about me [ download c.v.]


Tuck Wah, LEONG
place of birth: Ipoh, Malaysia
nationality: Australian
current location: Sydney, Australia



Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI): The University of Melbourne
Thesis: Understanding the Experience of Serendipity when Interacting with Personal Digital Content
Supervisors: Professor Steve Howard & Assoc. Prof. Frank Vetere
Thesis examiners: Professor Kristina Höök and Professor Kees Overbeeke

Master of Multimedia: Swinburne University
Graduate Diploma Education: The University of Melbourne
Bachelor of Science (Hons) Immunology: Monash University
ARCM: Royal College of Music
LRCM: Royal College of Music


Oct 2012 - present
Faculty of Engineering and IT (FEIT), University of Technology, Sydney (UTS), Australia

Program Coordinator for Games, Multimedia and HCI

Director of the Interaction Design and Human Practice lab at the School of Software

Technology Design lead for the Centre of Indigenous Technology Research and Development

Strategic User Experience Advisor to the IT Division at UTS


2010 to Sep 2012

Senior Researcher at the Culture Lab Newcastle, Newcastle University involved in the SiDE hub


Post Doctoral researcher/lecturer at the Digital Urban Living (DUL) group at Aarhus University, Denmark


Associate Lecturer (and later PhD student) at the Dept. Computing & Information Systems, University of Melbourne, Australia.


Previous (major) incarnations
immunology researcher
lecturer-in-charge, subject coordinator, , associate lecturer
high school teacher (biology, music, indonesian language)
shoe designer
piano teacher

choral conductor, composer, arranger


grants & awards


2016 UTS Learning and Teaching Citation for Facilitating authentic learning experiences for Interaction Design students with an emphasis on developing well-rounded IT professionals who can design useful, usable and thoughtful technologies

2016 New South Wales Premier’s Award for Outstanding Cancer Research


  • Discovery Indigenous ARC research grant IN170100030 #thismymob: Digital Land Rights and Reconnecting Indigenous Communities with Associate Professor Christopher Lawrence
  • 2016 Cancer Institute New South Wales - Deep learning of complex genomics data for effective clinical decisions ($150,000 from NSW Govt and Cancer Institute NSW)
  • 2016 Faculty of Engineering and IT Teaching & Learning grant ($7,000)



University of Technology, Sydney (UTS)

Successfully leading the proposal and design a new Master of Interaction Design major for FEIT at UTS

Successfully leading the proposing and design a new Interaction Design major for undergraduate IT students at UTS

Leading the Persona Project for the IT Division at UTS

Lead researchers of a longitudinal study of first year students' experiences of digital systems at UTS

Conducting Human-Centred Design training for IT staff

Organising internships for Interaction Design students

Steering committee of Disruptive Design lab for the Faculty of Engineering and IT

Consultant to the UTS Research Portal Development team



Editorial board of Digital Creativity Journal



Sub-Committee Chair for Experience DIS 2016

Chair OzCHI 2014

Workshops Jury /Program Committee CHI 2013

Doctoral Consortium Chair OzCHI 2013

Doctoral Consortium respondent OzCHI 2012

Programme Committe PDC 2016

Organising Committee DIS 2012

Alt-HCI chair British HCI 2011

SigCHI 2012



  • Panel member for UTS forum on The Human Face of Big Data
  • Regular guest lecturer , University of York, UK
  • Assisting in organizing Interaction Tyneside, a regular forum for talks regarding HCI and related fields in UK's Northeast region
  • Organizer of the IDG seminar series 2007-2008
  • Guest lecturer on User-Experience research to students from the University of Melbourne as well as to Industrial Design staff and students at RMIT.
  • External assessor for Industrial Design students at RMIT






ACM (Association for Computing Machinery)

CHISIG (Computer-Human Interaction Special Interest Group)

APRA (The Australasian Performing Right Association)

AMCOS (The Australasian Mechanical Copyright Owners Society)



Dr Tuck Wah Leong
School of Software, UTS

Building 11, Lvl 7, Rm 115

81 Broadway, Ultimo 2008

New South Wales, Australia


email: tuckwah[dot]leong[at]uts[dot]edu[dot]au

work tel: +61 (0) 29514 1825

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