Dr. Rohit Ashok Khot is the Deputy Director of the Exertion Games Lab; and Vice-Chancellor's Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the School of Design at RMIT University, Australia.

Rohit’s research embodies interdisciplinary strength and explores the amalgamation of design and technology in a creative way.

Rohit designs, develops and studies technologies that aims to integrate into everyday practice and offer a pleasurable and fulfilling experience. Rohit strongly believe that interactions and experiences with technology cannot be designed solely in isolated technology labs. Instead it requires designing with the knowledge of the real-world context in which people appropriate the technology as per their needs and desires. Rohit therefore, seek answers to questions such as: How can technology change people’s lives, for better or worse? How do people perceive technology for the given problem, and how should we design technology around these perceptions?

Dr Khot’s track record includes 39 scholarly publications in last 7 years, the majority of which appear in highly competitive HCI conferences and journals and include one best paper and one honorable mention (top 5%) award. Dr Khot’s research also appeared on 30+ press articles including a cover story on Mashable Australia, IEEE Spectrum and TV coverage on Channel 9 News and ABC News 24. He has won prestigious awards including IBM PhD fellowship (2014-2015), 2017 RMIT HDR Prize for Research Excellence (2017), RMIT Vice-chancellor’s Postdoctoral Research Fellowship (2017-2019) and SIGCHI Development Fund Grant (2017,2018). Dr Khot is also involved in organization and management of the Special Interest Group meetings, workshops and symposiums at leading international conferences specifically around food and play, besides serving on program committees for leading international HCI conferences, including DIS and TEI. Besides, Videos of his works on YouTube have crossed over 3000 views whereas his research presentations slides on SlideShare have received over 5000 hits.

Rohit is currently passionate about playful Human-Food Interaction (HFI) and has an ambitious goal to alter the common perception that food cannot be healthy and pleasurable at the same time.

Full bio at: http://rohitashokkhot.com
Full list of publications: Rohit's Google Scholar profile.

Research capabilities

Interaction Design

Personal Informatics

Digital Fabrication

Human Food Interaction

Research through design

Tangible and Embodied interactions

Research highlights

  • RMIT Vice Chancellor’s Postdoctoral fellowship 2017- 2020.
  • 38 peer-reviewed publications in Tier-A ACM conferences in the field of Human Computer Interaction (HCI), including a best paper and an honorable mention award (Current citations: 214, i-index: 8, h5-index: 8)
  • IBM PhD Fellow 2014-2015.
  • Finalist for Student Innovation Contest at ACM UIST 2013 and Student Research Competition at ACM CHI 2013.
  • Finalist for the Premier’s Design Awards 2015 and AAMIA awards 2016.
  • Featured on various press and media including a cover story on Mashable Australia, ABC News 24, Channel 9 News, Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, 3AW, PSFK and SpringWise.

Awards and Honours

  • SIGCHI Sponsorship for organising Summer School on Experimental Play (US$12,000), 2018 
  • SIGCHI Sponsorship for organising Summer School on Playful Interactions (US$12,000), 2017 
  • Finalist for the AAMIA Awards (Digital Industry Association for Australia), 2016 
  • Finalist for Premier's Design Awards (Good Design, Australia), 2015 
  • Top-performer, Centre for Games Design Research, RMIT University, Australia, 2015 
  • Australian Computer Society foundational scholarship (AU$10,000), 2014 
  • IBM PhD fellowship (US$20,000), 2014 
  • Higher Degree by Research Travel grant, RMIT University (AU$2000), 2014 
  • Finalist, Student Innovation Contest, UIST, 2013 
  • Finalist, Student Research Competition, CHI 2013 (US$500), 2013 
  • Graduate Research Scholarship (AU$78,000), 2012

Current Students


Peter Arnold
Ludwig Maximilian University of Munich, Germany
Research topic: Food & VR

Peter Arnold was born in Munich and raised a one hour car ride away from the city in Landsberg. He joined the Exertion Games Lab in Melbourne, Australia, as a visiting researcher from September 2016 until April 2017. For his master research project and his master thesis he visited RMIT to develop a multisensory mobile virtual reality game called “You Better Eat to Survive!”, which won the Student Games Competition at CHI ’17 in Denver in the category “Innovative Interfaces” and which led to a paper about exploring collaborative eating in virtual reality games to be presented at TEI 2018. Peter is currently working as a software developer in Munich but may return to research in the future.

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Yash Mehta
IIITDM Kancheepuram,
Research Topic: Robotic dining

Yash Mehta is a visiting research student from IIITDM Kancheepuram, who did his summer internship at Exertion Games Lab and worked on the project of Arm-A-Dine under the supervision of Prof. Florian ‘Floyd’ Mueller and Dr. Rohit Ashok Khot. Arm-A-Dine is a social augmented eating system, consisting of wearable robotic arms that is controlled by the affective responses of the eating partner. Continuing his passion in this field of human food interaction, he is exploring the same in Mixed Reality environment as his final year B Tech Project. He likes to play Lawn Tennis in his free time.

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Yan Wang
RMIT University, Australia

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Full Bio

A short video about Rohit's research