There are many urgent problems facing the planet: a degrading environment, a healthcare system in crisis, and educational systems that are inadequately training innovative thinkers to solve the problems of tomorrow. A balanced approach is required to solve these problems: a balance between design and technology, a balance between human-centered and technology-centered approaches, and a balance between different world cultures and ways of thinking. The World Lab is a new research and educational institution that is ideally suited to tackle these grand challenges. The World Lab is sited jointly between two of the world’s leading computing and human-centered design institutions, the University of Washington (UW) in Seattle and Tsinghua University in Beijing.
The World Lab Summer Institute at the University of Washington brings together students from technology, design, social science and business backgrounds, and challenges them to create prototypes for products and services that solve pressing social problems.
Institute Calendar: http://www.cs.washington.edu/homes/landay/teaching/world%20lab%20summer/
If interested, send a note to James Landay describing your background and your interest. This Institute is open to undergraduate and graduate students.
The seven-week World Lab Summer Institute will be comprised of a set of core courses, an integrated project studio activity, and field trips to leading companies and research labs in the Puget Sound region.
The World Lab Summer Institute is organized around three core focuses: 1) human-computer interaction (HCI); 2) design; 3) tech-focused entrepreneurship.
The foundation course for the World Lab is: Introductory HCI: User Interface Design, Prototyping, and Evaluation, taught by Professor James Landay.
Supplementary lectures in Design and Entrepreneurship will be given by a team of other University of Washington faculty members.
Students are assigned homework and reading as with any course. All classes are held on the University of Washington campus.
Students are divided into teams of 4-5, with a balance of Chinese and US students, as well as students from different academic disciplines. Each team works independently to develop a working prototype with demonstrable social impact.
Throughout the process student teams work closely with academic advisors from the university. This prototype is the final project by which student performance will be judged. Chinese students will present their work to an audience of academics, government officials, entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and their peers upon returning to China. The final presentation will be held at Yuanfen~Flow, an incubator space in the 798 art district in Beijing.
World Lab Field Trips
Students also make bi-weekly visits to nearby companies or research labs to speak with leading tech innovators and business leaders.
Chinese students will stay in UW dorms and eat meals at UW dining halls. Card access to university buildings will be provided for the duration of the program.
July 9th – August 22nd, 2012, with optional 1 week prologue in Beijing in late August or early September
10 – 15 students from China; 7 – 10 students from University of Washington
3:2 ratio of tech to design/social science students
Background in computer science, software engineering, design, or social science.
Preference to Graduate and PhD students, exceptional undergraduates will also be considered.
James Landay, Professor of Computer Science, University of Washington
Yuanchun Shi, Professor of Computer Science, Tsinghua University
Ying-Qing Xu, Professor of Information Art and Design, Tsinghua University
Zhiyong Fu, Professor of Information Art and Design, Tsinghua University
Tad Hirsch, Assistant Professor of Design, University of Washington
Axel Roesler, Associate Professor of Design, University of Washington
David Ben Kay, Director of Yuanfen~Flow, Former Legal Counsel for Microsoft Asia
Nicholas Young, Co-Founder and Director of East West Coalition