Designing Humanity Centered Robots

  • Ian Gonsher
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Location:Hybrid / Sciences Library 804
Meeting Time:MW 9:00-11:50
Exam Group:16: 09-DEC-2020 Exam Time: 02:00:00 PM
Offered this year?Yes
When Offered?Occasionally


We will soon live in a world, if we don't already, that is saturated with a dazzling array of interconnected, automatic things. This semester, we will explore how these emerging technologies might impact our lives in the near future, as we design, discuss, and build robots. We will proceed from a set of questions that will complement a deep immersion in design process and creative practice. We will explore the *how* and *why* of designing robots (and robot like things).

The *how* will establish a technical foundation for developing our designs iteratively, as we build and test prototypes with microcontrollers, 3D printing, laser cutting, and other means for fabrication. The *why* will emerge from our exploration of design strategies that will give us the conceptual framework to translate our ideas into concrete prototypes, and establish space for a critical interrogation of how good design might shape the ways we will behave and think in the years to come. Some of these strategies will be speculative in nature, drawing on Critical Design, Discursive Design, and Design Fictions. Others will be human centered, drawing on Human Centered Design strategies that place an emphasis on empathy with the user's experience, iterative prototyping, and participatory critique.

We will ask: What does the object do? For who? Where does it do it? When? How does the object do it? And why?

Interested students should fill out this survey by August 31, 2020

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CRN: 16595