Åben forelæsning om “Democratic issues and opportunities in emergent ubicomp infrastructures – learnings from the urban process”

Title: Democratic issues and opportunities in emergent ubicomp infrastructures – learnings from the urban process

Time: Thursday, October 11, 9:00-10:00 (sharp)
Place: Ada-333

Speaker: Sebastian Weise, Lancaster University

Labels are sometimes useful to engage in current conversations. These days the label “smart” city is often used to describe a city in which data capture and analysis supports urban life (drawing on mobile computing, Internet data, and stationary sensors). This emerging “ubiquitous infrastructure”, seen as the bundle of disjoint ICT systems existing in cities today, has fundamental implications for the transparency of society in the future. Taking this infrastructural view of digital information networks existing in urban environments today, I will discuss the requirements for democracy in distributed sensing applications in urban environments. Drawing on the urban process and current technological trends, I develop ideas on local data management and “community data stores”. I will in particular highlight opportunities to ‘localize’ data management in a future sensing infrastructure by looking at the communities that are already involved in urban change “on the ground” and discuss in more detail the current trends and potentials for data stores and open data, their potential to institutionalize data management on a local level in the context of participation in urban planning choices. This talk will unpick the future of the “smart city” and highlight some of the important choices in technological development in enabling transparency and participation in a digital data-based society.

Sebastian Weise is a PhD student and researcher at the Doctoral Centre for Digital Innovation at Lancaster University in the UK. He uses a post-disciplinary approach that crosses management, design, and computer science to study the potential for citizen engagement in urban planning choices. His particular focus is the potential of geo-centric ICT applications (i.e. of relevance to a particular geographical area), such as emergent urban data stores. His views of future data infrastructures for cities were expressed in his recent talk at Ubicomp 2012, where it was well received and stimulated debate.
– Email: s.weise@lancaster.ac.uk
– Researcher profile: https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sebastian_Weise/

Host: Matthias Korn, Participatory IT Centre

Åben forelæsning om “Democratic issues and opportunities in emergent ubicomp infrastructures – learnings from the urban process”

Media architecture student design competition

As part of the Media Architecture Biennale, we will host a 24 hour student design competition on 1 October 2012 beginning at 20:00 CET (7 pm GMT). The design competition is open to bachelor’s, master’s and PhD students in the fields of interaction design, human-computer interaction, architecture, urban design, etc. from around the world and it will not be necessary to be in Aarhus to participate.

The design challenge will begin on 1st of October when the design brief is made public on the MAB website as well as per email to participants who have signed up. To demonstrate your solution to the design challenge, you are asked to submit a video. This can be either a video prototype or a concept video. Anything from animation through screen capture to acting is valid. Note that this means that you will not have to implement the system. Participants will be required to keep a design blog throughout the 24 hours – this blog should record any major stages for your design. We don’t expect you to share any ideas or results before the end of the 24-hour challenge, but what we want to be able to follow is the methodology you used to come up with your final design.

The winning team will receive a travel scholarship for attending the Media Architecture Biennale 2012 in Aarhus to the amount of 1,000 EUR as they will be invited to present their conceptual work at the biennale. The top three entries will be awarded certificates of recognition.

Media architecture student design competition

Muller, M. & Druin, A.: Participatory Design: The Third Space in HCI

I denne artikel introducerer Michael Muller & Allison Druin begrebet det tredje rum. Begrebet er med til at illustrere det hybride rum der opstår mellem designere og brugere vha. participatory design. Det tredje rum omtales som en hybrid størrelse hvor idéer fra hhv. designere og brugere kan opstå samt give en “tredje dimension” på et domæne/en proces.

Muller, M.: Participatory Design: The Third Space in HCI

Muller, M. & Druin, A.: Participatory Design: The Third Space in HCI