Associate Professor Ricardo Sosa - Postgraduate Programme Leader

Associate Professor




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


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:


  • 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.