KISD employee Jakob Kilian has published a conference paper on a workshop format together with Prof Rahel Flechtner from HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd:

“Making (Non-)Sense – A Playful and Explorative Approach to Teaching AI Intuition for the Design of Sensor-Based Interactions”

The workshop is a cooperation within the joint research project about the interplay between AI and design ( and was held in 2023 both at the HfG Schwäbisch Gmünd and here at KISD  in Cologne with students from the respective universities. It aims to equip design students with the necessary “intuition” for AI technologies in order to develop sensor-based AI-supported interactions. It is structured in two parts: a role play, which provides a playful, low-threshold introduction to the basics of machine learning for classifying sensor data; and an exploratory part, supported by ready-made hardware and software modules, which enables active engagement with the technology to support creative ideation processes.

The methods used and the design of the workshop were presented on 7 June at EduCHI ’24  in New York City and published as an accompanying conference paper. The course materials themselves were published as open source/hardware. A video documentation of the workshop can also be found on Vimeo.
Course materials and the paper can be found online: