Bridging Material Science and Interaction Design

20 - 24 January 2020

Venue: Lorentz Center@Snellius

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The objective of this workshop is to bridge Material Science (encompassing disciplines such as physics, chemistry, biology, and engineering) and Interaction Design (encompassing disciplines, such as computer science, psychology and design). Both communities explore the possibility of developing materials and products, which tightly integrate sensing, actuation and computation, making it possible to e.g. change shape, stiffness, or physical appearance in a fully programmable way. The workshop aims at connecting researchers from these two separate multidisciplinary fields. Although they share some of the overarching goals, they approach the challenges from very different perspectives, and research and education are rarely carried out crossing this divide.


    20 - 24 January 2020

    Monday 20 January 2020

    Theme of the day: Introduction and positioning

    Day chair: Isabel Qamar (MIT, United States)

    09:00 – 10:00 Arrival ad coffee (receive sample book)

    10:00 – 10:15  Welcome by Lorentz Center and Organizers

    10:15 – 10:30  Introduction to workshop by Miguel Bruns (Eindhoven, The Netherlands) and Majken Kirkegaard Rasmussen (Aarhus, Denmark)

    10:30 – 11:00  Break

    11:00 – 12.30  Position talks Part I

    Miguel and Majken will take visual notes and participants can collect questions and comments on post-its

    11:00 – 11:30 Shape-change

    Jason Alexander (Lancaster, United Kingdom)

    Nikolaus Correll (Boulder, United States)

    Liu Danqing (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

    11:30 – 12:00 Haptics

    Dirk J. Broer (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

    Mike Fraser (Bath, United Kingdom)

    Anke van Oosterhout (Aarhus, Denmark)

    12:00 – 12:30 Physical/virtual

    Daniel Saakes (Daejeon, Korea)

    Carson Bruns (Boulder, United States)

    Andrés Villa Torres (Zurich, Switzerland)

    12:30 – 14:00       Lunch @Snellius restaurant

    14:00 – 15:30       Position talks Part II

    14:00 – 14:30 Meta Materials

    Corentin Coulais (Amsterdam, Netherlands)

    Alexandra Ion (Zürich, Switzerland)

    Helena Kolken (Delft, Netherlands)

    14:30 – 15:00 Auxetic Materials

    Marcelo Dias (Aarhus C, Denmark)

    Fabrizio Scarpa (Bristol, United Kingdom)

    Aluna Everitt (Bristol, United Kingdom)

    15:30 – 16:00 Textiles

    David Schmelzeisen (Aachen, Germany)

    Sophie Zajicek (Bristol, United Kingdom)

    Stijn Ossevoort (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

    15:00 – 15:30       Break

    15:30 – 16:00 Synergies between Material Science and Interaction Design

    Majken Kirkegaard Rasmussen (Aarhus, Denmark)

    Miguel Bruns (Eindhoven, Netherlands)

    Isabel Qamar (MIT, United States)

    16:00 – 17:30       Presentation of samples (pitching and experiencing), and creating a physical mapping of discipline and research interests based on visual notes and post-it comments and questions.

    17:30 –                  Wine and cheese party


    Tuesday 21 January 

    Theme of the day: Ideation

    Day chair Majken Kirkegaard Rasmussen


    09:00 – 09:30      Introduction to “speed dating” and warm-up (Miguel Bruns and Majken Kirkegaard Rasmussen)

    09:30 – 10:30      Material “speed dating” session part I

    The goal of this session is to generate a wide range of ideas by combining two material samples. Every 10 minutes new combinations of materials will be created.

    10:30 – 11:00      Break

    11:00 – 12.00       Material “speed dating” session part II

    12:00 – 14:00      Lunch @Snellius restaurant

    14:00 – 15:30        Idea clustering and forming of interdisciplinary groups

    The goal of this session is to identify the most interesting ideas resulting from the previous session.

    15:30 – 16:00       Break

    16:00 – 17:30       Ideation Session

    Based upon the previously identified ideas groups will be created who will start to prepare their plans for developing their ideas further in the FabLab on the Wednesday.


    Wednesday 22 January 

    Theme of the day: FabLab

    Day chair Liu Danqing


    08:45 – 09:30      Transportation to FabLab Zoetermeer

    09:30 – 12:00      Making activities in groups

    12:00 – 13:00      Lunch

    13:00 – 18:00       Making activities in groups

    18:00 – 18:45       Transport to dinner

    19:00 – 21:30       Workshop dinner @LAB071




    Thursday 23 January 

    Theme of the day: Presentation and Discussion

    Day chair Nikolaus Correll


    09:00 – 10:00       Preparing material for presentations

    Participants will create (handwritten) posters including keywords and sketches to support the prototypes developed in the FabLab.

    10:00 – 11:00      Plenary presentations and experience of results from the FabLab

    11:00 – 11:30      Coffee break

    11:30 – 12:30       Idea clustering of overall workshop outcomes of the workshop

    The goal of this session is to collect all the insights obtained during the past three days and provide potential directions for future research. Participants can discuss and prepare two directions more in depth in the afternoon in smaller groups.

    12:30 – 14:00       Lunch @Snellius restaurant

    14:00 – 15:00       Group discussion of results: positioning in relation to own work and research agenda Session I

    15:00 – 15:30       Break

    15:30 – 16:30       Group discussion of results: positioning in relation to own work and research agenda Session II

    16:30 – 17:30      Plenary discussion on the outcomes regarding envisioned papers and/or research proposals


    Friday 24 January 

    Theme of the day: Research Plans and Education

    Day chair Miguel Bruns


    09:00 – 09:30       Recap of the ideas for papers and research proposals

    09:30 – 10:30       Plenary discussion on bridging the gap in research

    -          Discuss the essential knowledge, skills or attitudes regarding what Material Scientists have learned from Interaction Designers and vice-versa

    -          Discuss the type of events, activities that are needed to further bridge the two domains

    10:30 – 11:00       Break

    11:00 – 12:00       Plenary discussion on bridging the gap in education

    -          Could interdisciplinary education be a means to bridge the gap and how could it be organized?

    12:00 – 12:30       Closing remarks

    12:30 – 14:00       Lunch

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    Isabel Qamar, University of Bristol  

    Majken Kirkegaard Rasmussen, Aarhus University  

    Danqing Liu, TU Eindhoven  

    Nikolaus Correll, UC Boulder  

    Miguel Bruns, TU Eindhoven  

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