Kenny Chow: 'Animation Thinking on Human-Technology Relationship'

Thursday May 16, 2019 from 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
Room 1,240, building Luna, TU/e campus

On 16 May, Kenny Chow visits the Center for Humans and Technology. He will also be giving a talk 'Animation Thinking on Human-Technology Relationship'

Today’s mainstream design practice is to make technologies seamless and convenient in everyday life, which inevitably leads to issues like privacy and misassumption. I argue that we should make technologies more “animated” and design user experiences with the concept of “Animation Experience Design” that enables people to imagine, reflect, and gain insight into invisible, distant, indirect, or even inconvenient relationships between behaviors and consequences. This talk will focus on today’s huge amounts of data generated via ubiquitous sensors around our behaviors and suggest a way of transforming them into a kind of “animated parable” for people to experience, understand, and change or reinforce attitude in daily living.

Free entrance

Limited seating, please register (provide your name, affiliation and mail address)

About Kenny Chow
Kenny K. N. Chow is an Associate Professor in the School of Design at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, directing the Interaction Design Lab, Master of Design in Interaction Design and Bachelor of Arts in Interactive Media. Chow received a Ph.D. in Digital Media from Georgia Institute of Technology U.S.A., an M.F.A. from the City University of Hong Kong, an M.Sc. and a B.Sc. from the University of Hong Kong. He is interested in “Animation as Experience” - the influences of “lively” artifacts, interfaces, or environments enabled by technology on individuals’ imagination, emotion, reflection, and behaviors, with impact areas including healthy habits, mental and psychological wellness. He is the author of Animation, Embodiment, and Digital Media: Human Experience of Technological Liveliness published by Palgrave Macmillan. He has papers published in International Journal of Design, International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, Interacting with Computers, as well as conference proceedings including Persuasive Technology, Creativity and Cognition, and International Association of Societies of Design Research Conference. He also has book chapters in Language and the Creative Mind (The University of Chicago Press) and Japanese Animation: East Asian Perspectives (University Press of Mississippi and Hong Kong University Press). Before joining the academia, Chow gained extensive work experience in film, animation, broadcast, and multimedia productions.


Humans and Technology

Understanding the relation between humans and technology is key to responsible development and acceptance of future technologies in almost every application field, be it energy, mobility, health, work, living, learning or entertainment.