UID Research Talks

Previous Seminars


On putting 'the thing' into the internet of things.

May 17, 2016. Diane Michelfelder, Macalester College. UID Blue Room, 13.15.

The title of this talk may seem unusual, if not perplexing. After all, doesn't the Internet of Things have enough things already?  Drawing upon the work of thinkers as diverse as Albert Borgmann and Franco Berardi, I will make two passes at this question. The results will converge on the idea that we should just stop talking about the Internet of Things. This idea does not originate with me. What I hope to do here is to give some new, philosophical reasons for why it is a good idea, as well as to explore what a few of the implications for designing things might be. 





To do good/design

April 7, 2016. UID Auditorium, 10.00- 12.00.

A panel talk with Cameron Tonkinwise, Director of Design Studies, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University, Maria Hellström Reimer, Professor in design in theory and practice, Malmö Högskola and Tuuli Mattelmäki, Associate Professor, School of Art, Design and Architecture, Aalto University.



Design and agency in healthcare

March 15, 2016. UID Auditorium, 10.00-12.00.

Panel talk with Alastair Macdonald, professor at the School of Design, Glasgow School of Arts and Jodi Forlizzi, professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon Univeristy. Moderator: Erik Stolterman

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Jodi Forlizzi1Jodi Forlizzi is a Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and a CIO and Co-founder of Pratter, a health care startup.  Her research ranges from understanding the limits of human attention to understanding how products and services evoke social behavior. She designs and researches systems ranging from peripheral displays to social and assistive robots. Her current research interests include designing educational games that are engaging and effective, designing services that adapt to people's needs, and designing for healthcare. Jodi is a member of the Association for Computer Machinery Computer-Human Interaction Academy and has been honored by the Walter Reed Army Medical Center for excellence in design research. Jodi has consulted with Disney and General Motors to create innovative product-service systems.

MacdonaldAlastair Macdonald is a Professor and the Senior Researcher in the School of Design at the Glasgow School of Art. He heads a team of researchers and doctoral students with a focus on design-led research for age, health and care. His expertise is seen as integral, rather than consultative, to the make-up of multi-disciplinary research teams and his team's methods integrated into the design of the over-arching research methodologies used. Recent work encompasses end-of-life-care for dementia, countering malnutrition in older hospital patients, and visualization tools for use in stroke rehabilitation and infection prevention and control training within the UK's National Health Service. His approaches often subvert traditional healthcare hierarchies and processes enabling new voices to emerge to help shape the development of innovative interventions in these contexts where he is particularly interested in exploring and testing design's legitimacy and credibility.



Christopher Alexander, Between Love & Hate

October 2, 2016.
Lecture with Molly Wright Steenson, Associate professor at Carnegie Mellon's School of Design, Pittsburgh.   More information about this lecture»


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User-Centered Design: Past, Present, and Possible Futures

October 8, 2016. UID Auditorium.

A Conversation with  Elizabeth "Liz" Sanders, Associate Professor at the Design Department at The Ohio State University (OSU) and  Ron Wakkary, Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University (SFU).   More information about this lecture»


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