"Nobody intends to build a wall!" (Walter Ulbricht, Leader of the GDR, June 15th 1961)

The Australian Federal Labor Government is still committed to introducing mandatory internet filtering in Australia. As usual, it is not about censorship: it's about protecting children from the evils of the internet.

"Internet filtering laws outdated before they are passed." Read the full CORE statement that A/Prof. Bjorn Landfeldt, University of Sydney and I published on behalf of the Computer Research and Education Association (CORE) representing Australasian Computer Science lecturers and professors. To quote: "CORE sees at best limited benefits from the proposed filtering scheme, and high potential risks if the scheme were to be implemented without proper investigation of the possible side effects."(see also the full text in a Sydney Uni press release)

More frankly: Net filtering a $33m waste: child groups (The Australian)

Learn about Filtering. Recommended reading: ALIA's Ten questions on censorship for Senator Stephen Conroy, EFA (Electronic Frontiers Australia) on Internet Censorship, EFA's nocleenfeed.com site and the Somebody Think Of The Children blog.

Check out Rette Deine Freiheit (in German)


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Dr. Christopher Lueg

Alpha 60: I shall calculate so that failure is impossible.
Lemmy Caution: I shall fight so that failure is possible.

Jean-Luc Godard, Alphaville. 1965.

"This often happens: you imagine a territory rich in possibilities and try to think of how you might get to it, and then suddenly one day you look around and realise that you have been there for quite a long time."
Brian Eno, Ambient 4: On Land. 1982.

"Ich habe keine besondere Begabung, sondern bin nur leidenschaftlich neugierig."
Albert Einstein.

Currently I am a Professor of Computing in the School of Computing & Information Systems (YAMM) at the University of Tasmania (UTAS). Founded in 1890, UTAS is one of Australia's oldest universities (sometimes called sandstone universities). I am an honorary research fellow of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science (GSLIS) at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign (UIUC) for the 2009-2012 period. 2010-11 I served as Interim Co-Director (Development) of the recently established Human Interface Technology Lab (HITlab Australia) which is linked to the original HITlab at the University of Washington, Seattle, U.S.A. and the HITlab N.Z. in Christchurch, N.Z.

Once again we are fortunate to be able to participate in the FREE global ShanghAI Lectures about Natural and Artificial Intelligence. The lectures are held at the University of Zurich in Switzerland and broadcast via videoconference to 20 universities across the planet! We are the only participating site from Australia! Check out some impressions from the first 2010 lecture held on 30 Sept 2010 here, here and here.

A few of us explore joint research interests in the Information and Interaction Research Group ('official' site). Check out current and former members of the I2 group and also some of our research.

Congratulations to the UTAS Team for scoring the 1st price in the 24h Student Design Challenge (the conference challenge that was held in Melbourne VIC) that was one of many memorable events at OzCHI 2009.

As a matter of fact the UTAS team scored again the 1st price in the OzCHI 24h Student Design Challenge (the conference challenge that was held in Brisbane QLD). Congratulations!

Another UTAS team scored the 3rd price in the OzCHI 24h Student Design Online Challenge with their Lighting Up Salamanca design project. Congratulations!

Tasmania (marketed as Intelligent Island and not to be confused with Tanzania or Transilvania) is known for fabulous food, (largely) pristine World Heritage wilderness, Errol Flynn and Tasmanian Devils (Taz anyone?). More recently Tasmania (originally known as Van Diemen's Land) has started to be known for princesses and cannibals.

Tasmania is developing a reputation for consumer backlash changing corporate rollercoasting. Hobart based Cascade Brewery just had to reverse their decision to reduce beer bottle sizes from 375ml to 333ml while keeping the price the same. Apparently this was done to match the bottle sizes of imported 'premium' beers typically sold in 333ml bottles, not to disguise a hefty price increase. Nearby Cadbury Chocolate Factory just announced they will reverse their decision to reduce the amount of cocoa butter in their products by adding cheaper vegetable fat. Apparently it was all done in the consumer's best interests but interestingly, Cadbury's answer to the question "You have changed the taste of Cadbury chocolate. Why have you done this?" does not not even mention vegetable fat or palm oil, and neither does the rest of their web site providing answers to Frequently Asked Questions.

Physically I am situated in Hobart which is Australia's second oldest (and also second driest only second to Adelaide) capital city. Hobart is also Australia's southernmost capital city and gateway to Antarctica. Considering the location it is perhaps not surprising that during summer, Hobart experiences the most daylight hours of any capital city in Australia.

Check the Wrest Point Webcam on top of the Wrest Point tower to get an impression of the Sandy Bay suburb where the university campus is located and this picture to see Hobart and the Derwent River from Mount Wellington (1270m). And here you can see Mount Wellington, downtown Hobart and the Tasman Bridge from the other side of the River Derwent.

Before coming to beautiful Tasmania I was Professor and Computer Sciences Corp. (CSC) Chair of eBusiness at Charles Darwin University (arguably Australia's youngest university founded in 2004) which is located in Darwin at Australia's tropical top end. Darwin is a relatively small and definitely remote multi-cultural city (some say a 19th century frontier town catapulted into the 21 century) of about 100,000 people (including Palmerston and other nearby settlements). Check here to get an impression of the Territory (especially this one). Despite Darwin's tropical climate I was able to buy this Lebkuchenhaus (gingerbread house) at Bar Espresso on Mitchell Street. Darwin's coziest coffeeshop is (was?) The Shed hidden away on CDU's Casuarina campus (Casuarina a Darwin suburb). The Student Union link is broken but I've got a couple of pictures here and here (yes it's tropical climate).

Prior to the Darwin stint 2004-2005 I was with the Department of Information Systems, Faculty of Information Technology at the University of Technology, Sydney. Check the Sydney harbour cam to get an impression of one of the most beautiful cities on this planet (don't forget that we are 10 hours ahead of GMT and compared to the Northern hemisphere the seasons are reversed! Also, you'll need to have java enabled to control the camera).

Before I moved to Sydney in October 2000 I was with the Artificial Intelligence Lab, Department of Information Technology, University of Zurich, Switzerland (4.5 years as doctoral student and research assistant followed by 12 months as postdoc). The lab just celebrated its 20th Anniversary! I spent the last two of my Zurich years managing the department's participation and conducting the relevant research in a large European research project on information filtering and collaborative filtering (SELECT). Check the NZZ Webcam or the Switch LiveCam to get an impression of "little big city" Zurich.



Please see my research page for more detailed information about my research activities, publications and grants.

Feel free to come along for a visit! Past research visitors include Professor Michael Twidale (University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign), Professor Rolf Pfeifer (AI-Lab, University of Zurich) and Professor Gerhard Schwabe (Information Management, University of Zurich). Gerhard also made possible a visit by one of his PhD students Christoph Goeth. Artist Kirsty Boyle, one of the leading English speaking authorities on the Karakuri tradition (ancient Japanese robot culture), visited us in November 2008. More recently we welcomed Associate Professor Marcus Foth who is a Senior Research Fellow at the Institute for Creative Industries and Innovation, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Brisbane, Australia and Associate Professor Doug Oard (College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park which is just around the corner from Washington, DC).

Congratulations (as of 2009) to the many of my research students that scored Apple University Consortium (AUC) scholarships (yes, that's where they went). Last year Paris Buttfield-Addison (then Honours student, now working on his PhD in personal information management) scored a prestigious national Student Developer Scholarship. [Jon] Manning (then just finishing his Honours thesis on the role of mobile HCI in organizing car sharing) scored another this year (and so did Andrew Bennett who I hope to lure into HCI research as well). The three of them run Secret Lab (they say their office is located in a coffee shop but I reckon it's a different universe). Matthew D'Orazio, Tim Nugent and Peter Lyle scored Honours scholarships worth $5000 each. We are all grateful to Tony Gray the AUC Development Fund Coordinator for his engagement and enthusiasm.


"I am not sure, if you remember me. I was IT student at $university. You were my lecturer/tutor for $subject. You were one of the best teachers I have come across in Australia. I was one of the most active student in your class."

At UTAS I am teaching Computing in Context (a postgraduate HCI/CSCW flavored research seminar unit), Human-Computer Interaction and Interaction Design(3rd year undergraduate unit) as well as Mobile and Ubiquitous Computing.

Feel free to have a look at my 2009 HCI SETL scores (Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning) in the Unit Evaluation Report and Teaching Evaluation Report.

In 2009 I had been nominated for Vice-Chancellor's Awards for Outstanding Contributions to Teaching and Learning in the categories "Individual Award for Teaching Excellence" and "Individual Citation". The Pro Vice-Chancellor (Students & Education)'s office got so excited they sent the news in four separate letters (watch out it's a 1.3M PDF file).

UTAS is one of the 20 universities from across the globe that are participating simultanously in the ShanghAI Lectures on embodied intelligence that are broadcast by videoconference from Jiao Tong University in Shanghai, complemented by 3D collaborative virtual environments and other community-building activities to promote interaction and cooperation among the participants. All lectures (including invited talks) are available on the ShanghAI site. On Dec 3, 2009 we had the pleasure of contributing to the ShanghAI Lectures. Check out the video stream here.

At Charles Darwin University I taught HIT243 eBusiness Risk and Security Management (2nd year) in 2005; co-taught HIT161 (Introduction to) Computer Systems (1st year) and co-taught HIT322 Enterprise Application Development (3rd year) in 2004.

At the University of Technology, Sydney I was involved in the capstone project Information Technology Project Planning and Design (with Rene Leveaux), 31950 Networked Enterprise Design (lecturer, coordinator), Masters/MBA subjects 32532 Conducting Business Electronically (lecturer, coordinator) and 32531 Global Information Systems (coordinator).


Research Coordinator (Computing), School of Computing & Information Systems, UTAS (1/2008-); Deputy Head, School of Computing, UTAS (1/2007-EOS), Research Coordinator, School of Computing, UTAS (1/2006-EOS); Research Program Coordinator "Enterprise-centric Computing", ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure; Coordinator (with Dr Jennie Carroll, University of Sydney) "Mobility & Accessing Information Infrastructure" taskforce, ARC Research Network in Enterprise Information Infrastructure. Also at various stages Deputy Honours Coordinator, School of Computing, UTAS; Research Champion, School of Information Technology, CDU; Faculty Research Group Convenor, Faculty of Information Technology, University of Technology, Sydney. And on the more geeky side of life I was Usenet (Netnews) server administrator approx. 1995-2001. The skills acquired certainly helped conduct research including this (a more detailed version can be found in this book chapter) and this.

Participation in various development workshops and courses covering topics including presentation techniques, people management, graduate research supervision, leadership.


Please email me for detailed CV.


Check out 90 Seconds of Fame (Jon on 'Carpooling while avoiding creepy people' at 0:45, Paris on 'The Pile High Club' at 4:30)

Until recently you could catch me on ABC Hobart during "Technology talk" with Louise Saunders (every second Wednesday since 13 Feb 2007). Live coverage via internet streaming is available here and here you can peek into the studio.

Our work on the wider impact of spam filtering was featured on the ABC Science Show presented by Robyn Williams (24 June 2006); "Faster, funkier" in the (Attitude section of The Mercury, 7 April 2006) refers to Hobart-based mobile computing studies conducted in late 2005 (with Christoph Goeth, University of Zurich), "Internationales Symposium fur Informationswissenschaft (ISI) an der HTW Chur" (REVUE ELECTRONIQUE SUISSE DE SCIENCE DE L'INFORMATION No 1 January 2005, p. 34) mentions our Darwin work on mobile information access in the context of public transport (with Omer Mahmood, Charles Darwin University); some of my Sydney-based ubiquitous computing work is discussed in "Forschung aktuell: Seifenschachteln und intelligente Raeume. Pervasive 2002 in Zuerich" (c't Magazin fuer Computer Technik 19/2002), "Pervasive 2002: Big Brother als Butler und pers?licher Sekret?" (Heise Online August 2002); some of my Zurich-based work is discussed in "Intelligente Software ist zu dumm" (Computerworld 30 August 1999), "Das Usenet droht Opfer seines Erfolges zu werden / D?tere Perspektiven f? das Schwarze Brett des Internets" (Neue Z?cher Zeitung / NZZ September 1998); "Spam Wars" (University of Technology, Sydney Research Highlights September 2002).

Other media events: "Moving to hi-tech beat" (The Mercury 13 August 2006); "Remote Control Rage" (The Mercury 20 August 2006); "Computerforscher mit Weitblick" [in German] (academics.de 23 March 2006); "Jetzt ruft Australien. Hattinger nimmt Lehrauftrag in Sydney an (in German)" (Westfaelische Rundschau 5 October 2000), "Ruf fuer Dr. Lueg nach Sydney (in German)" (Ruhr-Nachrichten 26 September 2000).


EOS = End Of School. As of 1/1/2008 the School of Computing has merged with the School of Information Systems to become the (surprise, surprise) School of Computing and Information Systems. Innovation at work :)

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