I'm a Design Researcher based in Melbourne, Australia. I apply architectural design principles and approaches to enable ethical innovation. Primary areas of focus are artificial intelligence, facial recognition, and biometrics. My work reaches global audiences and highlights the importance of public participation in the quest to ensure that innovation creates tangible benefits for society. My commentary is featured regularly in print media and on television, where I discuss societal risks and opportunities of technology trends.
The current global refugee crisis creates novel opportunities for technology to support interaction between refugees and members of their host communities. In this paper, we describe the design and evaluation of Stories of Exile, an interactive media architecture installation that depicted the displacement of refugees onto the facade of a refugee shelter. We report on the involvement of refugees in a participatory design process and the subsequent in-the-wild field study.
Our analysis provides insight into the qualities of hyperlocal media architecture, in terms of (a) inviting community participation, (b) displaying compelling and socially relevant narratives, and (c) stimulating dialogue between communities.