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.
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.
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.
RMIT University, Australia
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