19 June 2007 
A Practise-based Approach to Human Centred Computing
Prof. Dr. Volker Wulf
University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT, Sankt Augustin

Computer applications are getting increasingly interwoven in everyday life. To build these applications, we need to take the distinct practices of their (potential) users into account. I will frame the talk by developing a practise-based perspective on social systems. Based on this perspective, I will suggest a research framework for human centred computing. To clarify this framework, I will present research being conducted currently at the University of Siegen and Fraunhofer FIT. We are developing innovative applications for distinct domains such as: knowledge work in a German industrial association, a fire-brigade in the city of Paris, and an ethnically mixed neighbourhood in the city of Bonn. Research in these particular domains is linked by overarching method development such as appropriation infrastructures, end user development, and 3D simulation environments of wearable computers’ use. Finally, I will discuss further research challenges when taking a practise-based view on human centred computing. 

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