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 and trans-disciplinary 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, Smart Urban Ecosystems, Information Technology, Design Innovation and Circular Economy. We explore the potential of socio-technical, socio-ecological, socio-spatial and socio-economic systems to create more agile, sustainable and adaptive solutions for the 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).

Our Expertise


We explore the dynamic relationship between people and buildings, enhancing user experience and well-being through advanced technologies, spatial design, and human-centered approaches.


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.


Through the adoption of circular economy principles, we investigate systemic approaches, tools, designs and technologies to aid the socio-technical, socio-ecological, socio-spatial and socio-economic transition of urban ecosystems 


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

Director of MindLab keynote speaker at MSTAS 2022 in Turkey

Professor Tuba Kocaturk, director of MindLab, was invited to serve as a keynote speaker at[…]

Call for papers on Circular Economy and Built Environment

Director and deputy director of the MindLab, Prof Tuba Kocaturk and A/Prof M. Reza Hosseini,[…]

New Generation Emerging Technologies Graduate Program

Joint grant application to CSIRO New Generation Emerging Technologies Graduate Program, developed collaboratively between Deakin’s[…]

A Spatially Intelligent Arts Centre at Geelong Design Week 2022

A Spatially Intelligent Arts Centre will explore novel approaches and applications to change an Art Centre[…]

Our Projects

A Spatially Intelligent Arts Centre

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Recycling construction demolition waste to manufacture sustainable bricks

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(In)tangible Heritage of Greater Geelong: Public City Space as Virtual Museum

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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 ➜
European Design Network (EDN)

European Design Network ➜

Our Team

Dr. M. Reza Hosseini

Associate Member

Dr. Igor Martek

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Rui Wang

Senior Research Scientist (CSIRO)

Soheila Ghafoor

PhD Student

Angad Nayyar

PhD Student

Dr. Md Mizanur Rashid

Senior Lecturer

Dr. John Rollo

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Yolanda Esteban

Senior Lecturer

Dr. Beau B Beza

Associate Head of School T&L

Dr. Anastasia Globa

Associate Member

In Media

Australia’s Science

Design Week 2022

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