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Speculating on Biodesign in the Future Home | CHI 2021 Workshop

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Pat Pataranutaporn

Pat Pataranutaporn

Friday — Saturday
May 7, 2021 —
May 8, 2021
5:00pm — 9:00am

About the workshop


This workshop is part of a series of workshops on speculating the future of biodesign in HCI. The first workshop was held as part of ACM DIS2020 conference titled “The Nature of Biodesigned Systems: Directions for HCI“. We examined a key question in biodesign “what will interactive systems look like in a guided and grown environment, rather than a built environment?” In that workshop, we explored technologies that rely on symbiotic relationships between the user and organisms that participate in interactive systems. Through exploring new aspects of designing for living computational systems in the ACM DIS2020 workshop, we identified three research themes and questions related to: (1) the need for system thinking to consider biodesign ecologies and their complex inter-relationship and impact on human life (rather than just one component or product); (2) identifying stakeholders who lead biodesign research in different contexts, and; (3) questions of values and ethics.

Participating

Participants are expected to submit short position papers (2-4 pages, in ACM extended abstract format). The position papers are submitted through the workshop EOI. The position papers may provide contributions and critical thinking perspectives aligned with the workshop theme. Research on interactive biodesign systems is a growing area of research and innovation and we invite participants to share their thoughts, reflections and experiences in this area relevant to home and work. Submissions will be juried by the organizers based on relevance.

We aim to build new collaborations through this workshop. Findings and a summary of opportunities identified for this field will be communicated through subsequent publications and participants will be invited to contribute to these. A summary of the discussions will be posted onthe workshop website.

In this workshop, we explore how previous work may be extended as home and workplaces overlap. The outcomes will deepen our understanding of interactive biodesign systems with meanings attributed to home and work.

We invite participants to explore the following themes and questions with us:

  • Understanding the context: how may the future home be different, due to global challenges and advances in technology? 
  • Opportunities for intervention: can biodesign be a non-speculative intervention in this context, and with the current state of biodesign? 
  • Speculating on future interventions: What do they look like? What will they accomplish? How can speculative interventions be mapped to coexist and relate to each other?

Organizers

  • Dr Phillip Gough Design Lab, School of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Jack Forman, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Pat Pataranutaporn , MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Dr Leigh-Anne Hepburn ,School of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
  • Dr Carolina Ramirez-Figueroa, School of Design, Royal College of Art, London, United Kingdom
  • Clare Cooper, School of Architecture Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, Australia
  • Angela Vujic, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Dr. David Sun Kong, MIT Media Lab Community Biotechnology Intiative, MIT, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Raphael Kim Queen Mary University, London, United Kingdom
  • Pattie Maes ,MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Professor Hiroshi Ishii, MIT Media Lab, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
  • Dr Misha Sra Computer Science , UCSB, Santa Barbara, California, United States
  • Dr Naseem Ahmadpour School of Architecture, Design and Planning, The University of Sydney, Sydney, NSW, Australia
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