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Seminars in Human-Computer Interaction

Welcome to a series of research seminars from the opponent and members of the examination committee for Elina Eriksson's PhD dissertation - Associate professor Netta Iivari, Professor Liam Bannon, Assoc. Professor Tone Bratteteig & Professor Torkil Clemmensen.

Time: Fri 2013-02-08 10.00 - 12.00

Location: VIC - Visualiseringsstudion, Lindstedtsvägen 3, floor 4 (follow the signs)

10.00 "Integrating childrenʼs voices into IT design discourse"
Netta Iivari, University of Oulu, Finland

Children are an information technology user group growing in significance. The importance of involving them in IT development has been acknowledged decades ago and a number of methods for involving them have been devised. However, there is a lack of research examining what happens to children’s voices, when integrated with actual development. This talk will briefly introduce research on interaction design and children as well as some experiences gained when trying to integrate children into IT development process. The role of Human Computer Interaction professionals will be emphasized. In addition, a discourse-oriented approach to IT development will be introduced.

10.30 "In search of Human-Centred Design"
Liam Bannon, University of Limerick, Ireland
In recent years, usage of the term "human-centred design" (HCD) has become more commonplace in the HCI and Interaction Design communities. Yet, what exactly is HCD? Is it something new? How is it different from other concepts such as User-Centred Design (UCD)? And, finally, does it really matter what labels we use? In this short presentation, I'll outline a position on these issues which hopefully might enlighten the recent debate about these concepts.

11.00 "Sociomaterial entanglements -- what are they and how to address them"
Tone Bratteteig, University of Oslo, Norway
The notion of “sociomaterial entanglements” has been suggested as a way to talk about the mutual constitution of technologies, people and organizations (Orlikowski). I will talk about how we use this notion to describe how citizens experience a public service and how the public service workers help the citizens. We have found different degrees of entanglements where some can be disentangled into its constituents and give the citizen some space for action. The talk will discuss how we can describe the ways technical, organizational, institutional, cultural or social issues are entangled and how we can design and make space for change in such sociomaterial wholes.

11.30 ”Human Work Interation Design”
Torkil Clemmensen, Copenhagen Business School, Denmark
Combining interaction design with work analysis while taking broad social, cultural, organizational and technical contexts into consideration is something HCI is not always strong at. In this short talk, I will introduce a Human Work Interaction Design approach to connecting interaction design and UX with empirical work analysis. I hope to initiate a discussion about how such a HWID framework can be used in descriptive, normative and critical HCI research.

A warm welcome from Jan Gulliksen and Ann Lantz