Dr Scott Brown

Dr Scott Brown

  • PhD Art, Design and Media (UNSW Sydney, Australia)
  • B Digital Media, Hons First Class (UNSW Sydney, Australia)
Arts,Design & Architecture
School of Art & Design

I am a Lecturer at UNSW Arts, Design and Architecture (ADA) using interactive technologies and human-centred design approaches to work with neurodiverse populations. Based in the School of Art & Design, I bring an interaction design and UX perspective to inclusive practices, co-design and assistive technology. My teaching and research examines creative implementations of embodied and sensory interaction and the value of accessible technology in eliciting social engagement between people. I’m also the Director of Sector Engagement (Health) at ADA, a role in which I aim to support and promote the human-centred approaches to health and wellbeing research found across our diverse faculty.

I lead the assistive technology research focus of the Creative Robotics Lab, where I have developed responsive sensory spaces for facilitating conversation between autistic children and their parents. I have also investigated methods of using social robots in therapeutic and educational contexts. Community-led and co-design is central to my teaching and research, and I regularly engage with external partners and institutions for both activities. Through my research, I led the inaugural Autism MeetUp event (UNSW Art & Design) and established the Neurodiversity + Embodiment group for researchers collaborating in interdisciplinary approaches to advocating for neurodiverse communities.

+61-2-9065 6094
Paddington Campus Cnr Oxford St & Greens Rd, Paddington, NSW 2021
  • Books | 2023
    Dunstan B, 2023, Cultural Robotics: Social Robots and their Emergent Cultural Ecologies, Tillman D; Dunstan B; Brown S; Koh JTV, (eds.), Springer, NY and Switzerland, https://link.springer.com/book/9783031281372
  • Book Chapters | 2023
    Brown SA, 2023, 'From Assistive to Adaptive: Can We Bring a Strengths-Based Approach to Designing Disability Technology?', in Springer Series on Cultural Computing, pp. 101 - 108, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28138-9_7
    Book Chapters | 2023
    Tillman D; Velonaki M, 2023, 'On  Display: Robots as Culture', in Dunstan B; Brown S; Koh JTV; Tillman D (ed.), Cultural Robotics: Social Robots and their Emergent Cultural Ecologies, Springer, NY and Switzerland, https://link.springer.com/book/9783031281372
    Book Chapters | 2023
    Trew S; Brown SA, 2023, 'Towards an Autistic User Experience (aUX) Design for Assistive Technologies', in Springer Series on Cultural Computing, pp. 147 - 162, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28138-9_10
    Book Chapters | 2023
    Wozniak - O'Connor V, 2023, 'Data, Site, Materials: Robotics and Digital Fabrication Within Installation Art', in Dunstan B; Koh J; Tillman D; Brown S (ed.), Cultural Robotics: Social Robots and Their Emergent Cultural Ecologies, pp. 75 - 88, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-031-28138-9_5
    Book Chapters | 2019
    Silvera-Tawil D; Brown SA, 2019, 'Cross-Collaborative Approach to Socially-Assistive Robotics: A Case Study of Humanoid Robots in a Therapeutic Intervention for Autistic Children', in Korn O (ed.), Social Robots: Technological, Societal and Ethical Aspects of Human-Robot Interaction, Springer International Publishing, pp. 165 - 186, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-17107-0_9
    Book Chapters | 2018
    Brown S; Gemeinboeck P, 2018, 'Sensory Conversation: An Interactive Environment to Augment Social Communication in Autistic Children', in Huber J; Shilkrot R; Maes P; Nanayakkara S (ed.), Assistive Augmentation, Springer, pp. 131 - 151, http://www.springer.com/gp/book/9789811064029
    Book Chapters | 2013
    Brown SA, 2013, 'The Aesthetics of Negotiation: Using interactive technology to facilitate aesthetic choice of children with sensory processing disorders', in Lunn J; Bizjak S; Summers S (ed.), Changing Facts, Changing Minds, Changing Worlds, Black Swan Press, http://research.humanities.curtin.edu.au/blackswan/catalogue.cfm
  • Journal articles | 2023
    Hwang YIJ; Foley KR; Elley K; Brown S; Joy-Leong D; Li X; Grove R; Trollor J; Pellicano E; Zheng L, 2023, 'Experiences of Performing Daily Activities in Middle-Aged and Older Autistic Adults: A Qualitative Study', Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 53, pp. 2037 - 2049, http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10803-022-05473-7
    Journal articles | 2022
    Zheng L; Foley KR; Grove R; Elley K; Brown SA; Leong DJ; Li X; Pellicano E; Trollor JN; Hwang YI, 2022, 'The use of everyday and assistive technology in the lives of older autistic adults', Autism, 26, pp. 1550 - 1562, http://dx.doi.org/10.1177/13623613211058519
  • Conference Papers | 2020
    Obaid M; Mubin O; Brown SA; Yantac AE; Otsuki M; Kuzuoka H, 2020, 'DroEye: Introducing a social eye prototype for drones', in ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction, pp. 378 - 380, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3371382.3378313
    Conference Papers | 2019
    Brown SA; Gratton M; Williams B, 2019, 'A visual programming tool for creative practice pedagogy in embodied interaction and media arts', in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, pp. 364 - 368, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3369457.3369495
    Theses / Dissertations | 2019
    Brown SA, 2019, Design for Togetherness: Neurodiverse conversation in interactive praxis, http://handle.unsw.edu.au/1959.4/67159
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Benitez Sandoval E; Brown SA; Velonaki M, 2018, 'How the inclusion of design principles contribute to the development of social robots', in Buchanan G; Stevenson D (ed.), Proceedings of the 30th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM, Melbourne, Australia, pp. 535 - 538, presented at OzCHI 2018, Melbourne, Australia, 05 December 2018 - 07 December 2018, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3292147.3292239
    Conference Papers | 2018
    Sandoval EB; Brown S; Velonaki M, 2018, 'How the inclusion of design principles contribute to the development of social robots', in ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, pp. 535 - 538, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3292147.3292239
    Curatorial Outputs | 2017
    Brown SA, 2017, If a system fails in a forest..., exhibited at: 107 Projects, Sydney, 13 June 2017 - 23 June 2013, If a system fails in a forest..., http://www.isea2013.org/events/107-projects/
    Conference Papers | 2016
    Brown SA; Silvera Tawil D; Gemeinboeck P; McGhee J, 2016, 'The case for conversation: a design research framework for participatory feedback from autistic children', in Proceedings of the 28th Australian Conference on Computer-Human Interaction, ACM, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, pp. 605 - 613, presented at OzCHI '16 The 28th Australian Conference on Human-Computer Interaction, Launceston, Tasmania, Australia, 29 November 2016 - 02 December 2016, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/3010915.3010934
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2015
    Brown SA, 2015, An Exhibition of Process, An Exhibition of Process, Creative Robotics Lab, UNSW Art & Design, Published: 22 September 2015, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/whats-on/events/exhibition-process
    Conference Papers | 2014
    Brown S; Koh JTKV, 2014, 'Responsive multisensory environments as a tool to facilitate social engagement in children with an autism spectrum disorder', in Zhu K (ed.), SA '14 SIGGRAPH Asia 2014, ACM, Shenzhen, China, presented at SIGGRAPH ASIA, Shenzhen, China, 03 November 2014 - 06 November 2014, http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2668947.2668949
    Recorded / Rendered Creative Works | 2014
    Brown SA, 2014, Experiencing Environments, Mighty Healthy, UNSW Galleries, Paddington, Published: 04 September 2014, Recorded / Rendered Creative Works, https://www.artdesign.unsw.edu.au/unsw-galleries/mighty-healthy
    Conference Papers | 2013
    Brown SA, 2013, 'Autism and theory of mind in interactive spaces', in Cleland K; Fisher L; Harley R (eds.), Proceedings of the 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2013, ISEA International, Australian Network for Art & Technology, University of Sydney, Sydney, pp. 1 - 4, presented at 19th International Symposium on Electronic Art, ISEA2013, Sydney, 11 June 2013 - 13 June 2013, http://ses.library.usyd.edu.au/handle/2123/9475

My Research Supervision

  • Wei Wang, Will visual scaffolding with elaborated letterforms make a difference for dyslexic readers? An experimental research on font and reading difficulty, PhD