Designing for Future Life

Strategies for multidisciplinary design for digital communication, entertainment and education

5 June 2014 at 8:00-9:30 at Aalto Design Factory, Betonimiehenkuja 5C, Otaniemi, Espoo. Breakfast served at 7:45 o'clock.

This is a discussion event including speakers such as Forrest Oliphant (Partner at NoFlo team, CA), Teemu Leinonen (Professor at Aalto ARTS), Philip Dean (Professor at Aalto ARTS, chairman of the event), and several others. Strategic themes related to multidisciplinary design for various aspects of life will be discussed. Especially we will highlight results of long-term development within Aalto's Media Lab which are echoed in some of the Aalto activities already initiated through Media Factory.

Tentative time table:

7:45 Breakfast is served
8:00 Opening by Ilkka Niemelä
8:05 Introduction by Philip Dean, see here for material
8:10 Presentations
- Forrest Oliphant, see here for material
- Teemu Leinonen, see here for a list of links
- Perttu Hämäläinen
- Arki research group: Kari-Hans Kommonen, Joanna Saad-Sulonen, Sanna Marttila, see here for material
9:00 Discussion, moderated by Tarmo Toikkanen
9:20 Closing words

About the speakers and their presentations:

- Forrest Oliphant is an interactive designer and a graduate of the Media Lab Helsinki, Aalto ARTS. In his MA thesis project Forrest developed a hackable web app framework and a flow-based programming environment for children (and other artists). His Meemoo framework was found from the GitHub by the NoFlo-team developing flow-based programming helping software developers to organize large application, especially when modifying large data sets.  Currently Forrest is a partner in the NoFlo team. In September 2013 the NoFlo project was successfully funded and raised more than 100 000 USD from more than 1000 backers. The NoFlo team is located in California, Berlin and Helsinki.

- Professor Teemu Leinonen, Vice Dean of Aalto School of Arts, Design and Architecture, will introduce the theme of future of learning in digital society. Teemu's field of research is New Media, especially related to applications, solutions and services of e-learning, collaborative learning, collaborative group work and creative work.

- Professor Perttu Hämäläinen's research area is Computer games. He shares his time between Department of Media at Aalto ARTS and Department of Media Technology at Aalto SCI

- Members of the Arki research group at Aalto's Media Lab will introduce some key themes from their ‘digitisation of (everyday) life’ projects. The focus of Arki is in the co-evolution of digital media technology and the practices of everyday life, with a design perspective.

- Philip Dean is Professor of New Media Management and Head of the Department of Media at Aalto University's School of Arts, Design & Architecture, and also Director of Aalto Media Factory. Philip will chair the event.

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