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The HCII Seminar Series has been a weekly tradition at CMU since 1990. Details of our seminars from 2014 to present, as well as many of their recordings, are available below. A few years ago, we held a year of special programming in celebration of the seminar's 25th anniversary.

Date Title Speaker Seminar Video Abstract
HCII Special Seminar - David Karger David Karger
Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and member of the Computer Science and AI Laboratory at MIT
Seminar Video "Descriptive Languages to Help Non-programmers Create their own Web Applications" The web is teeming with data, and interacting with that data is a key part of modern knowledge work. But traditionally, only programmers have been able to create the tools to support those interactions. Others,… Full Details
HCII Special Seminar - Josiah Hester Josiah Hester
Breed Chair of Design and Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at Northwestern University
Seminar Video "Batteries Not Included: Reimagining Computing for the Next Trillion Devices" In this talk, I'd like to upend the notion that a computing system needs reliable power to support useful computation, sensing, and interaction. For decades, typical computing systems have generally assumed stable,… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Janet Vertesi Janet Vertesi
Associate Professor, Sociology Department, Princeton University
"Building Anti-Racist Technologies: A Critical HCI Approach" From soap dispensers and pulse oximeters that don’t see dark skin, to surveillance and incarceration systems implemented in ‘smart’ cities, our current technologies are racist. Authors in HCI and in the social studies of technology have… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Andrés Monroy-Hernández Andrés Monroy-Hernández
Principal Research Scientist at Snap Inc., Asst. Professor at Princeton Computer Science
Seminar Video "Playful Co-Located Interactions with Mobile Augmented Reality" It is common to spend hours on our digital devices connecting with people far away while disconnecting from those right beside us. Even before the pandemic, researchers have argued that digital technologies make us feel “alone… Full Details
SCS DEI Seminar: Data-Driven Diversity with Kody Manke and Kevin Jarbo
Kody Manke, Psychology Department and Kevin Jarbo, Social and Decision Sciences
Both are CMU Faculty
(Virtual presentation) https://scs.hosted.panopto.com/Panopto/Pages/Viewer.aspx?id=c635e915-f4dc-4aab-b882-ae68014d2e66     The Data-Driven Diversity Lab (https://www.d3lab.org/) uses data and insights from psychology and behavioral economics to understand how different groups… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Postdocs Seminar Video Pallavi Chhabra CMU Postdoc, faculty advisor Ken Koedinger Title:  Improving Motivation and Learning Outcomes in Math in an Intelligent Tutor Environment Abstract:  Digital technologies in education can create engaging learning environments that can help in reducing the… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Andy Wilson Andy Wilson
Partner researcher, Microsoft Research
Seminar Video "Blending Virtual and Physical Realities with RealityShader" The metaverse is about more than VR headsets and always has been. At Microsoft Research we have been exploring the use of depth cameras and projectors to blend virtual and physical realities without headsets. Projects such as Illumiroom… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Michael Nebeling Michael Nebeling
Assistant Professor of Information, University of Michigan
Seminar Video "Extended Reality for Everybody" Technical advances in virtual, augmented reality, and mixed reality (XR) have paved the way for these immersive technologies to become increasingly mainstream; however, from a design perspective, there is still a high barrier to entry. A lot of my prior work was… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Nithya Sambasivan Seminar Video "All Equation, No Human: The Myopia of Model Centrism" AI models seek to intervene in increasingly higher stakes domains, such as cancer detection and microloan allocation. What is the view of the world that guides AI development in high risk areas, and how does this view regard the complexity of… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Jay Aronson Jay Aronson
Founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University and Professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the History Department
Seminar Video “Technology for Social Good? AI, Human Rights, and Harm Reduction” Abstract  The volume of information available to human rights practitioners has grown steadily since the globalization of Internet access and the widespread adoption of smartphones across geographies, cultures, and… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - 4 HCII Postdocs Alex Ahmed, Hope Chidziwisano, Qiuyu (Luca) Lu and Deniz Sayar
HCII Postdocs
Seminar Video The HCII regularly gives our postdocs an opportunity to present during the HCII Speaker Series. This Friday’s seminar will feature four presentations in a hybrid format -- three will be presenting in person in NSH and one will be presenting remotely. If you are available, we hope you will join us… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - featuring HCII Postdocs
Adetunji Adeniran, Danielle Chine and Tricia Ngoon
Postdoctoral Researchers
Seminar Video The HCII regularly gives our postdocs an opportunity to present during the HCII Speaker Series.  This week we will hear from three postdocs from the learning sciences: Adetunji Adeniran, Danielle Chine and Tricia Ngoon.  Each person will present for approximately 15 minutes with limited… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Amy Pavel Amy Pavel
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas, Austin
Seminar Video Human-AI Systems for Making Videos Useful Video is becoming a core medium for communicating a wide range of content, including educational lectures, vlogs, and how-to tutorials. While videos are engaging and informative, they lack the familiar and useful affordances of text for browsing, skimming… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Leah Buechley Leah Buechley
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of New Mexico
Seminar Video "Hand and Machine" I believe that by making technology more accessible and building artifacts that look and feel different from anything that has been built in the past, I can change and broaden the culture of technology. I can get a diverse range of people excited by the ways that computers and… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Shunichi Kasahara Shunichi Kasahara
Researcher, Group leader at Sony Computer Science Laboratories
Seminar Video "Superception : Exploring new “Self” in the integration of humans and computers" When computers and humans integrate, to what extent are we ourselves? Computers are already no longer tools of humans, but are gaining the ability to make decisions and actions beyond humans. Furthermore,… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Kat Schrier Shaenfield
Kat Schrier Shaenfield
Associate Professor/Director of Games, Marist College, School of Communication and the Arts; Consultant, Game Designer, World Health Organization (WHO)
Seminar Video "What if We Could Design Games to Reduce Biases and Enhance Compassion?" Virtual reality (VR) and other types of games have been developed for educational purposes, with mixed results. We are still learning the best practices (and limitations) for designing games for skill development, such… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Tom Hope Tom Hope
Postdoctoral researcher at The Allen Institute for AI (AI2) and The University of Washington
Seminar Video "Harnessing Scientific Literature for Boosting Discovery and Innovation" In the year 1665, the first academic journal was published. Fast forward to today, there are millions of scientific papers coming out every year. This explosion of knowledge represents an opportunity to accelerate innovation… Full Details
HCII Speaker Series - Daragh Byrne
Daragh Byrne
Associate Teaching Track faculty, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
"Storytelling with data and devices: making sense of the quantified self" Stories about our everyday experiences are one of the main sensemaking methods we use to find meaning in our lives. As our lives are increasingly documented through smartphones, social media, and digital devices, we have… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Nazanin Andalibi Nazanin (Naz) Andalibi
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Seminar Video "Where is the Human in Emotion Recognition/AI Technologies?" Emotions are powerful, mediate humans’ experiences with their surroundings, and impact decision-making and attention online and off. Sharing and signaling one’s emotions to other humans can be beneficial, but involves privacy… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Joel Chan Joel Chan
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College of Information Studies (iSchool)
Seminar Video "Accelerating Scientific Discovery by Lowering Barriers to User-Generated Synthesis of Scientific Literature" In today's scholarly communication infrastructure, it is practically impossible to get timely answers to basic questions like "What is the best evidence that informs how vaccines will hold… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Marshini Chetty Marshini Chetty
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Chicago
Seminar Video "Imagine All The People On A Trustworthy Internet"   Imagine a world where the Internet caters to all types of users and hosts trustworthy content. Right now, this world seems far off for many reasons. For instance, this world would require us to think more broadly of user needs beyond an `… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Susan Wyche Susan Wyche
Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Media and Information
Seminar Video "Reconsidering Human-Centered Approaches to Design in Human-Computer Interaction and Development (HCI4D): Using Design Methods to Reimagine Technology in Rural Kenya" Enthusiasm for using human-centered design persists among HCI and HCI4D researchers and practitioners; funding agencies continue to… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Michael Wessely Michael Wessely
Postdoctoral Associate at MIT CSAIL
Seminar Video "Fabricating Physical User Interfaces with Smart Materials" Physical user interfaces like mobile phones, or wearable health monitors fundamentally changed how we live and work. However, their fabrication is still exclusive to industry and manufacturing experts. I envision that in the future… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Gabriela Marcu Gabriela Marcu
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Seminar Video "Designing for Coordination and Intervention in Behavioral Health"   Behavioral and mental health is an underserved area, and receives less focus in health informatics research. Technology can play a role in different types of coordination with meaningful impact on behavioral and mental… Full Details
Seminar: Robin Brewer Robin Brewer
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
Seminar Video "Challenging, Understanding, and Innovating to Support Aging and Online Engagement" The United States Census predicts that by 2030, one in five people will be over the age of 65, with similar trends globally. Such rapid growth of the older adult population presents opportunities and challenges… Full Details
Seminar: Luke Stark Luke Stark
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario
Seminar Video “Ordering Emotion: Scenes from the History of Affective Computing” In fields ranging from health and wellness and advertising and marketing to public safety and security, and political campaigning, data analytics tools united with techniques from the psychological and behavioral sciences… Full Details
Special Seminar: Portable Laser Cutting with Thijs Roumen Thijs Roumen
Ph.D. student at Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany
Seminar Video A portable format for laser cutting will enable millions of users to benefit from laser-cut models as opposed to the 1000s of tech enthusiasts that engage with laser cutting today. What holds widely adopted use back is the limited ability to modify and fabricate existing models. It may seem like a… Full Details
Seminar: Morgan Ames Morgan Ames
Assistant Adjunct Professor in the School of Information and Associate Director of the Center for Science, Technology, Medicine and Society at the University of California, Berkeley
Seminar Video "The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child" Drawing on her book, The Charisma Machine, Ames chronicles the life and legacy of the One Laptop per Child project and explains why — despite its failures — the same utopian visions that inspired OLPC still motivate… Full Details
Seminar: Timnit Gebru Timnit Gebru
Co-founder, Black in AI
Seminar Video "The hierarchy of knowledge in machine learning and related fields and its consequences" Feminist and race and gender scholars have long critiqued "the view from nowhere" that assumes science is "objective" and studied from no particular standpoint. In this talk, I discuss how… Full Details
Seminar: Oliver Haimson Oliver Haimson
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, School of Information
Seminar Video "Designing Trans Technology" Transgender and nonbinary people face substantial challenges in the world, ranging from social inequities and discrimination to lack of access to resources. Though technology cannot fully solve these problems, technological solutions may help to address some of the… Full Details
Seminar: Andrea G. Parker Andrea G. Parker
Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech
Seminar Video "Community Wellness Informatics: Designing Technology for Health Equity" In the United States, there are serious and persistent disparities in health outcomes. For example, socioeconomic status is predictive of mortality and disease, with low-SES households … Full Details
Seminar: Ayanna M Howard Ayanna M Howard
Dean, College of Engineering, The Ohio State University
"Understanding and Mitigating Bias and Human Overtrust in Robotics and AI" People tend to overtrust sophisticated computing devices, including robotic systems. As these systems become more fully interactive with humans during the performance of day-to-day activities, the role of bias in these… Full Details
Seminar: Denae Ford Robinson Denae Ford Robinson
Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington
Seminar Video "A Tale of Two Cities: Software Developers in Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic" The mass shift to working from home during the COVID-19 pandemic radically changed the way many software development teams collaborate, communicate, and define productivity. Since the early months of the pandemic… Full Details
Seminar: Tawanna Dillahunt Tawanna Dillahunt
Associate Professor, University of Michigan
Seminar Video "Designing and Rethinking the Role of Digital Tools in Support of Employment among Job Seekers Experiencing Marginalization" Today’s Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) are designed to address one of society’s most pressing problems---unemployment. These technologies are… Full Details
Seminar: Charlton McIlwain Charlton McIlwain
Vice Provost for Faculty & Professor of Media Culture, and Communication, New York University
Seminar Video "Dreams of (Black) Tech Futures Past" Abstract: This is what could have been. If the computer geeks at MIT in 1960 had just held on just a little while longer with our Mississippi freedom riders. If our uprisings in Watts, and Detroit, and Newark and Kansas City did not make us the computing… Full Details
Seminar: Yolanda Rankin Yolanda Rankin
Assistant Professor, School of Communications & Information, Florida State University
"Rethinking Intersectionality in the Field of Computing: A Black Woman's Perspective" Intersectionality, a critical framework that examines how interconnected systems of power oppress marginalized populations, is currently receiving new garnered attention in the context of Human-Computer… Full Details
Seminar: Jessica Hullman Jessica Hullman
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University
Seminar Video "Beyond Visualization: Theories of Inference to Improve Data Analysis & Communication" Data analysis is a decidedly human task. As Tukey and Wilk once wrote, “Nothing—not the careful logic of mathematics, not statistical models and theories, not the awesome arithmetic power of modern computers… Full Details
Seminar: Anne Marie Piper Anne Marie Piper
Associate Professor, University of California Irvine
Seminar Video "Rethinking Design for Accessibility" Approximately 61 million Americans, or one in four U.S. adults, have a disability that affects daily life. Despite the prevalence of disability across the lifespan, accessibility is typically an afterthought in technology design. Discussions of accessibility… Full Details
Seminar: Tamara Lynnette Clegg Tamara Lynnette Clegg
Associate Professor, College of Information Studies and the Department of Teaching and Learning, Policy and Leadership, College of Education, University of Maryland
Seminar Video "Designing Socio-technical Systems for Learning in the Third Place" Oldenberg (1989) characterizes Third Places as the gathering places outside of home, work, and school where informal public life (e.g., friendship, laughter, light-heartedness, civic participation) develop dynamically. Indeed… Full Details
Seminar: Martin Robillard Martin Robillard
Professor, McGill University
"Supporting opportunistic learning in software development with Wikipedia" Programmers are continually in situations where they must discover what they do not know and learn new concepts. Based on my recent research in this area, this talk will contrast the strengths and weaknesses of Wikipedia as… Full Details
Seminar: Amy J Ko Amy J Ko
Professor, The Information School, University of Washington, Seattle
Seminar Video "Critical Computing Education" Computing can be a wondrous, powerful tool, bringing us information, experiences, and connections that transform our lives for the better. However, as many of us have learned, computing has also contributed to great injustices, increasing surveillance of our most… Full Details
Seminar: Karthik Ramani Karthik Ramani
Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University
Seminar Video "Augmenting Humans in Design Fabrication, Robotics, and Workflows Through Spatially Aware Interfaces" The convergence of many factors such as low-cost sensors, electronics, computing, fabrication, and more recently machine learning, aided by new designs for human interactive interfaces, has… Full Details
Seminar: Niloufar Salehi Niloufar Salehi
Assistant Professor, School of Information, UC Berkeley
Seminar Video "From content moderation to school assignment: What do theories of justice teach us about design?" Computational systems have a complex relationship with justice: they may be designed with the intent to promote justice, tasked to resolve injustices, or actively contribute to injustice itself. In… Full Details
Seminar: Parmit Chilana Parmit Chilana
Assistant Professor, Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada
Seminar Video Beyond "One-Size-Fits-All": Designing for User Diversity in Software Learning and Help-Seeking Learning to use feature-rich software, such as 3D design tools and video editors, is a challenging endeavour. Novice users often find it difficult to gain awareness of what is possible in the application… Full Details
Seminar: Chris Martens Chris Martens
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, NC State
Seminar Video "The politics of programming: towards convivial and liberatory digital tools" The software industry and corresponding educational pipeline maintains a number of well-documented power imbalances, including hierarchies of pay and respect afforded to “technical” and “non-technical” fields of study,… Full Details
Seminar: Post Doctoral Fellows Seminar Video Alex Ahmed Title: "Community-based design of open source software for transgender people" Abstract: From the surveillance of undocumented people to the algorithmic management and exploitation of gig economy workers, people are increasingly alienated from how technologies are designed and how they… Full Details
Seminar: Molly Lewis Molly Lewis
Research Scientist, Department of Psychology and Social & Decision Sciences
Seminar Video What are we learning from language? Cognitive and social biases are encoded in the structure of natural language Natural language provides speakers with information about the world through both explicit messages (e.g., "Mongolia is cold"), and through implicit messages present in the… Full Details
Seminar: HCII Post Doctoral Fellows
4 Guest Speakers from the HCII
Post Doctoral Fellows
Seminar Video Cynthia Bennett "The Care Work of Access" ABSTRACT: Current approaches to AI and Assistive Technology (AT) often foreground task completion over other encounters such as expressions of care. Our paper challenges and complements such task-completion approaches by attending to the care work of… Full Details
Conversation, Design, and Wicked Problems Paul Pangaro
Professor of Practice, CMU HCII
Seminar Video The Colloquy of Mobiles was designed by Gordon Pask in 1968, a magnificent mechatronic expression of the sexual revolution at the dawn of personal computing. Colloquy’s male and female forms interact in delightful and unexpected ways to "satisfy" their “drives."   Replicated by Paul… Full Details
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
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 currently under development in my lab. Digital media and games have long drawn on models and practices from the performing arts. Similarly, theatrical production… Full Details
Augmenting Designers: Developing tools and methods to help designers do what they do better Nikolas Martelaro
HCII - CMU / Assistant Professor
Recent advances in technologies such as conversational agents, robotics, machine learning, mixed reality, and the internet-of-things are allowing designers to create more interactive and intelligent products and services. These technologies bring up new questions around human-machine interaction… Full Details
The MAGIC of Semantic IxD Daniel Rosenberg
Adjunct Professor UX Design, at San Jose State University | Founder of RCDO UX LLC
Seminar Video 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 your UX design is too high, users will find your product difficult and unpleasant to use. It's possible to measure cognitive load in a usability lab,… Full Details
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
Seminar Video 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 created original datasets for three domains — mobile app design, fashion retail, and social networks — and leveraged them to build novel user experiences.… Full Details
Understanding Human Behavior for Better Assistive Robots Henny Admoni
Assistant Professor Robotics Institute, Carnegie Mellon University | Human And Robot Partners (HARP) Lab
Human-robot interaction has the potential to transform the way people work and live, particularly when it comes to assistive robots that help people with activities of daily living. To be effective, these robots must be able to recognize aspects of their human partners such as what their goals are… Full Details
Near-living Spaces: Paradigms and Methods Philip Beesley
Principal, Philip Beesley Architect Inc. | Primary Investigator, Living Architecture Systems Group
Using detailed illustrations of recent projects of the Living Architecture Systems Group, this talk will offer renewed working methods that can contribute to increasingly precarious far-from-equilibrium environments. Detailed case studies that range from couture collaborations to architectural-… Full Details
Doing Inclusive Design: From GenderMag to InclusiveMag Margaret Burnett
OSU Distinguished Professor, Oregon State University
How can software professionals assess whether their software supports diverse users? And if they find problems, how can they fix them? Although there are empirical processes that can be used to find “inclusivity bugs” piecemeal, what is often needed is a systematic inspection method to assess… Full Details
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
Seminar Video This seminar presents findings from a recent field experiment designed to characterize who in the crowd is willing and able to solve complex engineering design problems for the prospect of a prize. Contrary to popular skepticism, we find that the crowd is highly capable of not only providing… Full Details
The Big Picture of Quantum Technologies Jack Hidary
Research Scientist, Alphabet's X (formerly Google X)
Jack Hidary of Alphabet's X (formerly Google X) will update on current quantum computing approaches from industry & academia in the NISQ (near term) regime and outline future prospects for the fields of quantum computing, sensing and communications.
City Complex Violet Whitney
Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation
Seminar Video Cities have always been complex, but in recent years, technology has inadvertently changed the nature of that complexity. Websites like Yelp and Airbnb direct people to preferred restaurants or reprogram homes into vacation rentals, resulting in new emergent behaviors. Autonomous vehicles influence… Full Details
Computational Interventions for Behavior Change Mashfiqui Rabbi
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Statistics, Harvard University
Seminar Video In the US, unhealthy behaviors—such as sedentary lifestyle, overeating, substance use, and tobacco use—account for approximately 40% of the risk of premature deaths. While successful changes to these unhealthy behaviors can mitigate the risk of harm, behavior change is often difficult because of… Full Details
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
Seminar Video Intelligent systems hold the potential to enable natural, fluid, and efficient ways to achieve users’ objectives — but being able to understand and reason generally about nuanced, real-world settings is beyond the capability of current AI/ML approaches. Rethinking the way in which people interact… Full Details
“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
Seminar Video Among the most exciting developments in HCI research today is the rise of designerly approaches to research: research through design, practice-based research, constructive design, etc. In a 1994 article seeking to establish such an agenda, Christopher Frayling used the provocative phrase, “… Full Details
Cautionary Tales and Better Futures for Social Technologies John Cain
Visiting Professor, Institute of Design in Chicago
Seminar Video 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 how we make and evolve social technologies. In the field of HCI, technologists and designers are increasingly engaged in projects that go beyond "… Full Details
How to Think About the Future Stuart Candy, PhD
Associate Professor, CMU School of Design, and Director of Situation Lab
Seminar Video "Everyone thinks about the future. They just don't do it very well." – Jake Dunagan, Institute for the Future All design activity is future-oriented, but that does not mean that everyone who designs is automatically equipped with the skills and habits that would let them shape preferred futures… Full Details
The case for self-sovereign personal AI Adrian Gropper, MD
CTO, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation
Seminar Video Whether it’s a smartphone that filters notifications or a brain implant that manages a neurological problem, connected personal technology tests the definition and limits of “self.” Our human identity is a combination of attributes managed by ourselves and attributes that relate to us but are… Full Details
Teamwork with Robots Malte Jung
Assistant Professor in Information Science, Cornell University
Seminar Video 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 advances in fundamental understanding about the psychology of human-robot interaction (e.g. how specific design choices affect interactions with and… Full Details
Asocial Design Yields Antisocial Agents Megan Strait
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, The University of Texas Rio Grande Valley
Seminar Video Agentic technologies are increasingly emerging in intrinsically social settings; yet, the social capacities of such systems remain critically deficient. Lacking the ability to navigate antisocial dynamics in particular, artificial agents have profound potential to cause harm. For example, Microsoft… Full Details
Smart Interfaces for Human-Centered AI: HCII Special Seminar James Landay
Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
Seminar Video 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 replacing human capabilities, it’s important to realize that AI has enormous potential to augment them as well: it can boost the creativity of our work, help us… Full Details
The Design of Ethical Interfaces Paul Pangaro
Professor of Practice, Human-Computer Interaction Institute
Seminar Video This talk proposes to the design community that we define and follow implementable principles for ethical interfaces. Such pragmatic principles could evolve in resonance with efforts in education and industry that raise awareness of the designer’s ethical responsibilities. They could… Full Details
Post Design Thinking: Designing for the Consequences of Innovation Michael Yap and Kristen Leach
Etsy
Seminar Video Design is practiced along a spectrum. Practicing at any point along the spectrum comes with different kinds of uncertainties and risks. On the pragmatic end of the spectrum, designers apply Design Thinking to drive down value-risk—will people spend their time, attention, or money on this today? On… Full Details
Designing Everyday Things as Collaborative Partners in the Context of Childhood Oncology Marco Rozendaal
Assistant Professor of Interaction Design, Delft University of Technology
Seminar Video 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 childhood cancer. In two PhD projects, we explored different ways to foster children’s physical and psychosocial development through interactive… Full Details
Situated Interaction in the Open World: New Systems and Challenges Sean Andrist
Researcher (Microsoft Research)
Seminar Video In this talk, I will introduce a research effort at MSR we call “Situated Interaction,” in which we strive to design and develop intelligent technologies that can reason deeply about their surroundings and engage in fluid interaction with people in physically and socially situated settings. Our… Full Details
Human+AI Collaboration: Improving the FATE of High Stakes Decision Making Kori Inkpen
Principal Researcher, Microsoft
Seminar Video 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 time and distance,  I have recently become drawn to issues of “Fairness, Accountability, Transparency and Ethics” (FATE) and the impact that… Full Details
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
Seminar Video Your tweets, blog posts, photos, reviews, and dating profiles are all potentially being used for science. Though much of this research stems from social science and purposefully engages with the human aspects of online content, in many cases this human-created content simply becomes “data… Full Details
User, Agent, Subject, Spy: Information Systems for Human Flourishing Michael Ekstrand
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Boise State University
Seminar Video Every day, information access systems mediate our experience of the world beyond our immediate senses. Google helps us find what we seek, Amazon and Netflix recommend things for us to buy and watch, Apple News gives us the day's events, and BuzzFeed guides us to related articles. These systems… Full Details
How the Information Revolution is Changing Design Practice Hugh Dubberly
Principal, Dubberly Design Office
Seminar Video The proliferation of sensors, smart-connected products (IoT), the measurements they generate (big data), on-demand computing (the cloud), and pattern-finding software (AI) are changing how individuals and organizations interact. New distributed structures challenge established centralized… Full Details
Learning Programming at Scale: Code, Data, and Environment Philip Guo
Assistant professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego
Seminar Video Modern-day programming is incredibly complex, and people from all sorts of backgrounds are now learning it. It is no longer sufficient just to learn how to code: one must also learn to work effectively with data and with the underlying software environment. In this talk, I will present three… Full Details
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
Seminar Video The increasing abundance of personal data related to health and wellness presents new opportunities for discovery and insight and can help individuals learn from their own experiences, as well as from experiences of others. These trends inspired active research in machine learning and data mining;… Full Details
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
Seminar Video Wicked problems are complex problems whose complexity results from the fact that they can be framed in a number of different ways, depending on who is looking at them. Wicked problems are framed differently by different stakeholders depending on their interests, needs, knowledge, available methods… Full Details
Synthetic Teammates Christopher Myers
Senior Cognitive Scientist & Cognitive Models Core Research Area Lead, Airman Systems, Air Force Research Laboratory
Seminar Video The rise in autonomous system research and development combined with the maturation of computational cognitive architectures holds the promise of high-cognitive-fidelity agents capable of operating as team members for training. Such Autonomous Synthetic Teammates (ASTs) have been promised to… Full Details
HCI Behind the Hospital Doors: EHR Challenges and Human Machine-Learning Interaction Susan Regli
Human Factors Scientist, University of Pennsylvania Health System
Seminar Video This talk will address two aspects of hospital systems that sorely need attention from the human-computer interaction community. The first aspect, electronic health record usability and safety, is often treated as a vendor problem but poses unique and critical challenges when the EHR is implemented… Full Details
Ethical Engagement and the Dark Side of User Experience Design Colin Gray
Assistant Professor of Computer Graphics Technology, Purdue University
Seminar Video The profession of user experience (UX) design has rapidly expanded in the past decade, impacting the design of user interfaces, the larger strategic goals of organizations, and ultimately, the relationships of humans and society to technology. While knowledge of user needs and human psychology is… Full Details
Interaction Design and Imaginaries: Beyond Behavior Change Dan Lockton
Assistant Professor & Chair of Design Studies, Carnegie Mellon University School of Design
Seminar Video 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, framings and metaphors we use, the associations and mental imagery that come to mind when we think about concepts—make a difference to the way we… Full Details
Can We Design Machines to Be More Humane?
Paul Pangaro
Chair and Associate Professor, MFA Interaction Design, College for Creative Studies
Seminar Video Billions of people use digital machines every day and we are all subject to their qualities. Who would question a quality that allows a digital network to transform text into a connection to everyone we love? Or to transform keywords into a vast volume of rich content?   Designers and… Full Details
Deep Learning for Understanding Driver Behavior in 275,000 Miles of Semi-Autonomous Driving Data
Lex Fridman
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Seminar Video Today, and possibly for a long time to come, the full driving task is too complex an activity to be fully formalized as a sensing-acting robotics system that can be explicitly solved through model-based and learning-based approaches in order to achieve full unconstrained vehicle autonomy.… Full Details
If the Shoe Fits: Towards A Conceptual Model for Applied Deep Learning in Social Computing
Carolyn P Rose
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video For more than a decade, a growing interest in automated processing of behavior traces has been in evidence across areas in HCI, perhaps especially in Social Computing.  Each new wave in computational modeling paradigms raises hopes of new possibilities, most recently Deep Learning. This talk… Full Details
Supporting People with Low Vision with Augmented Reality
Shiri Azenkot
Assistant Professor, Cornell Tech, Cornell University
Seminar Video About 19 million people in the US report difficulty seeing even with glasses or contact lenses. Many of these people have low vision, which means that while they have functional vision, they have a visual impairment that affects their ability to perform daily activities. The vast majority of… Full Details
Computational Ecosystems: Tech-enabled Communities to Advance Human Values at Scale Haoqi Zhang
Allen K. and Johnnie Cordell Breed Junior Chair of Design, Assistant Professor in Computer Science, Northwestern University
Seminar Video Despite the continued development of individual technologies and processes for supporting human endeavors, major leaps in solving complex human problems will require advances in system-level thinking and orchestration. In this talk, I describe efforts to design, build, and study Computational… Full Details
How to Design with Openness: Shaping a Design Approach for Open and Growing Systems
Joep Frens
Assistant Professor, Department of Industrial Design, Eindhoven University of Technology
Seminar Video In this lecture I argue that (interaction) design is changing from a “one product – one user” perspective towards a more “multiple products – multiple users” perspective, a systems perspective. I posit that this systems perspective brings new challenges to design, like ‘growth’ and ‘openness’, and… Full Details
Special HCII Seminar: Soft Materials for Human Compatible Machines and Electronics
Carmel Majidi
Associate Professor, Mechanical Engineering, Carnegie Mellon University
Professor Carmel Majidi directs the Integrated Soft Materials Lab at CMU, Mechanical Engineering department. Currently, his group is focused on filled-elastomer composites and soft microfluidic systems that exhibit unique combinations of mechanical, electrical, and thermal properties and can… Full Details
Design at the Interface
Daniel Cardoso Llach
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video At the dawn of the information age Herbert Simon advanced a view of design as a ‘science of the artificial’ that could be expressed by statements of declarative logic, and thus formalized as a scientific, measurable practice. While Simon’s bold claim manifested larger techno-cultural changes, it… Full Details
Prototyping a More Positive Future
Sophia Brueckner
Assistant Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan
Seminar Video Sophia Brueckner is a futurist artist, designer, and engineer. Inseparable from computers since the age of two, she believes she is a cyborg. At Google, she designed and implemented products used by tens of millions. At RISD and the MIT Media Lab, she combined the understanding… Full Details
User Research: The Designer’s Ticket to Informing Strategy
Jeremy Koempel
Co-Founder and Design Lead, Bessemer Alliance
Seminar Video The rate of change in our world is breathtaking. Many organizations simply cannot evolve quick enough to capitalize on this change and prepare for the future. Left to their own devices, they will continue to address their markets and customers with the traditional processes and tactics with which… Full Details
Practical Learning Research at Scale (and Relevance to HCI Education)
Ken Koedinger
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video Massive scale education has emerged through online tools such as Wikipedia, Khan Academy, and MOOCs. The number of students being reached is high, but what about the quality of the educational experience? As we scale learning, we need to scale research to address this question. Such learning… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series: Post-Doc Talks
Paulo Carvalho, Irene-Angelica Chounta, Patrick Carrington, Sang-Won Bae
Post-Doctoral Researchers, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video Speaker 1: Paulo Carvalho Talk Title: Beyond reading in educational contexts: Spending more time on practice activities as a better way to learn. Abstract: Learning by doing refers to learning practices that involve completing activities as opposed to explicit learning (e.g., reading).… Full Details
Morphing Matter: Designing Bioinspired Transformative Materials and Interfaces Lining Yao
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video Technology, one might claim, is designed to recapitulate biology: as we strive to design physical objects and architecture that are adaptive, responsive and ever evolving, we find ourselves immersed in Nature’s way. Yet, after years of practice in transforming materiality for adaptive physical… Full Details
Tracking Behavioral Symptoms of Mental Health and Delivering Personalized Interventions Using Mobile and Wearable Devices
Tanzeem Choudhury
Associate Professor, Computing and Information Systems, Cornell University
Seminar Video Mobile and ubiquitous computing research has led to new techniques for cheaply, accurately, and continuously collecting data on human behavior that include detailed measurements of physical activities, social interactions and conversations, sleep quality and duration and more. Continuous and… Full Details
All the World's a Stage: Mobile Computing Across Multiple Contexts to Support Science On-The-Go
Chris Quintana
Associate Professor in Educational Studies, School of Education, University of Michigan
Seminar Video As computing devices continue to evolve from personal computers to mobile and wearable technologies, new learning opportunities are opening up. Specifically, we have been interested in supporting science learning, and considering how a range of these technologies can be designed in a supportive… Full Details
Deception and Trust in a Post-Truth World
Jeff Hancock
Professor, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford University
Seminar Video How is the rewiring of communication in the network age changing how we deceive and trust one another? How can we trust that news story, or a hotel’s online review, or that text message about someone being on their way? In this talk we’ll go over how principles from psychology and communication… Full Details
TALK CANCELED: How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design
Katherine Isbister
Professor, Computational Media Department, University of California Santa Cruz
Seminar Video Designers know games can evoke empathy and intense connection. But everyday non-expert conversations about games still rarely touch on this truth. In this talk, Isbister shares insights from her recent book aimed at bridging this gap, toward raising the quality of discourse about games as an… Full Details
The Challenges and Opportunities for Real-time Ridesharing Services to Address Unemployment Barriers Among Low-Resourced Populations
Tawanna Dillahunt
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
Improved transportation is a key predictor for upward economic mobility, and the relationship between transportation and economic mobility is stronger than that between economic mobility and factors like crime, the percentage of two-parent families, and elementary-school test scores. Real-time… Full Details
Innovators and their Others: Entrepreneurial Citizenship in Transnational India
Lilly Irani
Assistant Professor of Communication & Science Studies, University of California San Diego
This talk focuses on how valorized forms of work become models of citizenship. Today, the halls of TED and Davos reverberate with optimism that hacking, brainstorming, and crowdsourcing can transform citizenship, development, and education alike. I will examine these… Full Details
CANCELED: Tracking Behavioral Symptoms of Mental Health and Delivering Personalized Interventions Using Mobile and Wearable Devices
Tanzeem Choudhury
Associate Professor, Computing and Information Sciences, Cornell University
Seminar Video CANCELED: Mobile and ubiquitous computing research has led to new techniques for cheaply, accurately, and continuously collecting data on human behavior that include detailed measurements of physical activities, social interactions and conversations, sleep quality and duration and more. Continuous… Full Details
Predictive Interaction
Jeffrey Heer
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Seminar Video How might we architect interactive systems that have better models of the tasks we're trying to perform, learn over time, help refine ambiguous user intents, and scale to large or repetitive workloads? In this talk I will present Predictive Interaction, a framework for interactive systems that… Full Details
Asking Technology: A Step Too Far or Not Far Enough?
Yvonne Rogers
Director, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London
Seminar Video Much of HCI research involves asking people questions, either through interviews, surveys, design sessions, evaluation studies, voting, polling and so on. We choose our methods depending on what we want to find out. However, there is also increasing evidence showing how the use of different media… Full Details
Achieving Real Virtuality: Closing the Gap Between the Digital and the Physical Seminar Video As digital interaction spreads to an increasing number of devices, direct physical manipulation has become the dominant metaphor in HCI. The promise made by this approach is that digital content will look, feel, and respond like content from the real world. Current commercial systems fail to keep… Full Details
In A Flash: Crowdsourcing Organizations, Collaborations, and Research Michael Bernstein
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University
Seminar Video Crowdsourcing envisions computational systems that enable complex collective achievements. However, today's crowdsourcing techniques are limited to goals so simple and modular that their path can be entirely pre-defined. In this talk, I describe crowdsourcing techniques that enable far more complex… Full Details
Participatory Design as a Practice in the Learning Sciences
Betsy N. Disalvo
Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech
Seminar Video The goal of the learning sciences is to not only understand the phenomena of learning, but also to impact educational practices and enable more effective learning. To meet these goals, learning scientists use iterative and design methods as they design curriculum… Full Details
Aesthetics of Intelligence: Designing User Experience for Systems of Smart Things
Lin-Lin Chen
Professor, Industrial and Commercial Design, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Seminar Video The vision of a smart environment, where invisible technologies seamlessly support people’s daily activities, is closer to becoming reality. After decades of research, smart things have become commonly available and are being adopted into people’s homes. Despite of the commercial optimism, several… Full Details
Instrumented and Connected: Designing Next-Generation Learning Experiences Seminar Video The history of computing is rich with examples of how computers, among their many purposes, serve as tools which enhance our ability to learn. As these computing technologies advance, so too do the ways in which we learn.   Today, we are moving faster than ever towards Weiser’s seminal vision… Full Details
Unlocking Data, Unlocking Interaction James Fogarty
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington
Seminar Video The applications we create are framed by the tools we use to create them. On one hand, tools codify effective practice and empower design. On the other, that same codification eventually constrains design. My research examines new approaches to interactive systems in light of this tradeoff, often… Full Details
From Typing Without Looking to Communicating With the Eyes
Khai N Truong
Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Toronto
Seminar Video Text entry is an important form of input regularly performed by computer users. However, there are many situations in which users might not be able to enter text using a physical QWERTY keyboard. One aspect of my research over the past 5 years has focused specifically on how to enable users to… Full Details
Architecting Interactivity: How Experiments in Architecture, Cybernetics & AI Poured the Foundations of Interaction Design
Molly Steenson
Associate Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video Inspired by cybernetics and artificial intelligence researchers who modeled intelligence in hardware and software, architects in the 1960s and 70s applied computational practices to interfaces, rooms, buildings, and cities. In so doing, they began to build feedback, cognition and intelligence into… Full Details
Making "Making" Accessible
Amy Hurst
Associate Professor, Information Systems Department, UMBC
Seminar Video Assistive Technologies empower individuals to accomplish tasks they might not be able to do otherwise. Unfortunately, a large percentage of Assistive Technologies end up unused or abandoned, leaving people with solutions that are inappropriate for their needs. My students and I are working to help… Full Details
How UX Techniques Promote Simulation Software for Everyone Imran Riaz with guest Jared Pryor
Manager of User Experience, ANSYS Inc.
Seminar Video At ANSYS, we create simulation software that is a key component of the product development process, helping to validate the effectiveness of designs before they are built. Simulation techniques impact all types of products, from automobiles, to circuits, to pipes, to airplanes. ANSYS is working to… Full Details
HCII Postdoctoral Fellow Short Talks 3
Zhen Bai, Soniya Gadgil-Sharma, Hernisa Kacorri
Post-Doctoral Fellows, HCII, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video Speaker: Zhen Bai Title: Fostering Curiosity Through Peer Support in Collaborative Science Learning Abstract: Curiosity is a key motivational factor in learning. This is, however, often neglected in many classrooms, especially larger and inner-city classrooms, which have instead… Full Details
Design at Large: Real-World, Large Scale, and Sometimes Disruptive
Scott Klemmer
Associate Professor, Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering, UC San Diego
Seminar Video Over the past five years, my group—and probably many of you—have experienced a dramatically-increased ability to do Design at Large: creating research that is widely used by real people and learning a ton from the experience. One shift that happens when we move from designing artifacts in the lab… Full Details
Embodied Empathic Agents - Just What Tutoring Systems Need?
Ruth Aylett
Professor of Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK
Seminar Video Embodied empathic agents are characters that, by their actions and behaviours, are able to show empathy (or not) for other characters; and/or characters that, by their appearance, situation, and behaviour, are able to trigger empathic reactions in the user. In this talk we discuss… Full Details
Social Capital as a Concept in Human-Computer Interaction - From Bowling Together to Friendsourcing Cliff Lampe
Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Seminar Video Social capital is a construct describing the resources one can draw from social network connections. This talk will describe social capital as a concept, and the ways it has been described, operationalized, and designed in HCI research. Using Paul Resnick’s classic “Bowling Together” article as a… Full Details
Post-Doc Short Talks 2
Michael Eagle, Swarup Kumar Sahoo, Ran Liu
Postdoctoral Researchers, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Speaker: Michael Eagle Title: Predicting Individual Differences for Learner Modeling in Intelligent Tutors from Previous Learner Activities Abstract: This study examines how accurately individual student differences in learning can be predicted from prior student learning… Full Details
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Sangwon Bae, Joel Chan, Irene-Angelica Chounta
Postdoctoral Researchers, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Speaker: Joel Chan Title: Accelerating innovation with computational analogy: Challenges and new solutions Abstract: Ideas from research papers in a different domain can trigger creative breakthroughs. But most papers outside of one’s domain are not useful: the ones that trigger… Full Details
Instrumented and Connected: Designing Next-Generation Learning Experiences
Tovi Grossman
Distinguished Research Scientist, Autodesk
Today, we are moving faster than ever towards Weiser’s seminal vision of technology being woven into the fabric of our everyday lives. Not only have we adopted mobile, and more recently, wearable technologies, that we depend on almost every hour of our waking lives, there is an internet, and more… Full Details
Collaborative News: From “Narcotweets” to Journalism-as-a-Service
Andrés Monroy-Hernández
Affiliate Professor, University of Washington
Seminar Video How do people living in the midst of war use social media, and what can we learn from them to design the next generation of news technologies?  In this presentation, I start by narrating how residents of cities afflicted by the Mexican Drug War use social media to circumvent censorship imposed… Full Details
"Primordial", Ecological Design and the Nature of Things
Mickey McManus
Research Fellow, Office of the CTO, Autodesk
Seminar Video In his current research project, “Primordial," Mickey McManus and his team are exploring the impact on design when three inevitable technology trends converge. Often called the “Internet of Things,” pervasive computing is a game-changer that's on a collision course with two… Full Details
Special HCI Seminar: Finding Gender-Inclusiveness Software Issues in the Real World with GenderMag
Margaret Burnett
Distinguished Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University
Seminar Video Gender inclusiveness in computing settings is receiving a lot of attention, but one potentially critical factor has mostly been overlooked: software itself. To help close this gap, we recently created GenderMag, a systematic inspection method to enable software practitioners to evaluate their… Full Details
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Confessions of a Design Therapist Norm Cox
Owner/Principal, Cox & Hall, LLC
In this lecture, Norm Cox will explore the early design roots of user interface, interaction and experience design, beginning with Xerox’s Star workstation designed at the famous Palo Alto Research Center. Drawing from his 34 years of consulting in user experience design, he will also share stories… Full Details
Interactive Visual Tools for Mining Large Graphs Polo Chau
Assistant Professor, School of Computational Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology
Seminar Video At the Polo Club of Data Science, we innovate at the intersection of HCI and Data Mining, combining the best from both worlds to synthesize scalable interactive tools for making sense of billion-scale graph data. I will present some of our latest works, including: (1) GLO-STIX, a… Full Details
Leading the Startup UX Uday Gajendar
Principal UX Designer (independent)
Seminar Video Let's imagine: You've happily graduated from CMU and just joined a startup as the lead (or maybe only!) designer. Nice! But you know you need to make quick impact for credibility and value to the product --and the company! But you’ve inherited a product lacking visual consistency or user-centered… Full Details
The Role of Cognitive Strategy in Human-Computer Interaction
Anthony Hornof
Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon
Seminar Video A fundamental challenge for the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) is to develop, identify and promote engineering approaches that can predict the usability and learnability of a user interface before it is built. Research in computational cognitive modeling aims to develop and… Full Details
Test Seminar James Bond
Her Majesty's Secret Agent
Think you have what it takes to become James Bond? This seminar will explain the process in which Her Majesty recruits James Bonde wannabes. Hail Britannia! We don't compare ourselves with other 3 letter agencies. 
A Computer Scientist's View of HCI, Systems and Theory Jason Hong
Associate Professor
Seminar Video This talk is actually two talks, one about research our team did in applying social psychology to cybersecurity, and another about the nature and role of theory in HCI and how it relates to systems and practice.   The research part of the talk looks at problems cybersecurity is facing, and… Full Details
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Steven Dow
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video   A Research Journey from Telepresence to Design Theory to Social Computing Research, like life, often takes us in unexpected directions. This talk reflects on my research journey through HCI. It began nearly 20 years ago as a U. Iowa undergrad when I helped design the remote-operator… Full Details
From EHRs to Body-Worn Sensors: Finding Causes of Health and Disease Samantha Kleinberg
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology
Seminar Video Massive amounts of medical data from electronic health records are now being mined by researchers, and can be used to improve care such as by finding factors affecting the recovery of patients in intensive care, or early risk factors for heart failure. However, patients are highly heterogeneous,… Full Details
Interacting with Personal Fabrication Machines Stefanie Mueller
PhD Student, Human Computer Interaction Lab, Hasso Plattner Institute
Seminar Video Even though considered a rapid prototyping tool, 3D printers are very slow. Many objects require several hours of printing time or even have to print overnight. One could argue that the way 3D printers are currently operated is similar to the batch processing of punched cards in the early days of… Full Details
Modeling Human Communication Dynamics Louis-Philippe Morency
Assistant Professor, Language Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video Human face-to-face communication is a little like a dance, in that participants continuously adjust their behaviors based on verbal and nonverbal cues from the social context. Today's computers and interactive devices are still lacking many of these human-like abilities to hold fluid and natural… Full Details
Unlocking the Potential of Algorithms in Human Matters Min Kyung Lee
Research Scientist, Center for Machine Learning and Health, Carnegie Mellon University
Even beyond industrial domains such as production and operation management, algorithms increasingly act as mediators between people and the world around them, from curating Facebook walls to matching riders with Uber drivers to selecting top job candidates on LinkedIn. Yet despite their often-… Full Details
Playing with the Senses Heather Kelley
Assistant Teaching Professor, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video Widely-available digital games are usually limited to technologies that reach our sense of sight and sound.  Yet so much more is possible in the realm of expressive communication through playful interaction. In a review of some recent research-creation projects, we’ll explore the limitations… Full Details
Evidence-oriented Programming Andreas Stefik
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas
Seminar Video Computer science has a long and complex history with programming languages. Historically, we have conducted evaluations using proofs, to ensure they give us the answers we intend, and performance data, to ensure they perform efficiently. While these two techniques are well established and… Full Details
From Paid to Organic Crowdsourcing Krzysztof Gajos
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences
Seminar Video Human computation systems seamlessly combine human perception, creativity and knowledge with machine-driven algorithmic computation.  Such systems have been demonstrated to accomplish tasks that could not previously be accomplished by either machines or by non-experts alone.  Contemporary… Full Details
Barbarians Ambra Trotto
Studio Director, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT
Seminar Video In an age of massive transnational migrations, it becomes relevant to explore the concept of Barbarians. Where do they come from? From afar or from within? Barbarians are the ones that do not speak the language, they do not share the same system of representations of the accepted situated… Full Details
Debiasing Decisions: Improved Decision Making With a Single Training Intervention Carey Morewedge
Associate Professor of Marketing, Questrom School of Business, Boston University
Seminar Video From failures of intelligence analysis to misguided beliefs about vaccinations, biased judgment and decision making contributes to problems in policy, business, medicine, law, education, and private life. Early attempts to reduce decision biases with training met with little success, leading… Full Details
Data-Driven Healthcare: Visual Analytics for Exploration and Prediction of Clinical Data Adam Perer
Research Scientist, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center
Seminar Video Healthcare institutions are now recording more electronic health data about patients than ever before, including data about patient conditions, lab tests, genomics, treatments, and outcomes.  However, an open question remains on what one can do with all of this data.   Many hope… Full Details
Designing At The Intersections Austin Lee
Assistant Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video Despite growing interest in interdisciplinary educations, many young art students still fear the idea of learning about technology. One of the missing pieces in enabling art students to get excited about learning something beyond their comfort zone is helping the students figure out how other… Full Details
Design History: The Bauhaus Karen Berntsen
Associate Teaching Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video The Bauhaus was the first academy for design in the world and has played a significant role in the history of design, art, and new media. The motivations behind the creation of the Bauhaus lay in 19th century anxieties about the soullessness of manufacturing and its products. Many historians… Full Details
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A Glance at Design Education and Practice in China Cheng Yao
Deputy Director of Information Product Design Program, Zhejiang University
Seminar Video In recent years, China is more and more focused on innovation and design as it's desired to transform itself from "Made in China" to "Designed in China" or "Created in China". How are we doing in this dramatic change? In this talk, I introduce the development of design education of Zhejiang… Full Details
When New Technology Is Old: Organizing Surgery in the Face of Legacy Robotic Surgical Systems Matt Beane
Doctoral Student, Sloan School of Management, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Enabling Creativity Through Better Tools for Designers and Developers Joel Brandt
Senior Research Scientist and Engineering Manager, Adobe Research
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HCII Seminar Series: Nicole Kramer
Exploring the Universe with Immersive Virtual Reality Scott Davidoff
Human Interfaces Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
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Behavioral Science at Disney Research Maarten Bos
Research Scientist, Disney Research
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Your Brain on Typography Ellen Lupton
Senior Curator, Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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Tasty Technology: Creating Multisensory Experiences Marianna Obrist
Lecturer in Interaction Design, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex
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Going Beyond Code Search Steven Reiss
Professor, Computer Science Department, Brown University
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Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as Components of Rich Landscapes of Learning Gerhard Fischer
Adjunct Professor and Professor Emeritus, Computer Science, University of Colorado at Boulder
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The Continuing Quest for Secure and Usable Passwords Lorrie Cranor
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
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Humanizing the Enterprise: Delivering Best in Class Experience to Business Software Users Janaki Kumar
Head of Strategic Design Services, Design & Co-Innovation Center, SAP Labs
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Toward Gender-Inclusive Software: A Tale of Five Facets Margaret Burnett
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University
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Walgreens Customer Experience: From "At" to "Through" Pete Wendel
UX Manager, Walgreens
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Robots as ‘Companion Species’? Designing for Disability and the Mixed Spaces of Human-Robot Interactions Mark Paterson
Visiting Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
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Socio-technical Systems Under Stress Brian Keegan
Computational Social Scientist and Research Associate, Harvard Business School‘s HBX
Seminar Video Socio-technical Systems Under Stress Socio-technical systems can face intense stresses arising from unusual patterns of human social behavior. Misinformation can propagate rapidly through social networks like Twitter despite the availability of fact-checking websites. Wikipedia's encyclopedia… Full Details
Motivational Environments: Strategies for Personalized Learning, Intelligent Creativity Support,and Open Health Innovation Winslow Burleson
Associate Professor, College of Nursing and Computer Science Department, New York University
Seminar Video Motivational Environments:Strategies for Personalized Learning, Intelligent Creativity Support,and Open Health Innovation Advances in wearable and ambient sensors, responsive spaces, robots and relational agents present transformative opportunities to develop context and affect aware systems for… Full Details
Expanding Games Robin Hunicke
Co-Founder, Funomena
Seminar Video Games, now more than ever, are expanding. Reaching new audiences via new devices and technologies, exploring deeper subjects via evolving modes of interactivity, and empowering bright new voices from all over the world. In this talk I will cover my history as a researcher, maker and evangelist of… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series: Jon Froehlich Jon Froehlich
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park
Seminar Video "Characterizing Physical World Accessibility at Scale Using Crowdsourcing, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning" Roughly 30.6 million individuals in the US have physical disabilities that affect their ambulatory activities; nearly half of those individuals report using an assistive aid such as a… Full Details
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Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
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Associate Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents, Reykjavik University
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HCII Seminar Speaker: Leanne Bowler Leanne Bowler
Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh
Seminar Video "Friendship, joy, cruelty, confusion…and sometimes, reflection and wisdom: Young peoples’ interactions with information and communications technologies" Digital forms of information are increasingly ubiquitous, unbound to a physical space and embedded within all manner of “smart” objects. From… Full Details
Dream Worlds: Imagining the Worlds of Walden and The Night Journey Tracy Fullerton
Associate Professor, USC School of Cinematic Arts Chair, Univrsity of Southern California
Seminar Video In this presentation, Tracy will discuss the evolution of the designs for two experimental game worlds: The Night Journey and Walden, a game. The Night Journey is a collaboration with media artist Bill Viola which game takes place in a visually abstracted landscape that layers 3D imagery, post… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series: Carl DiSalvo Carl DiSalvo
Associate Professor; School of Literature, Media, and Communication; Georgia Institue of Technology
Seminar Video Design Experiments in Speculative Civics Design is increasingly involved in our public lives, giving form to issues and working to enable new modes of participation. Usually this takes an instrumental approach in which the goal is to use design to provide solutions to pressing or perceived matters… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series: Neil Alexander co-sponsored by QoLT Neil Alexander
Co-Founder, LiveLikeLou.org
Seminar Video Making the Choice to “Live Like Lou” In this inspiring presentation, Neil Alexander uses his personal experience of being diagnosed with ALS, the fatal disease commonly referred to as Lou Gehrig’s disease, to emphasize the real-life benefits that gratitude can provide. Using Lou Gehrig’s “Luckiest… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series: Chad Jones Seminar Video "Transforming Human Interaction with our World Through the Internet of Things" The next paradigm shift in the Internet will be ability to address, sense and control literally anything in the physical world. Described as The Internet of Things (IoT), the Internet of Everything (IoE) and the… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series: Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck Sarita Yardi Schoenebeck
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
Seminar Video "Supporting Parents Online" Almost 30 years after Howard Rheingold’s 1986 account of parenting support he received on the WELL, parents have now become one of the most active demographics of social media users. Though there has been extensive interest in digital youth, little research has focused… Full Details
HCII Seminar: A New Era of IBM Design Phil Gilbert
General Manager, IBM Design
Seminar Video Great brands are known, in part, for the design of their products and for understanding how design can fuel client loyalty and longstanding relationships. Think about what makes you choose a product: it's not just about what it does, it's about the experience you have when using it; that is what… Full Details
HCII Seminar: Baking Data Into Design: User Experience at Google Laura Granka
Head of UX Research, Google+
The User Experience discipline has made great strides in recent years, especially towards tablet and mobile experiences. Understanding mobile device use is ever more important when evaluating global behaviors and trends, yet researchers have generally been slower to adopt and prioritize device… Full Details
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