A/Professor Marcus Foth
Queensland University of Technology
Associate Professor Foth’s work is focussed on the relationships between people, place and technology. He develops practical approaches to complex urban problems employing human-computer interaction and design methodologies to build engagement around emerging issues facing our cities such as:
Urban planning – new approaches to community participation and engagement;
Environmental sustainability – new strategies for energy monitoring in homes;
Food futures – new ideas to re-think eating, cooking and growing food in the city;
Collaboration and coworking spaces – new aspirations for next generation libraries.
Marcus showcased his lab’s work in urban computing, social media, and mobile technology as part of the National Science Week pavilion at the EKKA . In 2011, Marcus was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology. He has also led an ARC Linkage grant that produced Discussions in Space, a public screen application that allows passersby to contribute content via SMS or tweets. At Federation Square in Melbourne, Discussions in Space engages visitors during events such as Oprah’s visit, New Year’s Eve, Cadel Evans’ 2011 Tour de France victory parade, and the Queen’s Royal Visit.