Lecturer in Industrial Design and Researcher (Museums and Heritage) – CADET Virtual Reality Training and Simulation Research Lab
Dr Kaja Antlej is Lecturer in Industrial Design and CADET Virtual Reality Lab Researcher – Museums and Heritage at the School of Engineering, Deakin University, interested in human-centered design and digital heritage/virtual museums (design and evaluation). She has an MSc in Industrial Design (2008, 3D printing, 3D scanning and parametric design) and a PhD in Museum and Heritage Studies (2013, VR/AR, serious games and 3D printing for museum exhibitions), both from the University of Ljubljana. In 2015, Kaja completed her Endeavour Postdoctoral Research Fellowship at the Centre for Creative and Cultural Research, University of Canberra. She has been involved in NMC Horizon Reports (Museum Edition 2015, 2016), eCultValue (EC FP7), ViMM - Virtual Multimodal Museum TA2.2 (EC Horizon 2020) and DARIAH-EU Working Group Digital Practices for the Study of Urban Heritage – UDigiSH. Dr Antlej is one of the leading researchers of The Little L Project, a Mixed Reality experience of a small Victorian polar dinosaur, recently held at the National Wool Museum in Geelong. The project was featured as one of the case studies in the City of Greater Geelong’s successful application for the UNESCO City of Design, presented at the Melbourne Pavilion Shared Values exhibition during the Business of Design Week Hong Kong 2018, and partially featured at Science Museum Singapore. The project has been highly commended at MAGNA Museum and Galleries National Awards 2019 (Interpretation, Learning and Audience Engagement) and shortlisted for MAPDA Museums Australasia Multimedia & Publication Design Awards 2019 (Multimedia) by Australian Museums and Galleries Association; highly commended at the 2018 Victorian Museum Awards (Medium Museums), highly commended at the 2019 Municipal Association of Victoria Technology Awards for excellence (Collaboration or partnership achievement of the year). Kaja is a member of ICOM – International Council of Museums, AMaGA – Australian Museums and Galleries Association (AMaGA EVRNN – Evaluation and Visitor Research National Network), Interpret Europe – European Association for Heritage Interpretation, AAM – American Alliance of Museums, and VRARA – VR/AR Association (Joint Co-Leader of VRARA Asia Pacific Digital Heritage Community of Practice).