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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
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… 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. … 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… 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 … 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… 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
Robots as ‘Companion Species’? Designing for Disability and the Mixed Spaces of Human-Robot Interactions Mark Paterson
Visiting Lecturer, University of Pittsburgh
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 behavior. Misinformation can propagate rapidly through social networks like Twitter despite the availability of fact-checking websites. Wikipedia's encyclopedia… Full Details
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 wearable and ambient sensors, responsive spaces, robots and relational agents present transformative opportunities to develop context and affect aware systems for… Full Details
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 interactivity, and empowering bright new voices from all over the world. In this talk I will cover my history as a researcher, maker and evangelist… Full Details

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 individuals in the US have physical disabilities that affect their ambulatory activities; nearly half of those individuals report using an assistive aid such as a… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series: Yao Cheng

HCII Seminar Series: Laurel Riek Laurel Riek
Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering, University of Notre Dame
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