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PDC 2006 - Participatory Design Conference

Expanding Boundaries in Design, Trento, Italy, July 31- August 5, 2006

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Participatory design (PD) is a diverse collection of principles and practices aimed at making technologies and social institutions more responsive to human needs. A central tenet of PD is the direct involvement of people in the co-design of the systems they use. The PD Conferences have been held every two years since 1990.

The theme of the 2006 conference, Expanding Boundaries in Design, focuses attention on the multiple contexts in which design takes place and on an expanding range of possible design outcomes. While participatory design principles and practices are most often applied to the design of technical systems and artefacts, increasingly there is both the need and the opportunity to focus PD approaches on other domains, such as physical environments, organizational practices, and IT-enabled services. Likewise, the contexts in which PD is practiced has grown to include teams of globally distributed designers and practitioners; actor networks that span organizational, expertise, cultural and linguistic difference; and activity areas beyond the workplace, such as domestic and leisure.

Finally, PD has a significant role to play at various stages of design, from initial concept development, to system configuration, to implementation, to integration within the context of use, and ultimately to ongoing design in use. This year's theme recognizes that we have an opportunity to expand our community, our design focus and the sites for action by bringing the principles of informed participation and social good to an even wider audience.    

The upcoming conference will bring together a multidisciplinary and international group of researchers, software developers, social scientists, designers, activists, practitioners, users, citizens, cultural workers and managers who adopt distinctively participatory approaches in the design of artefacts, systems, services, environments and technologies.

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Conference chairs (chairs(a)
Gianni Jacucci, University of Trento, Italy
Finn Kensing, The IT U! niversity of Copenhagen, Denmark

Program chairs (pc(a)
Jeanette Blomberg, IBM Almaden Research Center, USA
Ina Wagner, Technical University of Vienna, Austria
Workshops (workshops(a)
David Hakken, Indiana University, USA
Eva Hornecker, University of Bremen, Germany
Tutorials (tutorials(a)
Monika Büscher, Lancaster University, UK
Volker Wulf, Fraunhofer-FIT and Technical University of Chemnitz,
Doctorial consortium (phd(a)
Jesper Simonsen, Roskilde University, Denmark
Toni Robertson, University of Technology Sidney, Australia
Panels (panels(a)
Tone Bratteteig, University of Oslo, Norway
Andy Dearden, Sheffield Hallam University, UK
Art track (art(a)
Bo Helgeson, Blekinge University of Technology, Sweden
Giulio Jacucci, Helsinki Intitute for Information Technology, Finland
Giorgio Verzotti, MART, Italy Debra Cash, New Century Enterprises, USA
Leah Lievrouw, University of California, USA
Exploratory work (exploratory(a)
Ellen Balka, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Geraldine Fitzpatrick, Sussex University, UK
Organizing Committee (info(a)
Vincenzo D'Andrea, University of Trento, Italy
Artful integration award
Lucy Suchman, Lancaster University, UK
Thomas Herrmann, Ruhr-Universität Bochum, Germany


Thomas Binder, Center for Designforskning, Denmark
Eva Brandt, Danmarks Designskole, Denmark
Andrew Clement, University of Toronto, Canada
Fiorella De Cindio, University of Milano, Italy
Pelle Ehn, Malmo University, Sweden
Joan Greenbaum, City University of New York, USA
Judith Gregory, University of Oslo, Norway
Joachim Halse, The IT University of Copenhagen, Denmark
Kim Halskov Madsen, Aarhus University, Denmark
Thomas Hermann, University of Dortmund, Germany
Sarah Kuhn, University of Massachusetts Lowell, USA
Per Linde, Malmo School of Art and Communication, Sweden
Peter Mambrey, GMD-FIT, Germany
Norberto Patrignani, Catholic University of Milano, Italy
Volkmar Pipek, IISI - International Institute for Socio-Informatics, Germany
Rob Procter, University of Edinburgh, Scotland
Doug Schuler, Evergreen State College, USA
Carla Simone, University of Milano-Bicocca, Italy
Bettina Törpel, Technical University of Denmark
Randall Trigg, The Global Fund for Women, USA
Peter van den Besselaar, Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences, Netherlands
Jaakko Virkkunen. University of Helsinki, Finland

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