Elif Ozcan

Dr. Elif Özcan conducts sound-driven design and research activities at the Faculty of Industrial Design Engineering of TU Delft and leads the Silent ICU project at the Department of Intensive Care of Erasmus Medical Centre. She is the director of Critical Alarms Lab at TU Delft where she mainly investigates sound-driven wellbeing of users and professionals in critical contexts (e.g., patients and clinicians). Elif was a Guest Editor for the Journal of Sonic Studies, for the special issue on sound design. She has been involved in several European projects funded by Marie Curie Initiative, DocArtes programme, European Space Agency and Toyota Motors Europe. She is currently developing ISO standard sounds as part of the international alarm coalition funded by the Association for the Advancement of Medical Instrumentation (AAMI), USA and is rethinking the role of alarms in critical care. Elif is a mother of three daughters and an advocate for women in science as part of the DEWIS sounding board at TU Delft.

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This year we celebrate the 10th edition of the DeSForM conference series. In 2005, DeSForM was born in (Eindhoven) the Netherlands with the premise of creating meaning through objects, interactions and people. Over the years, the DeSForM community has explored and designed objects through a multi-sensorial approach always aiming at enriching users' experiences with them. Throughout previous editions, we have seen the development from digital and mechanical objects that had enriched sensorial presence to adaptive and intelligent objects that feel almost analogous to reality given their increased information processing power and sensory resolution. These are thanks to the recent developments in the material sciences, robotics, information and sensor technology, and improved production techniques. Consider, for example, developments in wearables and embedded or computational materials. Consequently, the arena that belongs to design researchers and practitioners has gotten more sophisticated by being more technical, but also raises new questions regarding the effect and the impact of the new technologically rich designs. In 2017, DeSForM is returning to its place of birth opening up to a broader audience with deeper insights to debate about the future of dynamic 'form' giving and its effects on people and their environment.

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