Department Seminars

Every Friday from 2-4 p.m. during the academic year, the department organizes a Friday seminar, for which it typically brings in outside speakers. All seminars are open to anyone who wants to attend, and is followed by a social hour with drinks and snacks. The seminars are an excellent opportunity to be inspired by what others are doing, learn about the state of the art and interact with influential researchers from across the world.

Winter 2017 Seminar Videos:

Fall 2016 Seminar Videos:

    • December 2, 2016

      From Á rebours to Avatar: Some Varieties of the Virtual Since 1884

      Jonathan Alexander
      Chancellor’s Professor, English, Education, and Gender & Sexuality Studies
      UC Irvine

    • November 18, 2016

      Quality of Life: A Transformative Framework for Human-Centered Design

      Gerhard Fischer
      Professor Emeritus, Department of Computer Science, Fellow of the Institute of Cognitive Science, Director, Center for Lifelong Learning and Design (L3D)
      University of Colorado at Boulder

    • October 28, 2016

      Technology and Deception

      Judith Donath
      Writer, Designer, & Artist
      Trends In Society and Information Technology Speaker Series

    • October 21, 2016

      Creating, Sharing, and Privacy: Designing Social Technologies for Older Adults

      Anne Marie Piper
      Assistant Professor, Communication Studies
      Northwestern University

    • October 14, 2016

      Living/Learning/Leading in a White Water World

      John Seely Brown
      Chief Scientist (Retired)
      Xerox Corporation

    • October 7, 2016

      What Big Data Can’t Do

      Geof Bowker
      Professor, Department of Informatics
      Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine

    • September 30, 2016

      The Potential for Personalization in Web Search

      Susan Dumais
      Distinguished Scientist, Deputy Managing Director
      Microsoft Research Lab

    • September 23, 2016

      State of the Informatics Department

      André van der Hoek
      Professor & Chair, Department of Informatics
      Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine

    • Upcoming 2017 Schedule:

    • April 7

      Sex & the AI: Queer and Virtual Intimacies from Her to Hurt Me Plenty

      Jonathan Alexander
      Chancellor’s Professor, English, Education, and Gender & Sexuality Studies, UC Irvine

    • April 14

      Towards a Context-Adaptive Checklist for Medical Emergencies

      Aleksandra Sarcevic
      Assistant Professor of Information Science, College of Computing and Informatics, Drexel University

    • April 21

      Lessons Learned from Designing Interventions for Health and Wellbeing

      Mary Czerwinksi
      Principle Researcher, Research Manager, Visualization and Interaction (VIBE) Research Group

    • April 28

      Automated Homes: Ethnographic Reflections on Big Data and Artificial Intelligence in Family Life

      Veronica Barassi
      Faculty, Convenor, BA Anthropology and Media Degree in the Department of Media and Communications, Goldsmiths University of London

    • May 12

      Game Design and Tourism: Two Fields that Play Well Together!

      Elizabeth Lane Lawley
      Professor of Interactive Games & Media, Rochester Institute of Technology (RIT)

    • May 19

      Game-Based Stroke Telerehabilitation: Challenges in Scaling to National Clinical Trials

      Walt Scacchi
      Senior Research Scientist, Institute for Software Research, Director of Research, Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games, UC, Irvine

      *Co-Sponsored by the Institute for Virtual Environments and Computer Games

    • May 26

      Organizational analytics: The promise of (big) data, machine learning, and predictive analytics

      Jeanette Blomberg
      Principal Research Staff Member, IBM Almaden Research Center, San Jose, Ca

    • June 2

      Cognitive Software Engineering: Helping Developers Work Successfully in a Cognitive World

      Peri Tarr
      Principal Research Staff Member, IBM T.J. Watson Research Center

      *ISR Research Forum Keynote Speaker

    • June 9

      Organized Science: Social Organization and Scientific Work at NASA

      Janet Vertesi
      Sociologist of Science and Technology, Princeton University