HCI and design researcher Amit Zoran will speak at the upcoming Fab14 conference in Toulouse, France.
In The Rachel and Selim Benin School of Computer Science and Engineering at The Hebrew University of Jerusalem, Israel, Dr. Zoran focuses on the integration of classical and computational systems within HCI and design research.
Dr. Zoran’s Design Hybrids Lab focuses on digital design, craft and fabrication, and human-computer interaction (HCI) research. His team studies the design and implementation of hybrid solutions, merging contemporary (and digital) design and fabrication capabilities within traditional making disciplines. They learn the ethnographic aspect of making and creativity, investigating how traditional symbolic practice can contribute to new design and fabrication research to empower today’s creative practices. The lab is facilitated with digital design and fabrication tools and materials, craft studio, tracking devices, and an electronic prototyping workshop.
Hybrids explores the two divergent realms of computational technologies and classical hand-hewn skills, seeking a new way of thinking about these polarities: the digital machine, as generator of control and efficacy, and the human hand, as preserver of subjective intentions and expressivity. Today Dr. Zoran is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Engineering and Computer Science at the Hebrew University, where his research lab explores the integration of craft, design and technology. Dr. Zoran has a PhD and MS from the MIT Media Lab, MDes from Bezalel, and BSc in Comunication System Engineering from BGU.
Classes currently taught in his lab include the Introduction to Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Advanced Topics in Digital Design, and Seminar in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).
Previous courses include an Advanced Seminar in Computer Graphics, Hybrid designs between digital and traditional practices, Advanced Seminar in Computer Graphics, and 3D Design for Rapid Prototyping and Rendering.
FAB14 will take place in Toulouse, France, from July 16-22 at the Pierre Baudis Convention Center.
The event aims to gather people from the global network to debate and build the Fab Lab Network and to forms of knowledge networking. The most distinguished investigators and specialists from all over the globe are invited, generating activities and traversal impact in the Toulouse. The motto “Fabricating Resilience” sets the stage for sharing experiences and creating a collaborative network. To make this possible, five topics will be developed that can create a big impact in the region: FOOD, MOBILITY, MACHINES, MONEY AND ACCESS.
Fab Events, such as Fab14, are a way to integrate all the knowledge acquired during the year by 1,200+ Fab Labs in the world. The participation for content is based on what the active members propose, that see the space as a showroom for their projects, workshops, ideas, and acknowledge that all the work will be seen and appreciated by everyone. The key is the networking among speakers, tutors and volunteers, and what they can make in this new world of digital fabrication.
See you at Fab14!