Sonja Pedell

Associate Professor Sonja Pedell

Future Self and Design Living Lab, Swinburne University of Technology

Associate Professor Sonja Pedell is Director of Swinburne’s Future Self and Design Living Lab. The FSD Living Lab has core development capabilities in the area of innovative socio-technical systems and design solutions for health and wellbeing with a focus on the ageing population. Technology, products and services can make a big difference to older adults, but it rarely address their needs. The FSD Living Lab co-designs develops solutions that are likely to be adopted as they meet the social-emotional goals and lead to commercial outcomes. Alongside this role, Dr Pedell is also Department Research Director for Swinburne’s Department of Communication and Digital Media Design. She contributes knowledge of human-computer interaction (HCI) and co-design methods to the teaching of digital media and communication design. Prior to taking up these roles at Swinburne, Dr Pedell completed a Masters of Psychology from the Technical University of Berlin and was employed as an Interaction Designer, Usability Consultant and Product Manager in industry for several years.