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Human-Computer Interaction Institute Seminar

Associate Professor
Department of Industrial Design
KAIST, and CMU HCII Visiting Professor
Sketching Out Paths for HCI: Meaningful Boundarylessness
Wednesday, December 4, 2013 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm
Mauldin Auditorium 1305 
Newell-Simon Hall

In this talk given during the final month of the year, at the top HCI department in the world, I wish to have an open discussion about the zeitgeist of HCI, the possible futures laid out before us, and the paths we will choose to follow. One current example of an HCI zeitgeist can be seen in the path Google is taking. Projects like Google Glass investigates the "boundarylessness" between the physical and the digital worlds by turning over this question to the people, by placing hardware in their hands and letting them invent the applications. As a designer and an HCI researcher, the current trends in HCI such as service design, crowd computing, NUI, big data, immateriality of digital things, and many other agenda are greatly interesting to reflect upon to figure out what and how we can contribute to the field and the society.

I will start by laying out a series of emerging qualities for the current digital era with examples. We can then discuss them, especially from a research perspective with the hope of seeking the fundamentally unshaking principles in this rapidly changing world. This talk will not provide answers. Instead, it will, collectively raise questions to help us think about where HCI could and should grow.


Youn-kyung Lim works as an Associate Professor in the Department of Industrial Design at KAIST in South Korea. She has been participating in service activities for the CHI community and the design community as a program committee member and as an organizing committee member for international conferences. She won the prestigious Microsoft Research New Faculty Award in 2009. Her current research focuses on experience-centered design and aesthetics of interaction, as well as prototyping in interaction design especially for creative interaction design.

Faculty Host: John Zimmerman

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