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New Research: ARC Discovery & DECRA Announcements

Professor Martin Conway presenting at the 2014 Amnesia Week

New Research: ARC Discovery & DECRA Announcements

NIEA researchers and their international, collaborative partners have been awarded in the recently announced Australia Research Council 2016 funding round. Leveraging research facilities to their full capacity and expanding understandings of their fields, these projects span NIEA research areas of Creative RoboticsAesthetics & Visual CultureVisualisationContemporary Indigenous Art.


Discovery Project: Professor Jill Bennett,  Volker Kuchelmeister, Professor Martin Conway, Dr Catherine Loveday, & Dr Alexander Davies
This project aims to identify the qualities that make digital ‘lifelog’ photographs effective memory cues, and to establish how this new form of automatic photography may transform understandings of the relationship between images and memory. Applying insights from visual arts and interactive media to the study of episodic or ‘autobiographical memory’, the project aims to deliver comprehensive analysis of lifelog images and the conditions under which these photographs trigger vivid remembering. The project plans to derive a data-driven visualisation from its experimental study, advancing both the representation of visual autobiographical memory and practical understanding of image-based retrieval cues.

Discovery ProjectDr Petra Gemeinboeck, Dr Robert Saunders, Professor Maaike Bleeker, & Dr Ben Robins
This project aims to transform techniques of embodiment that are central to human–robot interaction, to improve the social skills and acceptability of future robots. Robots are increasingly becoming part of our lives in the sectors of health, education, commerce and leisure. But robots’ social skills today fall far behind their functional capabilities. Performative body-mapping (PBM) aims to address this problem by inventing and trialling a transdisciplinary body-mapping method for socialising non-humanlike robots. Significantly, this would allow for social robots to be non-humanoid in appearance but still appealing and readable to humans, and robots to be taught to interact by using human movement expertise in an innovative, effective way.

DECRA: Dr Lily Hibberd
The project aims to critically assess experimental artistic collaboration as a method for the production of marginalised stories and appropriate forms of national trauma commemoration. Innovative practices of art and digital media are emerging, for example to document life inside Australian child welfare institutions in the context of serious marginalisation and socio-economic disadvantages. The significance of these forms of testimony has not yet been studied.