As interactive technologies rapidly evolve, bringing power and connectedness to people and their environments through smart buildings (homes, theatres, libraries, hospitals), phones, cars, robots, and medical devices, more and more of our social, work and domestic experiences are mediated by designed systems. To tackle present and emerging human interface challenges requires professionals with design thinking that is human-centered, analytical, ethical, both creative and systematic, and grounded in knowledge and practical experience.
With the DFP CREATE, we recognize that there is no single disciplinary or professional profile for solving these hard interface design problems. Instead, we bring together cohorts of graduate students from fields including computer science, engineering, nursing, architecture and information science, to study human-centered design processes, develop fluency in core methods and techniques, learn how to conceptualize problems and communicate fluidly across disciplinary cultures to access others’ expertise. The DFP experience will prepare graduates to fill high-demand and leadership positions in the technology, service and industrial sectors, where the production and use of complex human-centered interactive technologies is increasingly pervasive.