IDC seminar – Empowering people to tell their unique stories – The design of creative writing user interfaces

March 15, 2016 at 11:00 am

Dr. Pedro Campos (University of Madeira, Portugal and Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute)

http://www.m-iti.org/people/pedro

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Creativity is an inspiration that many people have and always want more – but it is a complex and multifaceted phenomenon. In this talk I will briefly cover some design principles for creativity support tools as well as perspectives on creative interaction. I will focus on user interfaces for creative writing Creative writing is often used as a pedagogical tool to increase literacy. It can also be used to build positive relationships and encourage dialogue across diverse communities. Creative writing gives a voice to marginal groups in society, helping them to tell their stories. In this sense, new tools for creative writers can be used to support community-based writing projects and encourage people from all backgrounds to find their voice and tell their unique stories. But we also believe that creative writing can be used not only for the mental well-being of underserved populations but as a way to empower people to tell their unique stories and thereby increase society’s awareness of their situations and challenges.

Bio: Pedro Campos is an Assistant Professor at the University of Madeira, Portugal, and Senior Researcher of the Madeira Interactive Technologies Institute, where he served as Vice President from 2012-2015. He is also Associate Researcher at the Visualization and Intelligent Multimodal Interfaces Group at INESC-ID Lisbon. He is a founding member of IFIP’s Technical Committee 13.6 on Human Work Interaction Design, becoming elected as Chair for 2014-2017. He is also Portugal’s national representative at the TC13 and serves the editorial boards and program committees of several Human-Computer Interaction journals and conferences. He has authored more than fifty research papers and has lead or participated in several EU, national and regionally-funded scientific projects.