Design@Large: Thomas Ball (Microsoft Research)

Abstract Physical Computing for Everyone Thanks to Moore’s Law, embeddable microcontroller-based devices continue to get cheaper, faster, and include more integrated sensors and networking options. In 2016, the BBC and a host of technical partners, including Microsoft, delivered such a physical computing device, the micro:bit, to every 5th grader in the UK. Microsoft Research helped… Read More

Design@Large: Haoqi Zhang (Northwestern University)

Abstract Computational Ecosystems: Tech-enabled Communities to Advance Human Values at Scale Despite the continued development of individual technologies and processes for supporting human endeavors, major leaps in solving complex human problems will require advances in system-level thinking and orchestration. In this talk, I describe efforts to design, build, and study Computational Ecosystems that interweave community… Read More

Design@Large: Eric von Hippel (MIT)

Abstract Free Innovation Free innovation is a grassroots innovation process in which self-rewarded household sector innovators develop and give away valuable product innovations “for free.” As an example, consider the father of a child with Type 1 diabetes who worried that he couldn’t check his son’s blood sugar levels when they were apart. A software… Read More

Design@Large: Ed Vul (UC San Diego)

Abstract Do People Make Decisions via an Error-prone Bag of Tricks? Human behavior often deviates from the utility maximizing “rational” agent. This is usually attributed to people relying on an assortment of cheap heuristics to make efficient, but frequently biased, decisions. While the heuristics and biases research program has highlighted the many deviations of human… Read More

Design@Large: Karthik Muralidharan (UC San Diego)

Abstract Disrupting Education? Experimental Evidence on Technology-Aided Instruction in India We present experimental evidence on the impact of a technology-aided after-school instruction program on learning outcomes in middle school grades in urban India, using a lottery that provided students with a voucher to cover program costs. A key feature of the program was its ability… Read More

Design@Large: Bjorn Hartmann (UC Berkeley)

Abstract Interactive Design Tools for the Maker Movement My group’s research in Human-Computer Interaction focuses on design, prototyping and implementation tools for the era of ubiquitous embedded computing and digital fabrication. We focus especially on supporting the growing ranks of amateur designers and engineers in the Maker Movement. Over the past decade, a resurgence in… Read More

Design@Large: Scott Witthoft (Stanford)

Abstract Design Better Spaces 1. Focus on behaviors. 2. Introduce some constraints. 3. Be open to understanding what’s really happening. 4. Make some changes. 5. Rinse & repeat.

Design@Large: Kristian Simsarian (IDEO)

Abstract Five Design Roles to Awaken Collective Creativity Designers are playing an increasingly important role in shaping products, work, culture and nearly all aspects of life. For example, in the last election and since, we have seen how critical the role of design and technology can be in gaining, gaming and governing political power. Taking… Read More

Design@Large: Karrie Karaholios (Adobe)

Abstract Studying How We Make Sense of Algorithms in News Feeds Millions of people use News Feeds daily. Take Facebook’s NewsFeed for example. This list of updating stories that appears front and center on Facebook home pages displays a curated or filtered list of stories selected from a pool of all stories written by one’s… Read More

Design@Large: Nate Delson (UC San Diego)

Abstract Using Touchscreens to Teach Freehand Sketching and Spatial Visualization Freehand Sketching and Spatial Visualization skills are widely used in engineering, math, and science. However, these skills are typically not formally taught, despite the fact that Spatial Visualization training has been shown to increase graduation rates in STEM majors. The current method of Spatial Visualization… Read More

Design@Large: Jennifer Mueller (University of San Diego)

Abstract Reframing the Decision-Makers’ Dilemma Can decision-maker roles-roles with a responsibility to allocate resources towards ideas-shape which ideas people in those roles view as creative? Prior theory suggests that expertise should influence creativity assessments, yet examples abound of experts in different roles disagreeing about whether the same idea is creative. We build and test a… Read More

Design@Large: Clarissa Redwine (Kickstarter)

Abstract Design Projects on Kickstarter Kickstarter offers designers and creators a unique opportunity to connect with an audience and gather resources to bring their ideas to life. We’ll hear from Clarissa Redwine, Kickstarter’s Design and Technology Outreach Lead for the West Coast, about the wealth of innovative design projects on Kickstarter, best practices for crafting… Read More

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