Course Schedule

The public is invited to join our live Zoom sessions from June 2 – Sept 2, 2020 or watch the recorded video sessions. For part 1 of the course most sessions are held Tuesdays and Thursdays 17:15 – 18:45 (Helsinki time). For part 2, most sessions are held on Mondays, Wednesdays or Fridays 10:15 – 11:45 or 12:45. If you are joining as a guest (not enrolled in the course) please fill in this guest consent form in advance.

WEEK 1: Understanding Crisis and Role of Human-Centred Design
June 2: Introduction to Crisis and Human-Centred DesignProf. Nitin Sawhney, Department of Computer Science, Aalto UniversityVideo | Readings
June 4: Real-world Challenges of Crisis and Disaster ManagementMarko Korhonen, Disaster Management Coordinator at Finnish Red CrossVideo | Readings
WEEK 2:  Role of ICT, Interaction Design & Data Science in Crisis Response
June 9: Role of Information & Communication Technologies in Humanitarian Sector and
Crisis Communication Strategies
Ilpo Kiiskinen, Communications Director at Finnish Red Cross
Jaakko Salavuo, Communications Director, Aalto University
Video | Readings
June 11: Contact Tracing for COVID-19: Role of Interaction Design and Data ScienceKarri-Pekka Laakso, Lead Designer (Interaction), Reaktor
Prof. Antti Honkela, Associate Professor at the Department of Computer Science, University of Helsinki and Coordinator of Research Programme in Privacy-preserving and Secure AI, Finnish Center for Artificial Intelligence (FCAI)
Video | Readings
WEEK 3: Challenges of Security and Privacy in Crisis Contexts
June 16: On Security, Privacy and Contact TracingProf. Janne Lindqvist, Department of Computer Science, Aalto University;
Director, Helsinki-Aalto Center for Information Security (HAIC)
June 18: Holiday
WEEK 4:  Conducting User Experience Research for Healthcare Contexts
June 23: Designing for Healthcare Experiences from a Multi-stakeholder PerspectiveProf. Johanna Kaipio, Department of Computer Science, Aalto UniversityVideo | Readings
June 25: Data-Driven Approaches to Healthcare Research during the COVID-19 PandemicMiika Leminen, Head of Analytics and AI development at Helsinki University Hospital (HUS)Video | Readings
June 26: Workshop: Rethinking Critical Crisis Themes and Design DirectionsProf. Nitin Sawhney and
Dr. Salu Ylirisku, Design Teacher (Senior University Lecturer) at Aalto University
Video | Outcomes
WEEK 5: Multi-modal Interaction, Design Thinking and Ecologies of Crisis
June 30: Designing Multi-modal Interfaces for Demanding Conditions in CrisisPaula Valkonen, Master of Arts, Aalto University
Dr. Jari Laarni, Principal Scientist, VTT 
Video (Aalto access-only) Readings
July 3: Workshop: Mapping Ecologies of Crisis using Design ThinkingProf. Nitin Sawhney and
André Santos, PdP Course Coordinator, Aalto Design Factory, Aalto University
Video | Readings | Outcomes
WEEK 6: Crisis Informatics, Social Media and Ethics of Co-Creation
July 7:  How do Health Agencies use Instagram for Crisis and Emergency Communication?Aqdas Malik, Post-Doctoral Researcher, Department of Computer Science, Aalto UniversityVideo (Aalto access-only)
July 9: EUvsVirus: Ethical and Transdisciplinary Practices when Designing for Societal IssuesCristina Zaga, Assistant Professor, Human-Centred Design Group, University of TwenteVideo | Readings
WEEK 7: Project Concept Presentations
July 14: Project Concept Presentations Presentations from 10:00 – 13:00Video | Outcomes
July 15 – July 30Two-Week Holiday: No Sessions
WEEK 8: Initiating Part 2 of Course with Reorientation
July 31: Introduction and Reorientation for Part 2Prof. Nitin Sawhney and Magdalena Andreea MihalacheVideo
WEEK 9: Ethics, Politics & Practices of AI in Society
August 3: Ethics and Politics of AI in SocietyProf. Nitin SawhneyVideo | Readings
August 5: AI Ethics in Practice: Designing for EcosystemsProf. Nitin SawhneyVideo | Readings
August 7: Decolonizing AI
& Rethinking Resistance
Prof. Nitin SawhneyReadings
WEEKS 10-12: Participant-led Workshops (10:15 – 12:45)
August 12: Participant-led Workshops Brainstorming SessionProf. Nitin Sawhney and Magdalena Andreea MihalacheVideo
August 19: Workshop: Purposeful Innovation Skills to Unlock Opportunities in CrisesWorkshop led by Floris van der Marel, Tiina Tuulos, and Pauliina MattilaOutcomes
August 26: Workshop: Resistance as Change – Power Dynamics, Social Movements & Design FacilitationWorkshop led by Natalia VillamanVideo | Outcomes
WEEK 13: Project Presentations
September 2: Final Project PresentationsPresentations from 10:15 – 12:00Video