Human-Computer Interaction Institute Seminar

  • Newell-Simon Hall
  • Mauldin Auditorium 1305
  • Senior Research Scientist
  • User Experience Research Group
  • Intel Labs

Motivation Sensitive Design: Making for Our Best Selves

This talk explores how motivation sensitive design engages people to make technology that impacts human flourishing. Human flourishing refers to a person’s ability to define and attain personal goals, or what social psychologists also refer to as striving and thriving, or alternatively, as adaptation. I describe three field studies intersecting the domains of social computing, mediated environments and social psychology. These studies culminate with the presentation of new knowledge on the role of computing in shaping dynamic relationships between people and places as we seek to make our best selves.


Ryan Brotman received his doctorate in design from Arizona State University and has collaborated with a number of leading organizations, including the MIT Media Lab’s Civic Media Group, Queen’s University’s Human Media Lab and NASA. Currently, he works for Intel Labs’ User Experience Research group as a Senior Research Scientist responsible for defining and prototyping user experiences for intelligent transportation systems. Prior to this work, Ryan spearheaded Intel UX initiatives for wearable, mobile and portable computing. Ryan is active within the CHI, UIST, and DIS communities. His work has been featured in The Guardian,, Discovery Channel Online, and CES.

Faculty Host: Jodi Forlizzi

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