Assessing the co-construction of Ambient Intelligence technologies and use practices

PhD Project

Period:2005-2010

Financed by: University of Twente - STePS

Project Staff

PhD Student: Drs. L.B.M. Neven (Louis)

Promotor: Prof. Dr. N.E.J. Oudshoorn (Nelly)

Supervisor: Dr. B.J.M.van der Meulen (Barend)

Description

Gaining a better understanding of the relation between designers and users of Ambient Intelligence (AmI) technologies is the central aim of my research project. I focus on the ways in which designers make representations of (elderly) users (Akrich 1995), how these representations influence the design of AmI technologies and how social relations are taken into account in user representations and design. Ultimately, this should lead to reflections about theory on representing users, reflections on governance of technology related to users and user representations and I hope to provide some ‘tools’ to make user representations more reflexive. So far I have analyzed the way the user is represented in visions of AmI. I am currently doing a case study on the way elderly users are represented in user tests with an AmI human-interaction robot. Finally, I intend to do a case study on user representations in actual use practices of AmI.

Publications

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Neven, L. (2008) “Ambient Intelligence en Religie; van de sublieme voorzienige tot ambient religion” in Well, M. van, Deus et Machina; de verwevenheid van technologie en religie, Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek (STT/Beweton), Den Haag.

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Steen, M., Neven, L. Meijknecht, T. (2008) “Over het geloof van een ingenieur” in Well, M. van, Deus et Machina; de verwevenheid van technologie en religie, Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek (STT/Beweton), Den Haag.

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Neven, L. (2004) “De Weerbarstige Toekomst van het Wonen.” in Well, M. van, Beter Bouwen en Bewonen; een praktijkgerichte toekomstverkenning, Stichting Toekomstbeeld der Techniek (STT/Beweton), Den Haag.