A/Prof Manolya Kavakli
Department of Computing, Macquarie University, NSW, Australia
She has been working on Human Computer Interaction (HCI) for 25 years. She started working on HCI in design, following her graduation from the Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University, in 1987. Her earlier research studies focused on the simulation of designer behaviour and user interaction with computer aided design systems. She developed two knowledge based systems for the solution of specific design problems to gain her M.Sc. and Ph.D. degrees in 1990 and 1995 from the Institute of Science and Technology , Istanbul Technical University. In her early postdoctoral studies, she has chosen to focus on computer graphics and their cognition to be able to design more effective and intuitive software systems. She was awarded a NATO Science Fellowship in 1996 with her postdoctoral research project titled "An AI application for the transformation of 2D sketch to 3D geometric model" and started working on the analysis of hand drawn images. She worked at the Colour and Imaging Institute (former Design Research Centre), University of Derby, UK for a year. In 1998 she received a Postdoctoral Fellowship from the University of Sydney, Australia and started working on the differences in cognitive processing between novice and expert designers at the Key Centre of Design Computing and Cognition for 1.5 years.
Until 1999 she was an Associate Professor in Design Science and Methodology at the Faculty of Architecture, Istanbul Technical University.In 2000, she started lecturing at the School of Information Technology, Charles Sturt University. In 2002, she took an active role in establishing the first degree in Computer Science (Games Technology) and became its Acting Course Coordinator. By that time, her research in HCI started having a strong focus on virtual worlds, computer games, and training simulations. In 2003, she became a Senior Lecturer at Department of Computing, Macquarie University, and established a Virtual Reality Lab, as well as VISOR (Virtual and Interactive Simulations of Reality) Research Group. She is currently continuing her research on HCI using virtual reality, innovative system design, learning, expertise building and cognition, as well as motion tracking in the field of computer games and training simulations. In 2013, Dr Kavakli received a Research Professorship at the Virtual Immersion Research Group, Image Institute - Laboratory Le2i, Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Chalon Sur Saone, France to establish research collaboration in Virtual Reality. She has published over 122 research papers so far. Her research has been frequently profiled in media.
Dr Kavakli has been the recipient of awards including the previously mentioned NATO Science Fellowship for Postdoctoral Studies, Visiting Scholarship from the University of Sydney, Research Professorship at Ecole Nationale Supérieure d'Arts et Métiers ParisTech, Conference Scholarship from the International Federation for Systems Research, and other grants and awards from Australian Research Council, the Scientific and Technical Research Council of Turkey, Turkish Republic State Planning Organization, and Austrian Society for Cybernetic Studies, etc.