Engage Research Lab

University of the Sunshine Coast

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Engage Research Lab uses technology and psychology to find real solutions to real problems for real people. We work across many areas of need including mental health and suicide prevention, child abuse prevention, improved road safety, environmental management, reducing childhood obesity, fostering healthy aging, and helping people living with intellectual disability. We are a multi-disciplinary team with a wealth of real world experience, who work alongside our community partners to find novel solutions to their wicked problems, We use existing cost effective technologies (such as smartphones, videogames) to empower, engage and educate users, rigorous research evaluations to measure the effacy of any solution, and publish in the very best international journals and media. We offer research Masters and PhD programs, and access and training to the very latest technologies. Ultimately, we are passionate about creating real meaningful programs for use by real people.

Website https://www.usc.edu.au/research/creative-humanities/engage-research-lab

Key science sectors

Strengths and capabilities

  • User-centered research and design
  • Sociotechnical solutions, simulation and training
  • Mobile technologies, media and social media
  • Augmented, virtual and mixed Reality
  • Video games research and design
  • Behavioural psychology and behaviour change
  • Biometrics, biofeedback, and analytics
  • User experience (UX) and user interface (UI) design
  • Social change

Facilities and major equipment

  • Virtual and augmented reality technologies
  • Video game development studios
  • 3D CAVE
  • One-way observation studios
  • Audio/video recording studio, hardware and software
  • Biometric sensors (EEG, EKG, EMG, GSC, HR, HRV, BP)
  • Motion tracking, positional tracking, movement analysis
  • Omni-directional motion platforms
  • Driving simulator

Number of research staff

Up to 20 research staff

Address

Engage Research Lab, Building E1.31, University of the Sunshine Coast, 90 Sippy Downs Drive,Sippy Downs QLD 4556

Lead researchers

Achievements of the centre

Organisation type

  • University Research Centre

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