Design for Entangled Interactions

How will you make decentralized systems work for society?

This year’s DCODE Symposium will be hosted by the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. DCODE is a 4M European network and PhD program. Its mission is to train researchers and designers to guide society’s digital transformation towards inclusive, sustainable futures. DCODE fellows integrate five big post-disciplinary challenges (algorithms, interactions, value/s, governance, and design practice) to bridge the gap between people, technology, and society. The network brings together 40 researchers from 20 countries cutting across design, engineering, social sciences, and humanities.

The event offers keynotes, workshops, and networking activities that revise and extend user-centered and human-centered design to account for human entanglement with systems that learn, predict, and evolve across decentralized networks. It is part of the DCODE Summer School 2022, the third in a series of seven DCODE summer & winter schools across Europe.

Lunch and evening drinks will be provided in the main hall of the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering. 

Registration is required to determine the amount of catering.

Keynote speakers

Portrait of Christopher Frauenberger

Christopher Frauenberger

Professor of HCI, Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg (Austria). Christopher is nterested in humans and digital technologies. In particular, he uses participatory design approaches to create meaningful, technological futures for diverse people in real world contexts. For example, he has worked with autistic children in schools (e.g. SocialPlayTechnologies) or older adults in their smart homes. Christopher is the author of “Entanglement HCI: The New Wave?” (ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction).

Virginia Tassanari

Virginia Tassinari works to bridge the gap between design (participatory design, design for social innovation, design fiction, futures, etc), and social sciences (philosophy, anthropology and sociology). In this context, 10 years ago she and Ezio Manzini founded the DESIS Philosophy Talks, a platform for creating dialogues between designers and social scientists, starting from questions arising from design practice.

Portrait of Virginia Tassanari

Opening and keynotes will be live streamed:

Design workshops (max. 30 participants)

These workshops are informed by the work of the DCODE Prototeams. Prototeams are a unique DCODE feature, in which PhD researchers from various backgrounds work together in real-world contexts to prototype future design competencies and professional practices. 

Sensing in the Wild – A More Than Human Approach

Have you ever considered yourself to be a part of a sensing system? Participants will be asked to use their bodies to tune into the tensions of crowdsensing systems and their proponents. By embodying different human and non-human roles, participants will gain awareness of the possibilities and consequences that open, decentralized systems might provide for future design practices and scenarios. Organisers: Grace Turtle (IDE, Delft University of Technology), Carlos Guerrero Millan (Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh), Seda Özçetin (Umeå Institute of Design), Mugdha Patil (Hogeschool van Amsterdam).

Care + Play – All Watched Over by Machines of Loving Grace

This workshop will help participants consider critical issues of care, trust, and privacy in relation to sensing technologies in domestic and urban settings. By means of card-based speculative design methods , participants will role play and investigate future interactions between sensing technologies, care receivers, and the care networks around them from the perspective of the affected. Organisers: Youngsil Lee (Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh), Aditi Surana (Design Informatics, University of Edinburgh), Robert Collins (Umeå Institute of Design), Yuxi Liu (IDE, Delft University of Technology), Sonja Rattay (Computer Science, University of Copenhagen).

Plumbing the Machine Learning Pipeline – How Constraints Affect Our Good Intentions

In this workshop, participants will experience the constraints and contextual conditionings during the decision-making process in which AI systems are developed. Through a gamified approach, participants will act out a fictional Machine Learning design scenario for mage classification system and reflect on how values are embedded and ‘lost’ in industry practices. Organisers: Mireia Yurrita Semperena (IDE, Delft University of Technology), Jacob Browne (Philips), Natalia-Rozalia Avlona (Computer Science, University of Copenhagen), Pamela Gil Salas (Umeå Institute of Design).

Program schedule

Times are in the Amsterdam time zone, CET.

8.30 Registration
9:00 Welcome and opening of the symposium
9:15 “DCODE, AI, and the Conditions of Design” | Coordinator Elisa Giaccardi
9:45 “Posthumanism and Design: Configuring Desired Technological Futures” | Opening keynote Christopher Frauenberger
10:15 Discussion moderated by Dave Murray-Rust
10:45 Coffee break
11:00 Design workshops – Round 1
13:00 Lunch
14:00 Design workshops – Round 2
16:00 Interactive Technology Design Exhibition (AI prototyping) by IDE students
17:00 TBD | Closing keynote Virginia Tassinari
17:40 Discussion moderated by Roy Bendor
18:00 Closing of the Symposium
18:15 Drinks