Visiting Professor Discusses Framework for Human-Centered Design at SISLT IE Lab

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From left to right: Faith Demir (IE Lab), Neeley Current (IE Lab), Joe Griffin  (MissionHydroScience project), Isa Jahnke (SISLT, IE Lab), Gerhard Fischer, Marge Skubic (College of Engineering), Rose Marra (SISLT), Lorraine Phillips (School of Nursing)

From left to right: Faith Demir (IE Lab), Neeley Current (IE Lab), Joe Griffin
(MissionHydroScience project), Isa Jahnke (SISLT, IE Lab), Gerhard Fischer, Marge Skubic (College of Engineering), Rose Marra (SISLT), Lorraine Phillips (School of Nursing)

Professor Gerhard Fischer from the University of Colorado at Boulder visited the MU School of Information Science and Learning Technologies (SISLT) and its Information Experience (IE) Lab.

Fischer presented his research of Quality of Life: A Transformative Framework for Human-Centered Design. In it, he proposed a transformative framework to foster, nurture, and support Quality of Life (QoL) as 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 explored 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.

Gerhard Fischer is a Professor Adjunct and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. His research has focused on new conceptual frameworks and new socio-technical environments for human-centered computing, design, and learning, working, and collaborating.

His recent work is centered on quality of life in the digital age, social creativity, meta-design, cultures of participation, design trade-offs, and rich landscapes for learning (including MOOCs).

For more information about Gerhard Fischer, click here.