Heather Wiltse

B/W Heather WiltseAssociate Professor
E-mail: heather.wiltse@umu.se
Phone: +46 90-786 88 39
Skype: hrwiltse
Blog: http://heatherwiltse.me/blog/


I am from the United States and grew up in the American midwest. After a Bachelor's degree in psychology and Master's degree in human-computer interaction (HCI), I completed a PhD in Informatics at Indiana University with a concentration in (design-oriented) HCI under the supervision of Erik Stolterman in 2013. I came to the Umeå Institute of Design as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the fall of 2013 and started as Assistant Professor at the beginning of 2015.

What I do at UID

Research is the main focus of my position as Associate Professor.


My roles at UID thus far have been dedicated to resarch rather than teaching. However, in my previous position at Indiana University I both assisted with and was responsible for a number of undergraduate Informatics courses, including ones in Social Informatics and New Media Arts and Technology.


In my research I am concerned with the character of (especially digital) designed things and the roles that they play in experience and society. I have focused in particular on how digital technologies mediate engagement with the world by making activities visible, a project informed by philosophy of technology (especially postphenomenology), science and technology studies (STS), and design. I am currently working on projects related to understanding how (designed) things have changed, in that we are now surrounded by digitally-enabled things that are often dynamically assembled in different ways over time and across contexts and users, and that have capabilities that are defined by the digital infrastructures to which they connect more than by their properties as physical objects. This shift from stable, self-contained objects to more fluid assemblages entails significant implications for design and use, and requires rather different conceptual and analytic approaches that I am working on developing.

Talk to me about

-Critical perspectives on (especially digital) technologies
-Technology and experience
-Design theory
-Philosophy of technology



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