8 things you didn’t know about Dr Leigh-Ellen Potter


Dr Leigh-Ellen Potter is a Lecturer at the School of Information and Communication Technology, Griffith University. Here are 8 things you may not have known about her:

1. Leigh-Ellen aspired to be an actress
‘Oh, I wanted to act!’ said Leigh-Ellen about her childhood career aspirations.  ‘I loved the theatre, and became involved in amateur theatre at an early age’.  So much so, her preferences for university were all theatre courses, with an IT course as the ‘just in case’ option.  Although Leigh-Ellen was accepted into the IT course and enjoyed a successful IT career, her passion for the theatre never waned. ‘I kept doing theatre even as my IT career grew, and ended up in stage management rather than acting.  I think that experience has been invaluable’ she said.

2. She is a lecturer in the School of ICT
Leigh-Ellen teaches User Interface Design, Industry Project, and Project Management in the Griffith University, Sciences Faculty.  She supervises a number of research students and is the team lead for the User and Societal Needs research group within the Institute for Integrated and Intelligent Systems (IIIS).  Leigh-Ellen also heads up the IDEA lab (Innovative Design and Emerging Applications), where she supervises ‘some truly talented people’ who are working with emerging technology.

3. Leigh-Ellen is involved in the development of technology that supports people
She is supervising a research project on the application of wearable technology to help motivate seniors to be more active.  ‘I’m also looking at different applications of augmented and virtual reality in the assistive technology space’ she said.

4. She has a passion for vintage clothes
Leigh-Ellen collects original clothing patterns from the 1920s to the 1950s. She sews new clothes from these original patterns.

5. The last book Leigh-Ellen was For Your Eyes Only by Ian Fleming
She plans on reading the collected works of Arthur Conan Doyle.

6. She can’t live without her iPad
‘It’s my connection to everything!’ explains Leigh-Ellen. ‘It’s small enough to be portable, large enough to be visually useful, and powerful enough to do everything I need’.

7. Her main source of research information doesn’t include academic journals. Wait, what?
‘I’m a little unusual’ said Leigh-Ellen. ‘My main source of research information starts with ‘loose’ resources such as blogs, wikis, tech magazines such as Wired, and so on’. She explains: ‘My current work with new and emerging technology means keeping up with the current progression of a particular technology, such as head-mounted VR displays, and that means more of the social side of the online world where people post about new gadgets or applications.  This technology can also be used in an enormous range of different industries and disciplines, so my academic reading is diverse’.

8. Information Services is ‘simply core’ to Leigh-Ellen’s work
‘Information Services supports the backbone of everything I do!’ said Leigh-Ellen.  ‘From the obvious practical side of things in terms of equipment and support, to the provision of information, to the support for my students, Information Services is simply core’.

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