JohanGeneral Chair: Johan Redström  is a professor of design at the Umeå Institute of Design. Combining philosophical and artistic approaches, his research focuses on experimental design and critical practice. He has previously been a studio director of the Interactive Institute, an adjunct professor at the School of Textiles at the University of Borås, Sweden, and an associate research professor at the Center for Design Research at the Royal Academy of Fine arts, School of Architecture, Denmark. He received his PhD from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. In 2006, he received the Design Studies Award and in 2009 he was elected as a fellow of the Design Research Society. 


ErikGeneral Chair: Erik Stolterman is Professor of Informatics, Professor in Cognitive Science, and Department Chair at the School of Informatics and Computing, Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also professor at the Institute of Design at Umeå University. Stolterman is co-Editor-in-Chief for the ACM Interactions magazine and Editor for the Design Thinking/Design Theory book series by MIT Press, and on several editorial boards for international journals. Stolterman's main work is within interaction design, philosophy and theory of design, information technology and society, information systems design, and philosophy of technology. Stolterman has published a large number of articles and five books, including "Thoughtful Interaction Design" (MIT Press) and "The Design Way" (MIT Press).


AnnaGeneral Chair:  Anna Valtonen  is Professor in Industrial Design and Dean of Aalto University's School of Arts, Design and Architecture in Helsinki, Finland. She was previously  Rector of Umeå Institute of Design (UID).  Anna Valtonen's research interests are in design&society, its history and future, and on the role of designers within.  Her PhD, from the Aalto University, was on the professional development of industrial design practice. Anna Valtonen has also been a Visiting Professor in the Department of Management at ESSEC Business School Paris, France. Before UID she worked 12 years for Nokia, lately as Head of Design Research & Foresight. She also holds many positions of trust within universities, organisations and corporations.


CarlConversations and Debates Chair: Carl DiSalvo is an Assistant Professor in the Digital Media program at the Georgia Institute of Technology. His research draws together the humanities, science and technology studies, and interaction design to increase public engagement with technology and analyze the social and political uses of digital media. He is the author of Adversarial Design (MIT Press, 2012) and he regularly publishes articles in the fields of design studies and human-computer interaction design. He also designs and produces experimental media and public events, which have been exhibited and supported by the ZKM (Center for Art & Media), Warhol Museum, Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, Times Square Arts Alliance, and the Walker Art Center.


 JamerConversations and Debates Chair:  Jamer Hunt collaboratively designs open and flexible programs that respond to emergent cultural conditions. He is the Director of the experimental graduate program in Transdisciplinary Design at Parsons the New School for Design. His practice, Big + Tall Design, combines conceptual, collaborative, and communication design, and he is co-founder of DesignPhiladelphia, now the largest city-based design festival in the US. He is a Fast Company Expert Design Blogger and Huffington Post Education Blogger, and has served on the Board of Directors of the American Center for Design, the Editorial Board of the journal Design and Culture, the Board of Directors of the Victor Papanek Foundation, and on the Icograda Design Education Manifesto Steering Committee. With MoMA and SEED Magazine he collaborated on and co-hosted MIND08: The Design and Elastic Mind Symposium as well as the project Headspace: On Scent as Design in 2010. He has consulted or worked at Smart Design, frogdesign, WRT, Seventh Generation, and Virtual Beauty. His written work engages with the poetics and politics of the built environment and has been published in various books, journals, and magazines, including I.D. magazine, which published his Manifesto for Postindustrial Design.


LimPapers Chair: Youn-kyung Lim is an associate professor in the Department of Industrial Design at KAIST in South Korea. She has been participating in service activities for the CHI community and the design community as a program committee member and as an organizing committee member for international conferences. She is also a receiver of Microsoft Research New Faculty Award in 2009. Her current research focus has been in the areas of experience-centered design and aesthetics of interaction, as well as prototyping in interaction design especially for creative interaction design.


KristinaPapers Chair:Kristina Niedderer, Ph.D. MA (RCA), is Reader in Design and Applied Arts at the University of Wolverhampton, UK. She leads the 'Material and Theoretical Practice' research cluster and Contextual Studies for the MA Design and Applied Arts. Originally apprenticed as a goldsmith and silversmith in Germany, she then trained as a designer and design researcher in the UK, with an MA (RCA) and a Ph.D. in Design. Her research focuses on new directions for craft and on mindful design.

Workshop Chair: 
Jodi Forlizzi  is an Associate Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Institute and Design at Carnegie Mellon University. Her research ranges from understanding the limits of human attention to understanding how products and services evoke social behavior. She designs and researches systems ranging from peripheral displays to social and assistive robots and interfaces to control them. 

Doctoral Colloquium Chairs:  Peter Gall Krogh, Aarhus University (DK) and  Tuuli Mattelmäki, Aalto University (FIN)

Peter Gall Krogh is educated as architect and is Professor in Design at the Aarhus School of Architecture in Denmark where he heads the research and teaching platform "REform - designing social innovation for sustainability". His work is marked by a continuous effort to bridge academic, commercial and social interests in experiments and research; pointing to solutions that enable people to pursue desirable and profitable cultural changes both large and small scale.

He has participated and led a wide range of educational programs and research projects, including doctoral education in both academia and industry with the focus of integrating services, IT and physical artifacts and spaces. The projects are characterized by processes of co-creation and participatory design embracing a solution space including product, service, interaction design, architecture and urban planning.

Through the establishment and approach of the REform platform, the design of IT systems has become a means along many others in pursuit of sustainability through social innovation in both research and teaching.

Tuuli Mattelmäki, DA, industrial design, is associate professor in design at the Department of Design, Aalto University, School of Art, Design, and Architecture. She has acted as the head of research, deputy head of the department during 2013 and is the founder of engaging co-design research (ENCORE) research team. Tuuli has been an influential person to study, create and develop exploratory methods for human centered empathic design and design research. Her doctoral research on Design Probes has been among the pioneering research in the field. Her research interests cover empathic design, co-design and design for services. She was also awarded as the industrial designer of the year 2008 in Finland for her achievements in design research. 

Local Organisation:

Local Organisation Chair - Heather Wiltse

Head of Department, Umeå Institute of Design - Maria Göransdotter

Conference Experience Team
Operations Manager - Petra Käck

Sponsorship Coordinator- Monica Lindh -Karlsson

Technical Coordinators- Peder Fällefors, Peter Lundholm

Logistics Coordinator aka "Schriftführer" - Helena Moliis

Student Volunteer Coordinator - Aditya Pawar

Head of Student Union - Jenni Toriseva

Visual Communications
Creative Director - Marije de Haas

Designers - Doris Feurstein, Júlia Nacsa, Jenni Toriseva, Marcel Penz,
Madyana Torres de Souza, Regimantas Vegele

Paper Program Committee
Alethea Blackler
Erik Bohemia - PEDSIG: Design Pedagogy & Education SIG
Rebecca Cain - SIGWELL: Design for Health, Wellbeing and Happiness 
Lin-Lin Chen
Anna Croon Fors
Hua Dong - Inclusive SIG
Haakon Faste
Tom Fischer - OPEN SIG: Objects, Practices, Experiences, Networks SIG
Bruce Hanington
Paul Hekkert
Ilpo Koskinen
Jonas Löwgren
Maarit Mäkelä
Nithikul Nimkulrat - EKSIG: Experiential Knowledge Special Interest Group
Arlene Oak
M P Ranjan
Debra Satterfield
Pieter Jan Stappers
Mike Tovey - PEDSIG: Design Pedagogy & Education SIG
Brynjulf Tellefsen
Rhoda Trimmingham - Sustainability SIG
Mikael Wiberg
John Zimmerman


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