User Experience Researcher

Summer Secondary Research Findings and a New Project Direction

Initial Idea – Workshop

See my initial project proposal document (PDF 77KB).

I am interested in improving my workshop facilitation skills and my knowledge of Artificial Intelligence. Thus, I found the idea of creating a workshop for interdisciplinary teams that explains how AI functions for better decision-making exciting.

However, I decided against it due to the lack of:

  • understanding of the technology and intricate data visualisation methods to meet the requirements of the task
  • relevant contacts and challenges of teams agreeing to come together for my research.

Tangible User Interface (TUI)

The arguments of Ghajargar et al. (2022) and Colley et al. (2022) about the prospects of employing (interactive dynamic) materials for data visualisation and IBM’s ongoing efforts in explainable AI in digital dashboard format (IBM, n.d.) held my initial project direction.

The substantial challenge to this is that I would need to have access to the database of the AI. Potential applications are in high-risk domains involving private data, meaning likely I will not be granted access to it. Therefore I will keep exploring for now.

Reconsidering the TUI Direction

Trends in the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Field

Emerging Focus

Turn Towards Somatics

New Artifact Directions


Colley, A., Väänänen, K. and Häkkilä, J., 2022, November. Tangible Explainable AI-an Initial Conceptual Framework. In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Mobile and Ubiquitous Multimedia (pp. 22-27).

Ghajargar, M., Bardzell, J., Smith-Renner, A.M., Höök, K. and Krogh, P.G., 2022, February. Graspable AI: Physical forms as explanation modality for explainable AI. In Sixteenth International Conference on Tangible, Embedded, and Embodied Interaction (pp. 1-4).

What is explainable ai? (no date) IBM. Available at: (Accessed: 10 July 2023).

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