Mediated Intelligence in Design

We explore “User-Centred” innovation in the Built Environment through Intelligent fusion of Design & Technology

Who We Are

MInD Lab is a practice-based research group based in the School of Architecture and Built Environment at Deakin University, located in Geelong – UNESCO designated City of Design. 

We operate at the intersection of Built environment, Information Technology and Design Innovation. We explore the potential of Information Technology, Intelligent data, computation and digital media to create more agile and adaptive solutions for socially, environmentally and economically viable built environment.

Our work advocates the use of “design thinking” and “system thinking” as a methodology for knowledge production (in research and education), and “trans-disciplinary thinking” as a strategy for cross-sector innovation (for the industry).

We strongly believe that Built Environment research cannot be separated from industry or education and the three must come together for the benefit and ultimate progress of our discipline.

Our Expertise


We explore Augmented Reality (AR), Mixed Reality (MR), and locative media technologies, with practice-based interventions, to transform the representations of space, to create new interactions with information and new workflows.


We are spearheading a leading debate on a global paradigm shift from “product/application” to “system/implication” approach in “Design” and its disruptive and cross-sector innovation potential.


We investigate the transformational power of an IoT connected world and real-time connectivity for the whole building lifecycle and a smart urban ecosystem.


We investigate the role of technology in the augmentation of urban physical spaces with location-specific digital services, products or experiences to create more attractive and memorable places for all.  


We explore user-centred “system design” of intelligent environments responsive to human needs and actions; through sensing capabilities, reasoning mechanisms, actuating capabilities, networking facilities and supporting applications and services.


We explore the rich representational and experiential possibilities offered by immersive media and locative technologies to create powerful sensory narratives of (in)tangible cultural heritage assets.

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Latest News

MindLab at UNESCO City of Design Subnetwork Meeting 2020

The social, smart and sustainable design of future cities The UNESCO City of Design Subnetwork[…]

MInD Lab is a Gold Award Winner at 2020 Melbourne Design Awards

We are thrilled to announce that the MInD Lab has received a gold award at[…]

Digital Placemaking + Green Spine Workshop

Deakin Waterfront Geelong, 9th January 2020 Together with the City of Greater Geelong representatives, MindLab[…]

Innovation Workshop Diadem + MindLab

Diadem Offices Melbourne CBD, 7th February 2020 Following the established MindLab model of compulsory collaboration[…]

Our Projects

Digital Narrative for Placemaking: Diachronic Modelling of the Dennys Lascelles Concrete Wool Store, Geelong

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An intelligent Application Framework for Graphene-enabled Surface Sensing Technology in Buildings

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Experiencing (In)tangible Heritage through eXtended reality (XR) – Case study of Western Beach, Geelong Waterfront

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Smart Surfaces in Buildings – IoT enabled material intelligence

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Swarm Intelligence for Public Transportation: towards a de-centralised, self-organising system in smart urbanism

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Informed, Intelligent, and Connected – Extended Reality for the Design of Future Cities

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An EXtended Reality (XR) Enabled Immersive Collaboration Framework (IDC) for AEC Workflows

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Place Making Using Virtual Environments

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P-OET: Pre-Occupancy Evaluation Tool

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City of Greater Geelong (CoGG)

Geelong UNESCO City of Design ➜
Design Mind

Design Mind ➜
LIVE+SMART Research Laboratory

LIVE+SMART Research Lab ➜
European Design Network (EDN)

European Design Network ➜

Our Team

Dr. Phillip B. Roös

Director of Live+Smart Lab

Prof. Tony Arnel

Deakin Industry Professor

Dr. Sofija Kaljevic

Research Associate

Dr. Rui Wang


Dr. Guang-Li Huang

Research Fellow

Dr. Domenico Mazza

Research Fellow

Dr. Jun Wang


Chun Wang

PhD Student

Angad Nayyar

PhD Student

Dr M. Reza Hosseini

Associate Head of School 

Dr. John Rollo

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Beau B Beza

Associate Head of School

Prof. Seng Loke

Professor in IoT

Dr. Jan Carlo Barca

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Anastasia Globa

Associate Member

Dr. Isun A Kazerani

Associate Member

In Media

Australia’s Science

UNESCO Geelong
Stakeholder Day

Milan Design

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Mediated Intelligence in Design (MInD) Lab
School of Architecture and Built Environment
Faculty of Science Engineering & Built Environment Deakin University