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Stephen J. Wang
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Stephen J. Wang


MDes Scheme Leader, Specialism Leader of MDes (Intelligent Systems Design), Director, Research Centre of Future (Caring) Mobility, Postgraduate Programme Committee Chairman

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  • Expertise: Innovative Design, Design Intelligence, Interaction Design, UX Design and Industrial Design


Prof. Stephen J. Wang (PhD MA M.Eng BA, SFHEA) is Full Professor in UX Design & Design Intelligence at School of Design and Scheme Leader of Master of Design. He is currently appointed as Distinguished Visiting Professor of Tsinghua University (The Future Lab).

Before these roles, Stephen was the joint Head of MA/MSc Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) and MA/MSc Global Innovation Design (GID) programmes at Royal College of Art, which were delivered jointly with Imperial College London; and the RCA Director of RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab, London.

Before the RCA, Stephen was Senior Lecturer and the Program Director of Interaction Design in the Department of Design and Founding Director of the Monash, Tsinghua and Zokei University joint laboratory the International Tangible Interaction Design Lab. He has a PhD in Architecture Design from Tokyo University of the Arts (Geidai), an MA in Interaction Design from Tama Art University, Tokyo, an MEng in Simulation Technology from the Royal Melbourne Institution of Technology, Melbourne, and a BA in Industrial Design from the Academy of Arts & Design, Tsinghua University, Beijing.

Before working at Monash University, Stephen was a Professor at Tokyo Zokei University, Japan, Senior Lecturer at the Swinburne University of Technology, Australia and a professional designer at several design consulting firms. His design practice focuses on innovation in interactive installations, interactive controlling systems and informational products.

The focus of Stephen’s research and practise is the exploration of new design methods, technology possibilities and related curriculum development in the field of innovative design. In recent years, he has published peer-reviewed papers in journals including Material Horizons and PLOS ONE, patents, book chapters and authored academic books with Springer and Tsinghua University Press. As an experienced interaction and industrial designer, he has been involved in commercial product development, led major research projects and exhibited across Australia, China and Japan.

Stephen is currently the International Editorial Board Member of Archives of Design Research (Q1), and International Editor and Editorial Board Member of the Journal of Zhuangshi (Tsinghua University Press).

Education and Academic Qualifications

  • Senior Fellowship, The Higher Education Academy, UK
  • PhD in Architecture, Tokyo University of Fine Arts, Japan
  • M.Eng. in Computing Engineering (Simulation Technology), Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology University, Australia
  • M.A. in Interaction Design, Tama Art University, Japan
  • B.A., Industrial Design, Tsinghua University, China

Professional Qualifications

1 Jul 2012 → … Level 2 MIGR Supervision Membership, Level 2 MIGR Supervision Membership

1 Aug 2010 → … Level 1 MIGR Supervision Membership, Level 1 MIGR Supervision Membership

Academic and Professional Experience

  • Joint head of programme, Innovation Design Engineering (IDE) & Global Innovation Design (GID), Royal College of Art , London
  • RCA Director, RCA-IIS Tokyo Design Lab, London
  • Founding Director, International Tangible Interaction Design Lab (ITID-Lab)  (till today)
  • Senior Lecturer & Program Director, Mater of Interaction Design, MADA, Monash University, Melbourne
  • Professor, Leader of the Interaction Design Stream at Tokyo Zokei University, Tokyo

Teaching Area

  • Interaction Design
  • UX Design and Intelligent Systems
  • Design Studios



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