Prof. Nuno Nunes

Title: Eco-centric Interaction for the Re-balance of the Relations Between Humans and Nature


The twin crisis of climate and nature requires the HCI community to rethink how to design technological interventions that reconcile concepts and theories for ecological computing and more-than-human design promoting climate and biodiversity actions and nature awareness and conservation. I will present insights, case studies and design guidelines on how to use technology to support more eco-centric interactions. Through these examples, I build the case for this new perspective which I named eco-centric interaction design.



Nuno Nunes is a Full professor at Técnico U. Lisbon and the President of the Interaction Technologies Institute (ITI) a research unit of the LARSYS Associated Laboratory. He’s also co-director of the Carnegie Mellon International partnership and adjunct faculty at the HCII at CMU. Nuno’s research interests lie in the application of models to software, system and service design for the domains of environmental sustainability and participatory culture. Nuno is a strong advocate of the role of design in engineering. Nuno organised several key conferences of the ACM SIGCHI and published more than 150 peer-reviewed papers in international journals and conferences in the areas of software engineering, HCI and service science. He was PI and co-PI of several research projects totalling more than €12M from European to nationally and industry-funded.


Prof. Lieven De Marez

Title: Empowering Users in Domesticating Technology


Digital transformation comes in waves: internet, mobile, IoT, AI, etc. In terms of adoption and use the first two waves were quite disruptive. But they also left a feeling that might be determined for the way we will (be able to) take the next two waves. Parallel with an increasing internalization of digital habits, people also struggle with a kind of double feeling. On the one hand, embracing the benefits of technology with passion, but on the other hand increasingly worrying about dependency, addiction, disinformation, privacy … and more and more seeking ways to regain and reclaim control over technology. In my presentation, I will share ‘Digimeter’ insights on how we monitor this dual relation with technology, and tap into some case studies in which we develop(ed) new interfaces to empower people in a digital society and regain control over screen time, mobile dependency and filter bubbles in news consumption.


Lieven De Marez is a professor ‘Media, Technology & Innovation’ & ‘User-centric innovation research’ at the department of communication sciences at Ghent University. At the department, he is heading the multidisciplinary research group for Media, Innovation & Communication Technologies (MICT), affiliated to imec, the world-leading R&D and innovation hub in nanoelectronics and digital technologies. Within imec, Lieven is the founding father of the Digimeter, a reference monitor on the adoption & use of digital technologies. One of the trends in that monitor over the past years is the increasing struggle with our smartphone. In order to enable people to obtain the necessary insights into their mobile habits to tame and control smartphone technology, Lieven developed MobileDNA as a service to society. A service that has been adopted by more than 12000 people at the moment.

Leveraging on the combination of imec’s panels and insights, and the broad methodological expertise of social science research methodologies (self-reporting, ideation, network analysis, digital methods, forecasting, physiological measures, human-computer interaction, quality of experience, adoption potential assessment, willingness-to-pay …) Lieven and his team are widely recognized for assessing the potential and impact of technological innovations in a broad diversity of markets. He published over 100 articles, was already the promotor of 14 PhDs.


Luis Carrascal Crespo

Title: ProTego –  Data-protection Toolkit Reducing Risks in Hospitals and Care Centers 


Health care is an essential service that uses a great deal of sensitive personal data which has a high black market value being a lucrative target for data theft and ransomware attacks. Unfortunately, risk-based approaches are notoriously difficult to implement in a consistent and comprehensive fashion. This is increasingly inappropriate as health care providers introduce IoT systems, cloud services and (in the near future) 5G networks to provide services in which patients are more engaged, may own some of the devices used, and want access in hospitals, on the move or at home. The ProTego project develops a toolkit and guidelines to help health care systems users address cybersecurity risks in this new environment.


Luis Carrascal Crespo is a project manager and cybersecurity consultant at GFI. He holds an associate’s degree in Information Technology (1989) and has over 30 years of experience working in ICT. Luis undertook more than 100 professional training courses and obtained more than 10 industry Certifications (CEH, CND, CCNA Cyber Ops, SCEEL, LPIC, MCP, ODCIE, ITIL Intermediate, Prince2, VeriSM). In addition, he holds more than 25 vendor accreditations, e.g., Fortinet, Amazon, NetApp, Oracle, Red Hat, and VMware.