Seminar Series

Select Fridays from 2-3 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. 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. Please check back for seminar updates as scheduling changes throughout the quarter.

The seminars are held in Donald Bren Hall 6011 and streamed live on Zoom using Meeting ID 959 1727 1554.

Upcoming Seminars

Spring 2024 Seminar Calendar


Spring 2024 Seminars

April 5

#SchoolsNotPrisons: Participatory Action Research Notes from the abolitionist movement to reimagine public safety in The Carceral State

David C. Turner III, PhD
Senior Advisor/Assistant Professor of Black Life and Racial Justice, Alliance for Boys and Men of Color and UCLA Luskin School of Public Affairs
April 26

Toward Accessible and Disability Representative Gen AI

Cynthia Bennett
Senior Research Scientist, Google Research
May 3

Informatics to Support Inclusive and Equitable Healthcare

Wanda Pratt, PhD
Professor, Information School and Adjunct Professor, Biomedical & Health Informatics, School of Medicine, University of Washington
May 17

(Virtual) - (Nearly) 40 Years of SE+AI

Gail Kaiser
Professor of Computer Science, Computer Science Department, Columbia University
May 31

Understanding and Developing Software for People: Reflections on a 45-Year Career

David Redmiles
Professor, Department of Informatics, University of California, Irvine
June 7

Exploring the Influence of Machine Learning on the Architecting of Intelligent Systems

Henry Muccini
Professor (in Computer Science, Software Engineering), University of L'Aquila, Italy

Winter 2024 Seminars

January 12

Hidden in Plain Sight: Decoding Inscriptions of Caste and Gender in Computing

Palashi Vaghela
President’s Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Communication, University of California San Diego
January 31

Inclusive Sociotechnical Systems: Classification, Inequality, and Expertise

Megh Marathe
Assistant Professor, Michigan State University
February 2

Sex, Work, and Technology: Lessons for Internet Governance & Digital Safety

Elissa Redmiles
Clare Luce Boothe Assistant Professor, Computer Science Department, Georgetown University
February 9

Iterate: The Secret to Innovation in Schools

Justin Reich
Associate Professor, Comparative Media Studies/Writing, MIT
February 16

Designing and Defining Trans Technologies

Oliver Haimson
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
February 23

Data Engines: The Allure of Automating China’s Soil and Soul

Silvia M. Lindtner
Associate Professor of Information, Director of the Center for Ethics, Society and Computing (ESC), University of Michigan
March 1

Utopian Funk: What Octavia Butler Teaches Us about Race, Play, and Games

TreaAndrea Russworm
Microsoft Endowed Chair, Professor, Interactive Media & Games Division, School of Cinematic Arts, University of Southern California
March 8

Unseen Insights: Empowering Autonomous Data Science by, with, and for Blind People

JooYoung Seo
Assistant Professor, School of Information Sciences, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Fall 2023 Seminars

September 29

State of the Informatics Department

Melissa Mazmanian
Professor, Chancellor’s Fellow and Chair, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
October 13

Equity in digital mental health interventions for marginalized populations: Lessons from the Mind-Us study.

Giovanni Ramos
UC Chancellor's and Ford Foundation Postdoctoral Fellow, UCI Psychological Science
October 27

Access Is Capture: Datafication, Race, and Education

Roderic Crooks
Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
November 3

How Language Models Work (and that's why they don't)

Sameer Singh
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, UC Irvine
November 17

Towards More Meaningful Personal Tracking

Daniel Epstein
Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
December 1

Our Attention in the Digital Age: The Past, Present and Future

Gloria Mark
Professor Emerita, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine