Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering

Acting Head of Department of Computer Science and Engineering, IIT-M, professor P Srivinas Kumar, gave the inaugural welcome speech

Participatory design of ict: opportunities and challenges

This workshop was co-organized by Indian Insitute of Technology Madras (IIT-M), India, and Blekinge Insitute of Technology (BTH), Sweden, and hosted by IIT-M. The workshop brought together industry, engineers, social scientists and project managers in the field of ICT:s for a discussion on the role and methods of Participatory Design (PD). The participants were scholars from BTH and Lund University in Sweden, ITU Copenhagen in Denmark, TeNeT Group, Faculty of CSE, EE, IIT Madras, and project managers from RTBI. From the Industry - Ericsson India and Chennai were both represented and some RTBI and TeNeT companies like Uniphore and Invention Labs & Vortex Eng were also represented. Links to presentations and a summarizing report from the workshop can be found below.

Indo-Swedish workshop held at IIT-M, Chennai, February 18th-19th 2010

Venue: BSB 361, Department of Computer Science & Engineering, IIT Madras


                                    Day 1, February 18th 2010

Start time   End time   Title                                Speaker

  9:00           9:30        Inaugural                       Head of Dept of Computer Science & Engineering

  9:30         10:00        Opening Plenary            Professor Timothy A. Gonsalves   /Presentation 1

10:00         10:30        Opening Plenary            Professor Sara Eriksén                  /Presentation 2

10:30         11:00        Tea break                                                                                  

11:00         11:30        Cooperative method ...  Professor Yvonne Dittrich              /Presentation 3

11:30         12:00        Online TT & other ...      Dr. Hema Murthy                             /Presentation 4

12:00         12:30        Real World Inventions   Professor Kari Rönkkö                    /Presentation 5

12:30           1:30        Lunch break

  1:30           2:00        Generic quantitative ...  Professor Markus Fiedler        /Presentation 6

  2:00           2:30        Quality of mobile ...        Professor Hans-Jürgen Zepernick /Presentation 7

  2:30           3:00        Intercultural ...                Professor Pernille Björn Rasmussen /Presentation 8

  3:00           3:30        Tea break

  3:30           4:00        Mobile payments            Deepti Kumar                        /Presentation 9 

  4:00           4:30        TENET/RTBI Lab tour

  7:00           9:00        Dinner at DakshinaChitra     /See more at this link


                                       Day 2, February 19th 2010

Start time   End time   Title                               Speaker

  9:00          9:45          Keynote Address       Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala      /Presentation 10

  9:45        10:15          A joint study ...             Professor Markus Fiedler               /Presentation 11

10:15        10:45         Tea break

10:45        11:15         User-centric designs   L. Kannon, Vortex                          /Presentation 12

11:15        11:45         Networking at school   Dr. Måns Svensson                       /Presentation 13

11:45        12:15         Building inclusive ...      Lakshmi Vaidyanathan                  /Presentation 14

12:15        12:45         Beginning to End ...       Suma Prashant                              /Presentation 15

12:45          2:00         Lunch break

  2:00          2:30         Co-constructive ...       Dr. Annelie Ekelin & Kishore Reddy /Presentation 16

  2:30           3:00         Universal Design          Dr. Namita Jacob                              /Presentation 17

  3:00           3:30         Tea break

  3:30           4:00         Mobile services for ...  Uniphore Team                                 /Presentation 18

  4:00           4:30         Farm(er) specific ...   Dr. Aarti Kawlra&Swarna Subramanian /Presentation 19 

  4:30           5:00         Closing remarks ...       Sara, Hema and Yvonne      /Summarizing report  

                                               Professor Timothy A. Gonsalves

                           Professor Timothy A. Gonsalves, Opening Plenary Day 1

         Lunch break with delicious Indian food

          Pernille Bjørn Rasmussen, IT University Copenhagen, getting a delicious Indian lunch

                    Hema, Annelie and Lakshmi

               Hema Murthy, Annelie Ekelin and Lakshmi Vaidyanathan during a tea break

         Hans-Jürgen Zepernick tells about Quality of Experience

          Hans-Jürgen Zepernick, Blekinge Institute of Technology, discusses perceptions of quality

                              Hans and Anvesh

                                       Hans-Jürgen Zepernick and Anvesh Reddy

             Markus Fiedler explains his conclusions

                   Markus Fiedler, Blekinge Institute of Technology, explains his conclusions

                              Markus and Mani

                                       Markus Fiedler and professor Mani Subramanian

Participants listening

                                                            Attentive audience

                                              Kari and Hans-J

                                     Kari Rönkkö and Hans-Jürgen Zepernick, listening

Professor Gonsalves hands over a thank you gift

                     Professor Gonsalves thanks professor Eriksén for presentation

    Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala

                    Professor Ashok Jhunjhunwala discussing sustainable ICT development

                                     Kishore Reddy and Annelie Ekelin

                    Kishore Reddy and Annelie Ekelin - two key people in the Augment project.

  Mans Svensson presents the concept of Cybernorms

   Måns Svensson, Lund University, presents Pippi Longstockings and the concept of Cybernorms.

                                            Suma presents

                 Suma Prashant presents a project focusing on health care in rural villages.

                   Mans Svensson and Aarti Kawlra

         Måns Svensson and Aarti Kawlra discussing Cybernorms with the workshop participants

    Ladies enjoying tea break

     Ladies enjoying the tea break: Yvonne Dittrich, Aarti Kawlra, Hema Murthy and Sara Eriksén

Final session panel

The closing discussion was moderated by Sara Eriksén, Blekinge Institute of Technology, Yvonne Dittrich, IT University, Copenhagen, and Hema Murthy, IIT-M. (In the foreground, a glimse of Pernille Bjørn Rasmussen, IT University, Copenhagen.)

       Aarti, Swarma and Ruupa 

Aarti Kawlra, Swarna Subramarian and Roopa Naika on the field trip, February 20th. (And in the background, a glimse of Åsa Holm.)                          

   Participatory Design Workshop banner

The colorful workshop banner hanging outside the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at IIT-M was designed by the IIT-M students who were exchange students at Blekinge Institute of Technology during the autumn of 2009.

                   Sustainable campus- bicycles at IIT-M

            Sustainable campus: bicycles parked outside the Computer Sciences Block at IIT-M


Many thanks to the workshop participants who generously shared their pictures for publication on this web site. Some pictures were taken with mobile phone cameras, others with more advanced tools, but hopefully they all help convey the enthusiasm and inspiration we experienced at the workshop!

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