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Managing intellectual property in the context of collaborative design: Prioritizing responsiveness in the co-design of new robotic technologies for agriculture

Seminar presented by Karly Burch, Centre for Sustainability

Collaborative design (co-design) is a popular method for ensuring new technologies are beneficial to users and society at large by including those people whose lives will be impacted by new technologies as collaborators in design processes.

While prioritizing responsiveness between researchers and societal actors is essential for building relevant technologies, frictions can emerge as the inclusion required for co-design is put in tension with exclusionary practices in modern sciences, particularly processes in place to protect intellectual property (IP).

Based on a paper-in-progress being developed with co-authors Katharine Legun, (Wageningen University), Dawn Nafus (Intel) and Laurens Klerkx (Wageningen University), my talk will explore early, low-stakes IP/collaboration frictions observed in the MaaraTech Project—a dynamic trans-disciplinary project co-designing robotic and human assist agri-technologies with AI capabilities in Aotearoa New Zealand.

Drawing from feminist science and technology studies (STS), I offer located response-ability as an analytic tool for better articulating, addressing and anticipating IP/collaboration tensions in the context of a situated design project.

About the speaker

Karly Burch is a post-doctoral research fellow at the University of Otago’s Centre for Sustainability. Her work applies more-than-human approaches and material semiotic sensibilities to expand understandings of socio-technical disasters, technology development projects and collaborative design strategies, particularly those involving food and agriculture.

She holds a PhD in sociology from the University of Otago and an MSc in agroecology from the Norwegian University of Life Sciences and ISARA-Lyon.

Her PhD research explored everyday eating in the Kansai region of Japan in the aftermath of Tokyo Electric Power Company’s Fukushima Daiichi Nuclear Power Plant disaster.

She currently works on the MaaraTech Project, a transdisciplinary project co-designing artificially intelligent robotic and human-assist technologies for use in horticulture and viticulture in Aotearoa New Zealand

Date Thursday, 20 May 2021
Time 12:00pm - 1:00pm
Audience Public,All University,Staff
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Seminar
DepartmentCentre for Sustainability
LocationCentre for Sustainability Seminar Room, 563 Castle Street, Dunedin
Contact NameMary-Jane Campbell or Nicki Topliss
Contact Phone479 5220

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