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I am a Senior Tutor in the School of Computing and Information Systems at The University of Melbourne. I currently lecture undergraduate and graduate subjects in Usability Evaluation, as well as a graduate subject in Information Systems and a generalist undergraduate Usability subject. My research interests include both Game studies and Human-Computer interaction.

I recently submitted my PhD thesis for examination in the Microsoft Research Centre for Social NUI and the Interaction Design Lab, School of Computing and Information Systems, at The University of Melbourne. Specifically, my PhD research investigates the hobbyist experience of modern boardgames. I am interested in what players value about boardgames and boardgame play, as well as in how they use the game during play.

My supervisors are Associate Professor Martin Gibbs and Dr Wally Smith.

See my full list of publications here.

In October 2017, at the Spiel fair in Essen, Germany, I was interviewed about my research on BoardGameGeek TV. Watch the full interview here:

"Pink Goddess" card from Agricola L-deck, showing Melissa