Associate Professor Ricardo Sosa - Postgraduate Programme Leader

Associate Professor

Email: ricardo@designcomputing.org

ORCID:
  https://orcid.org/0000-0002-3678-0702

Qualifications:

2005   PhD Design Computing, University of Sydney, Australia
1995   Industrial Design BA (Hons), Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana, Mexico

Biography:

Ricardo Sosa combines a creative background as an industrial designer with a passion for the systematic study of computational systems. He has been studying creativity and innovation principles through multi-agent social systems for the last twelve years and is also involved in the development of new methods and support systems for the fuzzy front-end of the design and innovation process. Currently, he is looking into the best facilitation practices for team ideation and for participatory decision making. He has extensive teaching experience across disciplines from first year undergraduate to postgraduate courses and research supervision. Ricardo partners with colleagues across disciplines including: robotics, social science, cognitive science, architecture, arts, engineering, business, public health, computer science, etc.

Research Areas:

  • Participatory creativity
  • Robots for Education
  • Creative teamwork
  • Design research
  • Computational social science

Research outputs:

Featured research outputs

  • Sosa Medina, R., & Connor, A. M. (2018). Innovation Teams and Organizational Creativity: Reasoning with Computational Simulations. She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation, 4(2). doi:10.1016/j.sheji.2018.03.004

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2018). Metrics to select design tasks in experimental creativity research. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science. doi:10.1177/0954406218778305

  • Sosa, R., Rojas, N., Gero, J. S., & Xu, Q. (2016). Visual divergence in humans and computers. Design Studies, 42. doi:10.1016/j.destud.2015.10.002

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2016). Computational modelling of teamwork in design. In P. Cash, T. Stanković, & M. Storga (Eds.), Experimental design research: Approaches, perspectives, applications (pp. 173-186). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-33781-4_10

  • Telenko, C., Sosa Medina, R., & Wood, K. L. (2016). Changing conversations and perceptions: The research and practice of design science. In A. Chakrabarti, & U. Lindemann (Eds.), Impact of design research on industrial practice (pp. 281-310). Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-19449-3

  • Tan, N., Rojas, N., Mohan, R. E., Kee, V., & Sosa, R. (2015). Nested reconfigurable robots: Theory, design, and realization. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 12(7). doi:10.5772/60507

  • Nansai, S., Rojas, N., Elara, M. R., Sosa, R., & Iwase, M. (2015). On a Jansen leg with multiple gait patterns for reconfigurable walking platforms. Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 7(3). doi:10.1177/1687814015573824

  • Sosa Medina, R., & Gero, J. S. (2015). Multi-dimensional creativity: A computational perspective. International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, 4(1). doi:10.1080/21650349.2015.1026941

Journal articles

  • Sosa Medina, R., & Connor, A. (2018). Innovation Teams and Organizational Creativity: Reasoning with Computational Simulations. She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics, and Innovation, 4(2), 151-170. doi:10.1016/j.sheji.2018.03.004

  • Sosa Medina, R., & Connor, A. M. (2018). Innovation Teams and Organizational Creativity: Reasoning with Computational Simulations. She Ji: The Journal of Design, Economics and Innovation, 4(2). doi:10.1016/j.sheji.2018.03.004

  • Connor, A. M., & Sosa Medina, R. (2018). The A-Z of Creative Technologies. EAI Endorsed Transactions on Creative Technologies, 18(15). doi:10.4108/eai.10-4-2018.154460

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2018). Metrics to select design tasks in experimental creativity research. Proceedings of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers, Part C: Journal of Mechanical Engineering Science. doi:10.1177/0954406218778305

  • Sosa Medina, R., Rojas, N., Gero, J. S., & Xu, Q. (2016). Visual divergence in humans and computers. Design Studies.

  • Sosa, R., Rojas, N., Gero, J. S., & Xu, Q. (2016). Visual divergence in humans and computers. Design Studies, 42. doi:10.1016/j.destud.2015.10.002

  • Sosa Medina, R., Toan, D., Pomponiu, V., Zheng, H., Zhao, C., Cheung, N. M., . . . Swetter, S. (2015). Designing a mobile imaging system for early melanoma detection. Journal of the American Academy of Dermatology, 72(5). doi:10.1016/j.jaad.2015.02.366

  • Mohan, R. E., Tan, N., Tjoelsen, K., & Sosa Medina, R. (2015). Designing the robot inclusive space challenge. Digital Communications and Networks, 1(4). doi:10.1016/j.dcan.2015.09.005

  • Tan, N., Rojas, N., Mohan, R. E., Kee, V., & Sosa, R. (2015). Nested reconfigurable robots: Theory, design, and realization. International Journal of Advanced Robotic Systems, 12(7). doi:10.5772/60507

  • Nansai, S., Rojas, N., Elara, M. R., Sosa, R., & Iwase, M. (2015). On a Jansen leg with multiple gait patterns for reconfigurable walking platforms. Advances in Mechanical Engineering, 7(3). doi:10.1177/1687814015573824

  • Sosa Medina, R., & Gero, J. S. (2015). Multi-dimensional creativity: A computational perspective. International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation, 4(1). doi:10.1080/21650349.2015.1026941

Creative works

Book chapters

  • Grocott, L., & Sosa Medina, R. (2018). The Contribution of Design in Interdisciplinary Collaborations: A framework for amplifying project-grounded research. In J. Oliver (Ed.), Associations: Creative Practice and Research. Melbourne: Melbourne University Press. Retrieved from https://www.mup.com.au/books/9780522869996-associations

  • Sosa Medina, R., Connor, A. M., & Corson, B. (2017). Framing creative problems. In C. Zhou (Ed.), Handbook of research on creative problem solving skills development in higher education (pp. 472-493). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0643-0.ch021

  • Connor, A. M., Sosa, R., Karmokar, S., Marks, S., Buxton, M., Gribble, A. M., . . . Foottit, J. (2016). Exposing core competencies for future creative technologists. In A. M. Connor, & S. Marks (Eds.), Creative technologies for multidisciplinary applications (pp. 377-397). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0016-2.ch015

  • Connor, A. M., Sosa, R., Marks, S., & Jackson, A. G. (2016). Problem solving at the edge of disciplines. In C. Zhou (Ed.), Handbook of research on creative problem-solving skill development in higher education (pp. 212-234). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. doi:10.4018/978-1-5225-0643-0.ch010

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2016). Computational modelling of teamwork in design. In P. Cash, T. Stanković, & M. Storga (Eds.), Experimental design research: Approaches, perspectives, applications (pp. 173-186). Springer International Publishing. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-33781-4_10

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2016). Simulación social multi-agentes para “bombear intuiciones” en el diseño. In F. J. Gutiérrez Ruiz, & J. Rodríguez Martínez (Eds.), Afinar la mirada del diseñador ante los escenarios de cambio. Mexico City: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana. Retrieved from http://www.evaluacion.azc.uam.mx/

  • Telenko, C., Sosa Medina, R., & Wood, K. L. (2016). Changing conversations and perceptions: The research and practice of design science. In A. Chakrabarti, & U. Lindemann (Eds.), Impact of design research on industrial practice (pp. 281-310). Switzerland: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-3-319-19449-3

  • Sosa Medina, R., Kiah Hwee, T., Mohan, R. E., & Tan, N. (2015). Analysing the innovation growth of robotic pets through patent data mining. In A. Chakrabarti (Ed.), ICoRD’15–Research into Design Across Boundaries Volume 2 (pp. 365-374). India: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-81-322-2229-3

  • Abbott, M. W. (2013). Foreword. In R. Scherman, C. Krageloh, & S. Nayar (Eds.), Walking the Talk: The 2012 Collection of Oral Presentations from the AUT School of Public Health and Psychosocial Studies (pp. ix). Auckland, New Zealand: AUT University.

Conference contributions

  • Sosa Medina, R., Vasconcelos, L. A., & Cardoso, C. C. (2018). Design briefs in creativity studies. In The Fifth International Conference on Design Creativity (pp. 403-410). Bath: Design Society. Retrieved from https://www.designsociety.org/

  • Sosa Medina, R., Montiel, M., Sandoval, E. B., & Mohan, R. E. (2018). Robot ergonomics: Towards human-centred and robot-inclusive design. In Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN Vol. 5 (pp. 2323-2334). Dubrovnik. doi:10.21278/idc.2018.0137

  • Sosa Medina, R., Gerrard, V., Esparza, A., Torres, R., & Napper, R. (2018). Data objects: Design principles for data physicalisation. In Proceedings of International Design Conference, DESIGN Vol. 4 (pp. 1685-1696). Dubrovnik. doi:10.21278/idc.2018.0125

  • Sandoval, E., Sosa Medina, R., & Montiel, M. (2018). Robot-Ergonomics: A Proposal for a Framework in HRI. In HRI '18 Companion of the 2018 ACM/IEEE International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (pp. 233-234). Chicago, IL: Association for Computing Machinery. doi:10.1145/3173386.3177056

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2017). Conductividad creativa en el diseño. In 3er Coloquio “Las transformaciones del diseño desde sus evidencias”. Departamento de Teoría y Procesos del Diseño: Universidad Autonoma Metropolitana Cuajimalpa. Retrieved from https://www.facebook.com/EDCUlab-463190087160872/

  • Sosa Medina, R., Torres, R., Cervera, F., & "O", R. (2016). Eliciting creative views of Tertiary Education through speculative future scenarios: Robot “O”. In TERNZ Conference 2016. Dunedin. Retrieved from http://www.herdsa.org.nz/ternz/2016/

  • Sosa Medina, R., Rive, P., & Connor, A. M. (2016). 60 years of creativity in business organizations. In DRS2016 Proceedings (pp. 12 pages). Brighton. Retrieved from http://www.drs2016.org/286

  • Kruse, J., Sosa, R., & Connor, A. M. (2016). Procedural urban environments for FPS games. In ACSW '16 Proceedings of the Australasian Computer Science Week Multiconference. Canberra: ACM. doi:10.1145/2843043.2843479

  • Sosa, R., & Connor, A. M. (2015). !orthodoxies in multidisciplinary design-oriented degree programmes. In Interplay 2015. Brisbane. Retrieved from http://iasdr2015.com/

  • Sosa Medina, R., & Connor, A. M. (2015). A computational intuition pump to examine group creativity: building on the ideas of others. In Interplay 2015. . Retrieved from http://iasdr2015.com/

  • Tan, N., Mohan, R. E., Wong, Y. Y., & Sosa Medina, R. (2015). Robot ergonomics: A case study of chair design for Roomba. In RO-MAN 2015: 24th IEEE International Symposium on Robot and Human Interactive Communication: Symposium digest (pp. 246-251). Kobe: IEEE. doi:10.1109/ROMAN.2015.7333566

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2015). Creativity across Disciplines. In Tertiary Education Research in New Zealand. Auckland: HERDSA. Retrieved from https://www.openconf.org/

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2015). Analogies Drive Abduction: The Logic of Innovation. In Interplay 2015. . Retrieved from http://iasdr2015.com/the-congress/

  • Sosa Medina, R. (2015). Beyond “Design Thinking”. In International Association of Societies of Design Research 2015. . Retrieved from http://iasdr2015.com/the-congress/

  • Sosa Medina, R., Chen Zhao, J., Cheung, N. M., & Chin-Ing Koh, D. (2015). Design self-diagnosis applications for non-patients. In Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (pp. 1433-1438). : Association for Computing Machinery. doi:10.1145/2702613.2732865

  • Sosa Medina, R., Lee, J. B., Albarran, D., & Otto, K. (2015). From concept to specification maintaining early design intent. In ICoRD’15 – Research into Design Across Boundaries Volume 2 Vol. 35 (pp. 445-457). Bangalore: Springer. doi:10.1007/978-81-322-2229-3

  • Gerrard, V., & Sosa Medina, R. (2014). Examining participation. In PDC 2014, Reflecting connectedness: Proceedings of the 13th Participatory Design Conference, Volume 1: Research papers Vol. 1 (pp. 111-120). Windhoek: ACM. doi:10.1145/2661435.2661451

  • Nejati, H., Cheung, N. M., Sosa, R., & Koh, D. C. I. (2014). DeepCAPTCHA: An image CAPTCHA based on depth perception. In Proceedings of the 5th ACM Multimedia Systems Conference (MMSys '14) (pp. 81-90). Singapore: ACM. doi:10.1145/2557642.2557653

  • Kee, V., Rojas, N., Elara, M. R., & Sosa, R. (2014). Hinged-Tetro: A self-reconfigurable module for nested reconfiguration. In IEEE/ASME International Conference on Advanced Intelligent Mechatronics, AIM (pp. 1539-1546). : Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers Inc.. doi:10.1109/AIM.2014.6878302

  • Mohan, R. E., Rojas, N., Seah, S., & Sosa, R. (2013). Design principles for robot inclusive spaces. In Proceedings of the International Conference on Engineering Design, ICED Vol. 4 DS75-04 (pp. 239-248). .

  • Argotte, L., Mejía-Lavalle, M., & Sosa, R. (2009). Business intelligence and energy markets: A survey. In 2009 15th International Conference on Intelligent System Applications to Power Systems, ISAP '09. Curitiba. doi:10.1109/ISAP.2009.5352918

  • Gervás, P., Perez Y Pérez, R., Sosa, R., & Lemaitre, C. (2007). On the fly collaborative story-telling: Revising contributions to match a shared partial story line. In Proceedings of the 4th International Joint Workshop on Computational Creativity (pp. 13-20). London. Retrieved from http://computationalcreativity.net/ijwcc07/index.html

Oral presentations

Other outputs

  • McMahon, C., Lindemann, U., Gero, J. S., Leifer, L., Steinert, M., Edmonds, E., . . . Howard, T. J. (2013). Perspectives on design creativity and innovation research. In International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation (Iss. 1). doi:10.1080/21650349.2013.754657

Awards:

  • Distinguished Article 2016: International Journal of Design Creativity and Innovation
  • National System of Research (Mexico), SNI-Conacyt (Level 1, 2018)
  • Dean’s Award for Research Excellence, DCT Faculty, AUT, 2016.
  • Senior Fellow, Higher Education Academy, UK, 2015. 
  • National System of Research (Mexico), SNI-Conacyt, 2008–2011.
  • The Alumni Distinguished Graduate Teaching Award, May and Dec 2010.
  • The Alumni Distinguished Undergraduate Teaching Award, May 2009 and Dec 2010.
  • IPRS Scholarship, Commonwealth Department of Education, Training and Youth Affairs, Australia (2000 – 2004).
  • IPA Scholarship: The University of Sydney, Australia (2000 – 2004).
  • University Merit Medal, Autonomous Metropolitan University 1996.