Keynote Speakers

Gerhard Fischer


End-User Development: Empowering Stakeholders with Artificial Intelligence, Meta-Design, and Cultures of Participation


End-User Development (EUD) represents the objective to empower all stakeholders (designers, users, workers, learners, teachers) to actively participate and to make their voices heard in personally meaningful problems. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is currently being considered world-wide as a “deus ex machina” — despite lacking a generally accepted definition, it is credited with miraculous abilities to solve all problems.

The presentation will explore and differentiate how AI approaches can support or inhibit different stakeholders to cope with wicked problems in a changing world for which EUD is essential.

The relationship between specific AI approaches and meta-design and cultures of participation (being promising frameworks to support EUD) will be explored and critically assessed and prototypical system developments will be described to illustrate different design strategies that will advance EUD not only as a technology, but as a cultural transformation.

Short CV

Gerhard Fischer is a Professor Adjunct and Professor Emeritus of Computer Science, a Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, and the Director of the Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D) at the University of Colorado at Boulder. He is a member of the Computer Human Interaction Academy (CHI; 2007), a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM; 2009), and a recipient of the RIGO Award of ACM-SIGDOC (2012). In 2015, he was awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Gothenburg, Sweden. His current research is centered on quality of life in the digital age, meta-design, cultures of participation, design trade-offs, and new conceptual frameworks and new media for learning, working, and collaborating