Past Seminars

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.

Datesort descending Title Speaker Event Recording Abstract
September 29, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm 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

In this presentation, Tracy will discuss the evolution of the designs for two experimental game worlds: The Night Journey and Walden...... Full Details

October 1, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm HCII Seminar Speaker: Leanne Bowler
Leanne Bowler
Associate Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Pittsburgh

"Friendship, joy, cruelty, confusion…and sometimes, reflection and wisdom:
Young peoples’ interactions with information and communications...... Full Details

October 8, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm HCII Seminar Series: Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson
Hannes Högni Vilhjálmsson
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Director of the Center for Analysis and Design of Intelligent Agents, Reykjavik University
October 15, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm HCII Seminar Series: Laurel Riek
Laurel Riek
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
October 29, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm HCII Seminar Series: Jon Froehlich
Jon Froehlich
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, University of Maryland College Park

"Characterizing Physical World Accessibility at Scale Using Crowdsourcing, Computer Vision, and Machine Learning"

Roughly 30.6 million...... Full Details

November 5, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Expanding Games
Robin Hunicke
Co-Founder, Funomena

Games, now more than ever, are expanding. Reaching new audiences via new devices and technologies, exploring deeper subjects via evolving modes of...... Full Details

November 19, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm 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

Motivational Environments:Strategies for Personalized Learning, Intelligent Creativity Support,and Open Health Innovation

Advances in...... Full Details

December 3, 2014 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Socio-technical Systems Under Stress
Brian Keegan
Computational Social Scientist and Research Associate, Harvard Business School‘s HBX

Socio-technical Systems Under Stress

Socio-technical systems can face intense stresses arising from unusual patterns of human social...... Full Details

January 14, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Robots as ‘Companion Species’? Designing for Disability and the Mixed Spaces of Human-Robot Interactions
Mark Paterson
Visiting Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
January 21, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Walgreens Customer Experience: From "At" to "Through"
Pete Wendel
UX Manager, Walgreens
January 28, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Toward Gender-Inclusive Software: A Tale of Five Facets
Margaret Burnett
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University
February 4, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm 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
February 11, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm The Continuing Quest for Secure and Usable Passwords
Lorrie Cranor
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
February 18, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm 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
February 25, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Going Beyond Code Search
Steven Reiss
Professor, Computer Science Department, Brown University
February 27, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Tasty Technology: Creating Multisensory Experiences
Marianna Obrist
Lecturer in Interaction Design, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex
March 4, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm Your Brain on Typography
Ellen Lupton
Senior Curator, Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
March 18, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Behavioral Science at Disney Research
Maarten Bos
Research Scientist, Disney Research
March 25, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Exploring the Universe with Immersive Virtual Reality
Scott Davidoff
Human Interfaces Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
April 8, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Enabling Creativity Through Better Tools for Designers and Developers
Joel Brandt
Senior Research Scientist and Engineering Manager, Adobe Research
April 15, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm 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
April 29, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm A Glance at Design Education and Practice in China
Cheng Yao
Deputy Director of Information Product Design Program, Zhejiang University

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 "...... Full Details

September 4, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Design History: The Bauhaus
Karen Berntsen
Associate Teaching Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

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...... Full Details

September 11, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Designing At The Intersections
Austin Lee
Assistant Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Despite growing interest in interdisciplinary educations, many young art students still fear the idea of learning about technology. One of the...... Full Details

September 18, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Data-Driven Healthcare: Visual Analytics for Exploration and Prediction of Clinical Data
Adam Perer
Research Scientist, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

Healthcare institutions are now recording more electronic health data about patients than ever before, including data about patient conditions, ...... Full Details

September 25, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Debiasing Decisions: Improved Decision Making With a Single Training Intervention
Carey Morewedge
Associate Professor of Marketing, Questrom School of Business, Boston University

From failures of intelligence analysis to misguided beliefs about vaccinations, biased judgment and decision making contributes to problems in...... Full Details

October 2, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Barbarians
Ambra Trotto
Studio Director, Interactive Institute Swedish ICT

In an age of massive transnational migrations, it becomes relevant to explore the concept of Barbarians. Where do they come from? From afar or...... Full Details

October 9, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm From Paid to Organic Crowdsourcing
Krzysztof Gajos
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Harvard Paulson School of Engineering and Applied Sciences

Human computation systems seamlessly combine human perception, creativity and knowledge with machine-driven algorithmic computation.  Such systems...... Full Details

October 16, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Evidence-oriented Programming
Andreas Stefik
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Nevada, Las Vegas

Computer science has a long and complex history with programming languages. Historically, we have conducted evaluations using proofs, to ensure...... Full Details

October 23, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Playing with the Senses
Heather Kelley
Assistant Teaching Professor, Entertainment Technology Center, Carnegie Mellon University

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...... Full Details

October 30, 2015 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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...... Full Details

November 6, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Modeling Human Communication Dynamics
Louis-Philippe Morency
Assistant Professor, Language Technology Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Human face-to-face communication is a little like a dance, in that participants continuously adjust their behaviors based on verbal and nonverbal...... Full Details

November 13, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Interacting with Personal Fabrication Machines
Stefanie Mueller
PhD Student, Human Computer Interaction Lab, Hasso Plattner Institute

Even though considered a rapid prototyping tool, 3D printers are very slow. Many objects require several hours of printing time or even...... Full Details

November 20, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm From EHRs to Body-Worn Sensors: Finding Causes of Health and Disease
Samantha Kleinberg
Assistant Professor, Computer Science, Stevens Institute of Technology

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...... Full Details

December 4, 2015 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm HCII Seminar Series: Steven Dow
Steven Dow
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University


A Research Journey from Telepresence to Design Theory to Social Computing

Research, like life, often takes us in...... Full Details

December 11, 2015 - 1:15pm A Computer Scientist's View of HCI, Systems and Theory
Jason Hong
Associate Professor

This talk is actually two talks, one about research our team did in applying social psychology to cybersecurity, and another about the nature and...... Full Details

January 15, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm The Role of Cognitive Strategy in Human-Computer Interaction
Anthony Hornof
Associate Professor, Department of Computer and Information Science, University of Oregon

A fundamental challenge for the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) is to develop, identify and promote engineering approaches that can...... Full Details

January 22, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Leading the Startup UX
Uday Gajendar
Principal UX Designer (independent)

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...... Full Details

January 29, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Interactive Visual Tools for Mining Large Graphs
Polo Chau
Assistant Professor, School of Computational Science & Engineering, Georgia Institute of Technology

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...... Full Details

February 1, 2016 - 6:30pm to 7:30pm 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...... Full Details

April 8, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm CANCELLED - HCII Seminar Series: Kellee Santiago
April 12, 2016 - 1:00pm to 2:00pm 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

Gender inclusiveness in computing settings is receiving a lot of attention, but one potentially critical factor has mostly been overlooked:...... Full Details

April 22, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm "Primordial", Ecological Design and the Nature of Things
Mickey McManus
Research Fellow, Office of the CTO, Autodesk

In his current research project, “Primordial," Mickey McManus and his team are exploring the impact on design when three inevitable technology...... Full Details

April 29, 2016 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Collaborative News: From “Narcotweets” to Journalism-as-a-Service
Andrés Monroy-Hernández
Affiliate Professor, University of Washington

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...... Full Details

August 18, 2016 - 3:00pm to 4:00pm 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...... Full Details

September 2, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Post-Doc Short Talks 1
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...... Full Details

September 16, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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...... Full Details

September 23, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Social Capital as a Concept in Human-Computer Interaction - From Bowling Together to Friendsourcing
Cliff Lampe
Associate Professor, University of Michigan School of Information

Social capital is a construct describing the resources one can draw from social network connections. This talk will describe social capital as a...... Full Details

September 30, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Embodied Empathic Agents - Just What Tutoring Systems Need?
Ruth Aylett
Professor of Computer Science, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, UK

Embodied empathic agents are characters that, by their actions and behaviours, are able to show empathy (or not) for other characters; and/or...... Full Details

October 7, 2016 - 2:30pm to 3:30pm Design at Large: Real-World, Large Scale, and Sometimes Disruptive
Scott Klemmer
Associate Professor, Cognitive Science and Computer Science & Engineering, UC San Diego

Over the past five years, my group—and probably many of you—have experienced a dramatically-increased ability to do Design at Large: creating...... Full Details

October 21, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm HCII Postdoctoral Fellow Short Talks 3
Zhen Bai, Soniya Gadgil-Sharma, Hernisa Kacorri
Post-Doctoral Fellows, HCII, Carnegie Mellon University

Speaker: Zhen Bai

Title: Fostering Curiosity Through Peer Support in Collaborative...... Full Details

October 28, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm How UX Techniques Promote Simulation Software for Everyone
Imran Riaz with guest Jared Pryor
Manager of User Experience, ANSYS Inc.

At ANSYS, we create simulation software that is a key component of the product development process, helping to validate the effectiveness of...... Full Details

November 4, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Making "Making" Accessible
Amy Hurst
Associate Professor, Information Systems Department, UMBC

Assistive Technologies empower individuals to accomplish tasks they might not be able to do otherwise. Unfortunately, a large percentage of...... Full Details

November 11, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Architecting Interactivity: How Experiments in Architecture, Cybernetics & AI Poured the Foundations of Interaction Design
Molly Steenson
Associate Professor, School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University

Inspired by cybernetics and artificial intelligence researchers who modeled intelligence in hardware and software, architects in the 1960s and 70s...... Full Details

November 18, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm From Typing Without Looking to Communicating With the Eyes
Khai N Truong
Associate Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Toronto

Text entry is an important form of input regularly performed by computer users. However, there are many situations in which users might not...... Full Details

December 2, 2016 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Unlocking Data, Unlocking Interaction
James Fogarty
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

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...... Full Details

January 12, 2017 - 10:30am to 11:30am Instrumented and Connected: Designing Next-Generation Learning Experiences
Tovi Grossman

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...... Full Details

January 20, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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

The vision of a smart environment, where invisible technologies seamlessly support people’s daily activities, is closer to becoming reality. After...... Full Details

February 3, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Participatory Design as a Practice in the Learning Sciences
Betsy N. Disalvo
Assistant Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech

The goal of the learning sciences is to not only understand the phenomena of learning, but also to impact educational practices and enable more...... Full Details

February 10, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm In A Flash: Crowdsourcing Organizations, Collaborations, and Research
Michael Bernstein
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, Stanford University

Crowdsourcing envisions computational systems that enable complex collective achievements. However, today's crowdsourcing techniques are limited...... Full Details

February 17, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Achieving Real Virtuality: Closing the Gap Between the Digital and the Physical
Daniel Wigdor

As digital interaction spreads to an increasing number of devices, direct physical manipulation has become the dominant metaphor in HCI. The...... Full Details

February 24, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Asking Technology: A Step Too Far or Not Far Enough?
Yvonne Rogers
Director, UCL Interaction Centre, University College London

Much of HCI research involves asking people questions, either through interviews, surveys, design sessions, evaluation studies, voting, polling...... Full Details

March 3, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Predictive Interaction
Jeffrey Heer
Associate Professor, Computer Science & Engineering, University of Washington

How might we architect interactive systems that have better models of the tasks we're trying to perform, learn over time, help refine ambiguous...... Full Details

March 24, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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

CANCELED: Mobile and ubiquitous computing research has led to new techniques for cheaply, accurately, and continuously collecting data on human...... Full Details

March 31, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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 ...... Full Details

April 7, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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...... Full Details

April 14, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm TALK CANCELED: How Games Move Us: Emotion by Design
Katherine Isbister
Professor, Computational Media Department, University of California Santa Cruz

Designers know games can evoke empathy and intense connection. But everyday non-expert conversations about games still rarely touch on this truth...... Full Details

April 28, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Deception and Trust in a Post-Truth World
Jeff Hancock
Professor, Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, Stanford University

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...... Full Details

May 5, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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

As computing devices continue to evolve from personal computers to mobile and wearable technologies, new learning opportunities are opening up....... Full Details

June 2, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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

Mobile and ubiquitous computing research has led to new techniques for cheaply, accurately, and continuously...... Full Details

September 1, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Morphing Matter: Designing Bioinspired Transformative Materials and Interfaces
Lining Yao
Assistant Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Technology, one might claim, is designed to recapitulate biology: as we strive to design physical objects and architecture that are...... Full Details
September 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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

Speaker 1: Paulo Carvalho

Talk Title: Beyond reading in educational contexts: Spending more time...... Full Details

September 15, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Practical Learning Research at Scale (and Relevance to HCI Education)
Ken Koedinger
Professor, Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University

Massive scale education has emerged through online tools such as Wikipedia, Khan Academy, and MOOCs. The number of students being reached is...... Full Details

September 22, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm User Research: The Designer’s Ticket to Informing Strategy
Jeremy Koempel
Co-Founder and Design Lead, Bessemer Alliance

The rate of change in our world is breathtaking. Many organizations simply cannot evolve quick enough to capitalize on this change and prepare for...... Full Details

September 29, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Prototyping a More Positive Future
Sophia Brueckner
Assistant Professor, Stamps School of Art & Design, University of Michigan

Sophia Brueckner is a futurist artist, designer, and engineer. Inseparable from computers since the age of two, she believes she is a cyborg. At...... Full Details

October 13, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Design at the Interface
Daniel Cardoso Llach
Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, Carnegie Mellon University

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...... Full Details

October 16, 2017 - 3:30pm to 4:30pm 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...... Full Details

October 27, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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

In this lecture I argue that (interaction) design is changing from a “one product – one user” perspective towards a more “multiple products –...... Full Details

November 3, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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

Despite the continued development of individual technologies and processes for supporting human endeavors, major leaps in solving complex human...... Full Details

November 17, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Supporting People with Low Vision with Augmented Reality
Shiri Azenkot
Assistant Professor, Cornell Tech, Cornell University
About 19 million people in the US report difficulty seeing even with glasses or contact lenses. Many of these people
...... Full Details
December 1, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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

For more than a decade, a growing interest in automated processing of behavior traces has been in evidence across areas in HCI, perhaps especially...... Full Details

December 8, 2017 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Deep Learning for Understanding Driver Behavior in 275,000 Miles of Semi-Autonomous Driving Data
Lex Fridman
Research Scientist, Massachusetts Institute of Technology

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...... Full Details

January 19, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Can We Design Machines to Be More Humane?
Paul Pangaro
Chair and Associate Professor, MFA Interaction Design, College for Creative Studies

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...... 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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 30, 2018 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Human+AI Collaboration: Improving the FATE of High Stakes Decision Making
Kori Inkpen
Principal Researcher, Microsoft

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

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

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

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

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

January 25, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Post Design Thinking: Designing for the Consequences of Innovation
Michael Yap and Kristen Leach

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

April 26, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm The Design of Ethical Interfaces
Paul Pangaro
Professor of Practice, Human-Computer Interaction Institute

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

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

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

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