It could be argued that software development typically stems from a position of admirable intent and motivation to solve a real problem, improve efficiencies of practice, or even achieve societal good. Unfortunately, however, the approach to such software development is often dominated by either the domain expert or the engineer tasked with building the software. All too often, the voices of the real people who are destined to use the software are overlooked or age old techniques are adopted that do not support inclusive design or evaluation of such technologies.
In this lecture, Professor Lumsden will reflect on a wide range of examples from her research that demonstrate novelty in terms of designing with end users, novelty of interaction for end users, and novelty of evaluation to ensure feasibility and usability of technology that will be acceptable to end users. Passionate about the fundamental need to approach software design with basic kindness, Professor Lumsden’s hope is that the examples she shares will inspire others to embrace empathetic approaches to future software design so that collectively we can realise an effective and acceptable technological future.
This is a hybrid event. You can choose to attend in-person or online. If registering to attend online, you will be sent a link closer to the time.