CCI Distinguished Lecture: Dr. Elizabeth Churchill on "The Past, Present & Future of HCI and UX"
Wednesday, April 14, 2021
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
College of Computing & Informatics' Department of Information Science presents a Distinguished Lecture by Dr. Elizabeth Churchill on "The Past, Present & Future of HCI and UX"
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About the Talk:
HCI (Human-Computer Interaction) and UX (User eXperience) are key areas for any product, platform, service, or market design. Based in Human Factors and Ergonomics, HCI emerged in the 1970s as a field of inquiry, largely as a result of the increasing penetration of computers and computational devices into the workplace. UX emerged in the mid-late 1990's and 2000's, in large part as a result of digital innovations, the proliferation of Internet services, and increasingly affordable devices like laptops, cellphones, and tablets. Consumer uptake and market competition meant the industry needed to understand why, when, and how people engage with and/or abandon digital experiences. Companies needed to create the best experiences for lay people and for experts.
Both HCI and UX focus on maximizing the usability, usefulness, effectiveness, accessibility, and delightfulness of digital products, platforms and services, and all the devices through which we connect to them. HCI and UX are nimble, innovation-focused disciplines covering a range of perspectives that affect our experience of technology. Across hardware and software, from screen to operating system, and engaging with all the changes to the technological landscape, HCI and UX professionals address and (re)design everyday digital interactions, invent new methods to understand current and emerging needs, and generate new insights into human nature and behavior that point to possible future innovations. In this lecture, I will share a personal history of my career in HCI and UX, present some past and present challenges, and speculate on the future of these fields of endeavor.
About the Speaker:
Dr. Elizabeth Churchill is a Director of User Experience at Google, the Executive Vice President of the Association of Computing Machinery (ACM), a member of the ACM’s CHI Academy, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Speaker. With a background in psychology (neuro, experimental, cognitive and social), Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, for the past 20 years she has drawn on social, computer, engineering and data sciences to create innovative end-user applications and services. She has built research teams at Google, eBay, Yahoo, PARC and FujiXerox. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc.) from the University of Sussex, and in September will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Stockholm. In 2016 she received a Citris-Banatao Institute Award Athena Award for Women in Technology for her Executive Leadership.