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Lambert Conference, Monday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 25

On the Future of Human Computer Interaction + Design

Lambert Conference on the Future of Human-Computer Interaction + Design

How technology will influence how we live, work and play

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Monday, October 24 – Tuesday, October 25

Ford Engineering Design Center
2133 Sheridan Road
Evanston, IL 60208

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Join Northwestern’s Center for Human-Computer Interaction + Design (HCI+D) for an engaging conference on how technology will influence the way we live, work, and play.

Guest speakers will explore the future of human interaction + design across spaces including healthcare, work, creativity, artificial intelligence, data visualization, and community-centered design.

Conference participants will be encouraged to discover new interaction paradigms to support a collaborative, sustainable, and equitable society.

All conference sessions and events will be hosted in person. The conference will observe Northwestern’s COVID protocol.

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Featured Speakers

Elizabeth Churchill

Elizabeth Churchill:
A Conversation on Leadership (And Amplifying the Impact of HCI and Design) 

Director of User Experience, Google; Executive Vice President, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM); Member, ACM’s CHI Academy; ACM Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Speaker

Dr. Churchill is a Director of UX at Google and Cochair of Google’s UX Leadership Council. With a background in psychology, Artifi cial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, she draws on social, computer, engineering, and data sciences to create innovative end-user applications and services. She has built research teams at Google, eBay, Yahoo, PARC and FujiXerox. Her current focus is on the design of effective designer and developer tooling for a new operating system, Fuchsia.

Dr. Churchill holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge and honorary doctorates from the University of Sussex and the University of Stockholm. She is a member of the Association for Computer Machinery’s ( ACM) CHI Academy, is an ACM Fellow, and an ACM Distinguished Speaker. She served as the ACM’s Vice President for 2 years, from 2018-2020. In 2016 she received a Citris-Banatao Institute Athena Award for Women in Technology for her Executive Leadership. She has been named one of the top women leaders in UX over the last several years.

Dr. Sheena Erete

Sheena Erete:
Paradigms of Power: Reimagining Participatory Design Practices When Engaging with Communities 

Associate Professor, College of Information, University of Maryland, College Park; Founder and Director, Community Research and Design Collective

Dr. Erete is a researcher, educator, designer, and community advocate, whose research focuses on codesigning socio-cultural technologies, practices, and policies with community residents to amplify their local efforts in addressing issues such as violence, education, civic engagement and health. The objective of her work is to create more just and equitable outcomes and futures for those who have historically and who currently face structural oppression. Her research has won several best paper awards in top venues such as ACM CHI, CSCW, and SIGCSE as well a diversity and inclusion award for her collaborative work dissecting oppression that exists in the fi eld of computing, HCI, and design. Her work has been supported by the National Science Foundation, Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority, and several philanthropic foundations including the Polk Bros. Foundation, Pritzker Pucker Family Foundation, and McCormick Foundation. She is currently an associate professor in the College of Information at the University of Maryland College Park, where she founded the Community Research and Design Collective. Dr. Erete received bachelor of science degrees in mathematics and Computer Science from Spelman College. She received a master’s in computer science from Georgia Tech and a PhD in Technology & Social Behavior from Northwestern University.

Jodi Forlizzi

Jodi Forlizzi:
Design and AI Innovation

Herbert A. Simon Professor in Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Dr. Forlizzi is the Herbert A. Simon Professor of Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction in the School of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon University. She is also the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Lead in the School of Computer Science. She is responsible for establishing design research as a legitimate form of research in HCI that is different from, but equally as important as, scientifi c and human science research. Dr. Forlizzi has advocated for design research in all forms, mentoring peers, colleagues, and students in its structure and execution, and today it is an important part of the HCI community. Her current research interests include designing human-robot interaction as a service and human-AI collaboration in the domains of eldercare, accessibility, human assistance, and overall wellbeing.

Dr. James Landay

James Landay:
“AI For Good” Isn’t Good Enough: A Call for Human-Centered AI

Professor of Computer Science and the Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan Professor, School of Engineering, Stanford University; Cofounder and Vice-Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

Dr. Landay is a Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, specializing in human-computer interaction (HCI). Previously, Dr. Landay was a Professor of Information Science at Cornell Tech in New York City and prior to that a Professor of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. His current research interests include Technology to Support Behavior Change, Demonstrational Interfaces, Mobile & Ubiquitous Computing, and User Interface Design Tools. He is the founder and codirector of the World Lab, a joint research and educational effort with Tsinghua University in Beijing.

Elizabeth Mynatt

Elizabeth Mynatt:
Challenges for Human-Centered AI in Supporting Equitable Health and Wellness

Dean, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University

Dr. Mynatt is the Dean of Khoury College of Computer Sciences following a 23-year career at Georgia Institute of Technology where she most recently served as a Regents’ Professor in the School of Interactive Computing and executive director of the Institute of People and Technology. Dr. Mynatt is an internationally recognized expert in the areas of ubiquitous computing, human-centered computing, health informatics, and assistive technologies. Currently she is coPI for the NSF AI-CARING Institute and Emory University’s Cognitive Empowerment Program, both with the goal to create longitudinal, interactive AI technologies to empower older adults and their care networks.

In 2015 she became a Fellow of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM) for contributions to human-centered computing and the development of health information technologies. She has been recognized as a member of the ACM SIGCHI Academy, and an AAAS, Sloan, and Kavli research fellow. Dr. Mynatt has published more than 100 scientifi c papers, led grants from the NSF and NIH, and chaired the CHI 2010 conference, the premier international conference in human-computer interaction.

Vidya Setlur

Vidya Setlur:
The Role of Functional Aesthetics in Visual Analysis

Director of Research, Tableau/Salesforce

Dr. Setlur is the director of Tableau Research. She leads an interdisciplinary team of research scientists in areas including data visualization, multimodal interaction, statistics, applied ML, and NLP. She earned her doctorate in Computer Graphics in 2005 at Northwestern University. Prior to joining Tableau, she worked as a principal research scientist at the Nokia Research Center for seven years. Her personal research interests lie at the intersection of natural language processing and computer graphics to better understand data semantics and user intent to inform the meaningful visual depiction of data. She recently coauthored a book titled Functional Aesthetics for Data Visualization.

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Conference Schedule

Monday, October 24

Time Agenda

8:30-9 a.m.

Light breakfast

9-9:30 a.m.

Welcoming remarks

Welcome from Deans E. Patrick Johnson and Julio M. Ottino with comments from Center codirectors Liz Gerber, Bryan Pardo, and Darren Gergle

9:30-11 a.m.

Session 1: Community- and Asset-Based Design

Introduction: Darren Gergle, John G. Searle Professor of Communication Studies and Computer Science (by courtesy); Codirector, Center for Human-Computer Interaction + Design, Northwestern University

Sheena Erete
Paradigms of Power: Reimagining Participatory Design Practices When Engaging with Communities
Associate Professor, College of Information, University of Maryland, College Park; Founder and Director, Community Research and Design Collective

Brooke Foucault Wells:
The Speech We Miss: The Promise and Peril of Computational Methods for Understanding Youth Civic Engagement
Associate Dean for Research, College of Art, Media, and Design, Northeastern University

Matt Easterday
Challenges of HCI+D for Civic Technology
Associate Professor, School of Education and Social Policy, Northwestern University

Discussion with Facilitator Matt Easterday

11-11:30 a.m.

Break

11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

Session 2: Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence

Introduction: Darren Gergle

James Landay:
“AI For Good” Isn’t Good Enough: A Call for Human-Centered AI
Professor of Computer Science and the Anand Rajaraman and Venky Harinarayan Professor, School of Engineering, Stanford University; Cofounder and Associate Director, Stanford Institute for Human-Centered Artificial Intelligence (HAI)

David Ayman Shamma:
Finding HCAI Interventions for Efficient Behaviors with Plug-In Hybrid Vehicles

Staff Research Scientist, Toyota Research Institute

Brent Hecht:
The Next Generation of Responsible AI Research

Associate Professor, Director of Applied Science in Microsoft’s Experiences and Devices division, Northwestern University

Discussion with Facilitator Brent Hecht

1-2 p.m.

Lunch and Poster Session

2-3:30 p.m.

Session 3: Healthcare and Well-being

Introduction: Kaylee Kruzan, Research Assistant Professor, Department of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University

Elizabeth Mynatt:
Challenges for Human-Centered AI in Supporting Equitable Health and Wellness

Dean, Khoury College of Computer Sciences, Northeastern University

Sarah Helseth
Leveraging Dissemination and Implementation Science in Digital Health Innovations

Assistant Professor, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and Medical Social Sciences, Northwestern University

Maia Jacobs:
ML in Healthcare: What Is the Future of Shared Decision-Making?
 
Lisa Wissner-Slivka and Benjamin Slivka Assistant Professor of Computer Science; Assistant Professor of Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University

Discussion with Facilitator Andrea Graham, Assistant Professor, Medical Social Sciences and Preventive Medicine, Northwestern University

3:30-3:45 p.m.

Break

3:45-5:15 p.m.

Session 4: Work

Introduction: Liz Gerber, Professor of Mechanical Engineering and Communication Studies and (by courtesy) Learning Sciences and Computer Science; Codirector, Delta Lab; Codirector, Center for Human-Computer Interaction + Design, Northwestern University; Founder, Design for America

Elizabeth Churchill:
A Conversation on Leadership (And Amplifying the Impact of HCI and Design)
Director of User Experience, Google; Executive Vice President, Association of Computing Machinery (ACM); Member, ACM’s CHI Academy; ACM Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Speaker

Noshir Contractor:
People Analytics: Using Digital Exhaust to Leverage Network Insights in the Algorithmically Infused Workplace
 
Jane S. and William J. White Professor of Behavioral Sciences in Industrial Engineering & Management Sciences and (by courtesy) Computer Science; Professor of Communication Studies; Professor of Management and Organizations, Northwestern University

Mike Massimi:
How the Future Works: Building a Flexible, Inclusive, and Connected Future of Work
 
Senior Principal Researcher at Slack

Discussion with Facilitator Liz Gerber

5:30-8 p.m.

Reception and Poster Session

The Great Room
600 Haven Street
Evanston, IL 60208-1001

Musical Entertainment by Mercedes Martinez

Tuesday, October 25

Time Agenda

8:30-9 a.m.

Light breakfast

9-10:30 a.m.

Session 5: Creativity

Introduction: Bryan Pardo, Professor of Computer Science and Radio, Television, and Film; Codirector, Center for Human-Computer Interaction + Design, Northwestern University

Jodi Forlizzi:
Design and AI Innovation

Herbert A. Simon Professor in Computer Science and Human-Computer Interaction and Associate Dean for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion, School of Computer Science, Carnegie Mellon University

Emőke-Ágnes Horvát
Creativity and Collaboration: New Opportunities

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Northwestern University

Duri Long:
Fostering Public Engagement with AI through Creativity

Assistant Professor, Communication Studies, Northwestern University

Discussion with Facilitator Bryan Pardo

10:30-11:45 a.m.

Session 6: Data Visualization

Introduction: Bryan Pardo

Vidya Setlur:
The Role of Functional Aesthetics in Visual Analysis

Director of Research, Tableau/Salesforce

Matthew Kay
Uncertainty Visualization as a Moral Imperative

Assistant Professor of Computer Science, McCormick School of Engineering, Northwestern University

Discussion with Facilitator Matthew Kay

11:45 a.m.-12 p.m.

Closing remarks

Comments from Center codirectors Liz Gerber, Bryan Pardo, and Darren Gergle

12 p.m.

Grab-and-Go Box Lunches

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Lodging

Hyatt House Chicago/Evanston

1515 Chicago Ave, Evanston, Il 60201

Reserve a room at $229 in our courtesy block at Hyatt House Evanston/Chicago for the nights of October 23 and 24. This rate includes free Wi-Fi and full, hot breakfast with omelets made to order.

Email Hyatt to book a room

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