CMU logo
Expand Menu

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.

Date Title Speaker Seminar Video Abstract
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