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HCDE Faculty Seminar Series

In Autumn 2017, the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) hosted a seminar on current research in the field of human centered design.

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2017 Seminar Series

About Jennifer Turns
Jennifer Turns is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and Director of the Laboratory for Human Centered Engineering Education. She researches the intersection of engineering education, cognitive/learning sciences, and user-centered design. Her engineering education work has focused on engineering design learning, knowledge integration, and disciplinary understanding, and has involved the use of a wide variety of research methods including verbal protocol analysis, concept mapping, and ethnography. Turns' ground-breaking research makes her one of the most highly- respected specialists in the engineering education field.

About David McDonald
David W. McDonald is Professor and Chair of the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering. He has ongoing projects studying collaboration in Wikipedia, social matching, fostering healthy behavior all through systems that interleave computation with human activity. Dr. McDonald has published research on ubiquitous sensing for behavior change, collaboration in distributed contributor systems, collaborative authoring, recommendation systems, and public use of large screen displays. His general research interests span Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) and Human-Computer Interaction (HCI).

About Mark Haselkorn
Mark Haselkorn is a Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. He is Director of the Center for Collaborative Systems for Security, Safety, and Regional Resilience (CoSSaR), a multi-disciplinary environment where professionals from a wide range of entities (Federal, State, County, City, Tribal, International, Public and Private) team with university experts to align strategies, processes and investments in systems for security, safety and resilience.

About Elin A. Björling
Elin A. Björling is a research scientist and lecturer in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, and a clinical faculty member at the school of nursing and healthcare leadership at the University of Washington, Tacoma. She is currently leading an interdisciplinary project to design and develop social robot to measure stress and mood in teens. Björling holds a PhD in Nursing Science from the University of Washington, and a Master of Arts in Psychology from Antioch University in Seattle.

About Gary Hsieh
Gary Hsieh is an Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. His research focuses on studying, designing, and developing technologies that enable people to interact in ways that are efficient and welfare-improving. He was previously an Assistant Professor in Communication and Information Studies at Michigan State University and has conducted research at multiple industry research labs, including Microsoft, IBM, Intel, and Fuji-Xerox. He received his PhD from the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University and his BS in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at University of California, Berkeley. He is a recipient of the NSF Career Award.

About Cynthia J. Atman
Cynthia J. Atman is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering, founding Director of the Center for Engineering Learning & Teaching (CELT), and the inaugural holder of the Mitchell T. & Lella Blanche Bowie Endowed Chair at the University of Washington. She also directed the Center for the Advancement of Engineering Education (CAEE), an NSF-funded, $12 million center that was active until 2010. Atman earned her PhD in engineering and public policy from Carnegie Mellon University and joined the University of Washington in 1998 after seven years on the faculty at the University of Pittsburgh. Her research in engineering education focuses on engineering design learning with a particular emphasis on issues of design context. She is a fellow of the American Association of the Advancement of Science and the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE), was the 2002 recipient of the ASEE Chester F. Carlson Award for Innovation in Engineering Education, and received the 2009 David B. Thorud Leadership Award from the University of Washington.

About Leah Findlater
Leah Findlater is an assistant professor in the department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE). Her research focuses on ensuring that the next generation of mobile and wearable technologies meet the needs of the broadest range of users. A major theme in her work is on designing new interfaces and interactions to improve technologies for people with visual or motor impairments. Before joining HCDE in September 2017, Dr. Findlater was an assistant professor in the College of Information Studies and the Institute for Advanced Computer Studies at the University of Maryland, College Park. There, she directed the Inclusive Design Lab, whose mission is to lower barriers to technology use and information access for people with a range of physical, sensory, and cognitive abilities. Findlater has published 60 papers in top-tier academic venues, nine of which have been recognized with Best Paper or Honorable Mention awards at ACM CHI. She holds an NSF CAREER Award and her research is funded by NSF, the Department of Defense, Nokia and Google. She earned her PhD in Computer Science from the University of British Columbia.

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About Daniela K. Rosner
Daniela K. Rosner is an Assistant Professor of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington (UW). Rosner’s research investigates the social, political, and material circumstances of technology development, with an emphasis on foregrounding marginalized histories of practice, from maintenance to needlecraft. Her work has been supported by multiple awards from the U.S. National Science Foundation, including an NSF CAREER award. She is the author of several articles on craft and technoculture, including “Legacies of craft and the centrality of failure in a mother-operated hackerspace,” Journal of New Media & Society, 2016 and “Binding and Aging,” Journal of Material Culture, 2012. Her forthcoming book examines entanglements of design and critical inquiry (MIT Press). Rosner earned her Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley. She also holds a B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and an M.S. in Computer Science from the University of Chicago. Rosner is the editor of the “Design as Inquiry” forum for Interactions Magazine, a bimonthly publication of ACM SIGCHI.