Slow Interaction Design

William Odom, Assistant Professor, SIAT, SFU

Mar 8 2017, 12:30 - 13:20 pm, SFU Surrey Room 5380

About the talk:


The convergence of social, cloud and mobile computing has created a world in which people generate, access, manipulate, and share personal digital data at larger scales and faster rates than ever before. From digital photo albums to online music streaming services, these new technologies have enabled people to create vast archives of virtual possessions that capture their life experiences. While these technological trends have created many opportunities, they also raise complex questions for the HCI community as we critically look to the future and consider their longer-term implications. As archives continue to grow, how will people live with their virtual possessions in ways that support their evolving practices, values, and understandings of self? How might people’s relations to digital data and the technologies that manifest them change over time? What kinds of qualities should designers consider in crafting a longer-term place for computational things in everyday life? In this talk I will draw on examples from my research to motivate these questions as a crucial research space for the HCI community. I will then give an overview of my recent and ongoing research-through-design projects themed around the concept of slow interaction design that demonstrate productive ways of grappling with these complex and emerging questions.


About Speaker:

William Odom is an Assistant Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology at Simon Fraser University in Vancouver, Canada. He leads a range of projects themed within slow interaction design, the growing digitization of people's possessions, and methods for nurturing and developing the practice of Research-through-Design. His work has received numerous best paper and honorable mention awards at ACM conferences including CHI, DIS, and Ubicomp, as well as a silver international design excellence award (IDEA) from the Industrial Designers Society of America. He holds a Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University, and was previously a Fulbright Scholar in Australia, a Banting Fellow in Canada, and a Design United Research Fellow in the Netherlands.

Crafting sustainable smart textile services

Kristi Kuusk, Assistant Professor, Estonian Academy of Arts

Mar 8 2017, 13:30 - 14:20 pm, SFU Surrey Room 5380

About the talk:

Can design process make technology more human while innovating crafts? Kristi will share her insights from working with smart textiles, where the hard technology meets soft textiles. She will explain the craft and sustainability qualities refined through her PhD research.

About Speaker:

Kristi Kuusk, Associate Professor at Estonian Academy of Arts, also works on bridging textiles and technology in smart textile projects at Spell disain. She is looking for new ways for textiles and fashion to be more sustainable through the implementation of technology. Her research on craftsmanship, smart textiles and sustainability resulted in a PhD thesis “Crafting sustainable smart textile services” presented in 2016 at Eindhoven University of Technology. Portfolio: