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


Winter 2020 Seminars

January 10

Eye Tracking Tools for Research on Individuals and Teams

Alexandra Papoutsaki
Assistant Professor, Department of Computer Science, Pomona College
January 24

The Joy of Search: Adventures in Teaching Online Research Skills (And Why That’s Important for Software Engineering)

Daniel M. Russell
Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality and User Happiness, Google
ISR Southern California Software Engineering Symposium Keynote Speaker
January 31

Playful Social Engineering: Technology for Being Together

Katherine Isbister
Professor, Department of Computational Media, UC Santa Cruz
February 7

A New Jim Code? Race, Carceral Technoscience, and Liberatory Imagination in Everyday Life

Ruha Benjamin
Associate Professor of African American Studies, Princeton University
Note: In collaboration with the UCI School of Law, this talk will take place in the Law and Education Building, Room EDU 1111.
February 21

Worldmaking in the Pudding Court: Acculturation, Collaboration, and Power in Tabletop Roleplaying Games

Antero Garcia
Assistant Professor, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
February 28

The Queer Games Avant-Garde: How LGBTQ Game Makers Are Reimagining the Medium of Video Games

Bo Ruberg
Assistant Professor, Department of Film and Media Studies, UC Irvine
March 6

Future of Mental Health Sensing – Call to Arms

Andrew T. Campbell
Albert Bradley 1915 Third Century Professor in Computer Science, Dartmouth College
ISR Distinguished Speaker Series
March 13

At Once Comprehensive and Minute: South Asian Data’s Long Twentieth Century

Kavita Philip
Professor of History and Affiliated Faculty in Informatics, UC Irvine

Fall 2019 Seminars

October 4

State of the Department

André van der Hoek, Ph.D.
Professor & Chair, Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
October 11

We Are All Well: A Partial History of Public Information Infrastructures after Disasters

Megan Finn, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, School of Information, University of Washington
October 18

Staying in Place, Surviving Networks: Coalition and Collaboration in Communities of Feminist Digital Media

Veronica Paredes, Ph.D.
Assistant professor, School of Theater, Film, and Television, UCLA
November 1

Inclusive and Engaged Research

Gillian Hayes, Ph.D.
Vice Provost of Graduate Education and Dean of the Graduate Division, UC Irvine
November 8

Engineering Failure for Learning: Debugging by Design

Yasmin B. Kafai, ED.
Lori and Michael Milken President’s Distinguished Professor, University of Pennsylvania
November 15

Building a Future for Theatrical Play: Designing for Expressive Participatory Mixed Reality Performance

Theresa Jean Tanenbaum, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
November 22

In This Game That We’re Playing: George Orwell’s Nineteen Eighty-Four and Video Games

Soraya Murray, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Department of Film and Digital Media, UC Santa Cruz
December 6

The Future of Informatics Research: A Showcase of Scholarship from Informatics Doctoral Candidates

Craig G. Anderson, Phoebe Chua, and Noopur Raval
Informatics Ph.D. Candidates, UC Irvine