Detroit’s CCS Tech Summit to Explore Future of Human-Technology Interaction


The College for Creative Studies in Detroit will host a technology summit next month that explores how design can enhance how people use and react to new technologies.

“Design is not just a domain for designers anymore and technology is not just a domain for technicians anymore. We are all impacted. We are all experiencing everything,” says Sooshin Choi, provost and vice president for academic affairs at CCS.

Choi says speakers will present new ideas about how technology can sense peoples’ emotions, and how designers hope to improve daily experiences with the help of technology. “Design comes in to help people enjoy the technology and enjoy being engaged with other people and the community,” Choi says.

The event, held March 2 at the A. Alfred Taubman Center for Design Education, will feature five speakers ranging from a product philosopher at Google to the vice president of Autodesk, a 3-D software company based in San Rafael, Calif.

Elliott Hedman, an experience designer at the mobile development platform m›Path, will talk about using psychophysiological sensors to observe the emotional reactions of customers.

“Detroit is now a center for new thinking,” Choi says. “This is the reason people actually come from New York and California and different places — we attract innovative thinking.”

For more information about the Designing Interactive Experiences that Delight and Engage Summit, click here.