Informatik, TU Wien

Exploring Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life in Human-Centered Design

Start of the new Lecture Series on „Aspects of the Digital Transformation“ by the Centre for Informatics and Society (CIS) of the Faculty of Informatics with Prof. Gerhard Fischer.

The Centre for Informatics and Society (CIS) of the Faculty of Informatics at the TU Wien is announcing a public lecture series on aspects of the Digital Transformation & Society.

The Digital Transformation describes the fundamental changes society is currently undergoing due to the rapid and ubiquitous adaptation of digitial tools and technologies. Be it governance in the form of e-Democracy, search engines and the values they carry within their design and vision or the impact of new, data-driven business models on scientific inquiry: the impact of the Digital Transformation is as varied as it is ubiquitous.

Bridging the gap between digital technologies and their impact on society, the lectures cover a wide range of topics, from designing for quality of life in the digital age to the politics of search engines. International academics present multiple facets of the Digital Transformation related to their research.

Start of the Lecture Series with:

Prof. Gerhard Fischer (USA)
Exploring Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life in Human-Centered Design
October 22nd, 2018 at 17:00 at the Kontaktraum

Abstract

Creating a transformative framework to foster, nurture, and support “Quality of Life (QoL)” is one of the most challenging design problems of the digital age. QoL is a broad concept without a precise, generally accepted definition. In design, trade-offs are universal because there are no best solutions independent of goals, objectives, and values, specifically for systemic, ill-defined, and wicked problems such as QoL.
Grounded in research activities from a broad spectrum of different disciplines and an analysis from our research over the last two decades, this presentation will explore specific design trade-offs. The insights and arguments are summarized in requirements for the design of socio-technical environments to address future challenges for human-centered design grounded in a QoL perspective.

Schedule

The following talks are scheduled as part of the series:

Prof. Gerhard Fischer (USA)
Exploring Design Trade-Offs for Quality of Life in Human-Centered Design
October 22nd, 2018 at 17:00 at the Kontaktraum

Prof. Ehud Shapiro (Israel)
Computational Foundations for e-Democracy
November 12th, 2018 at 17:00 at the Zemanek HS

Prof. Klaus Kornwachs (Germany)
Data – Interests – Ontologies: How business models distort science
December 10th, 2018 at 17:00 at the Kontaktraum

Dr. Astrid Mager (Austria)
Visions and values in European search engine design
January 21st, 2018 17:00 at the Kontaktraum

Please refer to the lecture website for more information about the talks and speakers as well as to sign up.

Information

Registration is recommended due to limited space. The lectures are free and open to the general public and will be held in English. Questions and discussion with the speakers are encouraged after the lectures, and refreshments will be provided after the lectures as well.