A. Baki Kocaballi is a design researcher and artist. He has a Phd degree in Interaction Design (University of Sydney), Masters degree in Information Systems (METU), and Bachelor degree in City and Regional Planning (METU). During his undergraduate studies, he completed a minor degree in Geographic Information Systems. Currently, he works at the Concord Clinical School of the University of Sydney and the cCCHiP. He is responsible for developing educational and medical web-based applications and multimedia content.
His PhD thesis develops a relational understanding of design referred to as Agency Sensitive Design (ASD) in the field of interaction design. ASD, which can be positioned somewhere between meta-design, responsible and value-sensitive design, and reflective design, enables designers to incorporate a relational view of agency in their design thinking, and as well, their thinking of design. A relational understanding of design supports responsible and ethical design practices, situated action, novel associations between humans and technologies, and participatory innovation. As part of his research, he conducted three participatory design workshops in which participants engaged in game-like co-design activities to explore possibilities of a future interactive system referred to as wearable environments. The activities also worked as a test bed to develop and refine a set of design qualities: relationality, multiplicity, visibility, configurability, accountability and duality.
His research interests include Actor-Network Theory, Participatory Design, Participatory Innovation, Embodied Interaction, Medical Self-Care Technologies, e-Health, Urban Computing, Critical and Reflective Design, Research through Design, and Wearable Computing.
His photography and video works explore various ways to reconfigure and redraw the boundaries between the entities. Ambiguity, multiplicity, entanglements are common themes explored in his artwork.
email: abakik (at) gmail.com
address: Room 7 | Ground Floor | Clinical Sciences Building | Hospital Road | Concord NSW 2139