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 6, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Teamwork with Robots
Malte Jung
Assistant Professor in Information Science, Cornell University

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

September 13, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm The case for self-sovereign personal AI
Adrian Gropper, MD
CTO, Patient Privacy Rights Foundation

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

September 20, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm How to Think About the Future
Stuart Candy, PhD
Associate Professor, CMU School of Design, and Director of Situation Lab

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

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

October 4, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Cautionary Tales and Better Futures for Social Technologies
John Cain
Visiting Professor, Institute of Design in Chicago

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

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

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

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

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

November 8, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Computational Interventions for Behavior Change
Mashfiqui Rabbi
Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Statistics, Harvard University

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

November 15, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm City Complex
Violet Whitney
Adjunct Assistant Professor at Columbia Graduate School of Architecture, Planning and Preservation

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

November 22, 2019 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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...... Full Details

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

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

January 17, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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...... Full Details

January 24, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Near-living Spaces: Paradigms and Methods
Philip Beesley
Principal, Philip Beesley Architect Inc. | Primary Investigator, Living Architecture Systems Group

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

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

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

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

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

February 14, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm The MAGIC of Semantic IxD
Daniel Rosenberg
Adjunct Professor UX Design, at San Jose State University | Founder of RCDO UX LLC

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

February 21, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm 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...... Full Details

February 28, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Building a future for theatrical play: Designing for Expressive Participatory Mixed Reality Performance
Tess Tanenbaum
Assistant Professor, Transformative Play Lab, Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, University of California Irvine

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

March 20, 2020 - 1:30pm to 2:30pm Conversation, Design, and Wicked Problems
Paul Pangaro
Professor of Practice, CMU HCII
The Colloquy of Mobiles was designed by Gordon Pask in 1968, a magnificent mechatronic expression of the sexual revolution at
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September 4, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: HCII Post Doctoral Fellows
4 Guest Speakers from the HCII
Post Doctoral Fellows

Cynthia Bennett

"The Care Work of Access"

ABSTRACT: Current approaches to AI and Assistive Technology (...... Full Details

September 11, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Molly Lewis
Molly Lewis
Molly Lewis
Research Scientist, Department of Psychology and Social & Decision Sciences

What are we learning from language? Cognitive and social biases are encoded in the structure of natural language

Natural...... Full Details

September 18, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Post Doctoral Fellows
4 guests: Alex Ahmed, Yongsung Kim, Sarah Preum, Angela Stewart

Alex Ahmed

Title: "Community-based design of open source software for transgender people"

Abstract: From the surveillance of...... Full Details

September 25, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Chris Martens
Chris Martens
Chris Martens
Assistant Professor of Computer Science, NC State

"The politics of programming: towards convivial and liberatory digital tools"

The software industry and corresponding educational pipeline...... Full Details

October 2, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Parmit Chilana
Parmit Chilana
Parmit Chilana
Assistant Professor, Computing Science, Simon Fraser University, Canada

Beyond "One-Size-Fits-All": Designing for User Diversity in Software Learning and Help-Seeking

Learning to use feature-...... Full Details

October 9, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Niloufar Salehi
Niloufar Salehi
Niloufar Salehi
Assistant Professor, School of Information, UC Berkeley

"From content moderation to school assignment: What do theories of justice teach us about design?"

Computational systems have a complex...... Full Details

October 16, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Karthik Ramani
Karthik Ramani
Karthik Ramani
Donald W. Feddersen Distinguished Professor of Mechanical Engineering, Purdue University

"Augmenting Humans in Design Fabrication, Robotics, and Workflows Through Spatially Aware Interfaces"

The convergence of many factors such...... Full Details

October 30, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Amy J Ko
Amy J Ko
Amy J Ko
Professor, The Information School, University of Washington, Seattle

"Critical Computing Education"

Computing can be a wondrous, powerful tool, bringing us information, experiences, and connections that...... Full Details

November 6, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Martin Robillard
Martin Robillard
Martin Robillard
Professor, McGill University

"Supporting opportunistic learning in software development with Wikipedia"

Programmers are...... Full Details

November 13, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Tamara Lynnette Clegg
Tamara 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

"Designing Socio-technical Systems for Learning in the Third Place"

Oldenberg (1989) characterizes Third Places as the gathering places...... Full Details

November 20, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Anne Marie Piper
Anne Marie Piper
Anne Marie Piper
Associate Professor, University of California Irvine

"Rethinking Design for Accessibility"

Approximately 61 million Americans, or one in four U.S. adults, have a disability that affects daily...... Full Details

December 4, 2020 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Jessica Hullman
Jessica Hullman
Jessica Hullman
Associate Professor of Computer Science, Northwestern University

"Beyond Visualization: Theories of Inference to Improve Data Analysis & Communication"

Data analysis is a decidedly human task. As...... Full Details

February 5, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Yolanda Rankin
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...... Full Details

February 12, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Charlton McIlwain
Charlton McIlwain
Charlton McIlwain
Vice Provost for Faculty & Professor of Media Culture, and Communication, New York University

"Dreams of (Black) Tech Futures Past"

Abstract: This is what could have been. If the computer geeks at MIT in 1960...... Full Details

February 19, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Tawanna Dillahunt
Tawanna Dillahunt
Tawanna Dillahunt
Associate Professor, University of Michigan

"Designing and Rethinking the Role of Digital Tools in Support of Employment among Job Seekers Experiencing Marginalization"

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February 26, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Denae Ford Robinson
Denae Ford
Denae Ford Robinson
Senior Researcher at Microsoft Research and Affiliate Assistant Professor at the University of Washington

"A Tale of Two Cities: Software Developers in Practice During the COVID-19 Pandemic"

The mass shift to working from home during...... Full Details

March 5, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Ayanna M Howard
Ayanna 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...... Full Details

March 12, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Andrea G. Parker
Andrea Parker
Andrea G. Parker
Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech

"Community Wellness Informatics: Designing Technology for Health Equity"

In the United States, there are serious and persistent...... Full Details

March 26, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Oliver Haimson
Oliver Haimson
Oliver Haimson
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan, School of Information

"Designing Trans Technology"

Transgender and nonbinary people face substantial challenges in the world, ranging from social...... Full Details

April 2, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Timnit Gebru
Timnit Gebru
Timnit Gebru
Co-founder, Black in AI

"The hierarchy of knowledge in...... Full Details

April 9, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Morgan Ames
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

"The Charisma Machine: The Life, Death, and Legacy of One Laptop per Child"

Drawing on her book, The Charisma...... Full Details

April 21, 2021 - 12:00pm to 1:00pm Special Seminar: Portable Laser Cutting with Thijs Roumen
Thijs Roumen
Thijs Roumen
Ph.D. student at Hasso Plattner Institute, Potsdam, Germany

A portable format for laser cutting will enable millions of users to...... Full Details

April 23, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Luke Stark
Luke Stark
Luke Stark
Assistant Professor, Faculty of Information and Media Studies, University of Western Ontario

“Ordering Emotion: Scenes from the History of Affective Computing”

In fields ranging from health and wellness and

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April 30, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm Seminar: Robin Brewer
Robin Brewer
Robin Brewer
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan

"Challenging, Understanding, and Innovating to Support Aging and Online Engagement"

The United States Census predicts that

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September 3, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm HCII Seminar Series - Gabriela Marcu
Gabriela Marcu
Gabriela Marcu
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information

"Designing for Coordination and Intervention in Behavioral Health"


Behavioral and mental health is an underserved...... Full Details

September 10, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm HCII Seminar Series - Michael Wessely
Michael Wessely
Michael Wessely
Postdoctoral Associate at MIT CSAIL

"Fabricating Physical User Interfaces with Smart Materials"

Physical user interfaces like mobile phones, or wearable health...... Full Details

September 17, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm HCII Seminar Series - Susan Wyche
Susan Wyche
Susan Wyche
Associate Professor, Michigan State University, Department of Media and Information

"Reconsidering Human-Centered Approaches to Design in Human-Computer Interaction and Development (HCI4D): Using Design Methods to Reimagine...... Full Details

September 24, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm HCII Seminar Series - Marshini Chetty
Marshini Chetty
Marshini Chetty
Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, University of Chicago

"Imagine All The People On A Trustworthy Internet"


Imagine a world where the Internet caters to all types of users and...... Full Details

October 1, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm HCII Seminar Series - Joel Chan
Joel Chan
Joel Chan
Assistant Professor, University of Maryland, College of Information Studies (iSchool)

"Accelerating Scientific Discovery by Lowering Barriers to User-Generated Synthesis of Scientific Literature"

In today's scholarly...... Full Details

October 8, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm HCII Seminar Series - Nazanin Andalibi
Naz Andalibi
Nazanin (Naz) Andalibi
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information

"Where is the Human in Emotion Recognition/AI Technologies?"

Emotions are powerful, mediate humans’ experiences with their...... Full Details

October 22, 2021 - 1:30pm to 3:00pm 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

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