Informatics seminar tomorrow on IT and anthropology

Wednesday, April 18, 1.15 pm
MIT Building, MC 413, Umeå University

The Interface Between Interaction Technology and Anthropology
Kazuomi Kuniyoshi

Kazuomi Kuniyoshi grew up in Tokyo, Japan, but has been living in Finland for the last 12 years. He has a master’s in Applied Linguistics and Cultural Anthropology and a PhD in Applied Linguistics from the University of Jyväskylä. Nowadays he’s a research fellow in the Department of Mechanical Engineering at the Lappeenrata University of Technology, where he’s also been teaching the course in user interfaces in the Department of Information Technology. He’s also an adviser to the User Science Institute at Kyushu University in Japan.

Inclusive Design Process and Case Studies
Yasuyuki Yas Hirai

Yasuyuki Yas Hirai has more than 20 years of experience in office industry as a designer and design consultant, working for Kokuyo in Japan and IDEO Product Development in USA. His expertise is in the areas of workplace design and inclusive design, both for innovative approaches to realize human and knowledge centric solutions.

The current and recent focus of his work includes developing work environment solutions for Steelcase AP, collaboration with New Office Promotion Association in Japan, and the Office Age project with the Helen Hamlyn Centre at the Royal College of Art, together with DEGW, IDEO, and Steelcase.