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Yvonne Rogers from UCL and Jodi Forlizzi from CMU, present the Lecture on “Beyond User-Centered Design” at Técnico

Jodi Forlizzi, Carnegie Mellon University School of Computer Science, and Yvonne Rogers, UCL, are two brilliant women that lead the top Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) Departments in the world of Computer Science. The designer and psychologist, respectively, gave a talk entitled “Beyond User-Centered Design” in front of a full audience at Instituto Superior Técnico on December 18th.  Nuno Nunes, CMU Portugal National Co-Director, opened the seminar, powered by LARSySINESC ID, and CMU Portugal.

Yvonne Rogers, Director of the Interaction Centre at UCL (UCLIC) and deputy head of the Computer Science department, is interested in how technology transforms the meaning of being human. Rogers approached topics such as the reach of voice interaction devices, their impact in everyday life, and their growing ability to do more than take orders. Much of her work is situated in the wild – concerned with informing, building, and evaluating novel user experiences through creating and assembling a diversity of technologies (e.g., tangibles, AR, IoT) that augment every day learning, community engagement and collaborative work activities.

Jodi Forlizzi, Director and Professor of the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at CMU’s School of Computer Science, is responsible for establishing design research as a legitimate form of research in HCI that is different from, but equally as crucial as, scientific and human science research. Forlizzi’s talk focused on the impact of design and where it is going not only in HCI but in a world that is continually changing and evolving. Jodi’s current research interests include: designing educational games that are engaging and effective, creating robots, AVs, and other technology services that use AI and ML to adapt to people’s needs, and designing for healthcare.

The session was a success with more than 150 participants who had the opportunity to pose questions to both speakers at the end of the Lecture in a Q&A, moderated by Professor Ana Paiva from InescID.

During her visit to Lisbon, Yvonne Rogers was interviewed by the Newspaper Público about her work. Read the full article here.

Watch the full Video of the Lecture on our youtube Channel.