- Asst. Professor of Design
- California State University, Long Beach
- heather.barker@c sulb.edu
I have degrees in Architecture and Metropolitan Research + Design. My research focuses on methodologies addressing: Design of Cyber-Physical Systems; Sustainable materials, systems, architecture and urban design; User Experience Design (UXD); Interactive and Participatory Design; Design and Architectural Theory; Theory of Design in Social Media and Cyber-Physical Systems
o Philosophical structures and neurophysiological conditions of value and knowledge- building through directed experience.
o The philosophy of meaning and the creation of value as it relates to social humans communicating through, and integrated in, media and technology.
o Cognitive science of augmented sensory perception as it affects experience and knowledge acquisition including the neuroscientific implications of haptic and virtual ‘making’.
o Cognitive management and selective attention in a complex sensory information field.
o Neurostructural patterning of adaptive intelligence as relates to learning and creativity.
o Proprioception and cognition in post-virtual spatial experiences. Human and meta-human agency and augmented sense of self through technology.
Methods and Foundations:
o Research is based on the philosophical foundations of sociality, agency and temporality in identity creation and the role of adaptive meaning, visual semiotics and perception in post-virtual communication space.
o Research strategies include identification and analysis of affinities amongst philosophical, linguistic and mathematical structures as well as participatory narrative development as a measure and to create meaning.
o Technical approaches for research are based on non-teleological strategies including game and complexity theory, adapted soft-systems methology and emergent systems analysis.
o Development of applications and strategies for value and knowledge building through directed experience and narrative.
o Identification of learning methods to build cognitive structures conducive to enhancing creativity.
o Identification of changing behaviors and cognitive structures based on interactivist relationships in social media, information theory and dynamic systems.
o Description of neuroscientific factors in novelty and non-deductive decision making.
o Delineation of phenomena of individual and collective decision making within the complex participatory field of social media.
Similar faculty on Fresca
2001 – Master of Architecure, Southern California Institute of Architecture (SCI-Arc) (Metropolitan Research + Design)
1996-1997 – Post-grad studies, Academy of Fine Arts, Munich (Akademie der Bildenden Künste München) (Architecture)
1996 – Bachelor of Architecture, University of Cincinnati (Architecture)