I am doing my PhD part-time (while working at SEEK, because I'm insane) with the Microsoft Research Centre for Social Natural User Interfaces at the University of Melbourne. The official project website is http://socialnui.unimelb.edu.au/research/insertables/ 

My research looks at insertables: devices that go within the human body for non-medical purposes. We coin, and define, insertables as below:

Insertables  (ɪnˈsəːtɪəb(ə)l/) - N

Devices that go in, though and underneath the skin. This includes devices that an individual can insert and remove themselves and those that must be inserted by a trained professional.



Superhuman Abilities Could Lurk Under your Skin
University of Melbourne PURSUIT

Preliminary findings at The University of Melbourne CIS Doctoral Consortium 2015 - 10 interviews in. View full size poster here.



Researching Human Enhancement: Life of Cyborgs

Sparky Thoughts

17th October 2018

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This woman is living with wearable technology under her skin


13 March 2018

(No video available)

ABC The Drum

Hosted by Julia Baird

3 August 2017


Weekend Sunrise

Would you get a microchip? 

Weekend Sunrise

4 November 2017

(No video avaialble)

National Nine News (Channel 9/WIN)

Peter Hitchener & Laura Spurway

27 July 2015

Radio & podcasts


When high tech gets under your skin

The Signal - ABC

28th August 2018

WA Afternoons

ABC Radio Perth

20th June 2018


ABC Radio Brisbane

22nd March 2018 

All Day Breakfast with Red Symons

774 ABC Melbourne

27th Sept 2017

Audio not available.

Mornings with Leon Compton

ABC Northern Tasmania

Audio not available. 

Saturday Breakfast with Hilary Harper

ABC Melbourne

1st July 2017

Parallel Line with Sara Savage

102.7 RRR FM

12th April 2017

Dangerous Minds Podcast with c00p3r, Cur50r and Damien

25th December 2016

Listen on the UXPod website here 

Machine I: An Interview with Kayla Heffernan

UXPod Podcast with Gerry Gaffney

14th July 2016

Byte in IT with Vanessa Toholka

102.7 RRR FM

4th May 2016

All Day Breakfast with Red Symons

774 ABC Melbourne

16th Feb 2016

Morning's with Ali Clark

891 ABC Adelaide

16th Feb 2016

Mitchell's Front Page with Mitchell Dye

94.7 The Pulse

15th Feb 2016

No audio preview 

How to really get under someone's skin

Future Tense with Antony Funnell



Newspapers & Blogs


X-ray of Shanti Korporaal's microchip implants

X-ray of Shanti Korporaal's microchip implants


Greek Newspaper

21st May 2018

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Microchip in hand



Media Continues to Push Chipping

Tru News

1 November 2017

No more keys or cards? Technology goes under the skin

The University of Melbourne Press Release 

15th 6 2016



Insertables: You put what where?

BuzzConf Night

November 2017

Insertables talk

BuzzConf Meetup

April 2017

Military Insertables: Lessons from Civilian Use.

Ninth Workshop on the Social Implications of National Security 2016. "The Socio-ethical Implications of Implantables in the Military Sector".

June 2016

You Put What, Where? Hobbyist Use of Insertable Devices.

CHI 2016 San Jose

May 2016


Insertables from my blog