Gave a talk at Social Media Week Rotterdam, 2015!

Was very glad this week to have given a talk @Social Media Week conference in Rotterdam! This event is a part of an international Social Media Week, which takes place in different cities simultaneously around the globe, on 4 different occasions every year (Rotterdam was during the same week as London, Miami, and Sao Paolo). I talked about the results of two experiments, the usability/usefulness study conducted using the crowd sourcing platform, and the app testing at the day care centers with children.

I was at the main room (zaal 1), and the talk was streamed live online and was archived as well. You can check it out below. Great experience overall, looking forward for coming back next year as well!


Critical Alternatives 2015 conference, Aarhus, Denmark.

Just back from Aarhus (and a weekend in Copenhagen), it was the 2nd time I visit Denmark. I attended the Critical Alternatives conference, 2015 edition. This conference is special in two ways: first, it is held once every 10 years! And second, the type of work presented there is quite novel, visionary, and out of the box.

On Monday I participated in the Charting the next decades for VSD workshop. There was a short, 2-minute presentation for everyone as an introductory round in the morning, and afterward the workshop took the shape of workgroups of 4-5 people and a presentation afterwards. Discussions during the workshop were very insightful.

The Conference on Wednesday/Thursday had plenty of interesting talks, including the keynote by Telekommunisten, the talks in the session on privacy, and the discussion with Frider Nake for example. Notably, the conference dinner took place in the old Aarhus train station turned industrial space. Very artistic place to say the least. See photos of the conference below!

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Paper accepted to Value-Sensitive Design workshop!

Got my paper “Effects of conflict resolution strategies in normative frameworks on user values: a proposed study” accepted at the Charting the Next Decade for Value-Sensitive Design workshop , which is going to be held in conjunction with the decennial conference on Critical Alternatives 2015 in Aarhus, Denmark. You can get the accepted paper here.

It will be very interesting to meet the VSD (value-sensitive design) enthusiasts from all over the world, especially from the University of Washington where it all originated more than 20 years ago. I will also be looking forward towards the feedback that I will get on my proposed conflict resolution user study.

ICT Open 2015

Presented both a poster and a demo at ICT Open 2015! This is my second participation in ICT Open after the 2012 edition, and this time it was held in De Flint theater, Amersfoort, over the course of two days. There was around 50 or more demos in the hallway, and plenty of interesting talks/events, however I had to stay by my demo (and poster) almost the whole time. Overall, there was plenty of interest especially in my app, and plenty of research/industry contacts made. It was also great to see my supervisor at TU Delft awarded the Dutch prize for ICT in 2014, though unfortunately she couldn’t come to accept it in person. See below the poster, and more photos from the event here.


Attending NordiCHI 2014, Helsinki

A workshop/demo paper of mine which discusses a proposed user study involving parents and children was accepted in the “Personal or Social?” workshop at NordiCHI 2014. I attended the whole conference, during the workshop workgroups were formed and solutions were discussed regarding setting up online communication platforms that encourage offline interaction. The conference had plenty of interesting talks, including a keynote by Don Norman himself! See photos below.

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COMMIT/ event: The Big Future of Data

Participated in COMMIT/’s largest demo event to date, The Big Future of Data. Some 59 demos were present, mine was one of them. About a thousand visitors, including people from the industry, government, TV stations, were present at Trouw Amsterdam, a really industrial space/club/old newspaper building.

I showed my demo, where people could use the app directly with the mobile phones I provided, as well as this video on a screen in the background, and two posters. Overall it was a great networking opportunity.

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This week I attended the 2014 Normative Multi-Agent Systems conference which took place in Bertinoro, Italy. NORMAS is always interesting for me because it’s a small community where one can have interesting discussions with leading members in this very specialized field. This conference has a unique setup that, every day in the afternoon, discussion groups form (there were four in this edition), each around a certain topic related to normative frameworks.

Aside from that, the location of the conference was quite exquisite: an isolated castle on a hilltop in the region of Bologna. See photos below!

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