ECCE 2017 - Keynote Speakers

Designing with the Body - Somaesthetic Interaction Design, Professor Kia Höök from Royal Institute of Technology, Sweden 

Abstract: The existing design methods for web and mobile apps design are successfully addressing and emphasising symbolic, language-oriented and predominantly visual interactions. This stands in stark contrast to the methods employed by those who successfully address and design for movement-based interactions. The difference entails a qualitative shift from a predominantly symbolic, language-oriented stance, to an experiential, felt, aesthetic stance permeating the whole design and use cycle.

Somaesthetic theory by the philosopher Richard Shusterman provides the necessary theoretical underpinnings to explain and support this shift. In a somaesthetically-oriented design processes we engage with the aesthetics of our somas – our bodies, our subjective experiences, feelings, values, meaning-making and movement-based engagements – transforming, altering, and sometimes heightening the experience of ourselves, creating for novel movement patterns. The designer’s lived body becomes a resource in the design process. Somaesthetic engagement may provide for an “awakening” from the mindless, joyless everyday habitual movements we otherwise engage with.

Bio: Kristina Höök is a professor in Interaction Design at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) and also works part-time at SICS (Swedish Institute of Computer Science). She is the director of the Mobile Life centre. Höök has published numerous journal papers, books and book chapters, and conference papers in highly renowned venues. A frequent keynote speaker, she is known for her work on social navigation, seamfulness, mobile services, affective interaction and lately, designing for bodily engagement in interaction through a somaesthetics focus. Her competence lies mainly in interaction design and user studies helping to form design.  She has obtained numerous national and international grants, awards, and fellowships including the Cor Baayen Fellowship by ERCIM (European Research Consortium for Informatics and Mathematics), the INGVAR award and she is an ACM Distinguished Scientist.

Making the invisible visible again - toward intelligible interfaces for all, Associate Professor Kris Luyten from Hasselt University, Belgium. 

Abstract:The emerging trend of Internet of Things (IoT) refers to networks of physical objects with autonomous processing capability and various sensors. The number and diversity of IoT objects in our daily environments, and their complex processing and communication capabilities, makes taking control over IoT objects and applications an overwhelming task for end-users. This is reinforced by the fact that IoT objects and applications often aim to be invisible, with autonomous, context-aware and smart behavior. We explore solutions that allow end-users to enforce and create intelligible IoT objects and applications, by using new tools, design concepts and even by fabricating or adapting physical interfaces that serve as a front-end.

Bio: Kris Luyten is an associate professor in Computer Science at Hasselt University and member of the Human-Computer Interaction lab of the research institute Expertise Centre for Digital Media. His original, and still ongoing, research interest is finding new techniques and methods to engineer and use context-aware interactive systems. Since a few years, he is working within and with his team on various aspects of creating more accessible, usable and approachable ubiquitous systems. Intelligibility is among the core interface concepts that is explored for this purpose. 

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