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Colloquia and Special Events

One of the key ways in which the HCI+Design Center disseminates its work to the broader community is through colloquia and special events. Events are held throughout the year, with most taking place over the academic year. All events, unless otherwise stated, are free of charge and open to the public. 

Past Events

The Hierarchy of Knowledge In Machine Learning and Related Fields and Its Consequences

Monday, April 5th, 12:00pm-1:00pm

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ABSTRACT: Feminist and race and gender scholars have long critiqued "the view from nowhere" that assumes science is "objective" and studied from no particular standpoint. In this talk, I discuss how this view has resulted in a hierarchy of knowledge in machine learning and related fields, devaluing some types of work and knowledge (e.g. those related to data production, annotation, and collection practices) and mostly amplifying specific types of contributions. This hierarchy also results in valuing contributions from some disciplines (e.g. Physics) more than others (e.g. race and gender studies). With examples from my own life, education, and current work, I discuss how this knowledge hierarchy limits the field and potential ways forward.

BIO: Until she recently got fired, Timnit Gebru co-led the Ethical Artificial Intelligence research team at Google, working to reduce the potential negative impacts of AI. Timnit earned her doctorate under the supervision of Fei-Fei Li at Stanford University in 2017 and did a postdoc at Microsoft Research NYC in the FATE team. She is also the co-founder of Black in AI, a place for sharing ideas, fostering collaborations, and discussing initiatives to increase the presence of Black people in the field of Artificial Intelligence.


 

Closing the Sensing-to-Intervention Loop for Behavioral Health

Tuesday, March 2nd at Noon to 1 pm, Central Time

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Tanzeem Choudhury is the Roger and Joelle Burnell Professor in Integrated Health and Technology at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in Information Sciences and a co-founder of HealthRhythms Inc. She obtained her bachelor’s in Electrical Engineering from the University of Rochester and her master’s and Ph.D. from the Media Lab at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (M.I.T.) in 2004. Professor Choudhury has been at Cornell since 2011 and joined Cornell Tech in 2019. At Cornell, Tanzeem directs the People-Aware Computing group, which works on inventing the future of technology-assisted wellbeing.  Prior to Cornell, she was a member of the computer science faculty at Dartmouth and worked at Intel Research. She is a recipient of the MIT Technology Review TR35 award, NSF CAREER award, and a TED Fellowship.


 

Interactive Machine Teaching: Concepts and Lessons

Wednesday, January 27, 12-1 p.m., CST

Delivered over Zoom

Hosted by Latin@CS  join Gonzalo Ramos as he speaks on how Machine Learning (ML) can infuse systems with behaviors that rival or surpass human capabilities. This promise of creating systems that can empower people and organizations is met with the friction that creating ML models remains a complex task beyond the reach of non-ML experts. In this talk, I will describe Interactive Machine Teaching and its potential to simplify the creation of ML models. One of the key characteristics of IMT is its iterative process in which the human-in-the-loop takes the role of a teacher teaching a machine how to perform a task, and that the teacher does not need expertise about the underlying ML learning algorithm. After this introduction, I will summarize our insights and lessons from our research in this field, and what promising research directions lie ahead.

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Designing Digital Mental Health Interventions and their Integration into Health Care Settings

Thursday, January 21, 4-5 p.m., CST

Delivered via Zoom

Join us while we host and welcome Dr. Andrea Graham (Feinberg School of Medicine) to talk about her research on the use and evaluation of online and mobile technologies for screening, prevention, and the treatment of eating disorders and obesity. 

Abstract: Mental health problems affect nearly 20% of U.S. adults each year, lead to significant impairment, and bear high health care costs. Yet fewer than half of those with mental health needs receive treatment, with significant variation in unmet treatment need by geographic region. U.S. health care systems are tasked with alleviating the burden of mental health, but are frequently under-prepared and lack workforce and resource capacity to deliver services to all in need. Digital mental health interventions (DMHIs) can increase access to evidence-based mental health care. However, DMHIs commonly do not fit into the day-to-day activities of the people who engage with them, resulting in a research-to-practice gap for DMHI implementation. For health care settings, differences between digital and traditional mental health services make alignment and integration challenges. Specialized attention is needed to improve the implementation of DMHIs in health care settings so that these services yield high uptake, engagement, and sustainment. In this presentation, I will share two lines of research to design and implement DMHIs in health care settings: a DMHI for depression and anxiety, and a DMHI for binge eating and weight management. I will show how the design process has been used in this work, and how it adds value to clinical research on digital health technologies.


 

HCI + Design Thought Leaders Lecture: Pluriversal Design


Friday, December 4, 1-2 p.m., CST
Delivered via Zoom
Registration required

Join Northwestern’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction + Design (HCI+D) for an engaging conversation about the past, present, and future of design. Over the last 10 months, the Beyond Computers and Cognition group has met weekly to discuss pluriversal design. Moderated by Northwestern University Professor Elizabeth Gerber, this panel will share their similar and differing perspectives and a call to action for the design community. 

Aiming to develop the future of human and computer interaction, the HCI+D Center draws upon the University’s pioneering leadership in interaction and design research, leveraging Northwestern’s history of research among diverse disciplines — including communication, computer science, design, learning sciences, engineering, medicine, and psychology. 

Learn more about the HCI+D Center on its website. 

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Panelists

Hear from leaders in the field including:

Arturo Escobar
Author of Designs for Pluriverse; professor emeritus of anthropology, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill

Fernando Flores
Co-author of Understanding Computers and Cognition; founder of Pluralistic Networks

Don Norman
Author of The Design of Everyday Things; professor emeritus of computer science, Northwestern Engineering; co-founder, Segal Design Institute and master’s Engineering Design Innovation program; founding and current director of the Design Lab, University of California, San Diego

B. Scot Rousse
Director of research at Pluralistic Networks, visiting scholar at University of California, Berkeley; Ph.D. in philosophy from Northwestern University

Terry Winograd
Author of Bringing Design to Software; co-author of Understanding Computers and Cognition; professor emeritus of computer science, Stanford University

This event is sponsored by:
McCormick School of Engineering and School of Communications

 

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