Improving human robot interaction through spatial sonic interaction design

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This project investigates the user experience of distributed sonic interaction for social robotics. Sonic interaction concerns the use of sound in digital interaction. Distributed sound is the use of multiple sound sources distributed in space, supporting: directional sound to guide users; spatial audio effects that can create calming and immersive effects; and localised audio that can be better suited to sonic interaction. Affordable micro-computers now enable effective distributed sonic interaction design. The research will investigate the user experience of distributed sonic interaction design, particularly in the creation of positive experiences of trust, affinity, and companionship in human robot interactions.


Excellent academic record, 1st class honours and/or a masters with distinction.

Experience with aesthetic sound practice, as in sound design or music.

Knowledge of programming and microelectronics required to create the digital and physical aspects of new sonic interaction deign systems.

Knowledge of key principles of acoustics, signal processing and audio synthesis.

Knowledge of interaction design principles and design research methodologies from the fields of interaction design or human computer interaction.

Ability to design effective experiments following sound principles in ethics and health and safety.

Critical thinking.


Industry experience in an area related to interactive media technology.

Experience with digital fabrication techniques.

Experience with robotics.

Demonstrable experience with academic publications.

Supervisory team

Art & Design
School of Art & Design

Art & Design
School of Art & Design

Art & Design
School of Art & Design