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User Experience Design Talks: “Designing Systems that Blend Human and Machine Intelligence” by John Zimmerman (CMU)

The Carnegie Mellon Portugal Program will organize between April and June a series of webinars entitled User Experience Design Talks @CMU Portugal”. This initiative is conducted under the Advanced Training Programs in User Experience Design of the CMU Portugal Program, which is planned to start in 2021.

The first talk will take place on April 27th, 3 pm (Lisbon)/ 10 am (Pittsburgh) , by John Zimmerman, Tang Family Professor of HCI and AI at Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute.


Lots of AI innovation focuses on creating intelligent tools for professionals. For example, clinicians increasingly interact with intelligent tools that aid diagnosis or that predict prognosis. Unfortunately, many of these systems fail when they move from the lab to the real world, often for problems with human-AI interaction. This talk will explore how innovation teams can better situate AI system such that professionals experience intelligent tools as valuable and meaningful.

John Zimmerman is the Tang Family Professor of HCI and AI at Carnegie Mellon’s HCI Institute. He has 20 years of experience designing and researching human-AI interaction. His current areas of research includes intelligent systems for professionals, interaction with social robots that function as proxy people, and how designers can better engage with AI as a design material. He teaches courses in UX design, service design, and design of AI products and services.

Registration is free but mandatory: online form. All participants will receive the login credentials the day before the event.

Next Talks:

Session 2: May 18 at 3 pm.(Lisbon)/ 10 am (Pittsburgh)
“Making Active Materials Green: Morphing Matter for Sustainability”
Lining Yao is an Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, directing the Morphing Matter Lab.

Session 3: June 1st at 3 pm.(Lisbon)/ 10 am (Pittsburgh)
Gierad Laput, Research and Engineering Manager at Apple and CMU HCI PhD Alumni

Start date

Apr. 27, 2021

3:00 pm

End Date

Apr. 27, 2021

4:00 pm

Zoom Webinar