Project Description

Carman Neustaedter

Dean, Faculty of Communication, Art and Technology (FCAT) Professor, School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) Simon Fraser University

Dr. Carman Neustaedter (he/him/his) is Dean of the Faculty of Communication, Art, and Technology (FCAT, and Professor in the School of Interactive Arts and Technology (SIAT) at Simon Fraser University. Dr. Neustaedter is an international expert in human-computer interaction and computer-supported collaboration. He leads the Connections Lab (cLab) – an elite research team of aspiring superheroes that aims to create better technologies for connecting people over distance. Dr. Neustaedter and his team research the design and use of technologies for family communication, workplace collaboration, game play (e.g., escape rooms, pervasive games), and emergency response as part of Next Generation 911. He previously worked at Microsoft Research and the Eastman Kodak Company with a focus on email, calendaring, and the collection and sharing family memories. As an academic, he has collaborated with a range of small to large companies and organizations, including Best Buy, Curatio, E-Comm 911, HootSuite, Motorola, Perch, Samsung, TransLink, and more.

Panelist at the conference

Thursday, September 30, 10:05-10:50 am PST

Industry-Academia Collaboration Opportunities, Challenges, and Tips

While industry and academia generally focus on different outputs, countless businesses/non-profits and university researchers in many fields have benefited from working together. Industry can help academia in their work to advance scientific knowledge. Academia can help industry better understand a field or problem, and seed advances in product/service innovation. In the relatively newer field of UX/HCI, such collaborations are emerging but are not very common. How can our design community better leverage this potential synergy?

In this panel, academic researchers and industry professionals will discuss their experiences, highlighting collaboration opportunities, common challenges, and ideas for making the most of the collaboration.

Key Takeaways

  • Potential benefits from academic researchers (in HCI and other design-related areas) and industry collaborations
  • Expected challenges to watch out for
  • Tips on starting and fostering a good collaboration
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