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Human-Computer Interaction, Interaction Design, Game and Play Design


Florian 'Floyd' Mueller (also: Florian Müller, Florian Mueller) is a human-computer interaction (HCI), interaction design, computer science as well as play and games researcher and educator.  

He is currently the director of the award-winning Exertion Games Lab and full Professor of Future Interfaces at Monash University in Melbourne, Australia. The Exertion Games Lab investigates the design of exertion interfaces and games, inventing the future of bodily play, while also researching the intersection of technology, the human body and play more broadly. Floyd’s research is situated within an interaction design agenda that supports people’s values such as an active life.  

Prior to Monash, Floyd worked at RMIT and the University of Melbourne and was a principal scientist at the Australian Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organization (CSIRO), where he led the Connecting People research group. Floyd also directed the Centre for Game Design Research at RMIT University, the largest game design centre in Australia to investigate “Game Design” through an HCI lens.  

Floyd has been a Fulbright Visiting Scholar at Stanford University, having worked on the topic of bodily interfaces across four continents, including at organizations such as the MIT Media Lab, Media Lab Europe, Fuji-Xerox Palo Alto Laboratories (FXPal) and Xerox Parc. Floyd has also been a Microsoft Research Asia Fellow and has worked at the Microsoft Beijing lab with the research teams developing Xbox Kinect. 

Floyd’s contributions have been recognized by others, for example, he is an inaugural honouree of the Australian Design Centre’s Australian Design Honours. Floyd has also received some of Australia’s largest grants for an individual (Australian Research Council Discovery Project & Linkage) and has been listed in the top 100 most productive HCI researchers. Floyd’s games were commissioned by Wired's Nextfest and featured on the BBC, ABC, Discovery Science Channel and New Scientist, winning a “Media Star Award”.

Floyd has written over 250 publications, mostly from the premier publication outlets in the field of human-computer interaction such as CHI, CHI PLAY, DIS, TEI, Ubicomp (IMWUT), UIST as well as ToCHI and IJHCS. He received 9 “Best Paper Honorable Mentions Top 5%” (5x CHI, 2x DIS, 2x CHI PLAY) and 2 “Best Paper Top 1%” at CHI PLAY and CHI.

Community service

Floyd is associate editor for IMWUT and IJHCS and co-established the first CHI Sub-Committee on “Games and Play” as well as the CHI PLAY conference series. He was selected to be general co-chair for CHI PLAY’18 and then CHI’20, the highest-ranked publication outlet in HCI.  

Supervision interests

See Exertion Games Lab and Supervisor Connect and email if interested.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 3 - Good Health and Well-being
  • SDG 14 - Life Below Water

Education/Academic qualification

Interaction Design, Doctor of Philosophy, University of Melbourne

Award Date: 30 Jun 2011

Media Arts and Sciences, Master of Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Award Date: 18 Sept 2002

Mediainformatics, Diplom-Informatiker (Medieninformatik), Hochschule Furtwangen (Furtwangen University)

Award Date: 22 Mar 2000

Multimedia, Bachelor of Science, Griffith University

Award Date: 15 Apr 1999

Research area keywords

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Interaction Design
  • Games
  • Play
  • Mixed-Reality
  • Augmented Reality
  • Virtual Reality
  • Wearable Computing
  • Quadcopters
  • Drones
  • Bodily Interactions
  • Body-Centric Computing
  • Design
  • Phenomenology
  • User Studies
  • Qualitative Research
  • Design Ethnography
  • Autoethnography
  • Research Through Design
  • Design Research
  • Splash! Identifying the Grand Challenges for WaterHCI

    Sarah Jane Pell (Invited speaker), Christal Ariana Clashing Oreilly (Organiser), Maria Fernanda Montoya Vega (Organiser), Ian Smith (Organiser), Joe Marshall (Organiser), Leif Oppermann (Organiser), Paul H. Dietz (Organiser), Mark Blythe (Organiser), Scott Bateman (Organiser), Sarah Jane Pell (Organiser), Swami Swaminathan (Organiser) & Floyd Mueller (Organiser)

    13 Apr 2022

    Activity: Participating in or organising an event typesContribution to conference