xTreme Research

Mike Twidale

(University of Illinois)

What happens when we take some of the ideas from eXtreme Programming
and apply them in related contexts, like interface design,
evaluation, user studies, ethnography, analysis, theory-building and
other aspects of the research process? How is the way we currently
conduct research like a classic 20th century Fordist optimized
production line? When is that a Good Thing and when is that a Bad
Thing? How might we take 21st century, post-Fordist industrial and
service production models and apply them to research?

How might we use mashups, YouTube, blogging, wikis, Second Life,
other web 2.0 apps, minimalist user studies, single examples,
metaphors and reframing to undertake a different kind of rapid
prototyping and evaluation? How might that help us in doing better
computer science and apply insights from informatics research to the
development of better products, infrastructures and socio-technical systems?

By looking at some examples of rapid, minimalist lightweight
approaches to addressing or uncovering research questions, this talk
will try to explore some ideas of different ways we might go about
doing research.
Tuesday 3rd July 2007, 14:00
Robert Recorde Room
Department of Computer Science