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Dr Deepti Aggarwal



Lecturer, Emerging Digital Health Technologies


Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env


School of Info Technology


Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus


Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne, 2018


I am passionate about exploring the amalgamation of design, health, and technology to address contemporary issues related to health and wellbeing. My PhD work on a pair of smart socks for physiotherapy related video consultations has won numerous accolades including the prestigious Victorian Fresh Science award for 2017, extensive media coverage with over 200 articles published in Australia and overseas with a combined coverage of over 86 million people. I have significant experience in leading collaborative inter-disciplinary research and has co-designed novel solutions with clinicians at Royal Children’s Hospital and nutrition experts at Deakin University.

I am keen on applying my expertise on Wearable and Tangible interactions, Heath IoT, Virtual Reality, Health data visualization, Usability and HCI, and evaluations of Digital Health technologies to change the technological landscape in healthcare sector as well as to develop effective course material for shaping the next generation of technological enthusiasts.

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Biography summary

  • Research Fellow with Dr Thuong Hoang at the School of Information Technology, Deakin University (Apr 2022 - March 2023)
  • Research Officer with Dr Rohit Ashok Khot at the School of Design, RMIT University (Apr 2019 - Sept 2022)
  • Research Fellow with Prof. Frank Vetere at Microsoft Centre for SocialNUI, University of Melbourne (May 2018 - Oct 2018)
  • Honorary Fellow at Mudroch Children's Research Institute, Melbourne (2018)
  • Honorary Fellow at Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne (2017-2018)

Career highlights

  •  Recipient of 2023 ECR Support Scheme as a lead investigator, Deakin University ($5000)
  • Recipient of 2023 SIT Research Demos and Showcase Scheme as a lead investigator, Deakin University ($5000)
  • Recipient of 2023 ECR Support Scheme as a co-investigator, Deakin University ($5000)

Research interests

Digital Health

Tangible Interactions

Hybrid board game

Wearable Computing

Virtual Reality systems

Eating practices

Early childhood development


National Nutrition Network - Early Childhood Education & Care (NNN-ECEC)

Teaching interests

Fieldwork for Emerging Health Technologies

Human Computer Interaction

Research Methods

Real-world applications of Emerging Technologies

Units taught

Unit chair for SIT216 User Centred Design, Deakin University, 2024 (Trimester 1).

Unit chair for SIT773 Software Requirements Analysis and Modelling, Deakin University, 2023 (trimester 3).

Unit chair for SIT374/764 Capstone Team Project A, 2023 (Trimester 3). 

Teaching staff for SIT120 Responsive Web Development, Deakin University, 2023 (trimester 2).

Sessional staff for SIT216 User Centred Design, Deakin University, 2023 (Trimester 1).

Sessional staff for Fieldwork for Design, University of Melbourne, 2018.

Knowledge areas

Human Computer Interaction

Virtual Reality Technologies

Tangible Interactions

Wearable Systems

Board Games

Interaction Design

Child-centered Design



Professional activities

Associate Chair: ACM TEI 2023 pictorials, ACM CHI 2018 late breaking work, ACM OzCHI 2015 Student Design Challenge

Co-organiser: Hands on computing at University of Melbourne in 2015, TechEase-2011 IIIT-Hyderabad

Session Chair: DIS Melbourne Chapter 2022

Judging Panel Member: Victorian Fresh Science 2019

Panel Member: Scientists LIVE! at Altona Primary School 2019

Reviewer (Journals):Frontiers in Virtual Reality

Reviewer: CHI, CHI Play, DIS, TEI, OzCHI, VRST, NordiCHI, ECIS

Media appearances

My PhD work on Smart Socks has received ample media attention in 2018. Key highlights include video coverage by BBC news, Ten News, ABC News, and 7 News; live interview on Channel 9 Today Show, and Pulse Radio morning show; a cover story by The Indian Weekly, and selection in the London Science Museum (From the Lab video series).

Some of the media stories are listed here:


  • Finalist for the Premier’s Design Award 2022
  • Honorable Mention Award at ACM CHI PLAY 2020
  • Finalist for the 2019 IxDA Interaction Awards
  • Finalist for the 2018 Victorian Premier's Design Award
  • Winner of the 2017 Fresh Science Award in Victoria
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at CIS Doctoral Colloquium 2017
  • Invited Research Demo of SoPhy: A Wearable Technology for Video Consultations of Physiotherapy at CHI 2017
  • Best Paper Honorable Mention Award at ACM CHI 2015
  • Finalist for the Premier’s Design Award 2015 (Student Category)
  • Finalist for the Student Innovation Contest, UIST 2013


  • Project lead: Exploring the role of interactive technologies to encourage healthy eating practices among kindergarten children (funded by 2023 ECR Support Scheme). 
  • Project lead: Exploring VR application to create awareness about appetite self-regulation. (funded by 2023 SIT Research Demos and Showcase Scheme)
  • Co-investigator: VR-Kids: Understanding Risk Management in Children’s Play and Active Travel using Virtual Reality (funded by 2023 SSN Incubator grant scheme)


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Zenscape: Encouraging Microbreaks from Screen-based Work through a Tangible System

D Aggarwal, R Khot, J Yi

(2024), pp. 1-17, TEI '24 : Proceedings of the Eighteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Cork, Ireland, E1


Rethinking Domestic Food Consumption through a Multi-modal Open Pantry

Y Tai, J Ng, N Pasumarthy, D Aggarwal, R Khot

(2023), TEI '23: Proceedings of the 17th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction 2023, Warsaw, Poland, C1-1

journal article

Designing Stardust: Reimagining Self-care through Everyday Latte Art

Rohit Khot, Jung-Ying Yi, Deepti Aggarwal

(2023), pp. 1915-1929, DIS 2023 : Proceedings of the 2023 ACM Designing Interactive Systems Conference, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, E1-1


A Systematic Review of Immersive Technologies for Physical Training in Fitness and Sports

T Hoang, D Aggarwal, G Wood-Bradley, T Lee, R Wang, H Ferdous, A Baldwin

(2023), pp. 611-621, ISMAR 2023 : Proceedings of the 2023 IEEE International Symposium on Mixed and Augmented Reality, Sydney, N.S.W., E1


Designing for Microbreaks: Unpacking the Design Journey of Zenscape

R Khot, J Yi, D Aggarwal

(2022), pp. 1-16, TEI2022: Proceedings of the 16th International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Daejeon, South Korea, E1-1


Crafting Tangible Interfaces for Human Digestion: Unpacking the Research through Design Prototyping Journey

R Khot, J Ng, D Aggarwal

(2022), pp. 1-15, ACM International Conference Proceeding Series, Daejeon, Republic of Korea, E1


Understanding Screen-based Dining Practices through the Lens of Mindful Eating

R Khot, D Aggarwal, N Pasumarthy

(2022), pp. 1-19, CHI 2022 : Human Factors in Computing Systems : Proceedings of Association for Computing Machinery 2022 conference, New Orleans, LA, E1-1


Life on Wings: Relating to a Bird's Life in a City through a Board Game

P Sandbhor, P Bangal, D Aggarwal, R Khot

(2021), Vol. 5, pp. 1-26, Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, new York, N.Y., C1-1

journal article

Guardian of the Snacks: Toward designing a companion for mindful snacking

Rohit Khot, Deepti Aggarwal, Jung-Ying Yi, Daniel Prohasky

(2021), Vol. 1, pp. 153-173, Multimodality & Society, London, Eng., C1-1

journal article

Physiotherapy Over a Distance: The Use of Wearable Technology for Video Consultations in Hospital Settings

Deepti Aggarwal, Bernd Ploderer, Thuong Hoang, Frank Vetere, Mark Bradford

(2020), Vol. 1, pp. 1-29, ACM Transactions on Computing for Healthcare, New York, N.Y., C1

journal article

Lessons learnt from designing a smart clothing telehealth system for hospital use

D Aggarwal, T Hoang, B Ploderer, F Vetere, R Khot, M Bradford

(2020), pp. 355-367, OzCHI 2020 : Proceedings of the 32nd Australian Computer-Human Interaction Conference 2020, Online from Sydney, Australia, E1


Reconnecting with Food through Dining Play

Y Tai, D Aggarwal, R Khot

(2020), pp. 334-348, CHI PLAY 2020: Proceedings of the Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play, Virtual event, E1-1


SWAN: Designing a companion spoon for mindful eating

J Yi, D Aggarwal, R Khot

(2020), pp. 743-756, TEI 2020: Proceedings of the 14th TEI International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction, Sydney, N.S.W, E1-1


SoPhy: a wearable technology for lower limb assessment in video consultations of physiotherapy

D Aggarwal, W Zhang, T Hoang, B Ploderer, F Vetere, M Bradford

(2017), pp. 3916-3928, CHI 2017 : Proceedings of the 2017 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Denver, Co., E1-1


SoPhy: smart socks for video consultations of physiotherapy

D Aggarwal, T Hoang, W Zhang, B Ploderer, F Vetere, M Bradford

(2017), Vol. 10516, pp. 424-428, INTERACT 2017 : Proceedings of the 16th IFIP TC13 International Conference on Human–Computer Interaction, Mumbai, India, E1-1


EdiPulse: Investigating a playful approach to self-monitoring through 3D printed chocolate treats

R Khot, D Aggarwal, R Pennings, L Hjorth, F Mueller

(2017), Vol. 2017-May, pp. 6593-6607, CHI '17: proceedings of the 2017 CHi conference on human factors in computing systems, Denver, CO., E1-1


Doctor, can you see my squats? Understanding bodily communication in video consultations for physiotherapy

D Aggarwal, B Ploderer, F Vetere, M Bradford, T Hoang

(2016), pp. 1197-1208, DIS 2016 - Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems: Fuse, Brisbane, Queensland, E1-1


Understanding video based parent training intervention for children with autism

D Aggarwal, R Garnett, B Ploderer, F Vetere, P Eadie, B Davidson

(2015), pp. 10-19, OzCHI 2015: Being Human - Conference Proceedings, E1-1


Tasty beats: Designing palatable representations of physical activity

R Khot, J Lee, D Aggarwal, L Hjorth, F Mueller

(2015), Vol. 2015-April, pp. 2933-2942, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, E1-1


TastyBeats: Making mocktails with heart beats

R Khot, D Aggarwal, J Lee, F Mueller, H Munz

(2014), pp. 467-470, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, E1-1


Power of Friends: When Friends Guess About Their Friends' Guess

D Aggarwal, R Khot, V Choppella

(2013), Vol. 2013-April, pp. 907-912, Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings, E1-1


Funded Projects at Deakin

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