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Dr Kaja Antlej

STAFF PROFILE

Position

Senior Lecturer, Industrial Design

Faculty

Faculty of Sci Eng & Built Env

Department

School of Engineering

Campus

Geelong Waurn Ponds Campus

Qualifications

Graduate Certificate of Higher Ed. Learning & Teaching, Deakin University, 2019

Contact

kaja.antlej@deakin.edu.au
+61 3 524 79546

Biography

Dr Kaja Antlej is Senior Lecturer in Industrial Design and CADET Virtual Reality Lab Researcher - Museums/Heritage at the School of Engineering, Deakin University. Interested in the intersection of design, museums/heritage, extended reality (XR), 3D printing, futures thinking, space and entrepreneurship.

Dr Antlej has an MSc in Industrial Design (2008, 3D printing and scanning in in 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. Between 2013 and 2014 she was an EVS volunteer in Rabat/Casablanca, Morocco, and completed a 4-month entrepreneurship training at RRA LUR in Slovenia. 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 several EU-funded and US projects including NMC Horizon Reports (Museum Edition 2015, 2016), eCultValue (EC FP7), and ViMM - Virtual Multimodal Museum TA2.2 (EC Horizon 2020).

At Deakin University, Dr Antlej is one of the initiators and leading researchers of the #TheLittleLProject, and #GeelongInventions, both aligned with Geelong's recent designation as a UNESCO City of Design.

Kaja is a member of ICOM – International Council of Museums, AMaGA – Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA EVRNN – Evaluation and Visitor Research National Network), Interpret Europe – European Association for Heritage Interpretation, AAM – American Alliance of Museums, and MuseWeb.

She is an alumna of the Southern Hemisphere Space Studies Program 2021 (SHSSP21) at the International Space University and the University of South Australia.

Dr Kaja Antlej is also Co-founder and President of the Slovenian Australian Academic Association SAAA, a member of the Association of Slovenes Educated Abroad VTIS and one of the mentors in the American Slovenian Education Foundation ASEF Fellowship Program.

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Research interests

Human-centered design, museums/heritage, extended reality (XR) – virtual/augmented/mixed reality and 3D printing, futures thinking, space (space heritage, human exploration, newspace) and entrepreneurship (start-ups)

Units taught

SED304 - Product Development

SEM721 - Product Development

Publications

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2020

Inclusive experiences for audiences with different levels of tech-savviness: the design and evaluation of a mixed reality dinosaur exhibition

Kaja Antlej, Patricia Vickers-Rich, Marie Allaman, Thomas Rich, Ben Horan

(2020), pp. 349-377, Inclusive digital interactives: best practices + research, [Washington, D.C.], B1

book chapter

Geospatial platforms and immersive tools for social cohesion: the 4D narrative of architecture of Australia's Afghan cameleers

Md Rashid, Kaja Antlej

(2020), Vol. 11, pp. 74-84, Virtual Archaeology Review, Valencia, Spain, C1

journal article

Digital Future: Photogrammetry, 3D scanning, macro photography and VR prototyping

Kaja Antlej, Ben Horan, Damien Elderfield

(2020), Arts Centre Melbourne, J1

works
2018

Identifying lead users for user-centered design (UCD) in sports product development

Robert Leen, Clara Usma, Kaja Antlej, Paul Collins

(2018), Vol. Volume 2, pp. 1-6, ISEA 2018 : Proceedings : The 12th Conference of the International Sports Engineering Association, Brisbane, Queensland, E1

conference

Mixed reality for museum experiences: A co-creative tactile-immersive virtual coloring serious game

K Antlej, B Horan, M Mortimer, R Leen, M Allaman, P Vickers-Rich, T Rich

(2018), pp. 1-7, DigitalHERITAGE & VSMM 2018 : Proceedings of the 2018 3rd Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHERITAGE) held jointly with 2018 24th International Conference on Virtual Systems & Multimedia (VSMM 2018), San Francisco, California, E1

conference

Real-world data for virtual reality experiences: interpreting excavations

K Antlej, M Bykersma, M Mortimer, P Vickers-Rich, T Rich, B Horan

(2018), pp. 1-8, DigitalHERITAGE & VSMM 2018 : Proceedings of the 2018 3rd Digital Heritage International Congress (DigitalHERITAGE) held jointly with 2018 24th International Conference on Virtual Systems & Multimedia (VSMM 2018), San Francisco, California, E1

conference

The Little L Project

Kaja Antlej, B Horan

(2018), National Wool Museum, J1

works
2017

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

conference

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

conference
2010

Use of 3D technologies in new product development

K Antlej, B Rebersek, D Cugelj, J Jelenc

(2010), pp. 268-273, MIPRO 2010 : Proceedings of the 33rd International Convention on Information and Communication Technology, Electronics and Microelectronics, Opatija, Croatia, E1-1

conference

Funded Projects at Deakin

Other Public Sector Funding

Virtual Reality Confined Space Entry (CSE) Training Systems.

A/Prof Ben Horan, Dr Kaja Antlej

  • 2019: $199,528
  • 2018: $66,509

Virtual Reality Heavy Vehicle Awareness Platform

A/Prof Ben Horan, Dr Kaja Antlej

  • 2020: $160,791
  • 2019: $87,828

Virtual Reality Awareness Tool for Residential Flooding Scenarios.

A/Prof Ben Horan, Dr Kaja Antlej, Dr Michael Mortimer

  • 2020: $34,000

Industry and Other Funding

Gale Pacific Design Investigation

A/Prof Paul Collins, Dr Kaja Antlej, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield

  • 2017: $10,000

Geelong Orthotics Design Investigation

A/Prof Paul Collins, Dr Kaja Antlej, Dr Clara Usma-Mansfield, Dr Mazher Mohammed

  • 2017: $10,000

3D digitisation of performing arts costumes.

Dr Kaja Antlej, A/Prof Ben Horan

  • 2019: $14,000

Virtual Reality Embodiment for the Performing Arts.

Dr Kaja Antlej, A/Prof Ben Horan, Dr Michael Mortimer

  • 2020: $18,000

Other Funding Sources

Investigating Virtual Reality (VR) Low Voltage (LV) Electrical Safety Rescue Simulation for Utilities and Manufacturing Sectors.

A/Prof Ben Horan, Dr Kaja Antlej, Dr Michael Mortimer

  • 2021: $67,773

Supervisions

No completed student supervisions to report