We're very excited to welcome Nicolas Nova to Terra Nova as a guest author for the month of October. Nicolas is a cognitive scientist by training and works as a research scientist at the Media and Design Lab (Swiss Institute of Technology, EPFL) in Lausanne, Switzerland and as a user experience and foresight researcher for IT and video-game companies.
His current research concerns the study of gaming experiences at the intersection of gaming platforms and spatial environments (location-based applications, virtual worlds, tangible interactions, ubiquitous computing). He basically studies people's interaction with these technologies and works with developers and designers on new ways to design and use them to create playful systems. Last year, he completed a PhD in human-computer interactions about location-awareness interfaces in both virtual reality and ubiquitous computing.
He blogs at Pasta and Vinegar, a weblog about emerging technologies usage and foresight and is co-producer of the LIFT conference in Geneva and Seoul. He also created the Near Future Laboratory with Julian Bleecker, a research and innovation lab which designs, constructs and analyzes new digital interaction rituals.