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 2021 Seminars

April 2

Enabling Provable Security at Scale

Neha Rungta PhD.
Senior Principal Applied Scientist, Automated Reasoning Group, Amazon Web Services
* ISR Distinguished Speaker Series
April 16

Exploring Predictive Logics in the Kalahari

Nicola “Nic” Bidwell PhD.
Professor, International University of Management, Namibia
April 23

The MEASURE CARE Model for Disruptive Changemakers

Jameila “Meme” Styles
Founder and President, MEASURE
Part of the Workshop on Datafication and Community Activism: Redrawing the Boundaries of Research 2021
April 30

Community Wellness Informatics: Designing Technology for Health Equity

Andrea Grimes Parker PhD.
Associate Professor, School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Institute of Technology
May 14

Rethinking Artificial Intelligence Through a Racial Justice Lens

S. Craig Watkins
Ernest A. Sharpe Centennial Professor, School of Journalism and Media, The University of Texas at Austin
May 28

Designing for coordination and intervention in behavioral health

Gabriela Marcu
Assistant Professor of Information, School of Information, University of Michigan

Winter 2021 Seminars

January 8

Countering Structural Oppression through Co-design with Residents in Resource-Constrained Communities

Sheena Erete
Associate Professor, College of Computing & Digital Media, DePaul University
January 22

Accessing Caring Community in Playful Spaces

Kathryn E. Ringland
President's Postdoctoral Fellow, Department of Computational Media, UC Santa Cruz
February 5

A Tale of Two Cities: Working from Home During the COVID-19 Pandemic

Thomas Zimmermann
Sr. Principal Researcher, Microsoft Research
*ISR Distinguished Speaker Series
February 19

Hobbyists: The Historical Roots of White Geek Masculinity

Aaron Trammell
Assistant Professor, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
March 5

Participatory Approaches to AI for Digital Health and Well-being

Lauren Wilcox
Associate Professor in the School of Interactive Computing, Georgia Tech
Research Lead, Google Wellbeing Lab

Fall 2020 Seminars

October 9

State of the Department

André van der Hoek
Professor & Chair, Department of Informatics, Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UC Irvine
October 23

Black Narratives, Black Data, Surveillance and the Fear Economy

Tawana Petty
Fellow, Digital Civil Society Lab at Stanford PACS, Stanford Center on Philanthropy and Civil Society
November 6

The Five Laws of SE for AI

Tim Menzies
Professor, Department of Computer Science, North Carolina State University
*ISR Distinguished Speaker Series
November 20

Assuring Organic Programs: Software Engineering of the Future

Myra Cohen
Professor and Lanh and Oanh Nguyen Chair in Software Engineering, Iowa State University
*ISR Distinguished Speaker Series
December 4

Intersectional Tech: Hybrid Infrastructures and Black Youth Making Space in Gaming

Kishonna Gray
Assistant Professor, Communication & Gender and Women's Studies, University of Illinois at Chicago
December 11

Behind the Screen: Content Moderation in the Shadows of Social Media

Sarah Roberts
Associate Professor, Information Studies, UCLA