1994 …2024

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Monash teaching commitment

Chief Examiner & Lecturer

  • FIT5125 (Sem 1 & 2, 2019; Sem 1 & Nov 2020, Sem 1 & Oct 2021)
  • FIT4441 Honours thesis (Sem 1 & 2, 2021)
  • FIT5229 Masters thesis (Sem 1 & 2, 2021)
  • FIT4008 (Sem 1 & 2, 2021; Sem 1 & 2, 2022; Sem 1 & 2, 2023)
  • FIT5027 (Sem 1 & 2, 2023)
  • FIT2002 (Sem 2 & Oct, 2022; Sem 2, 2023)


Patrick is a human-computer interaction researcher with particular expertise in human-centred design methods, digital-in-health, and collaborative and social computing. Shortly after arriving at Monash University (in 2018) Patrick founded Action Lab: Australia, a multidisciplinary research group comprising impact-focused researchers working at the intersection of communities, technology and social innovation. This has since grown into the Action Lab Network, a transnational research network spanning Action Lab's in Monash University Malaysia, Monash University Indonesia, and Northumbria University in the United Kingdom.

Patrick coined the term Digital Civics, for a number of years has been a major focus of his research. This is a cross-disciplinary area of research that explores ways technology can promote new forms of participation in the design and delivery of government and non-government services including education, health, social care and community engagement.

One key element of Patrick's work is a commitment to the creation of open source software and hardware. Notable examples include: the OpenMovement AX3 accelerometer which was designed for the largest study of physical activity ever conducted (over 100K participants) and the most widely used monitor by clinical researchers across the World (see spinout Axivity Ltd); and Intake24, an online 24-hour dietary recall system that was developed for Food Standards Scotland. Initially aimed at a UK population, Intake24 is currently used in the UK government's National Diet & Nutrition Survey and the Australian Bureau of Statistics Intergeneration Health and Mental Health Survey.

Research interests

Co-design Methods, Digital-in-Health, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Collaborative Computing, Social Computing, Media Computing.

Supervision interests

Digital-in-Health, Interaction Design Methods, Technology-Enhanced Learning, Collaborative Computing, Social Computing, Media Computing.

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 2 - Zero Hunger
  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 16 - Peace, Justice and Strong Institutions

Education/Academic qualification

Language Engineering, PhD, University of Manchester

Award Date: 1 Sept 1998

MSc, Artificial Intelligence, University of Wales

Award Date: 1 Sept 1991

Computing, Postgraduate Diploma, University of Bradford

Award Date: 1 Sept 1990

Natural Sciences (Physics), BA, University of Cambridge

Award Date: 1 Sept 1989

External positions

Adjunct Professor, Monash University Malaysia

1 May 202330 Apr 2028

Research area keywords

  • Human-Computer Interaction
  • Digital Civics
  • Interaction Design
  • Social Computing
  • Social Media
  • Educational Technology
  • Digital in Health
  • ICT4D

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