Press Release: Christopher Csikszentmihályi Appointed ERAChair in Human-Computer interaction and Design Innovation at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (http://www.m-iti.org)
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Madeira, Portugal - Christopher Csikszentmihályi has been appointed ERAChair of HCI and Design Innovation at the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute of the University of Madeira.
“We know Chris’s broad experience in research, teaching and creating meaningful partnerships with non-profits and industry make him an excellent choice for the ERAChair of Madeira-ITI. We have an ambitious strategic development plan to make M-ITI into an excellence research center in HCI and design, Chris is a great leader to take us into new and adventurous directions that could leverage our positioning between Europe and the Americas” said Nuno Nunes, president of the board of Madeira-ITI. The selection of a creative leader was pushed by the search committee: "I'm delighted that Chris Csikszentmihályi will be joining Madeira-ITI as chair. Chris is a strong leader who can build upon the Institute's tradition of solid scientific research in a focused direction, one that can enhance and amplify its contributions to the science and practice of information technology" said Don Norman one of the members of the search committee. "Chris will open new opportunities for the research that could be conducted within LARSyS. Our strong engineering basis benefits a lot from the innovative ideas coming from art and design innovation that people like Chris are capable of providing going beyond technology into what makes people and communities better in a global village", said João Sentieiro director of the national associated laboratory in Robotics and Systems in Engineering and Science.
Chris defined himself as an artist, designer, technologist and dude. He is known for for inspiring and developing political technologies that rebalance power between citizens, corporations, and governments. Recently he started the Rootio project in collaboration with UNICEF a sociotechnical platform for community radio that will work to make community radio networked, interactive, and scalable but still inexpensive, while maintaining roots in small, linguistically diverse communities.
Before joining Madeira-ITI Csikszentmihalyi was a professor at colleges, universities, and institutes, including Distinguished Visiting Professor of Art and Design Research at Parsons the New School for Design. He cofounded and directed the MIT Center for Future Civic Media (C4), which was dedicated to developing technologies that strengthen communities. He also founded the MIT Media Lab's Computing Culture group, which worked to create unique media technologies for cultural and political applications. Trained as an artist, he has worked in the intersection of new technologies, media, and the arts for 16 years, lecturing, showing new media work, and presenting installations on five continents and one subcontinent. He was a 2005 Rockefeller New Media Fellow, and a 2007-2008 fellow at Harvard's Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, and has taught at the University of California at San Diego, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and at Turku University.
Csikszentmihályi has been represented by the Location One Gallery in New York's SoHo and Fringe Exhibitions in Los Angeles. He toured museums and nightclubs with his mechanical hip hop device, DJ I, Robot, which was nominated for the Best Artistic Software award at Berlin's Transmediale, while a previous piece, Natural Language Processor, was commissioned by the KIASMA Museum in Helsinki, Finland. The catalog for his installations Skin and Control is published by Charta and distributed by DAP, and he served on the National Academy of Science's IT and Creativity panel.
Chris received his BFA from School of the Art Institute of Chicago in 1994 and an MFA from the University of California, San Diego in 1998, he also holds an PhD(hc) Cornish College of the Arts. He is married to Gemma Rodrigues and they have one child Iris.
The Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute (http://www.m-iti.org) is an innovation institute of the University of Madeira (http://www.uma.pt) part of the Carnegie Mellon Portugal International Partnership (http://www.cmuportugal.org) and one of the centers forming the LARSyS (http://www.larsys.pt) the national associated laboratory in Robotics and Systems in Engineering and Science. M-ITI mission is to to research, enable, design and create transformative experiences that empower people to lead the best possible life in harmony with their environment. Our vision is to become an excellence research center in the domains of human-computer interaction and design. Check http://www.m-iti.org for more information about the institute and the academic and research programs.
The European Research Areas (ERA) Chairs is a new measure to bridge the research and innovation divide in Europe. These grants are intended to help develop research excellence in EU Member States, Associated Countries and regions under the Horizon 2020 framework. See http://ec.europa.eu/research/era/era-chairs_en.html for more information. Madeira-ITI was awarded one of the first ERA Chairs promoted by the European Union as part of the pilot Horizon 2020 call in 2013.
Nuno Jardim Nunes
University of Madeira
Carnegie Mellon Portugal Partnership
Caminho da Penteada, 9020-105 Funchal, Madeira, Portugal.
Tel. + 351 291 720 000, Fax + 351 291 720 010
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