lalyaWelcome to my digital portfolio! I am a Swedish-Senegalese HCI/interaction design researcher with an engineering background who works in interdisciplinary projects at the convergence of art, technology and design. I was until recently based in Göteborg, Sweden, where I worked as a freelance researcher after several years in a research institute, and teached interaction design at Master level. I am currently based in Providence Rhode Island in the USA, where I work as an adjunct faculty and artist in residence at the Digital+Media department at Rhode Island School of Design (RISD). I am also finishing to write on my PhD thesis which I will defend at the University of Göteborg, and part of an art, design and technolgy collective called Dånk!, in which I work on various projects centred around interactivity, urban space and audio experimentations. QUICK UPDATE: I NOW WORK AT CULTURE LAB NEWCASTLE AS RA IN THE SiDE PROJECT! PROPER UPDATES COMING SOON!

I am interested in the relation between people and new technologies, in the context of contemporary culture and society: how to design new technologies that can challenge and inspire people creatively, and what aesthetic activities people come up with when having access to them. This covers a broad range of interests, from mobility and urban space, to aesthetic computer-mediated interactions such as electronic music making or digital photography, to physical interfaces and the integration of technology into everyday environments, artefacts and behaviours, i.e. ubiquitous computing. My research explores in particular the potentials of mobile and ubiquitous computing for everyday life aesthetic practices and creative behaviours, and builds on mobile music, locative media and physical computing projects. I approach my research question with a combination of user-centred, body-centric and culturally grounded interaction design, of physical prototyping and of user studies in context. My teaching builds on the interdisciplinary nature of interactive media and ubiquitous computing, and aims – just like my research – at building bridges between science and design; art and everyday life; academia and pop cultures; science and design; technology research and aesthetic practices.

This digital portfolio gathers information about my projects and teaching experience, as well as a list of my publications, presentations and press coverage. Information about my background and qualifications is available in my CV and education appendix. My teaching philosophy and interests are described in this statement: [pdf]