Group Explores Responsive Objects, Surfaces and Spaces

Computing, sociocultural contexts and product design come together.


Teri Nagel
College of Architecture
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Computing, sociocultural contexts and product design come together.

  • Digital applications becoming more relevant. Digital applications becoming more relevant.

Claudia Rebola is co-directing the recently formed Responsive Objects, Surfaces and Spaces Research Group (ROSS), which links computing, traditional product design and the sociocultural context of digital media technologies.

ROSS aims to provide an innovative cross-disciplinary perspective on physical-virtual codesign. In the past decade computing has progressively moved beyond the desktop into new physical and social contexts, evidenced by growing research trends in tangible interfaces; physical computing; ubiquitous computing; and mobile and embedded computing.

As digital applications move from desktop and office workplace settings, they gain relevance within our everyday lives and spaces: homes, classrooms, public spaces, cultural or historical settings, scientific laboratories and beyond. At the same time, as physical objects and spaces gain new computational behaviors, they become increasingly complex: customizable, reprogrammable, repurposable and interoperable.

Rebola, an Assistant Professor of Industrial Design in the College of Architecture, coordinates ROSS with Ali Mazalek and Kenneth Knoespel of the School of Literature, Communications and Culture in the Ivan Allen College of Liberal Arts.

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College of Design

Institute and Campus, Architecture, Student and Faculty, Computer Science/Information Technology and Security, Digital Media and Entertainment, Research
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Industrial Design, information design, mobile computing, physical computing, responsive objects, tangible interfaces, ubiquitous computing
  • Created By: Teri Nagel
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  • Created On: Sep 25, 2008 - 8:00pm
  • Last Updated: Oct 7, 2016 - 11:06pm