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Human-Centered Futures: community conversations with HCDE researchers

Join faculty from the University of Washington’s Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) for an enlightening presentation series about research at the intersection of technology, design, and human experience.

Held at the Halcyon Brewing Company in Greenwood, these informal conversations are intended to be accessible and engaging for everyone, regardless of background. Join us and learn how we collaborate to improve technology and systems for a more just future.

Halcyon Brewing

8564 Greenwood Ave N, Seattle

Talks from
7-8 p.m.

4th Monday of the month
Mingling from 6-7 p.m.

All ages

Food and beverages available for purchase

Monday, February 26

How everyone can learn from science

Gary Hsieh & Charlotte Lee

Does science feel mysterious or daunting? It doesn’t have to stay that way. Join HCDE Professor Gary Hsieh as he unveils the transformative potential of using generative AI to make academic papers more accessible to broader audiences. Following his presentation, Professor Charlotte Lee will delve into more than a decade of research about how leading scientists work across disciplines to design and build technologies to solve big problems. She will also discuss how studying researchers themselves can provide valuable insights into everyday coordination and collaboration.

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Monday, March 25

The promise and pitfalls of centering equity in platform design

Daniela Rosner & Julie Kientz

How do we create technology and systems for a more just future? Providing examples from their collaborative research on technologies for childcare workers and children with speech and language disorders, HCDE Professors Julie Kientz and Daniela Rosner will discuss what it takes to center equity in the design process.

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Monday, April 22

Ecological sustainability, science, and cultural change

Katya Cherukumilli, David Ribes, & Shana Hirsch

How can human-centered design support systemic change and address future challenges in the face of climate change? In this Earth Day conversation, we’ll explore how HCDE researchers are addressing pressing environmental issues. HCDE Professor Katya Cherukumilli will share how she integrates methods from environmental  engineering, human-centered design, and public health to study safe water access for millions of people worldwide, and Professor David Ribes and Senior Research Scientist Shana Hirsch will discuss changing conceptions of nature and the earth, and how these impact ecological research.

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