Invited Talk by Asmina Vasalou

My background is in design and HCI. I have a long-standing interest in understanding how designers’ intentions are challenged as a consequence of users’ values, needs and appropriation of technologies. Examples of work in this area include identity construction through avatars, location tracking in families, and social network use.A second strand of work is centred on design thinking. This has enabled me to understand challenges, such as the need for privacy awareness, from a different perspective than that typically taken.I have been also exploring the notion of user participation in design more generally in light of the expectations that TEL must fulfil, the real world constraints faced during design research and the multidisciplinary teams involved in TEL projects.