University of Wisconsin–Madison


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Seminars for 2017-2018

Seminars will be listed as they are scheduled; check back regularly for additions.

Understanding and Designing for Late-Life Online Engagement

Robin Brewer, University of Michigan Information School
Monday October 23
Time: 10:30 am to noon
Location: 4207 HC White Hall “Charles Bunge Room”

The older adult population will grow exponentially in the coming years with more baby boomers reaching retirement age. Yet, our online communities are not well supported for engaging them online. Older adults with internet access struggle to see the value of engaging in certain online communities. Offline seniors face many barriers to internet use (e.g. cost, access). Despite these barriers, there are social, financial, and health benefits to engaging online, specifically for older adults.

In my work, I primarily use a mixed methods approach (e.g. interviews, observations, surveys) to understand, design, and develop interactive systems for aging populations.​ ​In this talk, I present my research investigating how to create more meaningful online communities for seniors and more accessible systems to support seniors with vision impairments. This work explores designing for self-expression and connection, and I discuss the implications for future technology development.

November 17, 2017 – Steve Oney

University of Michigan, School of Information
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

March 21, 2018 – Matthew Easterday

Northwestern University, School of Education and Social Policy
Time: TBA
Location: TBA

  • Past Seminars


    Beyond ubiquitous computing: The fourth generation of computing is already here!
    Gregory Abowd, Georgia Institute of Technology

    HCI Seminar: Inclusive Computing and Design for Those Most in Need
    Gillian Hayes, University of California, Irvine

    Crowd Agents:
Creating Intelligent Interactive Systems from the Top Down
    Jeffrey P. Bigham, Carnegie Mellon University

    Interplay Between User-Centered Design and Data Mining for Educational Technologies
    Martina Rau, University of Wisconsin–Madison


    Interacting with Small Devices in Big Ways
    Chris Harrison, Carnegie Mellon University

    Taking Educational Technology Worldwide:
Challenging the Assumptions of Personalized Learning
    Amy Ogan, Carnegie Mellon University

    Designing Learning Interactions for Robots
    Andrea Thomaz, Georgia Institute of Technology

    Interacting with and through agentic objects
    Leila Takayama, Willow Garage, Inc.