Panel Discussion am HCI Center.

Wann: Thursday, June 16, 17.00 – 19.00 Uhr
Wo: Center for Human-Computer Interaction, University of Salzburg
Sigmund-Haffner Gasse 18, 5020 Salzburg


Barrier-Free in each mind
What are design challenges imposed by an ageing society? What are design challenges imposed by mild or severe impairments? How can design of technologies address boundaries imposed by varying human conditions? How can design turn such boundaries into opportunities that are of benefit for everyone (“design for all”)? How can society benefit from technologies designed for impaired people and vice versa?
This lecture and panel discussion will critically reflect upon such questions, highlighting that it is not only about designing within certain boundaries (that are, for example, imposed by the process of ageing), but that we can design for far-reaching opportunities for society as a whole. Computational and non-computational artefacts can help to eradicate boundaries that separate impaired from non-impaired people, younger from elderly people, by designing for all and being “barrier-free in each mind”.

For this discussion, we are very happy to announce that Shinji Sudo (People Design Institute, Tokyo), Günter Lepperdinger (Professor at the Department of Cytology and Physiology, University of Salzburg), and Michael Friedrich Russold (Otto Bock Healthcare Products GmbH, Vienna) will be part of this highly interdisciplinary panel discussion to reflect upon these opportunities from various perspectives.