Computer Human Interaction and Creativity (CHIC)

Group Lead: Professor Sharon Oviatt

Research in this group explores the future of human-computer interaction. It employs participative design ensuring the user is center-stage. It is built around sensiLab, a multi-million dollar multi-disciplinary maker-space supporting advanced visualisation, interaction and digital design and fabrication, and Immersive Analytics which explores how new interaction and visualisation technologies such as augmented reality and virtual reality can support collaborative decision making and data analytics.

It also includes a focus on mobile and multimodal interfaces, conversational speech and pen-centric interfaces, educational and digital health interfaces, and multimodal data analytics to predict users’ cognitive and health status.


  • Data visualisation
  • Interaction design
  • Computational creativity
  • Digital design and fabrication
  • Wearables
  • Assistive technologies
  • AR/VR applications
  • Tangible interfaces
  • Digital cultural heritage
  • Conversational speech and pen-centric interfaces
  • Multimodal interfaces and analytics


We are Australia’s leading research group in human-centered interaction and interface design, data visualization, and mobile multimodal interfaces and analytics. We can:

  • Design custom interactive visualisations that help you understand complex quantitative, textual, relational and spatial datasets.
  • Use advanced AR/VR technologies to engagingly present cultural heritage
  • Design, build, and evaluate next-generation interfaces based on new media and multimodality
  • Document the impact of computer interfaces on human behavior and performance
  • Develop analytics that identify users’ cognitive and health status
  • Develop advanced AR/VR technologies to support (collaborative) data analysis and decision making
  • Design and build custom wearable and Internet of Things (IoT) technologies with associated mobile apps and secure cloud databases
  • Solve difficult real-world  optimisation and analytics problems by combining advanced optimisation and analytics engines with interactive visual interfaces so as to support human-in-the-loop optimisation, modelling and data analysis.
  • Use emerging ICT technologies like 3D printing to support people with disabilities such as blindness or autism


Professor Sharon Oviatt
Group Lead, Computer Human Interaction and Creativity (CHIC)
T: +61 3 9903 1198