Aston University Inaugural Lecture Explores Human-Technology Relationship

Aston University hosts its inaugural lecture on May 29, 2024, featuring Professor Manolya Kavakli, an expert in gamification and digital transformation. The lecture, "The Complex Relationship between Humans, Computers, and Technology," explores digital transformation and human information processing.

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Aston University Inaugural Lecture Explores Human-Technology Relationship

Aston University Inaugural Lecture Explores Human-Technology Relationship

On May 29, 2024, Aston University hosts its inaugural lecture featuring Professor Manolya Kavakli, an expert in gamification and digital transformation. The lecture, titled "The Complex Relationship between Humans, Computers, and Technology," takes place at the Susan Cadbury Lecture Theatre from 6:00 pm to 7:30 pm, followed by a drinks reception. Online attendance is also available.

Why this matters: As technology continues to advance and integrate into our daily lives, understanding the complex relationship between humans and technology is crucial for developing effective AI applications and improving human-computer interaction. This lecture's insights into digital transformation and human information processing can have significant implications for industries and individuals alike, shaping the future of work and daily life.

Professor Kavakli, who joined Aston University'sAston Digital Futures Institutein September 2023, discusses the progress of digital transformation and its potential to improve lives and modernize industries. She also explores the significance of human information processing in the development of AI applications. "Over the past decades, we have seen rapid technological advances in artificial intelligence and mixed reality which has gained pace most notably after the introduction of generative AI,"Professor Kavakli states.

The lecture delves into analyzing human motions and information processing to evaluate ways to improve the joint performance of man and machine systems. "Analysing human motions and information processing, we can evaluate the ways to improve the joint performance of man and machine systems. My lecture will provide a review of developments as well as our digital past for establishing digital futures by giving examples of pioneering interfaces we have developed,"Professor Kavakli explains.

Professor Kavakli brings a diverse background in architecture, IT, and gamification to her role at Aston University. She has held various positions at universities in Australia and France, including founding director of research facilities and director of postgraduate programs. As the founding academic director of Australia's AIE Institute, she designed a bachelor of game development degree.

The inaugural lecture marks a significant event for Aston University, showcasing its commitment to exploring the intersection of humans and technology. Professor Kavakli's insights into digital transformation, AI applications, and the analysis of human information processing promise to provide a thought-provoking perspective on the future of human-computer interaction.