FoodCHI 2017

RMIT University, Australia

Dates: Nov 17 - 18, 2017

Overview

Welcome to the second FoodCHI (Food Computer-Human Interaction) symposium, organised by the Design and Creative Practice ECP at RMIT University, Melbourne, Australia. Building on the inaugural FoodCHI symposium held at Queensland University of Technology in 2014, this year’s FoodCHI brings together national and international experts across design, digital media, art and sociology to participate in critical discussions around the role of design and technology in shaping of future foodscapes.

Our aims are to strengthen the FoodCHI community and help it move forward via sharing and building on experiences, issues, opportunities, and challenges across related fields of research and practice. There will be networking opportunities across different disciplines, knowledge exchange, community engagement, and sharing of ideas and experiences in a bid to chart robust approaches for technologically enabled food futures.

In this unique 2 day event, we invite participants to four sessions of delicious discussion and hands-on activities (program organised like a food menu incorporating art performances) around different facets of food experiences. Along with piloting an innovative program, this cross-disciplinary symposium will pioneer debates about how the convergence between design, technology and food can address real-world problems (i.e. 3D printing food to address poverty). Moving beyond traditional outcomes, the symposium will create an open-source report and design cards that practitioners can use in real-world projects delivering the value that design could bring to a broader context.

Themes & Topics

The activities & discussions will revolve around following leading themes.

Food Literacy

Identifying and investigating ways of improving understanding of and practices around food consumption.

Food Ecology

Ideas and insights on the food ecologies and infrastructures.

Food Science

Methods and techniques to understand and experiment with food as material.

Food Play

Multisensorial and playful aspects of human-food interaction.

Food Culture

Practices, values, and beliefs around food.

Speakers

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Prof. Charles Spence
University of Oxford, UK
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Prof. Ann Light
University of Sussex, UK
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Prof. Deborah Lupton
University of Canberra, Australia
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Prof. Simone Pettigrew
Curtin University, Australia
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Dr. Debra Polson
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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Dr. Helen Vidgen
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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Ms. Ann Reardon
How to Cook That, Australia

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Ms.Elizabeth Willing
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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Mr. Marcus Cher
RMIT University, Australia
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Dr. Marnie Badham
RMIT University, Australia
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Dr. Paul Ramsland
RMIT University, Australia
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Dr. Natalie Jovanovski
Swinburne University, Australia
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Dr. Hilary Davis
Swinburne University, Australia
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Dr. Tammy Hulbert
RMIT University, Australia
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Dr. Francis Maravillas
University of Sydney, Australia
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Ms. Marketa Dolejsova
University of Singapore, Singapore
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Prof. Larissa Hjorth
RMIT University, Australia
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Dr. Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi
Queensland University of Technology, Australia
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Dr. Rohit Ashok Khot
RMIT University, Australia
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Schedule

About the Venue

The FoodCHI will happen in RMIT Design Hub building, which is one of the newest and most iconic buildings of RMIT University.It houses a community of architects, designers, curators and students for collaborative, inter-disciplinary design research and education within a purpose-built, 10-storey building that also includes RMIT University's School of Architecture & Design and the RMIT Design Archives.

Address:
RMIT University
Design hub Paviilion 4,
Corner Victoria and Swanston Streets, Carlton VIC 300
Australia
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Travel & visa

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Organisers

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Dr. Rohit Ashok Khot
Exertion Games Lab,
RMIT University, Australia

Rohit Ashok Khot is the Deputy Director of the Exertion Games Lab; and VC Postdoctoral Fellow in the School of Media and Comm. at RMIT University, Australia. Rohit leads the node on ‘Data and new materialities’ within the Design & Creative Practice ECP, where he is exploring the implication of food printing and molecular sensing towards personalized nutrition and improving food literacy.

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Dr. Jaz Hee-jeong Choi
Queensland University of Technology, Australia

Jaz Hee-Jeong Choi is the Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab and a Senior Lecturer in the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology, Australia. She is also the founder and acting chair of ACM SIGCHI FoodCHI. Her research explores how various forms of digital and playful experiences are designed, developed, and integrated in different cultural contexts with a focus on self-care and mutual aid.

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Acknowledgements
We acknowledge our proud sponsors Design & Creative Practice ECP and RMIT ECP Capacity Development Funds for their generous support to make this event happen. We also acknowledge the internal support of the School of Media and Communication, Exertion Games Lab and Centre for Game Design Research at RMIT University and The Urban Informatics Research LabThe Urban Informatics Research Lab at QUT Design Lab, Queensland University of Technology towards this event.