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 ascending Title Speaker Event Recording Abstract
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

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 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 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

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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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

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

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 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

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

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 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 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 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

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

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 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 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

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

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 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
March 25, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Exploring the Universe with Immersive Virtual Reality
Scott Davidoff
Human Interfaces Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
March 18, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Behavioral Science at Disney Research
Maarten Bos
Research Scientist, Disney Research
March 4, 2015 - 4:30pm to 5:30pm Your Brain on Typography
Ellen Lupton
Senior Curator, Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
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
February 25, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Going Beyond Code Search
Steven Reiss
Professor, Computer Science Department, Brown 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 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 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
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
January 21, 2015 - 4:00pm to 5:00pm Walgreens Customer Experience: From "At" to "Through"
Pete Wendel
UX Manager, Walgreens
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
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

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

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

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

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 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 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

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