Interface between people and technology
Friday 24 May 2019
Deirdre Desmond is very excited to contribute as a keynote speaker at ISPO World Congress 2019. In an interview she gave a brief overview of her lecture and why she loves her job.
What does it mean to you to give a keynote lecture at the ISPO World Congress?
It is a great privilege to have the opportunity to address the ISPO delegates as a keynote speaker in Kobe. The interdisciplinary nature of the Society and World Congress always makes for a really interesting and inspiring mix of presentations, workshops and exhibitions – I look forward to a diverse and dynamic programme showcasing the best research and practice developments of ISPO members internationally. It is my favourite event in the conference calendar and so I am very honoured and excited to contribute as a keynote speaker in 2019.
What can participants expect from your keynote lecture?
My hope is that delegates will be engaged in a thoughtful way to consider the interface between people and technology and the transformative potentials of technology at individual and societal levels. My background in psychology makes me curious about people and behaviour, and strategies for people to live and thrive in a complex world. I hope that my lecture will help nurture curiosity about the psychological and social aspects of assistive technology use.
What were the reasons that made you specialise in your field of practice?
Irish playwright and activist Bernard Shaw said: “First love is only a little foolishness and a lot of curiosity”; from early days, I have been curious about and interested in understanding the evolving challenges and benefits of assistive technology use and its implications for individual users, their circles of support and wider society. I have been incredibly fortunate to have the mentorship, guidance, inspiration and friendship of the Dublin Psychoprosthetics Group members (past and present) in my research career. Working collaboratively with engaged, thoughtful, inspired and inspiring colleagues and service users is a huge privilege; one that sustains the endeavour. I am hugely privileged to work with a great team and proud to represent some of our research endeavours at ISPO’s World Congress in Kobe 2019.
Deirdre will present her keynote “Complex Entanglements: People and Assistive Technologies” on Monday, 7 October, 10:45-11:30.
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