Journal on Computer Supported Cooperative Work) and leading conferences in Ubicomp, HCI and Interaction Design.


Additional information

Participatory Visualisation & Assessment of Risks: A Crowdsourcing Approach
Primary fund type
CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
Project ID
Start year
  • Supporting affective connections within elderly social engagements through Socially Interactive Robots: a design framework
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Marianella Chamorro-Koc, Dr Jared Donovan
  • Creating and applying design-driven, data-driven tools to understand and depict spatially marginalized communities
    PhD, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Glenda Caldwell
  • Bridges that Don't Bridge: A New Design Methodology Inspired by Baudelaire's Flâneur
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Mirko Guaralda, Professor Marcus Foth
  • Developing Design-Led Integrated STEM Programmes Utilising 3D Printing for Australian Secondary Schools
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Rafael Gomez, Dr Natalie Wright
  • Responding to Gentrification: Novel Approaches from Informal Structures in South Africa and Australia
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Marcus Foth
  • Humanising the Smart City: Co-Creation Redefined in the Pursuit of Systemic Change
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Professor Marcus Foth, Dr Ronald Schroeter