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March 20, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Conversation, Design, and Wicked Problems Paul Pangaro Professor of Practice, CMU HCII Streaming:
The Colloquy of Mobiles was designed by Gordon Pask in 1968, a magnificent mechatronic expression of the sexual revolution at
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February 28, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Building a future for theatrical play: Designing for Expressive Participatory Mixed Reality Performance Tess Tanenbaum Assistant Professor, Transformative Play Lab, Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California Irvine Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

In this talk I'm going to discuss my approach to the theory and practice of “Theatrical Play” through the lens of three prototype systems...... Full Details

February 21, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Augmenting Designers: Developing tools and methods to help designers do what they do better nik Nikolas Martelaro HCII - CMU / Assistant Professor Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Recent advances in technologies such as conversational agents, robotics, machine learning, mixed reality, and the internet-of-things are allowing...... Full Details

February 14, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm The MAGIC of Semantic IxD Daniel Rosenberg Adjunct Professor UX Design, at San Jose State University | Founder of RCDO UX LLC Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Do you know how much cognitive load your design ideas will place on the user even before you sketch out the first screen? If the cognitive load of...... Full Details

February 7, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Mobile, Social, and Fashion: Three Stories from Data-Driven Design Ranjitha Kumar Chief Research Scientist, UserTesting | Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Having access to the right types of data at scale is increasingly the key to designing innovation. In this talk, I'll discuss how my group has...... Full Details

January 31, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Understanding Human Behavior for Better Assistive Robots Henny Admoni Assistant Professor Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University | Human And Robot Partners (HARP) Lab Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Human-robot interaction has the potential to transform the way people work and live, particularly when it comes to assistive robots that help...... Full Details

January 24, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Near-living Spaces: Paradigms and Methods Philip Beesley Principal, Philip Beesley Architect Inc. | Primary Investigator, Living Architecture Systems Group Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Using detailed illustrations of recent projects of the Living Architecture Systems Group, this talk will offer renewed working methods that can...... Full Details

January 17, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Doing Inclusive Design: From GenderMag to InclusiveMag Margaret Burnett OSU Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

How can software professionals assess whether their software supports diverse users? And if they find problems, how can they fix them? Although...... Full Details

December 6, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Who is in the Crowd? Characterizing the Capabilities of Prize Competition Competitors Zoe Szajnfarber Associate Professor of Engineering Management and Systems Engineering and of International Affairs, The George Washington University Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

This seminar presents findings from a recent field experiment designed to characterize who in the crowd is willing and able to solve complex...... Full Details

November 22, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm The Big Picture of Quantum Technologies Jack Hidary Research Scientist, Alphabet's X (formerly Google X) Newell-Simon Hall 4305

Jack Hidary of Alphabet's X (formerly Google X) will update on current quantum computing approaches from industry & academia in the NISQ (near...... Full Details

November 15, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm City Complex Violet Whitney Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Cities have always been complex, but in recent years, technology has inadvertently changed the nature of that complexity. Websites like Yelp and...... Full Details

November 8, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Computational Interventions for Behavior Change Mashfiqui Rabbi Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Statistics, Harvard University Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

In the US, unhealthy behaviors—such as sedentary lifestyle, overeating, substance use, and tobacco use—account for approximately 40% of the risk...... Full Details

November 1, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Scaffolding Robust Intelligent Systems with Crowds Walter S. Lasecki Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering / Founding Director, Center for Hybrid Intelligence Systems, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Intelligent systems hold the potential to enable natural, fluid, and efficient ways to achieve users’ objectives — but being able to understand...... Full Details

October 11, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm “Knowledge Embodied in Artifacts”: A Problem in Design Epistemology Jeffrey Bardzell Professor of Informatics and Director of the HCI/Design program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University--Bloomington Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Among the most exciting developments in HCI research today is the rise of designerly approaches to research: research through design, practice-...... Full Details

October 4, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Cautionary Tales and Better Futures for Social Technologies John Cain Visiting Professor, Institute of Design in Chicago Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

This talk will explore the "human" in HCI, and offer ways to bring what people (just plain folk) care about (their passions and frustrations) into...... Full Details

September 20, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm How to Think About the Future Stuart Candy, PhD Associate Professor, CMU School of Design, and Director of Situation Lab Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

"Everyone thinks about the future. They just don't do it very well." – Jake Dunagan, Institute for the Future

All design activity is future...... Full Details

September 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm The case for self-sovereign personal AI Adrian Gropper, MD CTO, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Whether it’s a smartphone that filters notifications or a brain implant that...... Full Details

September 6, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Teamwork with Robots Malte Jung Assistant Professor in Information Science, Cornell University Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Research on Human-robot Interaction to date has largely focused on examining a single human interacting with a single robot. This work has led to...... Full Details

August 30, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Asocial Design Yields Antisocial Agents Megan Strait Assistant Professor of Computer Science, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Agentic technologies are increasingly emerging in intrinsically social settings; yet, the social capacities of such systems remain critically...... Full Details

July 22, 2019 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Smart Interfaces for Human-Centered AI: HCII Special Seminar James Landay Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University Newell-Simon Hall 4305

AI has the potential to automate people out of their jobs, and in some cases, it will. But while we should carefully consider the risk of...... Full Details

April 26, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm The Design of Ethical Interfaces Paul Pangaro Professor of Practice, Human-Computer Interaction Institute Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

This talk proposes to the design community that we define and follow implementable principles for ethical interfaces. Such pragmatic principles...... Full Details

January 25, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Post Design Thinking: Designing for the Consequences of Innovation Michael Yap and Kristen Leach Etsy Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Design is practiced along a spectrum. Practicing at any point along the spectrum comes with different kinds of uncertainties and risks. On the...... Full Details

January 18, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Designing Everyday Things as Collaborative Partners in the Context of Childhood Oncology Marco Rozendaal Assistant Professor of Interaction Design, Delft University of Technology Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

In this talk I will report on the results of a four-year design research project that focused on how to support children and families dealing with...... Full Details

December 7, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Situated Interaction in the Open World: New Systems and Challenges Sean Andrist Researcher (Microsoft Research) Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

In this talk, I will introduce a research effort at MSR we call “Situated Interaction,” in which we strive to design and develop intelligent...... Full Details

November 30, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Human+AI Collaboration: Improving the FATE of High Stakes Decision Making Kori Inkpen Principal Researcher, Microsoft Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

What do telepresence and bias have in common?  Not much. After 20+ years of thinking about how to help people connect and engage with others over...... Full Details

November 16, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Can I Use That?! Ethics, Law, and Norms for Other People’s Data Casey Lynn Fiesler Assistant Professor of Information Science, University of Colorado Boulder Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Your tweets, blog posts, photos, reviews, and dating profiles are all potentially being used for science. Though much of this research stems from...... Full Details

November 9, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm User, Agent, Subject, Spy: Information Systems for Human Flourishing Michael Ekstrand Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Boise State University Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Every day, information access systems mediate our experience of the world beyond our immediate senses. Google helps us find what we seek, Amazon...... Full Details

November 2, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm How the Information Revolution is Changing Design Practice Hugh Dubberly Principal, Dubberly Design Office University Center - Connan Room

The proliferation of sensors, smart-connected products (IoT), the measurements they generate (big data), on-demand computing (the cloud), and...... Full Details

October 26, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Learning Programming at Scale: Code, Data, and Environment Philip Guo Assistant professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Modern-day programming is incredibly complex, and people from all sorts of backgrounds are now learning it. It is no longer sufficient just to...... Full Details

October 12, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm From personal informatics to personal analytics: personalized decision-support in health Lena Mamykina Florence Irving Assistant Professor of Biomedical Informatics, Department of Biomedical Informatics, Columbia University Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

The increasing abundance of personal data related to health and wellness presents new opportunities for discovery and insight and can help...... Full Details

October 5, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm The Reflect! platform: A cognitive system for dealing with wicked problems in teams Michael Hoffmann Associate Professor for Philosophy in the School of Public Policy & Co-Director of the Center for Ethics and Technology, Georgia Tech Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

Wicked problems are complex problems whose complexity results from the fact that they can be framed in a number of different ways, depending on...... Full Details

September 28, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Synthetic Teammates Christopher Myers Senior Cognitive Scientist & Cognitive Models Core Research Area Lead, Airman Systems, Air Force Research Laboratory Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

The rise in autonomous system research and development combined with the maturation of computational cognitive architectures holds the promise of...... Full Details

September 21, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm HCI Behind the Hospital Doors: EHR Challenges and Human Machine-Learning Interaction Susan Regli Human Factors Scientist, University of Pennsylvania Health System Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

This talk will address two aspects of hospital systems that sorely need attention from the human-computer interaction community. The first aspect...... Full Details

September 14, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Ethical Engagement and the Dark Side of User Experience Design Colin Gray Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

The profession of user experience (UX) design has rapidly expanded in the past decade, impacting the design of user interfaces, the larger...... Full Details

August 31, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Interaction Design and Imaginaries: Beyond Behavior Change Dan Lockton Assistant Professor & Chair of Design Studies, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design Newell-Simon Hall 1305 (Michael Mauldin Auditorium)

How we think about the world affects what we do. The imaginaries we have—the stories we tell ourselves and each other, the mental models, language...... Full Details