Robotic Visions and Human Realities
What are the tensions between the robotic visions created in research and the realities of needs that people face in society? What could hinder people to accept robotic products? I started out as a researcher in Human Computer Interaction (HCI), but have over the years done more and more ethnographic inspired studies in the area human-robot interaction (HRI) and Human Drone Interaction (HDI) aiming to understand use and experiences of robotic artefacts. In this talk, I will share what I learned from spending several years as an inhouse researcher at a design and innovation firm, working with professional designers, and from being a researcher in technology-oriented fields. I will discuss different views of design and problem solving, design fixations and norms, and designerly approaches to achieve norm-creative design and alternative perspectives of solutions.
Sara Ljungblad is a senior lecturer in Interaction Design at the joint Department of Computer Science and Engineering at University of Gothenburg and Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. She finished her Ph. D thesis in Human-Machine Interaction in 2008, and after this she spent three years as an inhouse researcher at a design and innovation agency. Ljungblad is interested in human-centred design and design skills in the area of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and in Human-Robot Interaction (HRI). Her research concerns the development of design methods, as well as studies of people’s experiences of robotic products. Ljungblad calls for more critical robotics research, with norm-creative and designerly perspectives. She has published her research in venues such as CHI, CSCW, Ro-Man, HRI, NordiCHI, Swedish Design Research Journal, EAD, DIS and Interact.