Have you heard the buzz around the so-called “Internet of Things”? The term refers to a future where everyday objects, like your fridge, are virtually connected and able to collect data.
One of WUAS’s MBA lecturers, Geert de Haan, recently presented a paper in the UK about how to teach students to creatively design applications for the Internet of Things.
De Haan attended the 2016 European Conference on Cognitive Ergonomics in Nottingham, UK, acting as co-chair of the programme, together with Tess Roper from the University of Nottingham – ranked in the top 1% of the world’s universities. De Haan explains: “Ergonomics is concerned with how to design the tools we use to our cognitive abilities like memory, attention, etc.”
Besides co-chairing, he also presented two papers. One on the Internet of Things and another on how advances in human-computer interactions are changing the role of Cognitive Ergonomics as the science behind Interaction Design. The latter was discussed at a workshop organised by De Haan and Anke Dittmar from Rostock University in Germany together with a number of reviewed papers about how human-computer interaction makes it harder to do Interaction Design.
“The idea is that, for instance, computer systems may become very unpredictable and even scary when they act upon you instead of reacting to your explicit commands. Like an automatic door that suddenly opens when that was not your intention,” De Haan said.
by Anesca Smith