Meet the Committee – Stephen and Rui


Dr Stephen Wang is a practicing designer and academic focused on MedTech application development, he is not only a leading researcher in the field of entrepreneurship and innovative design, but also a studio-based designer. Following the industry transformation in this decade, such hybrid knowledge structure and experience across industry and the academic world becomes more crucial than ever for industry-oriented innovation research. He earned his PhD from Tokyo University of the Arts in 2005, M.Eng from RMIT, MA from Tama Art Univeristy (Japan), and his BA from Tsinghua University (China) in 1998. His research efforts focus on non-traditional and industry/real-world related innovative design practices, such as patents, commissioned design projects and curating exhibitions. Before this position, Wang had worked in Tokyo as an Interaction and User Experience Designer across several Japanese leading design firms.


Dr. Rui Wang is the winner of the very first OzCHI student online design competition when she was an M.Phil student at the Design Lab, University of Sydney in 2009. She then completed her Ph.D in UNSW Australia. Rui is now a research fellow at the IDeEA Lab, Deakin University with research focus on interdisciplinary design, serious games and VR technology.