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Dr Kaja Antlej



Lecturer In Industrial Design


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Engineering


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

+61 3 524 79546


Dr Kaja Antlej is Lecturer in Industrial Design at the School of Engineering, Deakin University, interested in human-centered design and digital heritage/virtual museums (design and evaluation). She has a MSc in Industrial Design (2008, 3D printing, 3D scanning and parametric design) and a PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies (2013, VR/AR, serious games and 3D printing for museum exhibitions), both from the University of Ljubljana. In 2015, Kaja completed her Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra. She has been involved in NMC Horizon Reports (Museum Edition 2015, 2016), eCultValue (EC FP7), and ViMM - Virtual Multimodal Museum TA2.2 (EC Horizon 2020). Dr Antlej is one of the leading researchers of The Little L Project, a Mixed Reality experience of a small Victorian polar dinosaur, recently held at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. The project was featured as one of the case studies in the City of Greater Geelong’s application for the UNESCO City of Design and has been highly commended in the category The Museums Australia (Victoria) Award 2018 for Medium Museums.

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Research interests

Human-centered design, design thinking, digital heritage/virtual museums (experience design and user evaluation), additive manufacturing and 3D printing, virtual reality, augmented reality, cross reality, mixed reality, serious games

Units taught

SED304 - Product Development

SEM721 - Product Development


- Kaja Antlej: Mixed Reality museum experiences: Victorian polar dinosaurs, Digitally Driven Engineering: Deakin Digitally Driven Engineering Centre (3DEC), 19 June 2018, Engineers Australia, Melbourne

- Kaja Antlej, Ben Horan, Marie Allaman: Re-imagining the little Leaellynasaura polar dinosaur: a co-creative tactile mixed reality museum experience, MEET DAY 2018 (Museum Education Evaluation and Technology), in conjunction with the 22nd annual Museums Galleries Australia National Conference, National Sports Museum, Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne

- Kaja Antlej: 3D Printing Heritage, Inside 3D Printing Conference and Expo: Strategies for the 3D printing ecosystem, National Manufacturing Week, 10 May 2018, The Dome at Sydney Showground, Sydney

- Kaja Antlej: Creative re-use of heritage: 3D food printing for promoting Slovenian cuisine in Australia, Risk Change (Creative Europe) Double-Lecture: Kaja Antlej (AUS) & Tadej Vindiš (UK): New technologies: between creation, usefulness and tools, 28 November 2017, KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor

- Kaja Antlej: Creating engaging tactile-immersive museum experiences utilising user-centered design, H2020-CS8-CSA Virtual Multimodal Museum (ViMM), Thematic Area 2 Directions: Expert Working Groups Meeting / International Conference in Maribor, Slovenia: Virtual Storytelling in Cultural Heritage, 27 November 2017, Multimedia Centre KIBLA and KIBLA PORTAL, Maribor 

- Kaja Antlej: Connecting Slovenia, Australia and their respective regions, RMIT Futures Conference 2017: Research requires Collaboration, 4 September 2017, EU Centre at RMIT, Melbourne

- Kaja Antlej, Ben Horan, Georgia Melville: Merging tactile experiences with Virtual Reality in museums: Bringing little Leaellynasaura from the Otways to life, 2017 Deakin Cultural Heritage Seminar Series, 19 July 2017, Deakin Downtown, Melbourne

- Kaja Antlej, Robert Leen, Angelina Russo: 3D Food Printing in Museum Makerspaces: Creative Reinterpretation of Heritage, International Conference on Design & Technology - DesTech 2016, 5-8 December 2016, CADET, Deakin University, Geelong


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Shape optimisation of a snowboard binding highback. A case study of generative design process comparison

R Leen, K Antlej, C Usma Alvarez, P Collins

(2017), pp. 73-83, DesTech 2016: Proceedings of the International Conference on Design and Technology, Geelong, Vic., E1


3D food printing in museum makerspaces: creative reinterpretation of heritage

K Antlej, R Leen, A Russo

(2017), pp. 1-7, DesTech 2016 : Proceedings of the International Conference on Design and Technology, Geelong, Victoria, E1


Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Virtual Reality Confined Space Entry (CSE) Training Systems.

A/Prof Ben Horan, Dr Kaja Antlej

  • 2018: $66,509

Industry and Other Funding

Gale Pacific Design Investigation

Dr Paul Collins, Dr Kaja Antlej, Dr Clara Mansfield

  • 2017: $10,000

Geelong Orthotics Design Investigation

Dr Paul Collins, Dr Kaja Antlej, Dr Clara Mansfield, Dr Mazher Mohammed

  • 2017: $10,000


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