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Rickard Åström

Research engineer running UID's interaction lab and lending out gadgets and equipment. I teach electronics and programming on a practical level for the students that wants to use it in their design.

Works at

Research engineer at Umeå Institute of Design (UID)
Östra Strandgatan 30 Umeå universitet, 901 87 Umeå

What I do at UID
I run the interaction Lab where students and staff are welcome to explore and prototype using technology. Some get to do that as part of the education, some can sign up for introduction lectures, but all are welcome to the resources ranging from gadgets like tablets, Kinect, sound equipment, lights etc. all the way to basic electrical components like buttons, leds, motors and microprocessors. All to foster a better understanding of the limitations and opportunities of technology, and to help convey properties of design that a simple image or video will not convey. 

I'm involved in classes with the master programs of Interaction design and Advanced product design where I both teach and tutor, and teach anyone who signs up for the introduction lectures that any UID student/staff can enjoy.

Coming from a background in computer engineering, web coding, project management, database management, making ads and education I assembled a profile fitting nicely with my role here at UID.