19th DMI: Academy Design Management Conference
Presented The Plasticity of Data, a paper concerning the development of frameworks for introducing design and management students to new ways of engaging the data-rich environments in which they will find opportunities to practice.
DRHA2014: Digital Research in the Humanities and Arts
Presented Concerning Data: The Importance of Developing New Frameworks for Design, a paper in which coursework concerning "meta-design" is examined as a means of preparing design students to practice in data-related fields that are currently occupied by analysts.
EDULEARN14: 6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies
Presented Distributed Practice: Educating Designers on the Urban Interface, a paper in which current limitations of user-centered methodologies are articulated in order to clarify ways in which the role of the designer is changing and why it is important for us to reconsider how we train design students.
California College of the Arts
San Francisco, USA
Panelist at the Business + Design Education Summit. Discussed best practices in regard to curriculum development, project-oriented learning, accreditation, and other factors affecting the development of this educational domain.
2011 International Conference on Complex Systems
Presented research on ways that designers use information technology to explore the complex socio- technical environments in which their work is situated and described ways that strategically-valuable insight can be developed as a by-product of such practice.
5th International Conference on Design Principles & Practices
Presented The Socio-technical Design of Design, which concerns practices that designers adopt when their use of digital technology challenges conventional, disciplinary heuristics. Systems-oriented approach to such problem-solving are exemplified by coursework in which students create interfaces to map socio- technical dynamics of urban environments.
2010 International Conference on Network Science
Presented a poster on ways that network analysis and the study of complex systems informs instrumental design activity and, specifically, the heuristics that are developed in the context of design pedagogy.
2009 International Conference on Education, Research and Innovation
Presented The Cultural Quest: Collaboratively-derived Insight on Systemic Organizational Dynamics a paper, co-authored with Boris Muller, that concerns the development of tools which enable teams of culturally dissimilar and geographically dispersed students to leverage endogenous group discord as a means of gaining valuable insight into systemic organizational dynamics.
Universidad de Monterrey
Presented and discussed studio-oriented pedagogical approaches to the intersection of design and management at a workshop hosted by Universidad de Monterrey.
2006 Design History Conference
Delft, The Netherlands
Presented Mapping Another Choice an examination, conducted with Carlos Teixeira (Parsons The New School for Design), of ways that designers use processes of mapping to leverage the intrinsic structure of complex, adaptive systems.
2006 Conference of the European Association for the Study of Science and Technology
Presented Mapping New Approaches to Socio-technical Interaction, which concerns patterns in the development of open-source software and how they can serve as a framework for addressing issues associated with distributed approaches to design in other domains.
7th International Conference on Ubiquitous Computing
Presented Mapping A New Way: Distributed Design and the Socio-technical Interface, a paper on how processes of mapping can be used to integrate research and design in the context of ubiquitous computing.
International Institute for Information Design, Expert Forum on Financial Services
New York, USA
Presented Financial Transactions and Social Interactions: Animated Characters in the Real World, an overview of my research on the benefits and pitfalls of using animated characters to help users negotiate complex computer-based financial transactions.
Banff New Media Institute
Guest mentor at the Banff Institute's Interactive Project Lab. Conducted workshop on rapid prototyping and helped participants articulate strategies for bringing new products to market.
South by Southwest
Presented Because Design is Distributed, an illustration of ways in which research on organizational behavior and urban planning can inform the design of interactive products by highlighting ways that social structure impacts people's ability to tailor their mediated experiences.
The Hague, The Netherlands
Presented The Effects of Animated Characters on Anxiety, Task Performance, and Evaluations of User Interfaces, a paper on ways in which the use of animated characters in computer interfaces can affect computer users' behavior as well as their perceptions of contextual material.