Public Lecture on “Playful In-between: People, Place, and Technology for Sustainable Food Futures” by Jaz Hee-jeong Choi



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Dr Jaz Hee-jeong Choi
Deputy Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab and ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry), Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

Synopsis of the lecture

In this talk, Jaz will introduce the three-year research project – Eat, Cook, Grow: Ubiquitous Technology for Sustainable Food Culture in the City (http://www.urbaninformatics.net/projects/food) – exploring urban food practices to engage people in healthier, more environmentally sustainable, and socially inclusive eating, cooking, and growing food in their everyday lives. She will discuss the opportunities network and interactive technologies present to playfully engage people in sustained, active, and thoughtful human-food interactions through human-computer interaction.

About Dr Jaz Hee-jeong Choi
Jaz Hee-jeong Choi is the Deputy Director of the Urban Informatics Research Lab and ARC Australian Postdoctoral Fellow (Industry) at the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Her research interests are in playful technology, particularly the ways in which various forms of playful interaction are designed, developed, and integrated in different cultural contexts. In her research, she has developed a new conceptual approach to urban sustainability that recognises ‘play’ as the core of transformative interactions in cities as technosocial networks. Her current research explores designing and developing playful ubiquitous technologies to cultivate sustainable food culture in urban environments. She has collaborated with leading international researchers and published in books and journals across various disciplines, and given invited talks at major international conferences including the opening keynote at the 2010 UNESCO Creative Cities Conference. She is the Chair of ACM SIGCHI FoodCHI (Food Computer-Human Interaction) Community and is currently editing a book titled ‘Mixing Human-Computer Interactions with Human-Food Interactions’ to be published by MIT Press in 2013.

Website: www.nicemustard.com & www.urbaninformatics.net/people/jaz

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