Herman D’Hooge is Innovation Strategist with Intel Research responsible in part for bringing external innovations & innovation practices into Intel.
Previously, he established a user-centered design & innovation competency chartered with bringing new end-user experiences to personal computing that are informed by real human needs and desires. This human-focused approach involves interdisciplinary teams of ethnographers, user researchers, human factors engineers, industrial designers, interaction designers, technologists and engineers for envisioning and defining future computing platforms and technologies.
Herman joined Intel in 1981 and has held positions in technology research, development, platform architecture, industry evangelism, and management in areas ranging from multi-processor computer architectures, PC system architecture, operating systems, computer security, fault tolerance, distributed systems, computer-telephony integration, “new users, new uses” applications research, and branded consumer products (toys, cameras, audio players).
He received an MS in Electrical Engineering and an MS in Computer Science both from the University of Ghent, Belgium. His professional interests are in understanding how technology can meaningfully impact people’s lives and how user-centered methods can be practically applied to inform technology innovation.
The traditional “build it and they will come” mindset to technology innovation in Intel is gradually being augmented with methods aimed at first trying to understand what humans will find valuable and let that inform technology development. This presentation provides a high-level overview of this human-centered approach to innovation and explores implications for engineering education.