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ASU wins bid to host cutting-edge TEI conference

A cutting-edge conference on issues of human-computer interaction, novel tools and technologies, interactive art and user experience is coming to Arizona State University in 2019 thanks to a bid from the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, a transdisciplinary unit at ASU formed between the Herberger Institute for Design and the Arts and the Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering.

Stacey Kuznetsov, an assistant professor in Arts, Media and Engineering, and her team submitted a proposal to host the 14th annual International ACM Conference on Tangible, Embedded and Embodied Interaction, the theme of which is “Hybrid Materials.” The conference is sponsored by the Association for Computing Machinery.

“I have been involved with the TEI community since the start of my PhD at Carnegie Mellon,” Kuznetsov said. “Now, working at the School of Arts, Media and Engineering, I see many parallels between the diversity of thought and practice at AME and the transdisciplinary work presented at TEI. I decided to lead the effort to host TEI on our Tempe campus as an extension of what I love doing the most: bringing people together and bridging academia, industry and the arts.”

Recent sites of the conference include Stanford University and Eindhoven, Netherlands. This year the conference will be held at Keio University in Japan, and next year it will be at Stockholm University in Sweden.

“TEI is one of the most prominent conferences in the world of hybridizing design, engineering and the art and science of embodied, enactive approaches to experience,” said Sha Xin Wei, director of the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. “This win is a testament to the team as well as to ASU.”