Dr. Carl DiSalvo is currently an associate professor in the Digital Media Program in the School of Literature, Media, and Communication at the Georgia Institute of Technology. At Georgia Tech he established The Public Design Workshop, which is a design research studio that explores socially engaged design practices and civic media.
DiSalvo’s work draws together science and technology studies, the humanities, and design research to analyze the social and political qualities of design and prototype experimental systems and services. His current work is broadly concerned with forms of collectivity and the role of design in shaping and enabling collectivity. More specifically, he is studying issue-oriented hackathons as ad-hoc design events and collaborative urban foraging as a site of speculative design in food systems. He also conducts research on environmental monitoring and representation, maps and mapping, drones, and community robotics.
DiSalvo publishes regularly in design, science and technology studies, and human-computer interaction journals and conference proceedings. In addition, he’s currently serving on the editorial board of the journal Design Issues and on the conference committee of the 2014 Participatory Design conference. He also served on the conference committee of the 2014 Design Research Society conference, held in Sweden in June. His first book, Adversarial Design, is part of the Design Thinking, Design Theory series at MIT Press. His experimental design projects have been exhibited and supported by the ZKM (Center for Art & Media), Warhol Museum, Grey Area Foundation for the Arts, Times Square Arts Alliance, Science Gallery Dublin, and the Walker Arts Center. The National Science Foundation and Intel fund much of his current research.
In 2006, DiSalvo received a Ph.D. in Design from Carnegie Mellon University. From 2006–2007 he was a post-doctoral fellow at Carnegie Mellon University with joint appointments in the Studio for Creative Inquiry and the Center for the Arts in Society.