UCLIC Research Seminar Series

UCLIC Research Seminar 9 May: Hamed Alavi, User Research in a Swiss Smart Living Lab
Hamed Alavi, University of Fribourg & Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL)


UCLIC Research Seminar 9 May: Hamed Alavi, User Research in a Swiss Smart Living Lab


"Smart Living Lab" in Fribourg, Switzerland, is a platform for multidisciplinary research on the relation between people and their built environments of today and the ones of future. In this talk, I will briefly describe the contributions of our HCI team, Human-IST, to some of the smart living lab projects that also engage researchers from the domains of architecture, psychology, and mobility. Then I focus on one specific study that we have conducted over the last three years, in which we (1) studied the patterns of space-use behavior in an office building, (2) employed the results to inform the new design of some of the areas in the building, and (3) evaluated the new designs in relation to the occupants' concerns and the architects' objective to provide more sustainable spatial design.


Hamed S. Alavi is a senior researcher and lecturer at the Human-IST Institute, in University of Fribourg, and at the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology (EPFL). With a design-oriented approach, his work has been focused on addressing questions that concern with the human's interactive experiences with and within built environments. Particularly, he is interested in the engagement of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) as a design research field in the evolution of built environments as they increasingly incorporate context-aware automation and interactivity--reflections that he has been trying to conceptualize with the notion of Human Building Interaction.