Professor Peta Wyeth

Professor Peta Wyeth is at the forefront of research into emerging technology for games and other interactive experiences. She has wide-ranging experience in the application of human-computer interaction and interaction design techniques for the development of technology for education and entertainment. As Co-Leader of the Educated Child program, Peta leads research that focuses on the application of techniques from human-computer interaction for the design, development and evaluation of children’s technology. Through the Centre, Peta hopes to work with children to design new technologies to support positive experiences at home, at school and beyond.

Peta’s research is translational – her research outputs are tangible products that have been used in a range of educational settings. In 2011, Peta led a project that examined the issue of accessibility for people with intellectual disabilities, leading to the development of Stomp, a floor-based system that allows users to interact with digital environments through simple gross motor actions. Since 2014, Peta has led projects that identify how game play can be a positive experience that have resulted in the development of games and other applications, as well as a framework to guide the design of positive gaming experiences for children. Peta is currently Head of the School of Computer Science at QUT.

Earliest digital memory
Donkey Kong, of course! And then using word processing software to complete an assignment when I started university. Delete and backspace – ever so helpful. Cut and paste – what a revelation!

The Australian Research Council Centre of Excellence for the Digital Child acknowledges the First Australian owners of the lands on where we gather and pay our respects to the Elders, lores, customs and creation spirits of this country.