Grad Training

DFP CREATE: A cross-disciplinary graduate training and research initiative in interactive computer technology

The DFP experience will prepare graduates to fill high-demand and leadership positions where technology and people meet in areas such as health, architecture, urban planning, robotics, learning, policy and many more. 

What is the DFP Grad Training Program?

UBC’s Designing for People (DFP) CREATE is a unique, NSERC-funded graduate training program, where top Masters and PhD students enrolled in participating programs across campus work together to become leaders in a wide range of fields involving interactive technology design. Students combine their disciplinary knowledge with holistic design understanding, hands-on experience with external partners, and cross-disciplinary collaboration.

What's so important about designing for people?

As interactive technologies evolve, bringing power and connectedness to people and their environments through smart homes, theatres, libraries, hospitals, phones, cars, robots, and medical devices, our social, work and domestic experiences are mediated by designed computational systems - which often work imperfectly, and can create major new interactive, social and health issues.  Tackling 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.

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