Dr Duncan Stevenson

BSc(Hons) (Uni Melbourne), MSc (Uni Melbourne), Grad Dip Comp Studies (UC), PhD (ANU)
Honorary Associate Professor, Research School of Computer Science
College of Engineering & Computer Science
T: 0419 140 209

Areas of expertise

  • Computer Human Interaction 080602

Research interests

I am interested in the application of human-computer interaction (HCI) to complex industrial problems and, in particular, to application of Information and Communication Technologies to the health sector.

My work over the past 30 years has involved working with industrial partners to combine their expertise in their application field with research expertise in HCI to prototype new ways of meeting their needs.

Important aspects of this work include field studies of current ways that the application needs are met, requirements gathering/elicitation, progressive prototype/review cycles within the development of a working solution, field trials and evaluation.


I joined CSIRO in 1981, in what was then called the Division of Computing Research, to work on large-scale image processing for remotely sensed image data (satellite, airborne), working with researchers and industry in such fields as land and water management.

In the 1990's we worked specifically with the mining industry, using virtual reality technology to build systems for interacting with large-scale 3D mining and exploration data sets.  In late 1996 we acquired several leading-edge haptic devices (the Phantom device from Sensable Technologies Inc.) and incorporated these into our work.

From early 2000 we focused our work on medical simulation for training and build a number of demonstrator systems based on the CSIRO  Haptic Workbench.

In 2005 we were approached by surgeons from the Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, to explore a telehealth approach to delivering outpatient consultations (so that patients who were in the rehabilitation phase from surgery would be able to have their consultations at their local hospital instead of making the long journey to Melbourne).  We conducted a field trial of our telehealth system at the hospital in September 2007 and I used the data from this trial as the major case study for my PhD thesis.

I left CSIRO in June 2008 and completed my doctoral thesis (awarded March 2010).  I am currently an Honorary Associate Professor in the Research School of Computer Science, ANU.

In second semester of 2010, 2012, 2013, 2014,  2015 and 2016 I taught a combined 3rd-year/Masters course in Human-Computer Interaction at the ANU (course codes COMP3900 and COMP6390) and I will teach that course again in 2017.

My recent research projects include investigating touch-free manipulation of a patient's image data during surgery, working with surgeons at The Canberra Hospital.



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