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Northumbria University Public Lecture Series: Professor Lars Erik Holmquist

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Professor Lars Erik Holmquist, Professor of Innovation, Arts, Design and Social Sciences, Northumbria University

Design Building, City Campus East, Northumbria University, Newcastle upon Tyne 

Refreshments will be available from 6pm

Title: Grounded Innovation: How do we Invent the Future and how do we make it useful?

Synopsis

Professor Holmquist will explore how innovative research outputs can result in the development of valuable products. From handheld location-aware devices, to paintings showing the next bus departure, some of these inventions have now become a part of everyday life, while others struggle to find any practical application.

He will reflect on the best ways to produce useful research results and will present the notion of “grounded innovation” as a strategy for creating new digital products.

About the Speaker

Professor Holmquist is an internationally leading researcher in human computer interaction, interaction design and ubiquitous computing. He has published over 100 articles in fields such as HCI, design methods, mobile applications and ubicomp, which have been cited more than 3500 times. His work has been presented at major scientific conferences including CHI, SIGGRAPH, UIST, UbiComp, Mobile HCI, InfoVis and ECSCW.

His first book, Grounded Innovation: Strategies for Creating Digital Products, was published by Morgan Kaufman in 2012, and provides a practical guide to the design-driven innovation process, with many examples drawn from his own research and elsewhere.

He was most recently a Guest Researcher at Tokyo University, where he is worked on his second book. Before this, he was a Principal Scientist at Yahoo Labs in Sunnyvale, CA, where he did research in areas such as location-based services, interactive television and augmented reality. Other appointments have included Full Professor (and later Guest Professor) at Södertörn University, Lab Leader at the Swedish Institute of Computer Science, and Co-Founder and Research Leader of the Mobile Life VINN Excellence Research Centre in Sweden.

He has secured funding for and led a number of major research projects, from agencies including the Swedish Foundation for Strategic Research, The Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, as well as several large European Union projects and two collaborative grants with Stanford University from the Wallenberg Global Learning Network. In 2005, he was awarded an Individual Grant for the Advancement of Young Research Leaders (INGVAR) from the Foundation for Strategic Research, one of the most prestigious personal grants for researchers in Sweden.

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Event Details

Northumbria University
Design Building
City Campus East
Newcastle upon Tyne
NE2 1UY


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