Prof. Carey Jewitt, University College London, London, UK (“A Manifesto of Digital Social Touch in Crisis: The Need for ‘Touchy Tools’”)
Carey Jewitt is Professor of Learning and Technology and Director of UCL Knowledge Lab. Her research interests include researching technology-mediated interaction, the development of multimodal research theory and methods, and innovating research methods across the social sciences and arts. She has directed a number of large research projects on methodological innovation, most recently MODE ‘Multimodal Methods for Researching Digital Data and Environments’ (ESRC, MODE.ioe.ac.uk) and MIDAS ‘Methodological Innovation in Digital Arts and Social Sciences’ (ESRC, MIDAS.ioe.ac.uk). Carey is a founding Editor of the journal Visual Communication (Sage), and her recent publications include Introducing Multimodality (2016) with Bezemer and O’Halloran, The Sage Handbook of Researching Digital Technologies (2014) with Price and Brown, and The Routledge Handbook of Multimodal Analysis (2014).

Prof. Karon MacLean, The University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada (“The Design Space of Design Tools for Creating and Sharing Touch Experiences”)
Karon MacLean is Professor in Computer Science at UBC, with degrees in Biology and Mechanical Engineering (BSc, Stanford; M.Sc. / Ph.D, MIT) and time spent as a professional robotics engineer (Center for Engineering Design, University of Utah) and haptics / interaction researcher (Interval Research, Palo Alto). At UBC since 2000, MacLean’s research specializes in haptic (touch) interaction: cognitive, sensory and affective design for people interacting with the computation we touch, emote and move with and learn from, from robots to handheld devices and the situated environment. MacLean leads UBC’s Designing for People interdisciplinary research cluster and CREATE graduate training program (25 researchers spanning 11 departments and 5 faculties – dfp.ubc.ca), is Special Advisor, Innovation and Knowledge Mobilization to UBC’s Faculty of Science, and co-chaired ACM UIST (User Interface Software and Technology) in 2020.

David Birnbaum, Immersion, San Francisco, USA (“Creating Game Experiences with Multichannel Haptics”)
Dave Birnbaum is a designer, inventor, and public speaker on the topics of emotional design, embodied communication, and immersive entertainment. He has been creating haptic experiences for over 15 years, in which time he’s been named as an inventor on dozens of patents in the fields of gaming, XR, automotive, mobile devices, and rich interactive media. Dave is a founding member of the Haptics Industry Forum, the leading industry group focused on standardizing and scaling haptic technology. Dave holds the position of Senior Director of Technology Strategy in the Office of the CTO at Immersion Corporation. He also hosts the INIT Podcast where he interviews leading thinkers and innovators at the intersection of technology and humanity.

Dr Hasti Seifi, University of Copenhagen, Copenhagen, Denmark (“Browsing Haptic Content: Tools and Challenges”)
Hasti Seifi is a tenure-track assistant professor in Human-Centered Computing at the University of Copenhagen. Previously, she was a postdoctoral research fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Intelligent Systems in Germany. Through her research, Hasti aims to empower novice users and designers to understand, access, and adapt haptic technology for their goals. She studies how users interact with and make sense of touch feedback from devices and robots in order to designs haptic experiences that are meaningful and pleasant. In the last few years, she has led creation of haptic collections, software tools, and educational content for haptics novices and experts. Her work was recognized by an NSERC postdoctoral fellowship (2018), the Eurohaptics best Ph.D. thesis award (2017), and a Maria Klawe award for computer science outreach (2017). Hasti serves the haptics and HCI community in various roles such as the program committee member for IEEE WHC, ACM CHI, and ACM UIST.

Dr Bruna Petreca, Royal College of Art, London, UK (“The sCrIPT Toolkit: Support for Embodied Explorations in Designing with (Digital) Textiles”)
Dr Bruna Petreca is the Research Fellow in Human Experience & Materials of the Materials Science Research Centre, Royal College of Art. Her research is focused on integration of human experience, particularly multi-sensory and embodied aspects, into the new areas of materials development where it is critical, such as: circular economy, on-site/on-demand manufacture, digital environments, and health and wellbeing. She is leading the Consumer Experience strand of the UKRI Interdisciplinary Textiles Circularity Centre (co-lead Prof Carey Jewitt, PI Prof Sharon Baurley). Through her PhD Bruna revealed and designed support for embodied processes in textiles selection, and established an interdisciplinary network. She is a practitioner and supervisor of the Micro-Phenomenology Interview Method and actively contributes to the Micro-Phenomenology Lab. Her research is disseminated through publications on the tactile and embodied processes involved in experiencing textiles (physical and digital) and on innovative tools to support their selection.

Dr Kerstin Leder Mackley, University College London, London, UK (“The Designing Digital Touch (DDT) Toolkit: Social-Sensorial Prompts”)
Kerstin Leder Mackley is a Senior Research Fellow at the UCL Knowledge Lab. Her research interests are in sensory and visual ethnographic research approaches as applied to the study of everyday experiences and activities, emerging technologies and design futures. She has been a Research Associate on a number of projects, including ‘LEEDR: Low Effort Energy Demand Reduction’ (Loughborough Uni) and ‘TOTeM: Tales of Things and electronic Memory’ (Brunel Uni), both funded by Digital Economy Research Councils UK. She has published in a range of international journals, including Media, Culture & Society, TOCHI, Visual Studies, and the Journal of Design Research. Kerstin’s recent publications include Making Homes: Ethnography and Design (2017) with Pink, Moroşanu, Mitchell and Bhamra.

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