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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 Talk title and Abstract
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
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
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 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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
HCII Seminar: Yao Cheng
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 "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
HCII Seminar Series: Nicole Kramer
Exploring the Universe with Immersive Virtual Reality Scott Davidoff
Human Interfaces Manager, NASA Jet Propulsion Lab
Behavioral Science at Disney Research Maarten Bos
Research Scientist, Disney Research
Your Brain on Typography Ellen Lupton
Senior Curator, Contemporary Design at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum
Tasty Technology: Creating Multisensory Experiences Marianna Obrist
Lecturer in Interaction Design, Department of Informatics, University of Sussex
Going Beyond Code Search Steven Reiss
Professor, Computer Science Department, Brown University
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
The Continuing Quest for Secure and Usable Passwords Lorrie Cranor
Professor, Computer Science and Engineering and Public Policy, Carnegie Mellon University
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
Toward Gender-Inclusive Software: A Tale of Five Facets Margaret Burnett
Professor, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Oregon State University
Walgreens Customer Experience: From "At" to "Through" Pete Wendel
UX Manager, Walgreens