Education

Post Doctorate – Responsible Innovation

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft): Delft, The Netherlands (2018-presnt)  

Department of Technology, Policy, and Management; Section: Values, Technology, and Innovation; Ethics/ Philosophy of Technology

It is difficult to get a sense of what are the ethical implications of emerging technologies. I work with labs across the Netherlands conducting fundamental research on developing technologies to envision what is the impact that these technologies may have on our society. With this knowledge, we build an understanding of how to develop and innovate these technologies, at these early stages, in the most responsible way possible.

Advisors 

                Prof. Dr. Jeroen van der Hoven

Affiliation:

Design for Value & Responsible Innovation Institute

Doctorate in Industrial Design

Delft University of Technology (TU Delft): Delft, The Netherlands (2014-2018)   

How can we translate abstract concepts from ethics and philosophy of technology into the realities of design practices of contemporary technologies, and visa versa? How do we bridge these fields and incorporate the lessons of each into one another? By working closely with designers, students, and companies, this PhD research specifically focused on how to make complexity legible to lay people. How can we use design to help people understand what a technology is doing, why, and what is our role in it. This is becoming increasingly important as connected, intelligent, automated, and networked technologies become more widespread and data about our personal lives is being collected and utilized in ways we may not fully appreciate the implications of.

Advisors 

                Prof. Dr. Elisa Giaccardi

                Assoc. Prof. Dr. Elvin Karana  

Affiliations: 

ID Studio Lab

The Connected Everyday Lab

           Human Information Communication Design Research Group

Doctoral Thesis:

Materializing Technologies: Surfacing Focal Things and Practices with Design

 

  

M.A. in Media Culture and Communication

New York University: New York, NY. USA (2011-2013)

Concentration: Human Computer Interaction

Studying across the university’s departments in media theory, anthropology, design, and computer science, I tailored a program to examine how technologies impact society and how to shape their impact.        

            Awards and Honors:

                Award for Academic Achievement in Technology and Society

                Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship for Academic Talent 

            Advisor

               Prof. Dr. Katherine Isbister

Bachelor’s            

Sarah Lawrence College: Bronxville, NY. USA (2003-2007)

Concentrations: Anthropology, Politics

 

Semester Abroad

School for International Training: Nicosia, Cyprus (Spring 2006)

        Concentration: Transnational Identities and Inter-communal Relations 

 

 Semester Abroad

School for International Training: Amman, Jordan (Fall 2005)

    Concentration: Modernization and Social Change

 

Manhattan School of Music: New York City, NY. USA (2001-2003)

Classical Voice Training


Academic Writing

Book

Robbins, Holly. (2018) Materializing Technologies: Surfacing Focal Things and Practices with Design. (Doctoral Dissertation). Delft University of Technology, Netherlands.

Journal Articles    

Robbins, Holly, Elisa, Giaccardi. (2019) “Generating value across academic and professional design practice in the Internet of Things”, CoDesign, 15:1, 24-40, DOI: 10.1080/15710882.2018.1563192

Robbins, Holly; Elisa Giaccardi; Elvin Karana; and Patrizia D'Olivo. (2015). “Understanding and Designing with (and for) Material Traces.” Studies in Material Thinking 13(01). 

Robbins, Holly, and Katherine Isbister. "Playdates with Big Brother: Playfully Repurposing Surveillance Cameras to Build Communities." Surveillance & Society 12.3 (2014): 448-458.

 

Book Chapters

Robbins, Holly (Forthcoming) “Using Design to Support Relatability of Networks.” in Relating To Things as They Relate to Us. Eds. Heather Wiltse and Michel Puech. Springer.

Conference Papers 

Robbins, H., Giaccardi, E., Karana, E. (2016). Traces as an Approach to Design for Focal Things and Practices. In Proceedings of NordiCHI’16: 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. October 23 – 27, 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden. ACM, 2016. Pages

Robbins, Holly. "Disrupting the Device Paradigm: Designing for Mutual Praxis in Connected Objects." Participatory Innovation Conference 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. May 2015.

Robbins, Holly, and Katherine Isbister. "Pixel Motion: A Surveillance Camera-Enabled Public Digital Game." Foundations in Digital Games. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 3-7 April 2014.

Giaccardi, Elisa; Elvin Karana; Holly Robbins; and Patrizia D'Olivo. "Growing traces on objects of daily use: A product design perspective for HCI." Proceedings of the 2014 conference on Designing interactive systems. ACM, 2014.

 

Peer-Reviewed Conference Workshop Papers

Robbins, Holly; Elisa Giaccardi; and Elvin Karana. “Politics of Impermanence: Traces of Use as a Design Strategy for Technologies” Workshop: Things Fall Apart. NordiCHI’16: 11th Nordic Conference on Human-Computer Interaction. October 22, 2016, Gothenburg, Sweden. ACM, 2016.

Robbins, Holly; Elisa Giaccardi; and Elvin Karana. “De-Commodifying the Device: A Materialist Design Approach for Communication With and Through Connected Objects.” Workshop: The Future of Making: Where Industrial and Personal Fabrication Meet. Critical Alternatives 2015. Aarhus, Denmark. August 2015.

Robbins, Holly; Elisa Giaccardi; and Elvin Karana. “Orienting the Utility of Anthropology in Design.” Conference Position Paper: Design Anthropological Futures. Copenhagen 12-15 August 2015

Robbins, Holly. "Disrupting the Device Paradigm: Designing for Mutual Praxis in Connected Objects." Participatory Innovation Conference 2015. The Hague, The Netherlands. May 2015.

Robbins, Holly, and Katherine Isbister. "Pixel Motion: A Surveillance Camera-Enabled Public Digital Game." Foundations in Digital Games. Ft. Lauderdale, Florida. 3-7 April 2014.

Katherine Isbister; Robbins, Holly; O'Gorman, Lawrence; Yin, Yafeng; et al. "Liberating Public Cameras.” Experiencing Interactivity in Public Spaces Workshop: ACM SIGCHI on Human Factors in Computing Systems Annual Conference 2013 (CHI 2013). Paris, France. April 2013.

 

Conference Presentations

Reviewed Academic Conferences

Robbins, Holly and Stone, Taylor. “Knowledge in the Making” In the proceedings of the 2019 conference of the Society for Philosophy of Technology (SPT 2019). (forthcoming: May 2019). College Park Texas, United States.

Robbins, Holly. “Using Design to Explore How to Unmask Black Boxes.” In the proceedings of Philosophy of Human Technology Relations Conference. July 2018. Twente, Netherlands.

Robbins, Holly. “When “implications for design” become “implications for philosophers” In the proceedings of Philosophy of Human Technology Relations Conference. July 2018. Twente, Netherlands.

Robbins, H., Giaccardi, E., & Karana, E. (2017). Exploring Resolutions to the Device Paradigm with Speculative Design. In the proceedings of the 2017 conference of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S 2017). August 2017 Boston, MA.

Robbins, H. (2017). “Design to Situate Im/material Context.” In the proceedings of the 2017 conference of the Society for Philosophy of Technology (SPT 2017). June 2017. Darmstadt, Germany

“Crossing into Crosswords: Experiencing the Ludic Turn and the Gamification of Everyday Life.”  13th Annual Media Ecology Association Annual Conference. Manhattan College; Riverdale, NY. June 2012.

“Play as Organizing Force; Men and Women in Ludic Spaces.” 2012: Forces at Play Conference. University of Massachusetts, Amherst, MA. March 2012


Academic Service 

Journal Peer Reviewer:

Ethics in Information Technology  [2019]

AIS Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (THCI) [2015]

International Journal of Design (IJD) [2014]

Materials and Design [2014]

Conference Peer Reviewer:

Creativity and Cognition [2017]

Decennial Aarhus Conference: Critical Alternatives [2015]

Design and Emotion [2016]

Designing Interactive Systems (DIS) [2016, 2017, 2019]

Experimental Knowledge Special Interest Group of Design Research Society (EKSIG) [2017] Participatory Innovation Conference (PIN-C) [2015]


Academic Advising

Teaching

Socially Tangible Media 

Co-taught a class on how to integrate practice-based approach to developing and evaluating design concepts. 

 

Teaching Assistant

Ethics in Aerospace Engineering (Spring 2019)

Coach on rhetoric, essay writing, evaluate essays

Context and Conceptualization (Fall 2016)

Coach on essay writing, evaluate essays

Interactive Technology Design (Spring 2015, Spring 2016);

Sponsor of design brief, mentor to student groups, teach masterclasses on research methodologies  

Research Methodologies 

Coach on rhetoric, evaluate student writing 

 

Graduation Project Mentorship

Jacqueline van ’t Hof, Master Thesis. Delft University of Technology; Co-sponsored with Sungevity, Amsterdam, NL.

Topic: Materializing Energy Usage


Academic Awards 

 Academic Achievement in Technology and Society; New York University, Department of Media, Culture and Communication. (2014)

 Steinhardt Graduate Scholarship for Academic Talent; New York University (2011 - 2014 )


Academic Membership 

American Anthropological Association, Association for Computing Machinery Special Interest Group in Computer-Human Interactions, Society for the Philosophy of Technology, Society for the Social Sciences of Science


Non-Academic Writing 

Robbins, Holly on behalf of Just Things Foundation. 2018 “Where Does the Responsibility Lie: A Case Study.” In The State of Responsible Internet of Things (IoT). on Medium.com. 24 August 2017.

Robbins, Holly; Just Things Foundation. "The Path for Transparency for IoT Technologies." The State of Responsible IoT. ThingsCon. on Medium.com. 12 June 2017

Robbins, Holly; Peter Bihr; Leonardo Amico. "Fisherman's Internet of Things." Design Sprint #Open IoT. Organizers: Mozilla and University of Dundee. Anstruther, Scotland. June 2016

Internet of Things Manifesto. May 2015. Holly Robbins, The Incredible MachineAfdeling Buitengewone ZakenBeyond IO, and Frolic. Iotmanifesto.org


Non-Academic Conferences

ThingsCon 2018. Rotterdam, Netherlands.

Hosted Panel: Responsible Tech

Conducted Interview for Plenary

ThingsCon 2016. Shenzhen, China. 27 April, 2017 .

  • Panel Talk on Ethics and IoT Technologies

 

ThingsCon 2015. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 4 December 2015

 

ThingsCon 2015. Berlin, Germany. May 2015

 

4th Circumvention Tech Summit. Berlin, Germany. September 2014.  


Community Organizing

ThingsCon UnConference (upcoming: 24 May 2019). Berlin, Germany.

An intimate invitation-only un-conferance examining alternative economies enabled by connected technologies.

“Designing for Legibility of Computational Black Boxes” Symposium with expert panel. Delft University of Technology; Delft, Netherlands. 18 October 2018.

LabTalks — Studio Lab; Industrial Design, Delft University of Technology; Delft, Netherlands. (2014-2016)

Organizing and recruiting guests for weekly speaker series at the university, which I hosted.

AnthroTech MeetUp — New York City, NY, United States — 2012-2014

Selected topics, recruited speakers, made space arrangements, and advertised meetups for the New York City chapter of this group. We examined the intersectionality of anthropology and technology.


Invited Talks

“Picking and Choosing: highlighting design trends that bring out the best of society.” At Delft University of Technology. Delft, Netherlands. 19 March 2019.

“Designing for Legibility: Making Networked Complexity Comprehensible.” at Bits of Freedom. Amsterdam, Netherlands. 13 December 2018.

Expert Panel for student evaluations. At Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden. 11 December 2018.

“Designing for Legibility of Complex Technologies.” Keynote at Process Arts and Technology Festival. Dortmund, Germany. 6 October 2018.

TrustMark Camp, c/o Mozilla Foundation and Casa Jasmina, Torino, Italy. 21-23 September 2018.

“Reflecting on Navigating Between STS and Design Practice.” At Umeå Institute of Design, Umeå University, Sweden. 13 April 2018.

“ Designing to Support Technological Sensibilities.” at the Everyday Design Studio, Simon Fraser University. Vancouver, Canada. 18 October 2017.

"Ethics in Technological Transparency" at Hogeschool van Amsterdam. 24 May 2017

"Ethnics and the Internet of Things" Kick-off lecture for course at Hogeschool van Amsterdam. September 2016

"Ethics and the Internet of Things" Kick-off lecture for course at Hogeschool van Amsterdam. November 2016

“Tools, Experiments, and Insights: Im/material traces” at DRIVE Festival (Design Research & Innovation Festival at Dutch Design Week. Eindhoven, Netherlands. 26 October 2016

"Smart Citizens" Discussant at workshop roundtable at: People, Power Data. University of Amsterdam. 21 March 2016

"De-commodifying the Device" At: Smart Meets Circular Panel at DRIVE Festival (Design Research & Innovation Festival). 22 October 2015

"Repurposing Surveillance Cameras for Good."  At: Technology for Games Course. University of Amsterdam.  November 2014.


Exhibition

IoT Design Manifesto

Digital Society Conference. Arnhem, Netherlands. 27 November 2018.

"Why does the refrigerator know my birthday?" Exemplars of Ethical IoT; by the Just Things Foundation

Dutch Design Week; Klockenbouw, Eindhoven, NL. 21-29 October 2016.

Future Flux; Rotterdam, NL. 9-10 June 2017

Coverage:

English: Core77, Core 77, Council

Dutch:  BNR (radio), Bright.nl (video), Bright.nlEmerce, Twice,

German: Die Presse  

Mizu.

Dutch Design Week; Mind the Step Exhibition. Eindhoven, NL. 17-25 October 2015.

Coverage: 

Visscher, Robert. “De Slimme wasbak kent zijn gebruiker.” Trouw: letter & geest. (Netherlands) 14 November 2015: 31