9-11 January 2017     |     Department of Design   |    IIT Guwahati   |     Guwahati, India
Keynote Speaker




Prof. Pradeep G. Yammiyavar

Department of Design
IIT Guwahati

Pradeep Yammiyavar has been contributing to India’s Design Education scene for over 32 years. Besides being a pioneer in India in Creative Design Research he has helped establish one of India’s well known Design School at IISc, Bengaluru where he initiated the M.Des Design Program in 1996-97. Later working as Professor of Design at Indian Institute of Technology Guwahati since 2002, he established India’s first Design Research activity in the form of Usability Engineering and Human Computer Interaction Design Laboratory which has trained some of India’s most talented leaders in Interaction Design- now working in the IT sectors worldwide. The Interaction Design curriculum advocated by him at IIT Guwahati has culminated in the Interaction Design stream of the Design Department being listed amongst one of the world’s best - in the year 2016.

He is currently researching in Interaction Design areas such as applications of AI in IOT, SMART City IT systems, Digital Fashion textiles, E- Learning - and what he terms as - ‘Neurodesign’ projects. Besides being an Engineer and Designer he is also a trained Psychotherapist, Counsellor and Psychologist which makes him appreciate the one ness of interconnected knowledge patterns underlying - Human Factors, Innovation and Design Thinking. He advocates and practices STEAM based Interdisciplinary approach in Design Pedagogy. He has been an inspirational Design Teacher for over three decades to his students. Having over 100 publications and conferred with awards for Design Innovations, he is a Fellow of the Design Research Society - UK.

Title of Keynote Address:

“Foreseeing Future trends in Design Education– bridging Natural Sciences and Artificial Sciences with Creative Design Curriculum”


It is a boon rather than a bane that Designers – especially Creative types - have yet to agree upon the definition, scope and practice of Design – especially with regard to their differences with Engineering Design. Evidence from advances in Natural Science is emerging - indicating a possibility of narrowing difference between the two schools of thought. Hitherto grey areas are becoming interconnected as a result of new awareness that is emerging in frontier research such as for example - Neuro sciences and Nano sciences - that could possibly reduce the so called subjective knowledge component of Creative Design. Even the glamourous topic of Aesthetics in Creative Design is likely to become more objectively complex when embodied with the findings in Cognitive sciences such as Psychology and Neurology thereby requiring Design curriculums of the present to move on into the future beyond Bauhaus and Ulm philosophy. How new knowledge paradigms are likely to narrow the chasm in Design between Natural Sciences and Artificial sciences - to use Herbert Simon’s term and what curriculum changes could possibly be adopted by creative design schools if at all they want to remain relevant as an independent knowledge discipline - is presented in this Key note address.

Conference Chair
Debkumar Chakrabarti
DoD, IIT Guwahati
Programme Chair
Amaresh Chakrabarti
CPDM, IISc Bangalore

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