Dr Aloha Ambe

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Postdoctoral Research Fellow, QUT Centre for Data Science

Doctor of Philosophy (Queensland University of Technology)

Research Interests: Human-Computer Interaction, Theories and Methods of Design, Co-Design

I am an early career academic in the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) with a passion for understanding and amplifying the role of people in technology design. I recently completed my degree in Doctor of Philosophy at Queensland University of Technology (QUT). I investigated older people’s perspectives, exploring how they might reimagine monitoring and tracking technologies in their life and future, by involving them in co-design and qualitative research. Monitoring technology solutions for older people’s independent living tends to treat them as passive recipients of technology to be observed by others. Together with my supervisors, we presented a design approach that shifts the emphasis from perceived needs to bring to light the lived values, agency and aspirations of older people.

Currently, I am investigating the design of new systems in which humans and machines interactively learn and explore together to have a more reciprocal and synergistic relationship. I am working with machine learning and Artificial Intelligence experts as well as domain experts who analyse, interpret and make decisions with data. Both ML/AI experts and domain experts play a critical role that involves workflows and processes that need to be understood, supported and learned from so to improve people’s relationship with data that is positive and proactive.

In a world where success and technological advancements are usually equated to speed, portability and efficiency; it is refreshing to take a step back and evaluate and rethink the role of technology in people’s lives. To have a granular look at people’s values, agency and passions and how might these influence a more inclusive future with technology for everyone. I hope to share this passion through my teaching and research.