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Colloquium - Fischer

Extending Boundaries of HCI with Meta-Design and Cultures of Participation
Department of Computer Science

Human-computer interaction (HCI) has refocused many research efforts within computer science from a technology-centered view to a human-centered view. The developments so far, however, have seen humans mostly as users and consumers rather than as active contributors and designers.

Meta-design and cultures of participation provide a conceptual framework that democratize design and allow all stakeholders to evolve systems to fit their needs. They are design approaches that allow all stakeholders to have more control over their artifacts and that provide opportunities to encourage and to support contributions by many people in personally meaningful activities. They establish a new extended discourse for HCI research in which information technologies are interwoven with human lives in all aspects of our existence (at home, working, teaching, learning, and being a citizen).

The presentation will also discuss to which extent meta-design and cultures of participation represent grand challenges for HCI research. A grand challenge defines a commitment by a scientific community (in this case: the HCI community) to work together towards a common goal -- valuable and achievable within a predicted timescale.

Sponsored by the Center for Lifelong Learning & Design.

Department of Computer Science
University of Colorado Boulder
Boulder, CO 80309-0430 USA
May 5, 2012 (14:13)