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Exploring the implications of design

On June 18th, over 200 attendees explored the theme, 'Design for Good', at the HCID Open Day 2019, a mini conference organised by the Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design at City, University of London.
by John Stevenson (Senior Communications Officer)

Close to 250 attendees attended the Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCID) Open Day 2019, a mini conference organised by City's Centre for Human-Computer Interaction Design on June 18th.

The Open Day's theme was 'Design for Good' and examined designing for inclusion, the moral implications of design, and ways in which design can be used to positively impact society.

The Centre for HCID selected the theme because it reflects the kind of work currently undertaken and the implication that all designers have the power to bring about positive change.

The Open Day explored a wide range of topics, beginning with the opening keynote address from Dr Daria Loi, Principal Engineer at Intel Labs, whose presentation was titled, 'Intelligent Systems for Ageing in Place'.

The Open Day was a platform for City's HCID researchers to showcase their research into practical applications of digital technology. 

From Dystopia to DMINR

Dr Simone Stumpf shared her findings in 'Developing a smart toolset to improve quality of life for people with dementia and Parkinson's disease'.

Dr Abi Roper gave insights into 'Designing for Users with language difficulties - Dos and Dont's', while PhD student Colin Porlezza and panel (Dr Glenda Cooper, Marisela Guiterrez Lopez, Sondess Missaoui, and Dr Andy McFarlane), chaired by Dr Stephann Makri, explored their study on journalism and artificial intelligence ('Journalism and AI: From Dystopia to DMINR').

Dr Alex Taylor took his audience on a deep dive into core concepts in user experience design and human-computer interaction such as human centredness, mediation and augmentation in 'Living a larger life together'. Dr Sara Heitlinger charted her 9-year participatory research journey with an urban farm.

There were several topical talks given by external speakers such as 'Apocalyptic Design: Exploring More Than Human Agency in Distributed Networks' (Chris Speed, University of Edinburgh) and 'Designing Technologies for Justice: Lessons from working with Third Sector Organisations' (Angelika Strohmayer, Newcastle/Swansea Universities).

The event was supported by Barclays and Virtusa XLabs.

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