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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. 

Upcoming Events

Industry Panel: Grand Challenges in Human Computer Interaction + Design

Thursday, November 4, 4-5 p.m.
Delivered via Zoom

Join us for an event with industry leaders to understand the grand challenges in industry, the skills required to address these challenges, and how academia and industry might work together to address these challenges.

Panelists will share their individual perspectives, followed by a discussion and an audience Q&A session.

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Mark Diaz Mark Diaz
Research Scientist on the Ethical AI team, Google

Díaz is a research scientist on the Ethical AI team at Google. His research probes the origins of values and social biases in datasets and their influence on algorithm performance. Recently, his work has focused on the relationship between annotators' social experiences and the labels they produce for text and image datasets. He received his PhD in Technology & Social Behavior from Northwestern University and his BA in Science, Technology, and Society from Stanford University.
Emily Harburg Emily Harburg
Director of Emerging Technology and Innovation, EF Education First

Harburg is the director of emerging technology and innovation at EF Education First. She is passionate about building technology that helps people explore, understand, and connect in the world. Prior to joining EF, Harburg co-founded Brave Initiatives, a nonprofit focused on helping women build confidence in coding, design, and leadership for social impact — now focused on training women in prisons across New England. She has also worked at Facebook as a UX researcher, and at Disney Imagineering where she designed technology for the Disney theme parks. Harburg received her PhD in Technology and Social Behavior from Northwestern University.
Isaac Johnson Isaac Johnson
Research Scientist, Wikimedia Foundation

Johnson is a research scientist at the Wikimedia Foundation. His background is in geography and human-computer interaction, with a special focus on understanding and trying to do something about how structural inequalities find their way online and into algorithmic systems. Johnson received his PhD from Northwestern University working with Brent Hecht in the People, Space, & Algorithms (PSA) Research Group.
Lauren Scissors Lauren Scissors
Director of Research at Facebook

Scissors leads Facebook’s News Feed and Stories Research team, which focuses on understanding how to best support people’s needs to share and connect with others in meaningful ways. She holds a PhD in Media, Technology, and Society from the Northwestern University School of Communication. Her work at Northwestern explored how people use technology to communicate in both collaborative and romantic relationships.
Prem Seetharaman Prem Seetharaman
Research Scientist, Descript

Seetharaman is a research scientist at Descript in San Francisco. Previously, he was a teaching fellow at Northwestern University, where he received his PhD in 2019 advised by Professor Bryan Pardo. The objective of Seetharaman’s research is to create machines that can understand the auditory world. He works in computer audition, machine learning, and human-computer interaction.
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