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Kathy Pham - Computing, Ethics and the Public Interest - What does this even mean?

Come for a lively talk and discussion about computing, ethics, and the public interest. The talk will range from ethics and responsibility in computer science, to honoring expertise across…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on December 6th, 2019 9 plays 0  

Kristian Kloeckl - The Urban Improvise: Improvisation-Based Design for Hybrid Cities

The built environment in today’s hybrid cities is changing radically. The pervasiveness of networked mobile and embedded devices has transformed a predominantly stable background for human…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 21st, 2019 11 plays 0  

Lisa Marks - Supporting Craft with Parametric Design Techniques

As industrial design continues to embrace digital manufacturing, we are in constant danger of losing the culturally indicative crafts that express individual cultures. As global wealth inequality…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 14th, 2019 12 plays 0  

HyunJoo Oh - Everyday Materials Transformed by Computing

Look around at some of the familiar objects and materials in your surroundings. These things can be transformed. By combining everyday materials with computing, we can extend and reimagine their…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 12th, 2019 21 plays 0  

Krystina Madej - Disney Animation: Story and Technology

Walt Disney is described variously as an American entrepreneur, a film producer, a pioneer of the American animation industry, the founder of the theme park industry. Public perception of him is of a…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on November 11th, 2019 6 plays 0  

Yanni Loukissas - All Data Are Local: Thinking Critically in a Data-Driven Society

In our data-driven society, it is too easy to assume the transparency of data. Instead, Yanni Loukissas argues in All Data Are Local, we should approach data sets with an awareness that data are…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 29th, 2019 9 plays 0  

Jessica Roberts - Designing Technologies to Drive Curiosity

When we think about technology mediating human interactions with data, we often think about how it improves the practices of people’s usual activities, from making them more mindful of their…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 14th, 2019 15 plays 0  

Lining Yao - Materialized AI: Robotic Morphing Matter

Morphing matter harnesses the programmability in material structures and compositions to achieve transformative behaviors and integrates sensing, actuation, and computation to create adaptive and…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 14th, 2019 17 plays 0  

Greg Maletic - Playdate: Creating a new handheld video game console

Playdate — a tiny, yellow, handheld game console — made a bigger splash than its creators envisioned when it was announced this past May. Relying on a combination of old tech (a 1-bit…

From  Kathryn Gentilello on October 14th, 2019 10 plays 0  

GVU Center Brown Bag Seminar: Thomas Ploetz "Machine Learning for Sensor Data Analysis in HCI"

ABSTRACTMany contemporary systems in human computer interaction (HCI) including mobile and ubiquitous computing are based on some form of automated sensor data analysis. Prominent examples are…

From  Meghana Arundhati Melkote on November 30th, 2017 256 plays 0  

Bridging Public Health and Technology--- Why Innovation Matters

ABSTRACT Leveraging the power of data The factors affecting our health are wide-ranging, from inefficient or underfunded systems, to new and changing health threats, to natural disasters,…

From  Meghana Arundhati Melkote on November 16th, 2017 12 plays 0  

Can a Computer Improve Your Social Skills?

ABSTRACT Many people fear automation. They may see it as a potential job killer. They may also be concerned about what can be automated. Could we train a computer to teach us human skills? Should…

From  Meghana Arundhati Melkote on November 9th, 2017 10 plays 0  

Can Healthcare Become an iPhone?


ABSTRACTThe hidden secret of smartphones is their API that makes the phone’s sensors and data accessible and thereby facilitates app development on a global scale. The healthcare informatics…

From  Meghana Arundhati Melkote on November 2nd, 2017 7 plays 0  

Learning About Personal Experiences & Their Outcomes: Analyzing Social Media as an Observational Study

ABSTRACT For years now, millions of people share details about their real-world experiences on social media, including Twitter, LinkedIn, and Reddit. Using causal inference methods, we can data mine…

From  Meghana Arundhati Melkote on October 26th, 2017 10 plays 0  

GVU Distinguished Alum Brownbag Speaker: Fabricating Accessibility

Abstract With the increasing power and flexibility of technologies available to consumers, we are seeing a revolution in how assistive technology (AT) is being created and by whom. This talk will…

From  Meghana Arundhati Melkote on October 19th, 2017 43 plays 0  

Disrupt Education or Make It Better? The Rhetoric & Implementation of Educational Technology

ABSTRACT Karen Head’s book Disrupt This!: MOOCs and the Promises of Technology (UPNE, 2017) employs a rhetorical lens to deconstruct and analyze some of the arguments and vision statements…

From  Meghana Arundhati Melkote on October 12th, 2017 6 plays 0