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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
HCII Seminar Series - Lace Padilla Lace Padilla
Assistant Professor in the Cognitive and Information Sciences Department at the University of California Merced
Seminar Video "Making Uncertainty Cognitively Accessible" We live in an uncertain world. From extreme weather events to pandemic forecasts, we are confronted with uncertainty every day. Unfortunately, uncertainty is highly challenging for both the general public and trained experts to understand, which is why… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Nica Ross Nica Ross
Director, Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry & Associate Professor of Video & Media Design, School of Drama at Carnegie Mellon University
"Invitations and Intentions: A Creative Practice informed by Queer Autonomy" Through the format of an artist talk Nica Ross will share select projects from their body of work through the lens of Queer cultural production. In addition they will discuss how their socially engaged practice applies to… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Chancey Fleet Chancey Fleet
Assistive Technology Coordinator at the New York Public Library and the Dimensions Project
Seminar Video “De-Visualizing Images and Data: A Community-based Approach to Tactile Graphics Creation and Exploration" Tools and processes for creating tactile graphics (raised images usable by Blind and low vision people) have been available for decades, but the equipment and practices used to produce them –… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Julian Brinkley Julian Brinkley
Assistant Professor of Human-Centered Computing, School of Computing, Clemson University
Seminar Video “(De)evolving Towards Inaccessibility? Exploring the Evolution of In-Vehicle Information Systems (IVIS) and the Implications for Human-Machine Interfaces in Emerging Self-Driving Vehicles” Fully autonomous or “self-driving” vehicles have been described as a potentially transformative advance in… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Daniel Epstein Daniel Epstein
Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics, University of California at Irvine
Seminar Video "Towards More Meaningful Personal Tracking" Personal tracking through digital technologies like pedometers, mood monitoring apps, and food journaling apps has great potential to help people begin to change their behaviors, understand their habits, connect with others and advocate for their… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Steven Dow Steven Dow
Associate Professor of Cognitive Science, UC San Diego
Seminar Video "Advancing Socio-Technical Systems for Community-Driven Creativity" As the world’s problems increase in scope and complexity, the practice of design has been shifting. Designers are seen less as saviors and more as facilitators of problem-solving processes. As the practice of design evolves, so… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Stevie Chancellor Stevie Chancellor
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Minnesota
Seminar Video "Human-centered Machine Learning for Dangerous Mental Illness Behaviors Online" Research and industry both use machine learning (ML) to identify and intervene in physically dangerous health behaviors discussed on social media, such as advocating for self-injury or violence. There is an urgent need… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Rich Caruana Rich Caruana
Senior Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA
Seminar Video "Friends Don’t Let Friends Deploy Black-Box Models: The Importance of Intelligibility in Machine Learning" In machine learning sometimes tradeoffs must be made between accuracy, privacy and intelligibility: the most accurate models usually are not very intelligible or private, and the most… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - George Aye George Aye
Cofounder and Director of innovation at Greater Good Studio. Full Professor (Adj) at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago
Seminar Video "That Quiet Little Voice: When Design and Ethics Collide" The design industry’s relationship to the field of business has long been established and continues to become further entangled each year. But designers aren’t just satisfied with only disrupting the business sector—they’re keen to disrupt… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Ken Koedinger
Ken Koedinger
Hillman Professor and METALS Program Director, Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video "Opportunities Matter: Hybrid Human-Computer Tutoring Toward Educational Equity" Across 27 datasets of students learning online, we find an astonishing regularity in the rate they learn. That’s the good news. When given quality practice opportunities with feedback and as-needed instruction, all… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Andrew Begel Andrew Begel
Associate Professor, Institute for Software Research at Carnegie Mellon University
Seminar Video "CodeWalk: Facilitating Shared Awareness in Mixed-Ability Collaborative Software Development" COVID-19 accelerated the trend toward remote software development, increasing the need for tightly-coupled synchronous collaboration. Existing tools and practices impose high coordination overhead on… Full Details
HCII Special Seminar - David Karger David Karger
Professor in the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science department and member of the Computer Science and AI Laboratory at MIT
Seminar Video "Descriptive Languages to Help Non-programmers Create their own Web Applications" The web is teeming with data, and interacting with that data is a key part of modern knowledge work. But traditionally, only programmers have been able to create the tools to support those interactions. Others,… Full Details
HCII Special Seminar - Josiah Hester Josiah Hester
Breed Chair of Design and Assistant Professor of Computer Engineering at Northwestern University
Seminar Video "Batteries Not Included: Reimagining Computing for the Next Trillion Devices" In this talk, I'd like to upend the notion that a computing system needs reliable power to support useful computation, sensing, and interaction. For decades, typical computing systems have generally assumed stable,… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Janet Vertesi Janet Vertesi
Associate Professor, Sociology Department, Princeton University
"Building Anti-Racist Technologies: A Critical HCI Approach" From soap dispensers and pulse oximeters that don’t see dark skin, to surveillance and incarceration systems implemented in ‘smart’ cities, our current technologies are racist. Authors in HCI and in the social studies of technology have… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Andrés Monroy-Hernández Andrés Monroy-Hernández
Principal Research Scientist at Snap Inc., Asst. Professor at Princeton Computer Science
Seminar Video "Playful Co-Located Interactions with Mobile Augmented Reality" It is common to spend hours on our digital devices connecting with people far away while disconnecting from those right beside us. Even before the pandemic, researchers have argued that digital technologies make us feel “alone… Full Details
SCS DEI Seminar: Data-Driven Diversity with Kody Manke and Kevin Jarbo
Kody Manke, Psychology Department and Kevin Jarbo, Social and Decision Sciences
Both are CMU Faculty
(Virtual presentation)     The Data-Driven Diversity Lab ( uses data and insights from psychology and behavioral economics to understand how different groups… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Postdocs Seminar Video Pallavi Chhabra CMU Postdoc, faculty advisor Ken Koedinger Title:  Improving Motivation and Learning Outcomes in Math in an Intelligent Tutor Environment Abstract:  Digital technologies in education can create engaging learning environments that can help in reducing the… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Andy Wilson Andy Wilson
Partner researcher, Microsoft Research
Seminar Video "Blending Virtual and Physical Realities with RealityShader" The metaverse is about more than VR headsets and always has been. At Microsoft Research we have been exploring the use of depth cameras and projectors to blend virtual and physical realities without headsets. Projects such as Illumiroom… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Michael Nebeling Michael Nebeling
Assistant Professor of Information, University of Michigan
Seminar Video "Extended Reality for Everybody" Technical advances in virtual, augmented reality, and mixed reality (XR) have paved the way for these immersive technologies to become increasingly mainstream; however, from a design perspective, there is still a high barrier to entry. A lot of my prior work was… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Nithya Sambasivan Seminar Video "All Equation, No Human: The Myopia of Model Centrism" AI models seek to intervene in increasingly higher stakes domains, such as cancer detection and microloan allocation. What is the view of the world that guides AI development in high risk areas, and how does this view regard the complexity of… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Jay Aronson Jay Aronson
Founder and director of the Center for Human Rights Science at Carnegie Mellon University and Professor of Science, Technology, and Society in the History Department
Seminar Video “Technology for Social Good? AI, Human Rights, and Harm Reduction” Abstract  The volume of information available to human rights practitioners has grown steadily since the globalization of Internet access and the widespread adoption of smartphones across geographies, cultures, and… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - 4 HCII Postdocs Alex Ahmed, Hope Chidziwisano, Qiuyu (Luca) Lu and Deniz Sayar
HCII Postdocs
Seminar Video The HCII regularly gives our postdocs an opportunity to present during the HCII Speaker Series. This Friday’s seminar will feature four presentations in a hybrid format -- three will be presenting in person in NSH and one will be presenting remotely. If you are available, we hope you will join us… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - featuring HCII Postdocs
Adetunji Adeniran, Danielle Chine and Tricia Ngoon
Postdoctoral Researchers
Seminar Video The HCII regularly gives our postdocs an opportunity to present during the HCII Speaker Series.  This week we will hear from three postdocs from the learning sciences: Adetunji Adeniran, Danielle Chine and Tricia Ngoon.  Each person will present for approximately 15 minutes with limited… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Amy Pavel Amy Pavel
Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Texas, Austin
Seminar Video Human-AI Systems for Making Videos Useful Video is becoming a core medium for communicating a wide range of content, including educational lectures, vlogs, and how-to tutorials. While videos are engaging and informative, they lack the familiar and useful affordances of text for browsing, skimming… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Leah Buechley Leah Buechley
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of New Mexico
Seminar Video "Hand and Machine" I believe that by making technology more accessible and building artifacts that look and feel different from anything that has been built in the past, I can change and broaden the culture of technology. I can get a diverse range of people excited by the ways that computers and… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Shunichi Kasahara Shunichi Kasahara
Researcher, Group leader at Sony Computer Science Laboratories
Seminar Video "Superception : Exploring new “Self” in the integration of humans and computers" When computers and humans integrate, to what extent are we ourselves? Computers are already no longer tools of humans, but are gaining the ability to make decisions and actions beyond humans. Furthermore,… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Kat Schrier Shaenfield
Kat Schrier Shaenfield
Associate Professor/Director of Games, Marist College, School of Communication and the Arts; Consultant, Game Designer, World Health Organization (WHO)
Seminar Video "What if We Could Design Games to Reduce Biases and Enhance Compassion?" Virtual reality (VR) and other types of games have been developed for educational purposes, with mixed results. We are still learning the best practices (and limitations) for designing games for skill development, such… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Tom Hope Tom Hope
Postdoctoral researcher at The Allen Institute for AI (AI2) and The University of Washington
Seminar Video "Harnessing Scientific Literature for Boosting Discovery and Innovation" In the year 1665, the first academic journal was published. Fast forward to today, there are millions of scientific papers coming out every year. This explosion of knowledge represents an opportunity to accelerate innovation… Full Details
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 main sensemaking methods we use to find meaning in our lives. As our lives are increasingly documented through smartphones, social media, and digital devices, we have… Full Details
HCII Seminar Series - Nazanin Andalibi Nazanin (Naz) Andalibi
Assistant Professor, University of Michigan School of Information
Seminar Video "Where is the Human in Emotion Recognition/AI Technologies?" Emotions are powerful, mediate humans’ experiences with their surroundings, and impact decision-making and attention online and off. Sharing and signaling one’s emotions to other humans can be beneficial, but involves privacy… Full Details