Stefan Lie is an industrial designer whose work in practice, postgraduate study and academic research has led to a focus on interaction design for physical products. At UTS he lectures in the Integrated Product Design program, and is continuing his postgraduate research in Interaction Design.
His research lies in the ways that new manufacturing methods, such as 3D printing, enable interactive products to be manufactured in very low volumes for specific applications. He investigates the development of new design methodologies that will lead to such outcomes.
Stefan completed his Master’s by research thesis in his case study for a joint project between UTS and the Roads and Maritime Services (RMS) of NSW titled “A cooperative design approach to the design of interactive devices for small, specialised user groups”. The project was the design, development and implementation of an Operator Control Unit for a semi-autonomous robot.
In 2012-2014, Stefan was research associate with the Centre for Autonomous Systems in the UTS Faculty of Engineering and Information Technology. He was part of a product development team that researches, develops and implements digitally interactive medical devices for aged-care practice.
Stefan continues his creative work in furniture such as the Ribs Bench and in designed objects such as the Fukidashi Box and Origami Slipper.