I recently earned my PhD in interaction design at Koç University Arçelik Research Center for Creative Industries (KUAR), where I have been teaching visual design for four semesters within the Department of Media and Visual Arts. In addition, I recently started the Designing Tangible Interfaces course at Özyeğin University.
Having conducted studies at the intersection of design, psychology and engineering, my research focuses on exploring things in sociocultural contexts to understand their role in daily life and how computation can repurpose them. I am strongly motivated to engage in interdisciplinary projects that address novel interactions between humans and objects. My aim is to design multi-sensory languages that enable things to introduce new forms of communication between humans, as well as to express themselves and communicate with their environment. In this regard, I am particularly interested in shape-changing interfaces, social computing and multi-sensory data representation.
My passion for learning languages and my curiosity about different cultures are in strong connection with my research interests. I am fluent in Italian and English, and Turkish is my mother tongue. I also know intermediate French and Persian, and some Swedish. Feel free to contact me in any of these languages for academic, industrial or artistic collaborations.
email: aborutecene13 [at] ku.edu.tr