Dr Bernd Ploderer

Dr Bernd Ploderer is an expert in the field of Human-Computer Interaction for health and wellbeing. He leads the Digital Wellbeing Lab at QUT, which investigates how young adults, families and children balance technologies in their lives, and how we can design new technologies that help them to reach their full potential. His research combines qualitative research and co-design techniques to study digital technology practices and to create and evaluate new technology prototypes. Before joining QUT, Bernd served as Deputy Director of the Microsoft Centre for Social Natural User Interface Research at the University of Melbourne.

Bernd currently collaborates with other Centre researchers on the design of technologies that promote physical wellbeing through nature engagement and active play. Having worked with teens to study digital technologies and their impact on sleep, Bernd is interested in exploring this area with families with young children. Bernd’s vision is a future where all digital technology is designed in collaboration with children to support their social, mental, and physical wellbeing.

Earliest digital memory
Playing Bubble Bobble on a C64 with a friend. Very simple design; lots of collaboration and fun.

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