SCS Faculty Candidate

  • Gates Hillman Centers
  • Reddy Conference Room 4405
  • Associate Professor, Digital Media Program
  • School of Literature, Media, and Communication
  • Georgia Institute of Technology

HCI Design Research for Smart Cities: Diverse Communities and Alternative Civic Futures

The combination of advances in sensing technologies, infrastructure, and analytics has given rise to the concept of smart cities as urban spaces that are aware and responsive. These new technical capacities prompt us to re-think 21st century civics from the perspective of human-computer interaction: what will be the role of technology and design in shaping our public lives? How can we co-create the communities that we want to live in by leveraging computation, data, and digital media? My research employs participatory methods to investigate these questions and bring a human-centered process to the design of smart cities. The work engages residents, government employees, and non-profits to prototype devices, services, and media. In this talk I will discuss several multi-year research projects with diverse communities in Atlanta that systematically explore alternative civic futures. From this research we are developing insights to inform technology and service design, and concepts to re-frame public conversations on the role technology within society.  As part of this talk I will also discuss the strategic potential of human-computer interaction research to work in the public realm and advance models of engaged public scholarship.

Carl DiSalvo is an Associate Professor in the Digital Media Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he directs the Public Design Workshop: a research studio that explores socially-engaged design and civic media. He has a courtesy appointment in the School of Interactive Computing, and is an affiliate of the GVU Center. DiSalvo also directs the Digital Media track of the interdisciplinary M.S. in Human-Computer Interaction.  DiSalvo’s scholarship draws together theories and methods from design, the social sciences, and the humanities to analyze the social and political qualities of technology and prototype experimental systems. His work supported by the National Science Foundation and Intel. DiSalvo publishes regularly in design, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction journals and conference proceedings, he is also an editor of the MIT Press journal Design Issues.  DiSalvo’s experimental design work has been exhibited and supported by the ZKM, Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, Times Square Arts Alliance, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Walker Arts Center.  DiSalvo holds a Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University.


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