Prof. Dr. Lou Yongqi is Dean of the College of Design and Innovation at Tongji University in Shanghai. He is a full professor at Tongji, Visiting Professor at the School of Art, Design, and Architecture at Aalto University in Finland, and the School of Design of Politecnico di Milano in Italy.
Lou is a leading figure in sustainable interdisciplinary design education, research, and practice. He was one of the first designers in China to connect social innovation and sustainable design thinking with rural development. Lou has been the pioneer in China for design-driven innovation education that connects design, business, and technology. He also furthers this agenda through international collaboration. Lou is Vice President of CUMULUS, the International Association of Universities and Colleges of Art, Design, and Media. He is Founding Executive Editor of She Ji — the Journal of Design, Innovation, and Economics published by Tongji University and in cooperation with Elsevier. He is the Editorial Board Member of the journal Design Issues published by The MIT Press, Journal of Visual Arts Published by Taylor &amp; Francis. Lou currently chairs the international advisory board of University of Applied Arts Vienna, and he serves on the advisory boards of the Alta Scuola Politecnica in Italy, Kolding Design School in Denmark, the DESIS Network, the Platform for Artistic Research in Sweden. In 2014, the President of Finland honoured Lou with the Order of the Lion of Finland as a Knight, First Class.
Two great inventions that opened the era of human-computer interaction design—desktop and mouse—are now disappearing. Computers are becoming smaller and smaller, smarter and smarter.
Everyone is now surrounded by many visible and invisible computers, which are all highly connected through the Internet ubiquitously. A new world of artificial intelligence is emerging. When the intelligence of human-being is expanded to his/her surroundings, condensed into a new kind of Intelligent life, the relationship between human-being and the rest of the world has been redefined. How to cross the boundaries and to enable the sustainable interaction between nature (the 1st system), human-beings (the 2nd system), artificial world (the 3rd system), and the cyber world (the 4th system), becomes an interesting proposition and merits new design. But before that, it’s necessary to rethink the anthropocentric view and even design itself. The most attractive feature of design is optimistic. What makes a human being human, lies in that one is not leading a kind of life which merely has needs to be fulfilled, but can also use his/her subjective initiative to control and conduct his/her behavior for a certain common value. Today sustainability is not only a value of ethics, but a value of surviving. How to use and encourage a new kind of HCI design, to generate sustainable behaviors and social changes, further, to redesign the commensalism of the four systems mentioned above will be the main focus of my talk.
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