The Institute for Design Informatics brings together expertise from multiple disciplines to explore and understand how data and emerging technologies transforms the ways in which we work, live, play and care for each other.
The Institute combines data science with creative concept development and human-centered design methodologies, which allows us to harness networked connectivity, analytic power and industrial-strength simulation to design new products, capabilities and services that have meaning and value to people.
Research at the Institute for Design Informatics is action-oriented and design-led. Our research is often done through prototyping new artefacts and technologies or studying how novel systems are used 'in the wild’ in real-world situations. It is a cornerstone of our mission to inspire, equip and nurture a new generation of researchers, practitioners and entrepreneurs with the skills to place people and the environment at the heart of emerging technological developments.
Our research connects with many challenges that are critical to ensuring people live and work well now and in the future and that our societies are sustainable and safe to live in. The Institute’s team are immersed in projects examining how new technologies impact on our health and wellbeing, our safety and security, our finances and money, and our democracies and local communities.
We’re tackling how developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence might unlock the potential of designers and users, and producers and consumers to work together to generate new social and economic value as well as understanding how these technologies might be better governed and understood by design. We ask questions such as, what can robots do for product design? And can synthetic biology and fashion find common ground?