As chairs of the conference track on ‘Prototyping’ Zhabiz and Gerry will be hosting and presenting at the DRS LearnX Conference in Ankara, Turkey. Their paper “Structure, Function, Materials Prototype for New Currency Game”, will be part of the discussion on the use of prototyping in design.
On June, 7th 2019 Ricardo presented part of an ongoing research program at UIUC: the project as a tool for merging competence and issues. The audience consisted of design researchers, teachers and students (graduate/undergraduate). The presentation was named “Rethinking Design and Designer.”
Juan Del La Rosa and Gerry Derksen’s paper entitled,” Design Research through simulated social complexity methods: An agent-based approach to the construction of design knowledge “, will be presented at the 2019 EAD Conference in Dundee Scotland by Dr. Juan Salamanca who is leading the project on Agent Based Modeling Systems for bicycles. Look for the paper in the conference proceedings published by Taylor and Francis.
Stan was a visiting scholar for the month of March at the Copenhagen School of Design and Technology (KEA), hosted by Petra Ahde-Deal of the Wearables lab. He gave two public talks: one on the use of prototyping to investigate concepts; the other on design for peace and reconciliation in Colombia. He also ran a workshop on using prototypes to define and address research questions.
Stan was guest editor of the 13th issue of Disena magazine, which came out in Fall 2018. Here is the video introduction he made: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1S77L2gM5mIdzTJVMifL9RDP2Oeb6mis1
On Sept 17, 2018, Stan pitched a project to the 5th Health Care Engineering Systems Symposium on using VR to teach medical students about drug design, as well as how specific drugs work. The proposal builds on two years of work Stan did with a mathematical chemist (David Minh) up at IIT. Basically, the person wearing the VR headset can see the protein they hope to interfere with, and try various attachment sites for the ligand. Here is the short video (1 min 30 sec) of the presentation.
The EU has been working in the last couple of years on a project of policy-making, not as a reactive activity, but rather as a planned process that facilitates the construction of a ‘preferred’ future for their communities (build through a collaborative process). As part of this project, the EU government has opened several Design Labs throughout the European countries, where designers, foresight professionals, and policy-makers meet up to produce new knowledge about the future. The FTA2018, Future-Oriented Technology Analysis Conference presents the advances on the last projects for systemic change in the EU. A great experience that shows that designers can be involved in a large scale systemic change!
Stan was invited to speak on “The Design of Preferred Futures” in Vancouver on Aug 12, 2018, as part of the first Business Symposium at the annual SIGGRAPH conference. SIGGRAPH is the largest conference held by the Association for Computing Machines (ACM), with over 17,000 participants. Its focus is on film, gaming, and emerging technologies.
From the abstract:
We have all heard from researchers and entrepreneurs that the future already exists but is just not evenly distributed yet. But entrepreneurs need to simplify things, because they have something to sell. In fact, there is never just one future, and the ones we have on the radar now will be vastly different once they are evenly distributed. What design offers is not one preferred future, but instead a choice among possible futures. Designers at their best will imagine these futures, visit them, and bring things back for the rest of us to compare. In this talk, we will examine three cases: the design of a multinational information ecosystem, design for post-conflict zones, and the design of an autonomous train.
On June 7-8, 2018 at Unisinos university in Porto Alegre, Rio Grande do Sul held a symposium on research through design. Stan gave an address about the use of academic prototypes. The lecture consisted of a video talk, some questions delivered by video, and video answers. The video starts with comments in Spanish from some of the participants of the symposium. The lecture begins at 2:40 and the questions start at 21:07:
On May 27, 2018, Yaguang gave a paper at the PhD forum of the 2018 China Green Building and Ecological City conference.
From the abstract:
This paper summarizes the characteristics of several intelligent transportation products, studies the operational principles of intelligent technology in various transportation applications, objectively summarizes the development constraints in its technical application, and proposes a system for analyzing and evaluating the advantages and disadvantages.