Opportunities and Challenges at the Interface of Computer Science and Consumer Sciences

What is Consumer Informatics?

Prof. Dr. Gunnar Stevens

“Consumer Informatics is the systematic, methodologically guided investigation and design of information and communication technologies to support the household economies and everyday practices of consumers as well as their appropriation and social embedding.” – Stevens et al. 2019

Prof. Dr. Alexander Boden

“Digital services and products are increasingly affecting everyday consumer life and changing our consumption practices. A holistic understanding of these phenomena not only enables the design of innovative ICT solutions, but also the consideration of indirect effects on issues such as sustainability, inclusion and consumer protection”.

News

Talk of Assistant Prof. Minha Lee on “Whose emotions are the second-ordered artificial emotions?”

Machines can detect people’s emotions through computer vision or speech processing, but they can also convey or mimic human emotions. A robot can frown, a smart speaker can sound happy,[…]

Read more

Talk of Prof. Andreas Muxel on “AUTOMATA: Non-trivial Interactions with Trivial Machines”

Robots are no longer just “better” or more “efficient” workers in factory halls, they also become co-actors in our daily lives, for example autonomous vacuum cleaners, chatty voice assistants or[…]

Read more

Publication of “From Farms to Fridges: A Consumer-Oriented Design Approach to Sustainable Food Traceability” in Sustainable Production and Consumption

Our group recently published the Research Paper “From Farms to Fridges: A Consumer-Oriented Design Approach to Sustainable Food Traceability” in Sustainable Production and Consumption: The Research Paper “From Farms to Fridges: A Consumer-Oriented[…]

Read more