Palestra em 22/maio às 15h: Challenges facing the Human-Computer Interaction field: Towards a more human-centred perspective? – Liam Bannon, Aarhus University and University of Limerick

Título: Challenges facing the Human-Computer Interaction field: Towards a more human-centred perspective?

Palestrante: Liam Bannon, Aarhus University and University of Limerick

Data: 22/maio/2013 (quarta-feira)

Horário: 15h

Local: 511 RDC


The field of HCI has changed considerably since its origins in the 1980’s.  Developments have been madea in both theory and practice, but these developments can hardly be seen as cumulative. Technological changes have opened up new avenues for research, yet there are also significant ethical, philosophical and even  ‘political ‘issues that have come to the fore in recent years. In this talk I will try to chart a way through this,  at times, confused landscape, in the process outlining my own human-centred design approach. The talk will finish with a series of challenges  for HCI which will need to be addressed by researchers in the field.


Liam Bannon is  Honorary Professor in Human Computer Interaction at Aarhus University, Denmark, Visiting Professor in the School of Medicine, University College, Cork, and Emeritus Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Information Systems at the University of Limerick. Last year he was awarded a prestigious Chair of Excellence at Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain. He was also awarded a Visiting Professorship at La Sapienza – The University of Rome, Italy, in Fall 2012. His research interests range over the gamut of human-technology relations, including cognitive ergonomics, human-computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, computer-supported collaborative learning, new media and interaction design, and social dimensions of new technologies. He was a founding editor of CSCW: The Journal of Collaborative Computing and is serving, or has served,  on the editorial boards of several journals –   Journal of Cognition, Technology, and Work; Requirements Engineering Journal;  Universal Access in the Information Society Journal; International Journal of Cognitive Technology; International Journal of Web-Based Communities; CoDesign Journal; Behaviour and Information Technology Journal; and Journal of Computer Assisted Learning.. He has been a Visiting Professor in Siena, Paris, Troyes, Trento, Sassari, Copenhagen, Aarhus, Amsterdam and Madrid. In 2011 Liam was awarded an Honorary Doctorate from the Royal Institute of Technology  (KTH), in Stockholm, Sweden for his contributions to the field of Human Computer Interaction. Liam is a Fellow of the Irish Ergonomics Society, a former Member of the Irish Computer Society, first Chair of the ACM SigCHI Irish Chapter, and Irish representative on IFIP TC13 (Human-Computer Interaction). The Interaction Design Centre at UL which he headed from 1996 until 2010 was a multidisciplinary group of over 25 researchers involved in research on a variety of national and EU projects in the general HCI, CSCW and Interaction Design areas.