17th February 2014
Resounding success in the first day of the 3rd International Congress of Design and Innovation of Catalonia organized by ESDI

One hundred people participate in the opening day of the 3rd International Congress of Design and Innovation of Catalonia, which took place in the auditorium of the School of Design ESDI, and which this year is held under the slogan Future Trends. Today’s meeting, which was part of the theme "Smart Products" has attended professional like Dr. Andrés Lucero researcher Human - Computer Interaction at Nokia Finland, the designer Diego Ramos, th Dr in robotics and vision, Anais Garrell, and Dr. mechatronics engineering, Michael Villamizar.


"Good morning and welcome to the 3rd International Congress of Design and Innovation of Catalonia (CIDIC), a conference to be held in the School of Design ESDI and we will have the opportunity to learn and enrich the conference pointers made very professional in their scope of work." That gave the starting signal for ESDI director, Dr. Gloria Fernández, the 3rd International Congress of Design and Innovation of Catalonia, ESDI organized from 17 to 20 February. Presided over the opening ceremony Mr. Antoni Garrell , Director General of the Foundation for ESDI (FUNDIT), accompanied by the chairman of the congress , Dr. Eduardo Huerta , and Dr. Gloria Fernandez, director of the center.



After the opening ceremony , Dr. Andrés Lucero, expert designer in social and spatial interactions in Nokia Research, Tampere (Finland) has initiated the round of conferences. Lucero explained that works with products to be launched to the market in five years and that " the design of the mobile phone, which is conceived as a personal product will change and will become interactive and shared." This has exposed four prototypes : Mind Map, Pass them around, Mobi Comics & Easy Groups , demonstrating the process involving users in the process of creating new artifacts and interactions for the platform.



The designer Diego Ramos, was next on exhibit with the conference" The traditional processes in technological applications ." Ramos has shown the experiments carried out with materials such as ceramics , glass and wood when they interact with glossy LED, sound, neon or coupling and concluded by saying that if we combine traditional techniques with the technology shown poducts Smart. Ramos explained that, initially, projects may arise as utopian, willing to experiment but the idea is to end up having real application.



For his part , Dr. Anais Garrell and Dr. Michael Alejandro Villamizar audience exposed to the project of social robotics developed by the UPC and CSIC, and its research focus to the interaction between robots and humans. "20 years ago when we talked about robotics we refer to industrial robotics, but today’s robots are applied in areas such as education or health" and, in fact, working on their learning in face recognition, "Sensors the senses of the robots, used to know where you are and also to be located in the environment," expressed. They have exemplified with Tibi and Dabo robots designed collaboratively with ESDI .



Time to finish this first conference day was held a roundtable energized by Dr. Eduardo Huerta , where the four speakers: Diego Ramos, Andrés Lucero, Dr. Anais Garrell and Dr. Alejandro Villamizar have been interact with attendees to answer your questions and clarify knowledge. During the panel discussion was a debate about the limits of technology and design has been completed , how could it be otherwise , with the concept Smart Product. And it is that when a product becomes Smart? On the one hand , Dr. Andrés Lucero explained that , for him, " a machine must understand what a user wants to do, and therefore a Smart Product is one that meets the needs of all those with which it interacts". For his part , Dr. Anais Garrell has secured a Smart Product " is a product that itself learns and adapts ."



After lunch ,  the graduated of ESDI , Gerard Rubio, who has exhibited his Final Draft Grade, Open Knit, proposed a new tool in society: a tool for digital fabrication in field of textile production posed an alternative to the unadjusted model of production and consumption that we have. It is capable of manufacturing a knitting clothes and ready to use automated from digital files , some files that you can create and share selflessly through an online repository.



The day concluded with the workshop "The Entire History of You: Reflections on the influence of technology on privacy ", organized by the teachers of the Communication Multimedia and Interactivity ESDI , Fran Pinel and Juan Sanchez.