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  • Doing Inclusive Design: From GenderMag to InclusiveMag

    Margaret Burnett is an OSU Distinguished Professor at Oregon State University. She began her career in industry, where she was the first woman software developer ever hired at Procter & Gamble Ivorydale. A few degrees and start-ups later, she joined academia, with a research focus on people who are engaged in some form of software development.

  • The How and Why of Google UI

    Marissa Mayer has been with Google since June, 1999. Currently product manager for and formerly the technical lead for the user-interface team, she has spearheaded almost every user-interface change to Google’s website in the past four years. While at Google, she has worked on search classification, the Google web directory, image search, and Google News. She has also internationalized Google’s interface, and has lead much of the UI design and development effort including establishing user testing. Several patents have been filed on her work.

  • Work fragmentation as common practice: The paradox of IT support

    Gloria Mark is an Associate Professor in the Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine, since 2000. She received her Ph.D. in Psychology at Columbia University and worked as a research scientist at Electronic Data Systems and at the German National Institute for Information Technology (GMD) in Bonn, Germany. Her main research interest is in Computer-Supported Cooperative Work. Her current projects include large-scale distributed collaboration, worklife management, and collaboration in crisis situations.

  • Special Seminar: Portable Laser Cutting with Thijs Roumen

    Thijs Roumen is a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction in the lab of Patrick Baudisch, Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam, Germany. He received his MSc from the University of Southern Denmark, Sønderborg in 2013 and BSc from the Technical University of Eindhoven, Netherlands in 2011. Between the PhD and master he worked at the National University of Singapore as a Research Assistant with Shengdong Zhao.

  • Human Aspects in Software Engineering - Dynamics in making Group Decisions

    Gil Taran is a faculty member in the Master of Software Engineering program at Carnegie Mellon University - School of Computer Science. For the past few years, Mr. Taran’s teaching focus has been Human Aspects of Software Engineering, Information security and project and risk management. He is currently teaching in both the on campus and distance education MSE/MSIT programs.

  • Bridging the Gaps: Supporting Cultural Differences in Computer-Mediated Communication

    Susan R. Fussell is a Associate Research Professor in the Human Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. She earned her PhD in social and cognitive psychology from Columbia University in 1990. Her current research interests include understanding the effects of culture on computer-mediated communication, designing multimodal systems for remote collaboration, developing tools to enhance scheduling and coordination in hospital settings, and evaluating the benefits and costs of participating in online chatrooms.

  • Intelligent User Interfaces for Engineering Design Software

    Professor Stahovich is an Associate Professor in the Carnegie Mellon Mechanical Engineering Department, where he runs the Smart Tools Lab. He is also a member of CALD, the Center for Automated Learning and Discovery. He received a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from U.C. Berkeley in 1988, an S.M. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT in 1990, and a Ph.D. at the MIT Artificial Intelligence Lab in 1995. His research includes sketch understanding, automated design documentation tools, machine learning for design, design modification management tools, and geometric feature recognition.

  • Information maps and landmarks as an interface to explore Web resources

    Peter Brusilovsky is an Assistant Professor of Information Science and Intelligent Systems at the University of Pittsburgh. He is also an adjunct research scientist at HCII. He received his MS and Ph.D. degrees from the Moscow State University. Peter has served as a visiting researcher/professor at Sussex University (UK), Tokyo Denki University (Japan), and University of Trier (Germany). In 1996–1998 he was a visiting research scientist at HCII.

  • HCI Research: Does it really matter?

    Gregory Abowd is a Distinguished Professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. His research in ubiquitous computing has resulted in well-known living laboratory projects Classroom 2000 and the Aware Home. His current research explores applications of health and sustainability. He currently serves as the Interim Director of the Health Systems Institute, a joint Georgia Tech/Emory research effort focusing on systems engineering for chronic health care management in traditional and non-traditional health spaces. Dr.

  • Sustainability as a Matter of Systemics

    Dr. Harold Nelson is the 2009-2010 Nierenberg Distinguished Professor of Design in the School of Design at Carnegie Mellon University. He is an affiliated Associate Professor in Mechanical Engineering at the University of Washington and has recently worked in research for the NSF funded center for Learning in Informal and Formal Environments co-located at the University of Washington, Stanford University and SRI. He is a consultant in organizational systems design with his own firm. For over twelve years Dr.

  • HCII Seminar Series - Steven Dow

    Steven Dow is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego, Director of the ProtoLab research group, Co-Founder of the Design for San Diego initiative, and a member of the Design Lab. Steven conducts research on human-computer interaction, social computing, and creativity and seeks to improve communities’ abilities to creatively solve their own challenges.

  • Motivating and Engaging Users with Government Data

    Joan DiMicco is a Research Scientist leading the Visual Communication Lab, part of IBM’s Center for Social Software in Cambridge, MA. DiMicco’s expertise is in understanding the impact of technology on human behavior, taking a hybrid approach of designing and engineering systems followed by analysis of the altered social dynamics. In leading the Visual Communication Lab, she views visualization as a method for communicating complex data to non-experts.