Our confirmed keynote speakers are:
Ron Wakkary is full professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University in Canada where he is the founder of the Everyday Design Studio (eds.siat.sfu.ca). In addition, he is full professor in Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology in the Future Everyday cluster. Wakkary is interested in design-oriented human-computer interaction (HCI), tangible computing and the philosophies of technologies through design. Wakkary’s research investigates the changing nature of interaction design and HCI in response to new understandings of human-technology relations. He aims to reflectively create new interaction design exemplars, concepts, and emergent practices of design that help to shape both design and its relations to technologies. Wakkary considers people as integrally connected with technologies, actively shaping who they are rather than being passive users or consumers of digital artifacts. He investigates how to design computational things that are radically simple, that encourages people to determine how these things fit into and construct their everyday lives. In many ways, he sees things and systems we design as resources for inquiry rather than finished products. Ron Wakkary holds a BFA in Visual Arts from Nova Scotia College of Art and Design, Canada, a MFA in visual Arts from the State University of New York, USA, and an PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from the University of Plymouth, UK. Ron is currently a member of the Tangible Embedded/Embodied Interaction (TEI) and Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) steering committees. He is also a member of various editorial boards including International Journal of Design (IJD). He was co-Editor-in-Chief of ACM interactions from 2010 to 2016.
Juhani Pallasmaa (b. 1936), architect SAFA, Hon. FAIA, Int FRIBA, has been active in urban planning, architecture, and exhibition/product/graphic design since the early 1960s. He has held many positions, including Professor and Dean, Helsinki University of Technology (1991–97); Director of the Museum of Finnish Architecture (1978–83); and Rector of the Institute of Design, Helsinki (1970–71). He has held several visiting professorships in the US (Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C., University of Illinois, Washington University in St. Louis, University of Virginia and Yale University) and lectured widely in Europe, North and South America, Africa, and Asia. Pallasmaa has published 50 books and more than 300 essays in 30 languages, including The Embodied Image (2011), The Thinking Hand (2009), Encounters: Architectural Essays (2005) and Encounters 2 (2012), The Architecture of Image: Existential Space in Cinema (2001 and 2007), and The Eyes of the Skin: Architecture and the Senses (1996 and 2005).