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Dr Michael Dickinson

Senior Lecturer- Design

School of Creative Industries (Design and Natural History Illustration)

Career Summary

Biography

Dr Michael Dickinson is Deputy Head of the School of Design, Communication and Information Technology at the University of Newcastle. His primary research interest centers on the relationship between design practice and design theory. He has also conducted research in the areas of industrial product design, glass materials processing, design for robotics, and the theoretical principles underpinning design. He has successfully secured funding for various research projects, including an ARC research grant for the development of photovoltaic energy-converting roof tiles. The aims of this project were two-fold; first to render theoretical ideas into testable principles, and second to transform ideas into realisable experiments, outcomes and commercial opportunities.

Prior to academia, Dr Dickinson began his career designing sets and special effects for television and film production. He then undertook commercial product design, working as part of a collective to design consumer products notably chairs and light fittings. His diverse and practice-oriented career has made him adept at finding design solutions to problems, which feeds into his teaching of studio and theory-based design courses. Dr Dickinson has lectured and supervised students at both undergraduate and RHD levels and has presented and exhibited both his design thinking and design practice at national and international forums.

Research Expertise

Design theory, design thinking, lean startups, photovoltaic research, product design, prototyping and design for manufacturing.

Teaching Expertise
Expertise in both studio and theory based teaching delivered to both undergraduate and post graduate students. Facilitation and delivery of technology transfer to industry.

Administrative Expertise
Deputy Head of School-- Assessed ARC grants, -- Head of Discipline for Visual Communications -- Student Academic Conduct Officer -- Program Converer -- Timetables -- Budgets

Qualifications

  • PhD (Design), University of Newcastle
  • Bachelor of Arts (Design), University of Technology Sydney
  • Master of Design (Honours), University of New South Wales

Keywords

  • Design

Fields of Research

Code Description Percentage
120399 Design Practice and Management not elsewhere classified 100

Professional Experience

UON Appointment

Title Organisation / Department
Senior Lecturer- Design University of Newcastle
School of Creative Industries
Australia
Senior Lecturer- Design University of Newcastle
School of Design Communication and IT
Australia

Academic appointment

Dates Title Organisation / Department
1/01/1994 - 1/01/2000 Lecturer The University of New South Wales
School of Design Studies
Australia
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Publications

For publications that are currently unpublished or in-press, details are shown in italics.


Journal article (1 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
1988 Dickinson M, Morris AS, 'CO-ORDINATE DETERMINATION AND PERFORMANCE ANALYSIS FOR ROBOT MANIPULATORS AND GUIDED VEHICLES.', IEE Proceedings A: Physical Science. Measurement and Instrumentation. Management and Education. Reviews, 135 95-98 (1988)

The paper describes a technique to determine and to track the three-dimensional 'world' coordinates of a point in space, relative to some defined datum. The work was ini... [more]

The paper describes a technique to determine and to track the three-dimensional 'world' coordinates of a point in space, relative to some defined datum. The work was initiated in order to track the location of a robot manipulator end effector, but has relevance to automatic guided vehicles and other applications. A prototype system has been built and evaluated, and has been used successfully to track the tip of a robot manipulator arm moving at velocities of up to 2 m/s within a working envelope consisting of a cube of side 2 m. Measurement resolution of 0. 5 mm was obtained, and a sampling rate of 300 Hz was achieved, by the use of real-time software within the measurement system. The coordinates and the velocity outputs are computed in only 1. 2 ms. The technique provides accurate tracking of end-effector position, which can be used both for evaluating the dynamic performance of existing controllers and for the synthesis of new forms of control.

Citations Scopus - 4

Conference (21 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2014 Rolla M, Pond D, Dickinson MR, 'Pencil to pixel: an exploration of drawing media choices for effective health promotion in an aged and dementia care creative activities program' (2014)
2013 Rolla M, Dickinson M, Pond D, 'Drawing Memories: An empowering and enjoyable aged care activity promoting confidence, independence and engagement.' (2013)
2013 Lawrence CL, Dickinson MR, 'Documenting Verbal Critiques in Design Education', Critique 2013 Conference Proceedings (2013) [E1]
Co-authors Chris Lawrence
2012 Dickinson MR, '9NI\VWRITING How making reflects the design of knowledge: or how making without knowledge creation can win the battle but lose the war.' (2012)
2009 Dickinson MR, Turner PD, 'Development of a biomimetic robotic bear: Or is a bare bear bearable?', ROBIO 2008 Proceedings (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/robio.2009.4912971
Citations Scopus - 2
2009 Turner PD, Dickinson MR, 'HyKim: Development of a robot bear: Bringing the strength and robustness of a bear's biomimetic features to a robot', ROBIO 2008 Proceedings (2009) [E1]
DOI 10.1109/robio.2009.4912972
Citations Scopus - 1
2009 Lee E, Dickinson M, 'Small scale crafting communities and collectives: Examining the practice of sustainable and ethical production and consumption in radical crafting groups in regional settings.' (2009)
2009 Dickinson M, 'And the text was with design: The third design in the D+EQ experiment.' (2009)
2008 Dickinson MR, 'Illuminating the experience of design through the unexpected: A lover, two lights and a murder', Designing Designers: Light as an Architectural Matter - Lighting Design: International Conference of University Courses in Design 2007 (2008) [E2]
2007 Dickinson MR, 'A re-assessment of design thinking through the experience of jury duty in a murder trial', ConnectED'07, International Conference of Design Education. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
2007 Lawrence CC, Dickinson MR, Chalup SK, 'Designing charm: Harnessing the affective power of form in robotic development', ConnectED'07, International Conference of Design Education. Proceedings (2007) [E1]
Co-authors Chris Lawrence, Stephan Chalup
2006 Chalup SK, Dickinson MR, Fisher RD, Middleton RH, Quinlan MJ, Turner PD, 'Proposal of a Kit-Style Robot as the New Standard Platform for the Four-Legged League', Proceedings of the 2006 Australasian Conference on Robotics & Automation (2006) [E1]
Citations Scopus - 1
Co-authors Richard Middleton, Stephan Chalup
2005 Dickinson MR, 'Design: a harnessing of unintelligible causes', Design Systems Evolution: EAD 06 (2005) [E1]
2004 Dickinson MR, 'Design scholarship: as we explore looking outwards to the theoretical principles and practice of other disciplines, is anyone looking at us?', Enhancing Curricula (2004) [E1]
2003 Dickinson MR, 'The 'story' as an alternative mechanism for revealing the silent language of objects', ACUADS Conference 2003 (2003) [E1]
2003 Eddison AJ, Dickinson MR, 'Design research and the five-legged dog', Doctoral Studies in Education and the Creative and Performing Arts - Program & Abstract Book (2003) [E2]
2003 Dickinson MR, 'Umm and the Matchbox 'The Object of Desire and the Desired Object'', International Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces dppi03 (2003) [E1]
2002 Dickinson MR, Clement CA, 'An Analysis of Developments Arising from Technology', Future History Papers (2002) [E2]
1991 Morris AS, Dickinson M, Zalzala AMS, 'Enhanced ultrasonic system for robot end effector tracking', IEE Conference Publication (1991)

At present, knowledge of robot end-effector position in world (spatial) coordinates is derived from measurements of robot joint positions, using the mathematical relationship betw... [more]

At present, knowledge of robot end-effector position in world (spatial) coordinates is derived from measurements of robot joint positions, using the mathematical relationship between joint and end-effector positions. The alternative solution proposed in this paper is the use of an ultrasonic position measurement and tracking system. In this system, ultrasonic receivers are mounted on the vehicle and rotated by a motor drive. Measurement of the phase differences between the signals received yields the range and bearing of the transmitter. However, measurement errors of 50mm were reported and computation times of 90ms per measurement were required, and hence such a system is unable to satisfy the current requirement.

Citations Scopus - 3
1989 Basarab-Horwath I, Dickinson M, 'Personal computer based statistical process control (PC-SPC) in a manufacturing environment', IEE Conference Publication (1989)

Statistical process control is the application of statistics to the monitoring and control of industrial processes. Measures of process variables are taken usually at regular inte... [more]

Statistical process control is the application of statistics to the monitoring and control of industrial processes. Measures of process variables are taken usually at regular intervals; these measures may be estimates of the value of the variable and the range of spread of the measure. Process trends can be observed; long term variation in the monitoring variable would indicate, for example, changes in process parameters while short term discontinuities could indicate changes in material quality. Statistical Process Control (SPC) techniques have recently become more important to industry, particularly with the increasing need to monitor processes in order to improve quality of the product, to reduce operating costs and to optimise the process. This paper considers the application of SPC techniques using a personal computer for data capture, processing and storage. It is the result of a study into the possible application of SPC to the manufacture of lamp caps.

1987 Dickinson M, 'PERSONAL COMPUTER-BASED DATA ACQUISITION SYSTEMS AND THEIR APPLICATION IN THE AUTOMOBILE INDUSTRY.', IEE Colloquium (Digest) (1987)

This paper shows how personal computer systems have been applied in one industry, and in each of three applications has provided essential quality control information, as well as ... [more]

This paper shows how personal computer systems have been applied in one industry, and in each of three applications has provided essential quality control information, as well as development capability for future improvement. The three applications considered are from the automobile industry, and in each the computer is used purely to monitor a process. The three applications are: overdrive clutch test rig, impact testing system for car bumpers, and road simulator. The paper shows how hardware is selected for the application, and the software may then be developed to produce appropriate output of data in an understandable form on suitable peripherals.

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Creative Work (6 outputs)

Year Citation Altmetrics Link
2015 Brooker CJ, Cross K, Minichiello M, Roxburgh M, Howells A, Atkins D, et al., Making it Known, http://www.making-it-known.com/catalogue/ (2015) [J2]
Co-authors Jane Shadbolt, Mario Minichiello, Caelli Brooker, Andrew Howells, Mark Roxburgh, Daniel Atkins
2015 Brooker C, Cross K, Making It Known, Curve Gallery (2015) [J2]
Co-authors Daniel Atkins, Andrew Howells, Mario Minichiello, Jane Shadbolt, Caelli Brooker, Mark Roxburgh
2009 Dickinson MR, The D+EQ experiment (2009)
2003 Dickinson MR, D: Brief - Rocketart Exhibition, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [J2]
2003 Dickinson MR, D: Brief - Intrados Exhibition, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [J2]
2003 Dickinson MR, D: Brief - Watt Space Exhibition, Newcastle, Australia (2003) [J2]
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Grants and Funding

Summary

Number of grants 11
Total funding $66,585

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20175 grants / $53,052

Zero Emissions Service Centre$33,052

Funding body: Global Innovation Fund

Funding body Global Innovation Fund
Project Team Professor Paul Dastoor, Doctor Benjamin Vaughan, Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Research Grant
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701087
Type Of Funding International - Non Competitive
Category 3IFB
UON Y

Research Consultancy$5,000

Funding body: Fuji Xerox Australia Pty Limited

Funding body Fuji Xerox Australia Pty Limited
Project Team Professor Paul Dastoor, Doctor Benjamin Vaughan, Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Small Research Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700849
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Research Consultancy$5,000

Funding body: CHEP

Funding body CHEP
Project Team Professor Paul Dastoor, Doctor Benjamin Vaughan, Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Small Research Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700916
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Research Consultancy$5,000

Funding body: Kissel & Wolf Pty Ltd

Funding body Kissel & Wolf Pty Ltd
Project Team Professor Paul Dastoor, Doctor Benjamin Vaughan, Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Small Research Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1700980
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

Small Research Consultancy$5,000

Funding body: Starleaton Digital Solutions

Funding body Starleaton Digital Solutions
Project Team Professor Paul Dastoor, Doctor Benjamin Vaughan, Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Small Research Consultancy
Role Investigator
Funding Start 2017
Funding Finish 2017
GNo G1701055
Type Of Funding Grant - Aust Non Government
Category 3AFG
UON Y

20081 grants / $2,500

IEEE ROBIO 2008 International conference on robotics and biominetics, Bangkok, Thailand, 14/12/2008 - 17/12/2008$2,500

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2008
Funding Finish 2008
GNo G0189672
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20071 grants / $1,700

Designing Designers 2007 International Convention of University Courses in Design, Milan Italy, 18/4/2007 - 23/4/2007$1,700

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2007
Funding Finish 2007
GNo G0187670
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20051 grants / $2,400

EAD06 design>system>evolution: 6th International Conference of the European Academy of Design, 29 - 31 March 2005, Germany$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2005
Funding Finish 2005
GNo G0185181
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20041 grants / $2,400

2nd International Conference CLTAD: Enhancing Curricula: Towards the Scholarship of Teaching in Art, Design and Communications, 15 - 16 April 2004, Spain$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2004
Funding Finish 2004
GNo G0183954
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20031 grants / $2,400

DPPI 03 International Conference on Designing pleasurable Products and Interfaces, Pittsburgh, PA, USA 23-26 June, 2003$2,400

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2003
Funding Finish 2003
GNo G0183044
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y

20021 grants / $2,133

'Future History'$2,133

Funding body: University of Newcastle

Funding body University of Newcastle
Project Team Doctor Michael Dickinson
Scheme Travel Grant
Role Lead
Funding Start 2002
Funding Finish 2002
GNo G0182548
Type Of Funding Internal
Category INTE
UON Y
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Research Supervision

Number of supervisions

Completed43
Current3

Total current UON EFTSL

PhD1.05

Current Supervision

Commenced Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2017 PhD Innovation and Entrepreneurial Activities in Startup Companies PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2014 PhD Representing the `Bushland Campus': Investigating Natural History Illustration Methodology to Develop a Bushland Chorography PhD (Natural History Illustr), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2012 PhD The Power of Drawing: Art for Health's Sake PhD (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor

Past Supervision

Year Level of Study Research Title Program Supervisor Type
2012 Masters The Relevance of the Graphic Novel as a Form of Visual Communication M Philosophy (Design), Faculty of Education and Arts, The University of Newcastle Principal Supervisor
2008 Masters Navigational System and Desktop Environment Design Within the Virtual Space M Design [R], Faculty of Science, The University of Newcastle Sole Supervisor
2006 Honours Naomi Ross Graphic design within government advertising Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Honours Mark Taggart Is typographic knowledge of any significance to a designer? Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Honours Kjetil Skaug The Muhammad cartoons: Understanding the controversy Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Honours Brooke Partridge How does the designer's unique identity affect the creative process? Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Honours Angela Vangelov Event design: An investigation into the relationship that exists between an event and its visual identity Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Honours Emily Quail An investigation into developing environmental awarness through advertising campaigns in Australia Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Unknown Nicole Leary How does the relationship between the graphic designer and thier client affect the design process Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Honours Abby Farmer Does culture jamming affect brand equity?: Asocially responsible design perspective Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2006 Honours Clare Gleeson How does graphic design create change in society? Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 Honours Felicity Moore Photography in the Digital Age: How good is a pixel anyway? Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 Honours Nicole Meikle, Illustration that draws fashion design Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 PhD Christopher Sutherland Interactive Design: analysing interactive multimedia and it's potential as a self-promotional medium. Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 Honours Peta Coulin Magazines: the role that design plays. Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 Honours Selina Wegener How design is changing to remain relevant in today's increasingly fast paced international marketplace Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 Honours Alanna Jang The role of the graphic designer in defining corporate identity Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 Honours Louise Osborn Does design study reflect design practice? Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2005 Honours Louis Shea Illustration and the digital revolution Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Ian Dowling Album cover design: the relationship between audio consumption and visual packaging. Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Stuart Baumann Design: art or science? Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Rachel Symons The practical acquisition and application of knowledge in the design layout of posters. Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Victoria Jean Bell Good and bad design; a journey of self discovery as a designer Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Ruwandi Perera Digital mayhem; typography in graphic design today. Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Peta Coulin Magazines: the role that design plays Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Jenny Drayton Use of colour in graphic design: colour psychology, connotations and effects. Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours the Simpsons: Why is it so successful? Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Therese Olsen The muse within: discovering the design process as a tool for planned creativity. Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2004 Honours Anthony Healey, Exploring the design of an interactive website Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Michael Widgery Interface design and its interactivity Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Rikki Gilbert Illustration and design: A study of examples of successful usage of illustration in answer to commercial design briefs Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Matt Mckey Why is japanese animation apealling to Australian youths? Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Adam Wilson Why are you telling me this: An investigation into what should be shown and said for a successful employment application in the Visual Communication Industry Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Lachlan Webb Rebels with a cause: The ethical struggle in design culture Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Daniel Massey The future of album cover design: Why downloadable music will make the internet the new cover Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Britt Katrin Voernes, Tuning in Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2003 Honours Shannon Harty What is cutting edge magazine design: A survey and analysis of the medium Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2002 Honours Jessica Mayhew An exploration of the impact on the film industry of stop-motion animation Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2002 Honours Leigh Pasfield 2D animation, a time and a place: Exploring the music video and the appropriate utilisation of 2D animation within the industry Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2002 Unknown Liam Hogan What are the implications of new technology for the graphic designer Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2002 Honours Katrina Ryl Why use motion graphics instead of traditional graphic design?: An analysis from an industry perspective Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2002 Honours Daniel Lynch Outlaw Art: Deconstructing Modern Graffiti Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
2002 Honours Jenny Lui Historical and modern attitudes of animation: From its marginalised status to its rise of popularity Graphic Arts & Design Studies, University of Newcastle Co-Supervisor
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Dr Michael Dickinson

Position

Senior Lecturer- Design
School of Creative Industries
Faculty of Education and Arts

Focus area

Design and Natural History Illustration

Contact Details

Email michael.dickinson@newcastle.edu.au
Phone (02) 4921 6397
Fax (02) 4921 8970

Office

Room D.2-04
Building Design
Location Callaghan
University Drive
Callaghan, NSW 2308
Australia
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