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Norbert Streitz

Monday, August 10, 2015 at 2:00PM
Atkinson Hall 4004 on the UCSD Campus

 

Abstract: 

Life in Smart Cities and Airports: People-Centered Design for Transient Smart Spaces

In the ‘Urban Age’ with more than half of the world population living in cities, economic prosperity and quality of life will largely depend on the ability of cities to exploit their full potential. With the deployment of ambient intelligence infrastructures, urban environments are transformed into interactive spaces that are meant to be adaptive and smart. Combining information and experience spaces with ubiquitous computing in urban contexts results in what is being called ‘smart hybrid cities’. This talk addresses opportunities and risks of smart cities and the resulting issues and challenges for designing public smart spaces. Contrasting the mainly technology-driven approaches, this talk will present a human-environment-interaction perspective for the challenge of urban life management. This includes the shift from information design to experience design.

Bio:

Dr. Norbert Streitz (Ph.D. in physics, Ph.D. in psychology) is a Senior Scientist and Strategic Advisor with more than 30 years of experience in information and communication technology. He is the founder and scientific director of the Smart Future Initiative (SFI) launched in 2009. Before, Norbert held positions as deputy director and division manager at the Fraunhofer research institute IPSI in Darmstadt. His research areas encompass human-computer-interaction, hypertext/hypermedia, CSCW, ubiquitous computing, ambient intelligence, disappearing computer, smart environments, smart cities and airports. The work was carried out in projects funded by the European Commission, partners in industry and different foundations. Norbert also taught at the Department of Computer Science of the Technical University Darmstadt for more than 15 years. Before joining IPSI in Darmstadt, he was an Assistant Professor at the Technical University RWTH Aachen with research and teaching in cognitive science and ergonomics. This was preceded by his work in theoretical physics at the University of Kiel. Furthermore, he was a post-doc research fellow at the University of California, Berkeley, a visiting scholar at Xerox PARC and at the Intelligent Systems Lab of MITI, Tsukuba Science City, Japan. Norbert published/edited 20 books and authored/ coauthored more than 130 scientific papers. He serves on editorial and advisory boards, steering and conference committees, and as a consultant. He is regularly asked to present keynote speeches and tutorials at scientific as well as commercial events in Europe, US, Brazil, Qatar, Malaysia, Singapore, Korea, China, and Japan.

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