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Nazli Cila

Lecturer in Design Research


Since my graduation as an industrial designer 15 years ago, I’ve been involved in conducting design research. I got my PhD degree from Delft University of Technology Department of Industrial Design, working on the topic of how designers can create effective and aesthetic metaphors.

Afterwards, I worked at the same department as a Postdoc researcher in a project where we explored how to use data and AI as new materials in the interaction design practice.

Currently, I work as a researcher at the Digital Life Centre research group of AUAS. My research line is focused on investigating the potential of smart agents and digital solutions to improve health & wellbeing of citizens. In particular, my mission is to create foundational theory on Human-Agent Partnerships and reveal interaction patterns for meaningful, aesthetic, empowering collaborations with agents.

I always look forward to guiding students in their implementation of research in design processes, exploration of different research methodologies, and discovering how cool doing research is.

Design used to be the seasoning you’d sprinkle on for taste; now it’s the flour you need at the start of the recipe. (John Maeda)
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