Designing Complex Interactions: a People Centred Perspective

Peter Johnson

(University of Bath)

Complex Systems are deemed to be complex because of the nature of the interactions between the components rather than merely because of the number of the components. Focusing upon complex interactions that are difficult to predict and design is the very territory that researchers and practitioners in Human Computer Interaction are used to. The nature of human behaviour, the varied domains of activity, and the interactions that take place are indeed complex. Designing systems that support, enhance and enable human, social activity is a difficult challenge facing these researchers and practitioners. To meet these challenges theories, methods, technologies and models are developed, applied and evaluated in demanding contexts and where found wanting give rise to further research and development. Taking two examples of designing interaction in the cockpit and in creative music composition the approaches used are illustrated. The relevance of these findings to approaching the design of systems on a larger scale is considered.
Thursday 27th September 2007, 14:00
Robert Recorde Room
Department of Computer Science