Stan invited to give Research Through Design video keynote in Brazil

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:

Can augmented reality play a role in us letting go of stuff we don’t need?

Monica continues her investigation of the regenerative society from the perspective of food consumption and the role augmented reality might play in creating the capacity for people to let go of things they might not even need.

She will present her ideas at the 19th Futures Conference organized by the Finland Futures Research Centre from the University of Turku, in Tampere:

Yaguang presents on Intelligent transportation products

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.

Priscilla discusses Smart Citizenship at DRS 2018

Priscilla presented the paper “Smart Citizenship: Designing the interaction between citizens and smart cities” at the Design Research Society conference in Limerick, Ireland on June 25-28, 2018. Stan is her co-author.

From the abstract:

This paper develops a critical reflection about the reasons why not every citizen in a smart city can be considered a smart citizen. We point out some of the primary causes and the role of design to help to develop possible solutions. The paper uses the concept of the network society and actor network theory in order to understand the infrastructure of smart cities and develop an analysis of the changing role of citizens in smart citizens. We propose that there is a need for new methods to generate sustainable and inclusive social engagement to solve collective urban problems. Moreover, it is speculated that smart citizenship will be an important part of the future of smart cities. In this context, design plays an important part, framing the way actors understand and interact with each other in the city ecosystem, and enabling citizens to shape the future of their cities.

Stan presents on Emulation at CSDH/SCHN 2018

From May 26-28, 2018, Stan presented on hardware and software emulation at the annual conference of the Canadian Society of Digital Humanities/le champs numerique (CSDH/SCHN) in Regina, Saskatchewan. The talks were part of a panel of four papers organized and run by Marley Liepert, entitled “Emulation is the Sincerest Form of Flattery.” Zhabiz and Gerry were co-authors.

From the panel abstract:

Considered both as an aspect of cultural heritage and as locations of untold voluntary labour, the  video games and virtual worlds of the past have a value that should be preserved, and, if possible, maintained for continued use in some form. In this panel, we propose a number of approaches to strategizing the preservation and even continued use of video games and virtual worlds.

Stan invited to give a workshop on research prototyping in Kraków, Poland

From April 13-22, 2018, Stan was invited to Poland to work with Dr. Celso Scalesky from Unisinos, Brazil and Dr. Piotr Michura from the Jan Matejko Academy of Fine Arts in Kraków to deliver a workshop for graduate students on the use of prototypes to define research questions. A panel discussion on the topic of design research was held in the afternoon preceding the workshop; it included Stan, Celso, and Piotr along with Prof. Michael Renner from the Basel School of Design, Switzerland.


Stan invited as expert to the Creating Peace Summit in Guiavare, Colombia

From Jan 20 – Feb 4, Stan participated at a summit in the Amazon jungle, organized by the International Development Innovation Network. The purpose of the summit was to pilot a co-design process that can help local communities and the communist guerrillas imagine a better future together. Stan helped to lead the ideation process, using a workshop developed around Dator’s model of the four futures: growth, discipline, collapse, and transformation. Juan de la Rosa and Natalie were also there, working as design consultants.

What is an experimental prototype?

There is a sense in which all prototypes have an experimental purpose, since they are made to instantiate some features of an artifact that does not yet exist.

However, there is a useful distinction to be made between prototypes in practice and prototypes for research purposes. The latter would be ones that aren’t intended to address a problem directly, but instead to learn more about some general principles that could apply not only to the current problem, but also to others.