(1) Open Day on Friday 6 December. Applications for next academic year are now being accepted.
(2) Five presentations and two awards at Doors of Perception conference
(3) Open lectures: from physical computing to aesthetics, from sacred India to Italian industrial design
(4) Teaching interaction design: the big picture and first courses
(5) From real-time watches to helping EU planning-research getting concrete
(6) Fifty-two students and researchers from twenty-one countries
(7) Award winning annual report on first year of activities
(8) Olivetti design featured in Ivrea with exhibition and conference
INTERACTION IVREA GAZETTE December 2002/ *******************************
*** 1. Open Day on Friday 6 December. Applications for next academic year are now being accepted. ***
Are you a graduate, maybe a designer, a technologist or someone who has studied human sciences or media studies? Have you worked for at least two to three years and have some experience in making interactive products or services? Would you like to develop your creativity and become an expert in interaction design? Applications are now being accepted for the academic year 2003-04. The process is explained in detail on our website. To learn more about the Institute, to meet our faculty and students and to see how we work, you are more than welcome to come to our next Open Day on Friday afternoon 6 December 2002.
*** 2. Five presentations and two awards at Doors of Perception conference ***
Interaction-Ivrea faculty and researchers gave five presentations at the international Doors of Perception conference in Amsterdam, 14-16 November, which was attended by more than 900 designers, entrepreneurs, innovators and educators. Associate Professor Massimo Banzi outlined recent software development methodologies that do not only take the client into account, but also the user. Five of the twenty-two projects shortlisted in the Open Doors competition were by faculty or researchers of the Institute. Two of them won awards: a special mention by the jury for associate professor Casey Reas' project Living Facades on the future of textile and surface design and second prize from the audience for Loome, a project by visiting professors Lavrans Lovlie and Chris Downs to legally auction one's personal data such as bank statements, cell-phone records and credit card purchases to the highest bidder. Loome was also featured in Business Week and The Times. Other Open Doors entries were by associate professor Michael Kieslinger and researchers Analia Cervini, Juan Kayser and Victor Vina.
*** 3. Open lectures: from physical computing to aesthetics, from sacred India to Italian industrial design ***
Durrell Bishop (IDEO), Carlo Forcolini (ADI), Ranjit Makkuni (Sacred World Foundation) and John Maeda (MIT Media Lab) will be talking in the Catalyst lectures, a series of design research presentations organised on Thursday evenings at Interaction-Ivrea. The lectures are free and open to the public.
*** 4. Teaching interaction design: the big picture and first courses ***
Designing is the essential activity of the academic programme at Interaction-Ivrea, which aims to produce designers who are leaders and innovators in the field. Check the website to find out how our academic programme is structured, what its model is, what happens in each of the years and what courses are being taught. You can also get an update on the first projects of the first-year students.
*** 5. From real-time watches to helping EU planning-research getting concrete ***
What if you could find out exactly when your doctor would call you into her office so you wouldn't have to sit for hours in a waiting room? How can policy makers use design techniques to better plan the future? How can your mobile phone be easier to use and yet offer more meaningful services? Interaction-Ivrea research is providing answers to these questions and more. Read about 'Fluidtime', 'Design for Future Needs' and 'Mobile Embodiments'.
*** 6. Fifty-two students and researchers from twenty-one countries ***
The forty-four students and eight researchers currently at Interaction-Ivrea come from twenty-one countries. Eleven of them (or more than twenty percent) are from Italy, nine from the USA and six from India. The others are from Argentina, Brazil, Colombia, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Hong Kong, Israel, Japan, Liechtenstein, Norway, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Turkmenistan, United Kingdom and Venezuela. Their average age is twenty-nine. The students' backgrounds are in interaction design (9), computer science and engineering (8), graphic design (8), communications and media (8), social sciences and humanities (4), industrial design (4), architecture (2) and fine arts (1).
*** 7. Award winning annual report on first year of activities ***
A detailed annual report on the Institute's activities during its first academic year, including financial statements, is available in hard copy and as a PDF download. It was published by the Interaction-Ivrea Association, the non-profit entity responsible for the Institute. The report was one of three finalists in the 'Annual Report Oscar' competition for Italian non-profit scientific research organisations, organised by the Italian Public Relations Federation FERPI.
*** 8. Olivetti design featured in Ivrea with exhibition and conference ***
'Natale Capellaro's smart machines', an exhibition dedicated to one of Olivetti's most famous office machine designers and taking place at the centennial of his birth, will run until 22 December at the Villetta Casana (home of the Olivetti Historical Archives), Via Miniere in Ivrea, Italy. On Saturday 23 November, the Institute hosted a one-day conference dedicated to Pier Giorgio Perotto, another famous Olivetti engineer who designed the Olivetti Programma 101, the first desktop programmable electronic calculator. The event drew over 350 attendees, many of whom had worked with Capellaro in the Bluehouse when it was Olivetti's research centre. Speakers included Director Gillian Crampton Smith; Antonio Tesone, President of Olivetti; Bruno Lamborghini, President of Olivetti Tecnost and the Olivetti Historical Archives; and Laura Olivetti, President of the Adriano Olivetti Foundation.
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