Register Now for WardsAuto UX Conference

Logo for WardsAuto User Experience Conference 2017

Michigan UXPA is partnering with WardsAuto to present its 2017 User Experience Conference in Novi, MI, on Thursday, October 5. The conference showcases discussions on human-machine-interface topics and connects UX research and design professionals to new technologies for mobility experiences.


  • Workshop on UX methodology from Pillar Technology, “Hands-On Design Thinking for Automotive Innovation” – as seating is limited, register for the 11:00 AM session when you first register for the conference.
  • Center Stage Discussion compares and contrasts philosophies and designs based on the most-recent J.D. Power research and explores new paths for UX designers and safety engineers to follow in the future.
  • Networking with hundreds of automotive professionals involved in UX
  • Many other panel discussions covering topics such as The New HMI, Turbocharging Connectivity, Machine Intelligence and Deep Learning, and the Newest Concepts and Tech for Enhancing UX.
  • See the full conference agenda.


Hope to see you there on October 5!

If you cannot be there, follow @MichiganUXPA on Twitter for live updates from the conference.

MiUXPA Kickoff with Pamela Pavliscak Recap

Many thanks to Pamela Pavliscak and everyone who joined us for our Michigan UXPA chapter kickoff! If you couldn’t join us, here’s a quick peek at what you missed. Check out board member Mike Wojan’s great photos of the event, and read on for a recap from Pamela’s talk.

To accompany the slides, board member Stephanie Haley shares some notable points from Pamela’s talk: Continue reading “MiUXPA Kickoff with Pamela Pavliscak Recap”

Register Now for the Michigan UXPA Kickoff, Featuring Pamela Pavliscak

Pamela Pavliscak is joining us in Ann Arbor on July 10th to help kick off our renewed Michigan chapter of UXPA.

With the generous support of our sponsors Vitamin T and TecEd, Pamela Pavliscak will be joining us in Ann Arbor on July 10th to help kick off our renewed Michigan chapter of UXPA. You won’t want to miss her talk on “The Emotional Life of Internet Things.” Pam asks, “what will it be like when our internet things know how we feel? Let’s invent emotional machines for the human future we want.”

Event Details

Purchase your ticket for $10 on our eventbrite page.


Mon, July 10, 2017
6:30 PM – 8:30 PM EDT


North Quadrangle Residential and Academic Complex
105 South State Street
Room 2245
Ann Arbor, MI 48109

More on Pamela’s Talk

The convergence of affective technology, machine learning, and ubiquitous computing makes designing for emotion more important than ever. We’ve always had an emotional relationship with our internet things, whether we think of our phone as an extension of our self, a chatbot as a best friend, or a robot as a beloved pet. A decade from now, emotional interactions are likely to become the norm. We may not remember a time when we can’t just frown and our devices know that we’re dismayed.

So, as emotion-sensing technology is moving from an experimental phase to reality, maybe our internet things will start to understand us, picking up on social cues, responding to our moods, and cultivating emotion connection. What does it mean for how we design technology? How do we design AI that has empathy for us? In this session, we will look at where emotional AI is now and a framework for inventing an emotionally intelligent future.

Thanks to our Silver Sponsors

Vitamin T

Vitamin T

After 30 years as an industry leader, Vitamin T (a division of Aquent) does their best work by partnering with leaders, marketing and creative teams and change-makers who see the value in working with top creative talent to enhance the work they do. They provide carefully screened creative, digital and marketing talent on a freelance and contract-to-permanent basis to top companies and agencies right here in Detroit, Michigan and around the globe. Vitamin T goes above and beyond to ensure a perfect match by making human connections with both talent and clients.


TecEd User Experience Research and Design


UX pioneers, TecEd is all about helping you deliver products and digital experiences that work well for your target users – and if your customers are successful, you will be too. Whether it’s competitive benchmarking, user interviews, field research, or usability testing, we’ve got the techniques to help you learn what your customers need and the expertise to connect their needs and your product designs with your business objectives. Tell us your product story, then let us define and conduct the most effective user research to turn it into a best-seller!


Thanks to our In-Kind Sponsors

University of Michigan School of Information

Menlo Innovations

Save the Date for Pamela Pavliscak!

UPDATE: We’ve opened registration for this event. Get your ticket at Eventbrite.

After much ado, the Michigan chapter of the User Experience Professionals Association is BACK! And we’re kicking things off with Pamela Pavliscak on Monday, July 10th in Ann Arbor.

Pamela Pavliscak is founder of Change Sciences, an insights and innovation firm, where she works with organizations ranging from IKEA to TIAA to the USDA to design for wellbeing. She currently serves on a global initiative to develop the IEEE standard for ethics and AI, with a focus on artificial emotional intelligence. Pamela is also faculty at The Pratt Institute where she teaches design research and studies our emotional relationship with technology. Designing for Happiness, her book about how to create a tech future that contributes to our wellbeing, will be published by O’Reilly in fall 2017. She has written for Quartz, Mashable, Smashing, and other design and tech publications. And has spoken at SXSW, TEDx, Web Summit, and other industry conferences.

So mark your calendars for July 10th and stay tuned for additional details about this exciting event… we can’t wait to kick off a renewed chapter of Michigan UXPA with you!

Digital Experience Architecture: An Evening with Practitioners

Thursday, February 19, 2015
6:00 PM to 8:00 PM

Join Detroit User Experience for Digital Experience Architecture: An Evening with Practitioners, an exciting warm-up to World Information Architecture Day to be celebrated in cities around the world (including Ann Arbor) on Feb. 21!

They will feature four fabulous experience/information architecture practitioners from the local area delivering three presentations total.  Each presentation will be approximately 20 min. long and chock-full of great insights and tips that you can use in your own work. Food and beverages will also be available.

Their event is for anyone involved in the creation of digital experiences: user experience professionals, information architects, designers, developers, programmers, content strategists, digital marketers, project managers, social media experts and more!

For more information, go to the Detroit User Experience Meetup page.