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Human Computer Interaction: Past, Present and Future

Dr. Elizabeth Churchill
Thursday, May 25, 2017 - 5:30pm


Human Computer Interaction (HCI) is a multidisciplinary field of research and practice focused on maximizing the usability, usefulness, effectiveness and delightfulness of the interfaces between people and computers. Influenced by the engineering sciences, the social sciences and the humanities, HCI is a nimble, innovation-focused discipline, responsive to the changing technological landscape: with technological innovation, new questions arise, new methods are developed and new insights into human nature emerge. In this lecture, I will review the history of HCI as a field, discuss present challenges and speculate on the future of HCI as a field of endeavor. I will illustrate past and emerging methods through case study examples.

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Networking and Pizza at 5:30PM, Talk at 6:00 PM.  Come and meet notable computer professionals in greater Sacramento.


About the speaker

A Director of User Experience at Google, Dr. Elizabeth Churchill is an applied social scientist working in the area of human computer interaction, computer mediated communication, mobile/ubiquitous computing and social media. Her current research focuses on the emerging “Internet of Things”, which she re-characterises as the continuingly evolving Internet of sociotechnical protocols and relationships.

Elizabeth has a PhD in Cognitive Science from University of Cambridge.

In 2010, she was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist by ACM. Elizabeth has also served on ACM’s SIGCHI Executive Committee (Human Computer Interaction Special Interest Group’s Executive Committee.


Dept. of Technology, County of Sacramento,
799 G Street, Room 221, Sacramento, CA 95814
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