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Research Through Design


John Zimmermann



Start time:

2010-11-10 15:00

End time:

2010-11-10 16:00



Contact person:


John Zimmerman, Associate Professor at HCI Institute and School of Design Carnegie Mellon University, US, will visit MDH and give a short talk about Design Thinking in Interaction Design.

In this talk, John will discuss his practice of using research through design as a research method in the Design and Human/Computer Interaction research communities. In addition, he will discuss some of his latest projects including the Reverse Alarm Clock: a clock that keeps small children from waking their parents; the Family Time-Flow: a system that learns and displays the routines of busy families; Tiramisu: a system that allows transit riders to crowd-source bus arrival times; and some early explorations of how teens construct value with their virtual possessions.

John Zimmerman is one of the world´s most acknowledged researchers in Design Thinking in Interaction Design. He is an interaction designer and design researcher with a joint appointment as Associate Professor at Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute and at the School of Design. John has three intersecting research themes: research through design as a method of scholarly design inquiry; the application of product attachment theory in the practice of experience design; and the design of mixed-initiative interfaces that leverage human and machine intelligence. Before joining Carnegie Mellon, John was a senior researcher at Philips Research. While at Philips, he designed interactive television systems and smart products for the home.

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Place: U2-040, Mälardalen University, Högskoleplan 1, Västerås