DMRC’s Professor Marcus Foth cited for “trailblazing achievements in computing”

DMRC Chief Investigator and Professor of Urban Informatics Marcus Foth was named a Distinguished Member of the international Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) for his outstanding scientific contributions to the field of computing. Distinguished members are nominated and selected by their peers for a significant level of accomplishment and impact in the field of computing.

Professor Foth was among 63 members worldwide who were honoured this year, and the only one in Australia. He becomes the first academic at QUT to receive the honour.

For two decades, Professor Foth has been at the helm of ubiquitous computing and interaction design research into interactive digital media, screen, mobile and smart city applications. The nomination recognises Professor Foth as a world-leading human-computer interaction (HCI) researcher who has pioneered urban informatics and advanced the field of smart cities. Urban informatics has been adopted worldwide by industry (e.g., McKinsey, Intel, CISCO) and universities (e.g., NYU, University College London, Warwick, Northeastern).

Professor Foth founded the Urban Informatics Research Lab in 2006 and the QUT Design Lab in 2016. He is a Fellow of the Australian Computer Society. Earlier this year, Professor Foth was appointed to serve a three year term on the national College of Experts of the Australian Research Council (ARC).

In the DMRC, Professor Foth contributes to the Digital Inclusion & Participation research program. He is a Chief Investigator of the three year study, “Advancing digital inclusion in low income Australian families” funded by the Australian Research Council’s Linkage funding scheme, and a member of the new DMRC research group on Urban Media and Digital Geographies.

Professor Foth has published over 240 peer-reviewed publications and won many awards. For example, the Rapid Analytics Interactive Scenario Explorer Toolkit – a collaborative research project between QUT and UNSW funded by FrontierSI – received the 2021 National Award for Cutting Edge Research of the Planning Institute of Australia for significantly accelerating how value uplift is calculated in linear infrastructure projects such as rail networks.

As an ACM Distinguished Speaker since 2018, Marcus has given many invited keynotes at events in Malaysia, Italy, Australia, China, and Indonesia.


About ACM Distinguished Membership

The ACM Distinguished Member program recognises up to 10% of ACM worldwide membership based on professional experience as well as significant achievements in the computing field. To be nominated, a candidate must have at least 15 years of professional experience in the computing field, and have achieved a significant level of accomplishment, or made a significant impact in the field of computing, computer science and/or information technology. In addition, it is expected that a Distinguished Member serves as a mentor and role model, guiding technical career development and contributing to the field beyond the norm.

See the ACM press release: “ACM Recognizes 2021 Distinguished Members for Pivotal Educational, Engineering and Scientific Contributions: Longstanding Members Cited for Trailblazing Achievements across Computing Field” –

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