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Puget Sound World Usability Day Conference

World Usability Day’s goal is to raise our standards so that technology works to harness human potential. Every second Thursday in November events occur around the world that bring together different communities to celebrate how we can make our world easy for all. This year’s theme is “Designing for the Future We Want”. It is inspired by the United Nation’s 17 Sustainable Development Goals. As usability professionals, our work shapes the future. The progress we make are sometimes intentional, and other times unintentional. We want us to think about what kind of future are we designing for. Stay tuned for further details about the conference such as speakers, sponsors, and ticket price. Visit the conference website to get involved. Campus location: Student Union Building (HUB). Event types: Conferences. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM. For more info visit pugetsound-wud.squarespace.com.

CSE lecture: Elizabeth Spelke, Harvard

Speaker Elizabeth Spelke is the Marshall L. Berkman Professor of Psychology at Harvard University and an investigator at the NSF-MIT Center for Brains, Minds and Machines. Her laboratory focuses on the sources of uniquely human cognitive capacities, including capacities for formal mathematics, for constructing and using symbols, and for developing comprehensive taxonomies of objects. She probes the sources of these capacities primarily through behavioral research on human infants and preschool children, focusing on the origins and development of their understanding of objects, actions, people, places, number, and geometry. In collaboration with computational cognitive scientists, she aims to test computational models of infants’ cognitive capacities. In collaboration with economists, she has begun to take her research from the laboratory to the field, where randomized controlled experiments can serve to evaluate interventions, guided by research in cognitive science, that seek to enhance young children'… Campus room: Amazon Auditorium. Event types: Lectures/Seminars. Event sponsors: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Target Audience: UW community, public. Thursday, November 14, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering. For more info visit www.cs.washington.edu.

Deadline: Capstone proposals due for sponsored projects

HCDE capstones provide the opportunity for UW students and industry partners to work together to address real-world issues in human-centered design and engineering. Capstone projects are student-run, large-scale projects that encompass two quarters of student work. Projects should touch on at least two components of the human-centered design process: user research, ideation, prototyping, implementation, and evaluation. More Project guidelines, here. Interested in learning more and discussing project ideas? Contact hcdecap@uw.edu. Event types: Not Specified. Event sponsors: Human Centered Design & Engineering. Friday, November 15, 2019. For more info visit www.hcde.washington.edu.

HCDE PhD Preliminary Exam Presentations

Join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering for special presentations from HCDE PhD students in their second year in the program.  Students will describe a research project, including methods and any results thus far, and how this research contributes to the field. Individual presentations will be 16 minutes with time for a brief Q & A after each talk. In addition to the presentations below, students will present between 9 a.m. - 3 :30 p.m. on November 22, 2019 » Presenters and topics: 11 a.m. - 11:25 a.m. Rafael Silva, An Exploration of IoT Design for Civic Action​​ 11:30 a.m. - 11:55 a.m. Susanne Kirchner-Adelhardt, “This just felt to me like the right thing to do”: Exploring the Decision-making Experiences of Parents of Young Children​ Noon - 12:25 p.m. Regina Cheng, How Creators Petition for Feedback in an Online Critique Community​ 12:30 p.m. - 12:55 p.m. Calvin Liang, Navigating the Paradoxes of Allyship Research in Human-Computer Interaction​ 1 p.m. - 1:25… Campus location: Allen Library (ALB). Campus room: Auditorium. Event types: Lectures/Seminars. Special Events. Event sponsors: Human Centered Design & Engineering. Target Audience: HCDE and DUB community; current and prospective students, faculty, and staff. Friday, November 15, 2019, 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM.

GSA Portfolio Building Session

Not sure where to start on your portfolio? Or just have questions? Join us with Klare Frank, MS'20, UX & Product Designer @CodePen on a portfolio building session! Campus location: Student Union Building (HUB). Campus room: 340. Event types: Special Events. Workshops. Target Audience: Current MS, PhD, and UCD Students. Saturday, November 16, 2019, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM. For more info visit www.facebook.com.

Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering Information Session

Interested in learning more about the Human Centered Design & Engineering Master's program? Join HCDE advisors for an upcoming Information Session. HCDE Info Sessions provide an overview of the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering, including curriculum, admissions requirements, and application deadlines. Campus location: Student Union Building (HUB). Campus room: 250. Event types: Academics. Target Audience: Prospective HCDE Master's Students. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/493512991503810/. Tuesday, November 19, 2019, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM. For more info visit www.hcde.washington.edu.

HCDE PhD Preliminary Exam Presentations

Join the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering for special presentations from HCDE PhD students in their second year in the program. Students will describe a research project, including methods and any results thus far, and how this research contributes to the field. Individual presentations will be 16 minutes with time for a brief Q & A after each talk. In addition to the presentations below, students will present between 11 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on November 15, 2019 » Presenters and topics: 9 - 9:25 a.m. Burren Peil, Reimagining (Women’s) Health: HCI, Gender and Essentialised Embodiment​ 9:30 - 9:55 a.m. Kenya Mejia, Understanding the Journey Towards a More Inclusive Teaching Style in Engineering Education​ 10 - 10:25 a.m. Melinda Haughey, Understanding Needs of Investigative Journalists as They Navigate and Report on Online Social Data​ 10:30 - 10:55 a.m. Hannah Twigg Smith, Navigating the Limits of Machine Control 11 - 11:25 a.m. Joshua Vasquez, Jubilee: An Extensible… Campus location: Allen Library (ALB). Campus room: Auditorium. Event types: Lectures/Seminars. Special Events. Event sponsors: Human Centered Design & Engineering. Target Audience: HCDE and DUB community; current and prospective students, faculty, and staff. Friday, November 22, 2019, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM.

Career Talk with Zoe Emmanuel (Content Strategy Lead, Google) and Geunbae Lee (Product Designer, Facebook)

Join Zoë and Geunbae for an engaging conversation about their professional journeys and lessons learned along the way. You are welcome to bring your lunch as you enjoy the conversation. Zoë Emmanuel blended her heart for service and deep empathy with her passion for languages, communication, and design to craft a decades-long career in IT. A University of Washington alumna, she has designed user journeys and strategized online content for software giants, Microsoft and Google. Geunbae Lee is currently a Product Designer at Facebook Seattle. He graduated from Georgia Institute of Technology with a Master’s degree in Human-Computer Interaction. Before, he received his Psychology degree from University of Michigan. Note about the wait list: Once maximum attendance is reached, students are invited to join the wait list. If a registered student declines their spot, the first in line on the wait list will receive an email inviting them to register. If the wait listed student does not claim the spot in 12… Campus location: Sieg Hall (SIG). Campus room: 233. Event types: Lectures/Seminars. Special Events. Event sponsors: Human Centered Design & Engineering. Friday, November 22, 2019, 12:00 PM – 1:30 PM.

Capstone Mixer & Brunch

Worried about Capstone? Need a team? Not sure what to do? GSA is hosting a Capstone Mixer and Brunch on Saturday, November 23rd! Come and figure it out with your fellow peers! Exclusive for students taking Capstone in Spring 2020. Details below: Capstone Mixer & Brunch Date: Saturday, November 23rd Time: 10:30am - 11:30am Location: Sieg Hall Room 422 (Student Lounge) & 4th Floor Hallway Light Food Available. Campus location: Sieg Hall (SIG). Campus room: 422 Student lounge & 4th Floor Hallway. Event types: Academics. Special Events. Student Activities. Event sponsors: GSA. Saturday, November 23, 2019, 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM.

Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering Online Information Session

Interested in learning more about the Human Centered Design & Engineering Master's program? Join HCDE advisors for an upcoming online Information Session. HCDE Info Sessions provide an overview of the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering, including curriculum, admissions requirements, and application deadlines. **Attendees will receive two emails within 5 days of the event to access the online webinar.**. Event types: Academics. Target Audience: Prospective HCDE Master's Students. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2262221127240474/. Tuesday, November 26, 2019, 7:00 AM – 8:00 AM. Online. For more info visit www.hcde.washington.edu.

Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering Online Information Session

Interested in learning more about the Human Centered Design & Engineering Master's program? Join HCDE advisors for an upcoming online Information Session. HCDE Info Sessions provide an overview of the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering, including curriculum, admissions requirements, and application deadlines. **Attendees will receive two emails within 5 days of the event to access the online webinar.**. Event types: Academics. Target Audience: Prospective HCDE Master's Students. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/1335295283297556/. Wednesday, December 4, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. Online. For more info visit www.hcde.washington.edu.

CSE lecture: Roving for a Better World

Roving for a Better World Speaker: Ayanna Howard (Georgia Institute of Technology) At 27, Dr. Ayanna Howard was hired by NASA to lead a team designing a robot for future Mars exploration missions that could "think like a human and adapt to change." Her accomplishments since then include being named as one of 2015's most powerful women engineers in the world and as one of Forbes' 2018 U.S. Top 50 Women in Tech. From creating robots to studying the impact of global warming on the Antarctic ice shelves to founding a company that develops STEM education and therapy products for children and those with varying needs, Professor Howard focuses on our role in being responsible global citizens. In this talk, Professor Howard will delve into the implications of recent advances in robotics and AI and explain the critical importance of ensuring diversity and inclusion at all stages to reduce the risk of unconscious bias and ensuring robots are designed to be accessible to all. Throughout the talk, Professor… Campus room: Amazon Auditorium. Event types: Lectures/Seminars. Event sponsors: Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington. Target Audience: UW community, public. Thursday, December 5, 2019, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM. Bill & Melinda Gates Center for Computer Science & Engineering. For more info visit www.cs.washington.edu.

Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering Information Session

Interested in learning more about the Human Centered Design & Engineering Master's program? Join HCDE advisors for an upcoming Information Session. HCDE Info Sessions provide an overview of the Master of Science in Human Centered Design & Engineering, including curriculum, admissions requirements, and application deadlines. Campus location: Sieg Hall (SIG). Campus room: 232. Event types: Academics. Target Audience: Prospective HCDE Master's Students. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/2735525949875380/. Wednesday, December 18, 2019, 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM. For more info visit www.hcde.washington.edu.

Deadline: Sponsor proposals due for HCDE usability studies projects

All HCDE graduate students are required to take a course on usability studies. In this course, students engage in product and user research, formulate an appropriate usability study, design and execute that study, and analyze and report on their findings. How it works Deadline to submit projects: January 8, 2020 , Team size: 3-4 students , Duration: 10 weeks (January - March) , Student level: Master's , Expected output: Report and presentation summarizing finding and recommendations , Expected sponsor commitment: An introduction to the product, review of final report or presentation, and access to users or potential users and the product. A mid quarter check-in is often beneficial but not required. There is no cost to propose a usability studies project. Submit your project proposal and learn more at hcde.uw.edu/cap/propose-class. Event types: Not Specified. Event sponsors: Human Centered Design & Engineering. Wednesday, January 8, 2020. For more info visit www.hcde.washington.edu.