David Lamas

David Lamas

Tallinn University (EE)

David Lamas is a Professor of Interaction Design at Tallinn University’s School of Digital Technologies, where he heads the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) academic and is the curator of the Master in HCI. He also serves as the chair of the Estonian chapter of ACM’s SIGCHI (http://sigchi.org), and as an expert member of IFIP’s TC13 (http://ifip-tc13.org). David’s main research interests are design theory and methodologies, and he has been designing organizations, communities and human technologies, systems and more since his post-doc at Michigan State University as a member of the MIND Labs network (http://www.mind-labs.org). He has done so in the USA, UK, Portugal, Cape Verde, and recently in Mozambique, Afghanistan and Estonia, developing through his experiences an acute understanding of how to shape and lead transformation processes. Read more >>

At the Intersection of Art, Science and Technology, The Estonian STARTS.EE initiative
STARTS.EE is Tallinn University umbrella initiative promoting encounters between science, technology and the arts, for the benefit of society. The aim is to build on Tallinn University’s potential and to open up its research and development activities to the outer world, strengthening its abilities and increasing societal and cultural impact.

Although STARTS.EE has strong links to an environment where multidisciplinary exchanges already happen, we still feel the need to promote stronger ties between the creative approaches on the one hand and the science and technology development practices on the other. As such, our programme builds on three streams of activity: Residencies; Seasonal schools, workshops, courses; and Publications, presentations and public discussions.

In this address, an overview of past and ongoing activities will be provided together with a reflection on the perceived impact of the initiative. The contribution will also dwell into the framing and reframing of art-science collaborations from a more theoretical perspective as an attempt to provide grounds for full exploitation of its potential.