Melissa is a consultant on sustainable and responsible technology design and an International Advisory Board Member for the ARC Centre of Excellence for Automated Decision-Making & Society (ADM+S). She is also a visiting Professor at RMIT focusing on accelerating research and Asia-Pacific partnerships on electronics repair, reuse and circular economy, in addition to training and consulting on Sustainable and Responsible AI.
For the past decade, Melissa led User Experience Research in the Client Computing Group at Intel, driving a range of product initiatives including the research that launched Intel EVO laptops. Most recently she was a Senior Principal Engineer in User Experience and founder of the Sustainability Strategy Office in the Software and Advanced Technology Group. She has an international reputation for her research in the area of technology, work and human factors.
Prior to joining Intel, she was on faculty in the Department of Gender and Cultural Studies at the University of Sydney (2009-12) following successive postdoctoral fellowships at the Center for Critical and Cultural Studies, University of Queensland (2004-8). Her publications include Work’s Intimacy (Polity 2011), The Affect Theory Reader (co-edited with Gregory J. Seigworth, Duke 2010), Cultural Studies’ Affective Voices (Palgrave 2006), and Willunga Connects: A baseline study of pre-NBN Willunga (2011).
Melissa will be joining Malavika Jayaram and Dr Lyndon Ormond-Parker in a keynote conversation, Between Humans and Machines: old questions, new challenges.