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LDoc Lecture Series: Design, Research & Industry with Richard Banks

30 May 2019 | 6pm – 8pm

Kensington, Lecture Theatre 1

We would like to invite you to the fifteenth LDoc Keynote Lecture with Richard Banks (Principal Design Manager for Microsoft Research).

Drawing on over a decade of experience at Microsoft Research,  Richard will explore the value of design research in an industrial context. He will discuss both the strategies that are needed to bridge different kinds of cultures of research – the technical, social and creative – and the skills needed to draw them together. Richard’s particular area of interest is in the design of systems driven by artificial intelligence, and in this talk he will reflect on how this new space of AI design creates new challenges and opportunities for design researchers, requiring as it does both that engineering disciplines become more multi-disciplinary, addressing human issue face on, and that designers and researchers participate more fully in the engineering of systems, both from a data and algorithmic perspective, to ensure fairness and accountability throughout.

The lecture will be followed by a drinks reception to which all are welcome.


About Richard Banks

Richard is Principal Design Manager for Microsoft Research in their lab in Cambridge, UK. His team works in partnership with social and computer science on a number of multi-disciplinary projects focused on themes such as Healthcare, Gaming and the Future of Work. He is part of the Human Experience & Design Group, which explores the boundaries of technology, creativity and society through a human-centered lens. Much of Richard’s current focus is on new issues and opportunities raised by artificial intelligence for both people, as well as the design profession more specifically.

Richard is author of The Future of Looking Back, a book which focuses on new digital legacies and their potential impact on memory and reminiscing. He is honorary Professor of Design for the University of Dundee and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. He holds 44 patents in a broad range of technology areas. Richard is a graduate of the Royal College of Art and joined Microsoft Research in early 2006 after ten years working in Seattle as a design manager on many of Microsoft’s major products, including Microsoft Office and Microsoft Windows.