18.5. Theoretical and methodological challenges of cross-cultural interaction design

Public examination of a doctoral dissertation in the field of computer science

 Doctoral candidate: Licentiate in Philosophy Minna Kamppuri 

Date and venue: 18.05.2011, 12.00, Temple of Challenge, Joensuu Science Park



Cultural diversity has become a significant challenge in human computer interaction (HCI) and in the design of interactive technology. During the design process, a designer needs to consider how culture affects the ways in which people view, adopt and use technology. Furthermore, cultural issues affect also the design process itself, because design theories and methods are based on particular cultural assumptions that do not hold in every design context. 

This thesis discusses the specific challenges of cross-cultural design and to what extent the current approaches in cross-cultural HCI have considered them. A new design approach that borrows from worth-centred design and ethnographic research tradition is suggested to address the identified challenges of cross-cultural design. A case study about mobile phones in the life of Tanzanian university students serves as an example of how the approach can support design by highlighting user values and general patterns of technology ownership and use in the local context, as well as providing methodological guidance throughout a design project. 

The doctoral dissertation of Minna Kamppuri entitled “Theoretical and methodological challenges of cross-cultural interaction design” will be examined at the Faculty of Science and Forestry. The opponent in the public examination is Deputy Professor Gary Marsden, Cape Town University and the custos is Professor Markku Tukiainen of the University of Eastern Finland.

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Contact: Minna Kamppuri, minna.kamppuri@uef.fi

Publishing year: 2011

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