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HCII Speaker Series - Daragh Byrne

Daragh Byrne
Associate Teaching Track faculty, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University


Attend in 1305 Newell-Simon Hall and via livestream.


"Storytelling with data and devices: making sense of the quantified self"

Stories about our everyday experiences are one of the main sensemaking methods we use to find meaning in our lives. As our lives are increasingly documented through smartphones, social media, and digital devices, we have new capacities at our disposal for self examination and discovery.  In this talk, I will tour three systems prepared over the last decade that explore these data streams as resources for reflection, learning and discovery. This will focus on a case study in  K-12 education, specifically, on the use of social media to inspire personally relevant creative writing. It will also include findings from my doctoral experiments, as well as, a recent collaborations on designing technologies for creative documentation and about ’spooky technology'. I will conclude by highlighting roles and emerging opportunities for smart devices to play in mediating our experiences and our collective imagination. 

Speaker's Bio

Daragh Byrne is Associate Teaching Track faculty in the School of Architecture at Carnegie Mellon University. He is core faculty in the Computational Design graduate program in the School of Architecture, actively teaches in the IDeATe network, and holds courtesy appointments in the School of Design and Human-Computer Interaction Institute. Daragh's teaching and research focuses on topics including the internet of things, experiential media, and the maker movement. This work values human-centered, arts-integrative and multidisciplinary approaches as well as close collaborations with architects, designers and artists. Daragh is a founding member of the Ground Works initiative — a partnership between CMU and the Alliance for the Arts in Research Universities (a2ru) — that recently launched an online platform to support new forms of arts-integrative scholarship and discourse. His current NSF-funded research with Marti Louw (PI) focuses on leveraging the internet of things to support documentation in maker-based learning (#1736189). Previous work has included the MakeSchools Alliance, an effort to catalog making in higher education, and the NSF-funded XSEAD project, a community platform for curating arts-integrative collaborations.

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