Judith S. Olson
Donald Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences
Bren School of Information and Computer Science,
Paul Merage School of Business, and
School of Social Ecology
University of California at Irvine
Date: Monday, April 6th
Time: 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM
Having been in the field of HCI for a long time, I have noted a number of topics that we haven’t addressed yet, ones I think are ripe for exploration. After reviewing these, I noticed that one of them is one I know something about, but haven’t put into words. Social ergonomics. According to the International Ergonomics Association, ergonomics “is the scientific discipline concerned with designing according to human needs, and the profession that applies theory, principles, data and methods to design in order to optimize human well-being and overall system performance.” There is physical ergonomics, having to do with design of workplaces, and cognitive ergonomics, having to do with design of systems and tasks that do not overstress the cognitive limits of workers/users. I think it’s time to study social ergonomics as the design of workplaces and systems that fit the natural social capabilities and inclinations of workers/users. I review some of the highlights of what is known about natural social capabilities and inclinations, and then show how they play out in both “radically collocated” teamwork and remote teamwork. I finish with a set of guidelines for everyone to use when having to work either collocated or remotely.
Judith Olson holds the Donald Bren Interdisciplinary Chair of Information and Computer Sciences in the Department of Informatics, the Merage School of Business and the School of Social Ecology at the University of California at Irvine. Prior to this she was the Richard Pew Professor of Human Computer Interaction at the School of Information and the Ross School of Business and the Department of Psychology at the University of Michigan. Her research has spanned cognitive modeling, studies of group use of a shared editor and electronic whiteboards, field studies of teamwork both collocated and remote, laboratory studies of the value of video for productivity and trust building, and organizational simulations of remote work, and agent base models of in-group behavior. She was in the initial class of inductees to the CHI Academy, and in 2006, along with her collaborator and husband, Gary, was given the CHI Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2009, she was made a Fellow of the ACM.
Kees (C.J.) Overbeeke
Eindhoven University of Technology, the Netherlands
Date: Thursday, April 9th
Time: 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM
I believe the following:
Twenty-five years of design teaching and research taught me that the essential power of design is in integration. Looking at the future, I see an integration of science, engineering and design, where design leads the way. This integration leads to real innovation. That is what we are doing at Industrial Design in Eindhoven. It seems impossible, but we should insist. Dreaming of the impossible pushes us to do great things.
Prof. Dr. Kees (C.J.) Overbeeke, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
Kees Overbeeke studied psychology at the Katholieke Universiteit Leuven, Belgium (Ma 1974). After working there, he moved to the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering at Delft University of Technology, the Netherlands, where he gained his PhD on spatial perception on flat screens (1988). He headed the group of Form Theory as Associate Professor until his move to the Department of Industrial Design at Eindhoven University of Technology in 2002. During the academic year 2005-2006 he was Distinguished Nierenberg Chair at Design Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, USA.
In 2006 he was appointed full professor at Eindhoven University of Technology. He now heads the Designing Quality in Interaction group (DQI). DQI consists of seven PhD-ed designers, and is one of the leading design research groups in the world. He strongly believes that design research should be theory driven, and that collaboration with industry is paramount (among others, collaboration with Philips, BMW, Unilever, Nissan, Adidas, and Microsoft).
Kees Overbeeke initiated several new subjects in design research: design and emotion, funology, aesthetics of interaction, rich interaction and design and ethics. He published extensively on these subjects in journals, books and conference papers. He initiated the “Design and Emotion” and the “Designing for Pleasurable Products and Interfaces DPPI” conferences. He was keynote speaker, and member of the scientific committee of several international conferences, and will be plenary speaker at CHI 2009 in Boston, USA. He is also editor and member of the editorial board of several leading international design journals.