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Hierarchy-in-flux: Co-evolving a distributed user interface for orbiting robots

Barba, Evan, Miller, Christopher and Majeed, Yasir (2016) Hierarchy-in-flux: Co-evolving a distributed user interface for orbiting robots. In: Relating Systems Thinking and Design Symposium (RSD), 13-15 Oct 2016, Toronto, Canada.


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The role of context has been an important focus for Human-Computer Interaction research since
the beginning of the Second Wave of HCI. While different theoretical frameworks within the HCI
community have different approaches to analysing context, they do so always with the object of
understanding its effects on human-machine interaction, often with the larger goal of generating
insights into future designs. The forces that shape context itself are typically ignored in these
analyses because they are not considered relevant to the interaction itself, which is the focus of HCI.
Yet if these forces were to create different contexts for interaction those changes would be relevant
to HCI research. This suggests that HCI might benefit from techniques that analyse and design for
the creation of the institutional structures that constrain human-machine interactions. We present
the notions of multi-scale analysis and multi-scale design as terms which describe approaches that
seek to engage the different disciplinary proficiencies that create the context for interaction. In
doing so we make the case for a new kind of design education that strives to create multidisciplinary
designers capable of harnessing the dynamics of systems at different levels of
abstraction to achieve outcomes that exceed what we might expect from HCI alone.

Item Type: Conference/Workshop Item (Paper)
Divisions: Faculty of Design
Date Deposited: 30 Aug 2017 14:55
Last Modified: 20 Dec 2021 18:03
URI: http://openresearch.ocadu.ca/id/eprint/1946

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