The Australian Computer Society (ACS) made me a fellow for “a sustained and distinguished contribution to the field of computer science. Foth is the international thought leader who coined the term urban informatics – now adopted by universities and industry worldwide. Foth’s work makes clear how academic research can successfully respond to societal challenges.”
I received a Young Tall Poppy Science Award 2013 recognising Queensland’s best scientists, combining world-class research with a passionate commitment to communicating science.
In addition to previous QUT Vice-Chancellor’s Performance Awards in 2007 and 2008 for my research work “in recognition of a significant and superior contribution to the work of the University,” I received a team-based VC Performance Award in 2012 for the outstanding research performance of the Urban Informatics Research Lab under my direction and leadership.
For Discussions in Space, my lab has been recognised twice as the 2012 iAwards Queensland State and National Merit Recipient in the Research & Development category. Developed by my PhD student (and now DECRA recipient) Dr Ronald Schroeter, Discussions in Space is a hybrid mobile phone and public screen application that allows passersby to contribute content via SMS or tweets. Developed as part of my ARC Linkage LP0776341 with Brisbane City Council, it has now been used successfully in a variety of other contexts. In collaboration with Federation Square Melbourne, it forms part of their regular programming of their iconic big screen and engages with visitors during events such as Oprah’s visit, New Year’s Eve, Cadel Evans’ 2011 Tour de France victory parade, and the Queen’s Royal Visit.
In 2011, I was inducted by the planning, design and development site Planetizen to the world’s top 25 leading thinkers and innovators in the field of urban planning and technology.