Research Fellow, Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces, University of Melbourne

Dr Niels Wouters is a Research Fellow and Digital Media Advisor at the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces and Science Gallery Melbourne. He investigates the democratic use of technology in public space and conducts design research to uncover design parameters that stimulate activation, participation and engagement with technology. Niels holds a PhD in Engineering: Architecture from the University of Leuven, an MSc in Architecture and a BSc in Computer Science.

His doctoral thesis, 'Contextualising Media Architecture' (2016), examined the architectural and social qualities of media facades and urban screens.


  • 2017–present
    Research fellow, University of Melbourne
  • –present
    Digital Media Specialist, University of Melbourne


  • 2016 
    University of Leuven, PhD Engineering: Architecture
  • 2011 
    University of Antwerp, MSc Architecture
  • 2005 
    University of Antwerp, BSc Computer Science