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Sonja Pedell

Author: Sonja Pedell


Sonja is Senior Lecturer in Digital Media Design at Swinburne University since January 2012; contributing extensive knowledge of human-computer interaction (HCI) to the teaching of digital media design.

Sonja has over a decade of experience in teaching and conducting research in human-computer interaction and is a member of the Interaction Design Group in the Department of Information Systems at The University of Melbourne since 2002. Her work includes a wide range of research projects across different departments at The University of Melbourne: Culture and Communications, Information Systems, Computer Science & Software Engineering; and at Swinburne University of Technology for the Faculty of Information and Communication Technologies.

Sonja has authored over 30 book chapters, journal articles and conference papers, several upon invitation. Her research interests are user-centred design methods, scenario-based and mobile design, agent-based modelling, domestic technology development, and the design of enjoyable novel technologies for various user groups, in particular for the ageing population.

Sonja was employed as an interaction designer, usability consultant and product manager in industry for several years. Since 2006 she has free-lanced on several interaction design projects including website design, software design and research-based future scenarios.


Publication period start: 2004
Number of co-authors: 16


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Steve Howard
Jesper Kjeldskov
Frank Vetere

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Frank Vetere
Steve Howard
Jesper Kjeldskov


Kjeldskov, Jesper, Graham, Connor, Pedell, Sonja, Vetere, Frank, Howard, Steve, Balbo, S., Davies, J. (2005): Evaluating the usability of a mobile guide: the influence of location, participants and re. In Behaviour & IT, 24 (1) pp. 51-65. https://dx.doi.org/10.1080/01449290512331319030

Kjeldskov, Jesper, Gibbs, Martin R., Vetere, Franks, Howard, Steve, Pedell, Sonja, Mecoles, Karen, Bunyan, Marcus (2004): Using Cultural Probes to Explore Mediated Intimacy. In Australasian Journal of Information Systems, 11 (2) pp. 102-115. https://dl.acs.org.au/index.php/ajis/issue/view/7

Vetere, Frank, Gibbs, Martin R., Kjeldskov, Jesper, Howard, Steve, Mueller, Florian, Pedell, Sonja, Mecoles, Karen, Bunyan, Marcus (2005): Mediating intimacy: designing technologies to support strong-tie relationships. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2005, . pp. 471-480. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1054972.1055038

Mueller, Florian, Vetere, Frank, Gibbs, Martin R., Kjeldskov, Jesper, Pedell, Sonja, Howard, Steve (2005): Hug over a distance. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2005 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2005, . pp. 1673-1676. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1056808.1056994

Pedell, Sonja, Vetere, Frank (2005): Visualizing use context with picture scenarios in the design process. In: Proceedings of 7th conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services , 2005, . pp. 271-274. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1085777.1085829

Pedell, Sonja, Smith, Wally (2005): Relating context to interface: an evaluation of picture scenarios. In: Proceedings of OZCHI05, the CHISIG Annual Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2005, . pp. 1-4. https://portal.acm.org/citation.cfm?id=1108368.1108427

Pedell, Sonja, Vetere, Frank (2005): Picture scenarios for representing use context in design. In: Proceedings of CHINZ05, the ACM SIGCHI New Zealand Chapters International Conference on Computer-Human Interaction , 2005, . pp. 17-18. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1073943.1073947

Pedell, Sonja, Vetere, Frank (2005): Visualizing use context with picture scenarios in the design process. In: Tscheligi, Manfred, Bernhaupt, Regina, Mihalic, Kristijan (eds.) Proceedings of the 7th Conference on Human-Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services - Mobile HCI 2005 September 19-22, 2005, Salzburg, Austria. pp. 271-274. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1085777.1085829

Vutborg, René, Kjeldskov, Jesper, Pedell, Sonja, Vetere, Frank (2010): Family storytelling for grandparents and grandchildren living apart. In: Proceedings of the Sixth Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2010, . pp. 531-540. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1868914.1868974

Pedell, Sonja, Miller, Tim, Vetere, Frank, Sterling, Leon, Howard, Steve, Paay, Jeni (2009): Having fun at home: interleaving fieldwork and goal models. In: Proceedings of OZCHI09, the CHISIG Annual Conference on Human-Computer Interaction , 2009, . pp. 309-312. https://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1738826.1738882

Vutborg, René, Kjeldskov, Jesper, Paay, Jeni, Pedell, Sonja, Vetere, Frank (2011): Supporting young children's communication with adult relatives across time zones. In: Proceedings of the 2011 Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference , 2011, . pp. 291-300. https://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2071536.2071583