Biography Ron Wakkary
Ron Wakkary is professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University where he established the design research studio known as the Everyday Design Studio. Wakkary publishes regularly in design, human-computer-interaction, and tangible computing journals and conferences. He is co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions, Director of the Interaction Design Research Centre at SFU, and international editor for Archives of Design Research. In addition, he is a member of the Steering Committee for Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI), Steering Committee for Designing Interactive Systems (DIS), and the SIGCHI Executive Committee. Design United and funding agencies and organizations in the Netherlands, Europe, and Canada support his research. Moreover, Ron is also co-leader of the DQI group. He is a full professor and core chair of the research group“Impact of Interaction Design on Everyday Life”. This group focuses on reflective explorations in interaction design. His research investigates the changing nature of interaction design in response to everyday design and social practices such as home life, amateur experts, fashion and sustainability. In particular, we research everyday creativity, design artifacts for research, and critical reasoning in design that leads to inquiries on new types of interaction design artifacts, materials, conceptual understandings, and methods. In the spirit of research through design, we aim to be reflective and generative, uncovering new and emergent practices of design and knowledge through the crafting of artifacts that help to shape both our understanding of design and its relations to technologies. More information can be found at his website.
The encounter took place on Thursday July 2, 2015 at the department of Industrial Design, TU/e, Eindhoven, the Netherlands.