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 2023 Seminars

April 14

When and How Does it Work? Building Better Evidence for the Design of Mobile Health Interventions

Predrag “Pedja” Klasnja
Associate Professor, School of Information, University of Michigan
April 28

DeBugging Black Death in the Digital: How Black Youth Survive, Resist and Redesign Anti-Black Technologies Towards Collective Change

Tiera Tanksley
Assistant Professor of Equity, Diversity & Justice in Education, University of Colorado Boulder
May 5

Totally not radical, man: Games and extremism

Rachel Kowert
Research Director, Take This
May 12

Confronting Differential Power in Data – Designing Futures of Public Technologies

Naja Holten Møller
Associate Professor, Department of Computer Science, University of Copenhagen
May 19

Can Ghost Work Become Good Work? Digital Labor and Organizational Culture in a Transnational Tech Startup

Benjamin Shestakofsky
Assistant Professor of Sociology, University of Pennsylvania
May 26

Designing for Complementarity in AI-augmented Work

Ken Holstein
Assistant Professor in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute, Carnegie Mellon University
Note: Held jointly with CS Seminar series at 11 a.m. in DBH 6011
June 2

Including Disability and Accessibility in Computing Education

Kristen Shinohara
Assistant Professor, School of Information, Rochester Institute of Technology

Winter 2023 Seminars

January 13

The End of Computing

Geoffrey Bowker
Professor Emeritus, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
CREATE Distinguished Lecture
January 20

Designing for Inclusivity: Connecting Expansive Learning, Multimodal Interfaces, and Learning Analytics

Marcelo Aaron Bonilla Worsley
Assistant Professor in Computer Science and Learning Sciences, Northwestern University
February 10

Seeing Like an Algorithmic Error: What are Algorithmic Mistakes, Why Do They Matter, How Might They Be Public Problems?

Mike Ananny
Associate Professor of Communication and Journalism, Annenberg School for Communication and Journalism, USC
February 24

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

Silvia Lindtner
Associate Professor of Information Director of the Center for Ethics, Society and Computing (ESC), University of Michigan
Seminar Postposed
March 3

Authentically Me? Microstreamers on Twitch and the Challenge of Being Real, Live

Mia Consalvo
Canada Research Chair in Game Studies and Design, Concordia University
March 17

Fall 2022 Seminars

September 30

State of the Informatics Department

Melissa Mazmanian
Professor, Chancellor’s Fellow and Chair, Department of Informatics, UC Irvine
October 14

Neurodivergent Sensemaking: Co-Design of Inclusive Collaboration Technology

Annuska Zolyomi
Assistant Teaching Professor, Computing and Software Systems, University of Washington Bothell
October 21

Interaction-Centric AI: Designing Useful and Usable AI Applications

Juho Kim
Associate Professor, KAIST; Chief Scientist, Ringle
November 18

Designing Personal Informatics in the Social, Changing World

Christina Chung
Assistant Professor, Luddy School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering, Indiana University Bloomington
December 2

Science and Storytelling: How to Make Impact with Research

Yalda T. Uhls
Founder and Executive Director, Center for Scholars and Storytellers, UCLA