Geraldine Fitzpatrick(Technische Universität in Wien)
You are invited to meet a professor of design and assessment of technology,
at the student research conference IIT.SRC 2016
April 28, 2016 at 8:45 am
in the Great Hall
(room -1.61) FIIT STU in Bratislava, Ilkovičova 2
All software development models start with some form of requirements gathering and analysis/specification, i.e., requirements engineering (RE). However RE has its origins in a different age of computing. What does RE mean now that computing has moved beyond the office and the desktop, and infiltrates all aspects of everyday life? Functionality, productivity and efficiency are no longer key criteria for software, but instead notions such as quality of experience, the ability to engage, to entertain, and to connect and communicate, and so on. Many of these applications are driven more by opportunities than needs. Further, we are not just designing for technical systems but socio -technical systems, with technology only one small part of a broader context. If RE only focuses on the technical artefact, we risk designing systems that can have unwanted consequences, or that do not fit into people’s lives. In this presentation, I will draw on three case studies to illustrate some particular challenges for how we understand ‘gathering requirements’ and what we are designing for. While these are only illustrative of some of many possible issues, my hope is that they will start us thinking more about how to re-imagine the notion of requirements and the role of the software developer/HCI practitioner in the software development process.
Geraldine Fitzpatrick is a full Professor of Technology Design and Assessment and leads the Institute for Technology Design and Assessment and the Human Computer Interaction group at Vienna University of Technology (TU Wien). She was previously Director of the Interact Lab at the University of Sussex, a User Experience consultant at Sapient London (a business and technology company), and a Senior Researcher at the Distributed Systems Technology Centre and Centre for Online Health in Australia. Prior to undertaking her Information Technology degree at the University of Queensland in Australia, she worked in various clinical settings as a nurse/midwife. Her research is at the intersection of social and computer sciences, using mobile, tangible and sensor-based technologies in everyday contexts. Particular interest areas include how to support: collaboration and social interaction; social and emotional skills learning; health, selfcare and well-being; sustainability; and active engagement for older people. She has extensive experience in inter-disciplinary research projects in these areas, contributing expertise in the application of qualitative and mixed methods approaches to the design and evaluation of technologies in situ.
Geraldine serves as a member of the ACM CSCW Steering Committee. She has also served as: papers co-chair for CHI2010 and CHI2011; Subcommittee co-chair CHI2009; Video co-chair CSCW2004; Showcase co-chair CSCW2011; Exploratory Papers co-chair PDC2006; Associate program chair CHI03, 05, 06, CSCW02, 06, 13; Doctoral Colloquium chair Ubicomp06, CSCW13, C&T13, Group14, Interact15; and as a member of numerous other program committees. She has delivered over 15 invited keynote addresses at international conferences and forums, and been an invited lecturer at international summer schools, including being part of an invited team speaking at an ACM SIGCHI Education workshop in Beijing. She serves on the editorial board of a number of journals. She has been/is also a member of various other steering committees, advisory boards and evaluation panels for international projects and informatics-related faculties.