Dr. Rohit Ashok Khot is the Deputy Director of the Exertion Games Lab; and Vice Chancellor's Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Australia. Rohit leads the node on 'Data and new materialities' within the Design and Creative Practice Enabling Capacity Platforms (ECP), where he is exploring the implication of food printing and molecular sensing towards personalised nutrition and improving food literacy.

Rohit is an interaction designer with expertise in the area of personal informatics, ubiquitous computing and playful design. Rohit utilises digital fabrication technologies like 3D printing and food printing to offer new design thinking towards building quantified-self systems.

In his PhD research, he orchestrated strategies for turning physical activity data into physical representations such as plastic artifacts, sports drinks, and chocolate treats – which are personalized based on an individual’s efforts. As such, these systems enable embodiment of invisible bodily data (e.g., heart rate) in a physical and edible form that can be seen as well as touched, smelled, tasted, carried and cherished. This work was done with the vision that in 5-10 years time, 3D printers and food printers will become household appliances. At the moment, little is known on how and for what purposes people would make use of these exciting new technologies. By contextualizing their use in the domain of quantified-self technologies, Rohit’s research opens up an exciting new design space to embrace the rich qualities of living an active lifestyle.

Rohit has published extensively in reputed tier-1 conferences and has won numerous accolades, including IBM PhD fellowship and best paper awards. Besides, Rohit's work has appeared on important press and digital media channels, including a cover story on Mashable Australia, Herald Sun, Sydney Morning Herald, PSFK, SpringWise and over 50 other blogs. Rohit has also been interviewed on ABC News 24, Channel 9 News and 10 Australian radio channels about my work on 3D printed chocolate. 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 also serves on program committees for Tier-1 conferences like DIS and TEI and he has collaborated with experts from different disciplines on 15 co-authored research publications, 5 workshops, 2 symposiums and 4 special interest group meetings at international venues.

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 Playful Interactions ($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

A short video about Rohit's research