Dr Yu Kao

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Areas of interest: Interaction design, Research through Design, Design method, Creative placemaking

Bachelor of Creative Industries (Interactive and Visual Design) hons., QUT

Yu is an interaction designer and researcher.  Her research interest is to explore how interaction design practice may bring sociocultural influence within our everyday. This includes topics around tangible storytelling, developing a participatory approach for designing interactive installations for public space, and the impact of creative placemaking. Yu is currently working as a postdoctoral research fellow for an ARC discovery project: Digital media, location awareness and the politics of geodata. Her role in this project is to contribute toward designing and planning for a design-led cultural probes study to investigate digital media use within the everyday. Yu’s current plan is to establish an academic track record by publishing research from her current ARC project as well as continuing publishing from her PhD study. Moreover, she would like to develop her research network to explore future collaborations and project opportunities.

Primary Project: ARC Discovery Project: Digital media, location awareness and the politics of geodata.

With near-ubiquitous levels of smartphone use in Australia, digital media have become integrated within everyday lives. These services, however, rely on access to an individual’s location, raising privacy and cybersecurity concerns over this sensitive datapoint. The Digital Media, Location Awareness and the Politics of Geodata project critically examines the increasingly pervasive role of location metadata (or geodata) in Australian smartphone practices and cultures and the implications this has for users, industry, and public administration. The project’s primary aim is to develop resources to enhance public understanding of geodata and geoprivacy, as well as industry and policy recommendations that address the crucial issue of ‘location awareness’ in everyday digital media use.

Principle Supervisor: A/Prof. Markus Rittenbruch