Gerhard Fischer: discussing one of the most challenging design problems of the digital age...


...Quality of Life

Gerhard Fischer, University of Colorado at Boulder, visited our IE Lab.

On the photo from left to right:
Faith Demir (IE Lab), Neeley Current (IE Lab), Joe Griffin (MissionHydroScience project), Isa Jahnke (SISLT, IE Lab), Gerhard Fischer (UC-Boulder), Marge Skubic (College of Engineering), Rose Marra (SISLT), Lorraine Phillips (School of Nursing)

Gerhard presented his research of "Quality of Life: A Transformative Framework for Human-Centered Design". Professor Fischer proposed a transformative framework to foster, nurture, and support "Quality of Life (QoL)" as one of the most challenging design problems of the digital age.

QoL is a broad concept without a precise, generally accepted definition. In design, trade-offs are universal because there are no best solutions independent of goals, objectives, and values, specifically for systemic, ill-defined, and wicked problems such as QoL. Grounded in research activities from a broad spectrum of different disciplines and an analysis from our research over the last two decades, this presentation will explore specific design trade-offs. The insights and arguments are summarized in requirements for the design of socio-technical environments to address future challenges for human-centered design grounded in a QoL perspective.