Dr Jen Seevinck

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PhD in Computing Science (University of Tech., Sydney), M.Phil (Electronic Arts) (Australian National University), Bachelor of Design Studies (University of Queensland)

Jen Seevinck is a practitioner, researcher and Senior Lecturer in Interaction Design and Visual Communication. Her interests include creative health, interactive experience, visualisation, science communication and art, drawing on applications and concepts around health,  hybrid place, environment and emergence.

Jen builds computer-based interaction designs that draw on scientific and poetic interpretations of the world, and studies audience experience using qualitative methods with the aim of furthering our knowledge of experience design for emerging technologies and aesthetics.  Jen uses visualisation technology and design methods to collaborate with health practitioners, scientists, professionals in the environment and citizen science. Most recently she received an ARC Discovery (2020-2023) to create interactive art to amplify the voices and stories of elderly Australians. This builds on Jen’s prior work in using participatory methods and interactive art to amplify the creativity of artists with Cerebral Palsy (e.g. see Iterative Intersections, Of me With me, 2012-2015), and the creativity of children as a means to engage with the environment (see Forest Reflections 2012); or become ‘junior’ scientists to learn STEM and effect environmental and health improvements through acting on mosquito-borne disease vectors (see Mozzie AR Toolkit and App 2018-2020).

Currently Jen is a board member of the Queensland chapter of ACSA (Australian Citizen Science Association), leading innovation in science communication and STEM engagement through creative, agency oriented, implementations of methods from interaction design.

Previously, Jen worked as a Visiting Scientist at Data 61, CSIRO (2017-9) and Artist-in-Residence in Science with Queensland Government (2018) . In a previous life she was a Research Scientist at the Virginia Modelling Analysis Simulation Centre, USA (2000-7) co-developing interaction designs using state-of-the-art technologies in visualisation and applied to health, space and engineering.

Jen’s artwork has won international awards and been exhibited at conferences and contemporary art galleries in Beijing, Tokyo, Australia and the U.S.A. She has multiple research publications and a research monograph on ‘Emergence in Interactive Art’ (Springer, 2017).

Additional information

  • Chief investigator and designer at Queensland Children’s Hospital, as part of Health Excellence Accelerator Laboratory (HEAL) project (2020-2021).
  • Board member, Australia Citizen Science Association, Queensland Chapter. 2020-2021
  • Visiting Scientist CSIRO for research and creative practice with data. March 2017-March 2018.
  • Artist in Residence Science (2018), grant from Department of Environment and Science Artists in Residency project collaborating with Coastal Impacts unit.
  • Artist in Residence, grant from The Edge State Library of Queensland for research and creative practice and exhibition inclusion in Made From Light curated program at the Brisbane Powerhouse Theatre at New Farm. December 2014-May 2015.
  • Artist and co-designer (2012- 2015). Community interactive art project with Cerebral Palsy League. Regional Arts Development grant, Queensland Government. This project involves exploring and visualising participants’ movements through their drawings and co- designing (following a participatory design methodology) an interactive, visualisation artwork based on these gestures and images.
  • Artist in Residence on a Queensland Government grant (2011). This project involved co-creating an interactive artwork on site and in the forest with Grovely Primary school children aged 6-10, some with high needs. Affiliated with the United Nations International Year of the Forest. Final work is tangible, real- time visualization created using participatory design methods.
  • Research Scientist Co-Investigator on a range of research projects for medicine, space (NASA) etc (2001-2007).  Key efforts were in visualization, content and interaction design, task analysis, prototyping, and project management. Virginia Modeling Analysis and Simulation Center (VMASC) and Old Dominion University (ODU), Virginia, USA.
  • Associate Lecturer (1999 – 2001). Lecturing, coordinating and tutoring animation and digital media, honours supervision. Deakin University, Melbourne.
  • Consultant Designer 2000. Lead animator and graphics consultant for a virtual reality roller coaster ride “Track Attack”, still running today. Questacon National Science and Technology Museum. Canberra.
  • Associate Lecturer (1997 – 99). Lecturing, coordinating and tutoring in computer animation and multimedia. Supervision of graduate and undergraduate capstone projects. Australia National University. Canberra.
Amplifying Voices from the Royal Commission into Aged Care
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CAT 1 - Australian Competitive Grant
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  • Live best by Doing: An Examination of the Progressive Ethos of Makerspaces for arts and health and arts and disability work
    Professional Doctorate, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Julie-Anne Carroll
  • Using Light in Time-Based Physical Generative Art to Facilitate Perceptual Experiences
    MPhil, Principal Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jared Donovan
  • (Re)connecting With Nature: Making sense of biophilic design approaches in interactive art environments
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Dr Jared Donovan
  • Making-with the More-Than-Human
    PhD, Associate Supervisor
    Other supervisors: Associate Professor Donna Hancox