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Human Computer Interaction (HCI)focuses on how people interact with, and are transformed by computation. Our current technology landscape is changing rapidly. Interactive applications, devices and services are increasingly becoming embedded into our environments. From our homes to the urban and rural spaces, we traverse everyday. We are increasingly able to-often required to-manage and configure multiple, interconnected devices and program their interactions. Artificial intelligence (AI) techniques are being used to create dynamic services that learn about us and others, that make conclusions about our intents and affiliations, and that mould our digital interactions based in predictions about our actions and needs, nudging us toward certain behaviors. Computation is also increasingly embedded into our bodies. Understandinghumaninteractions in the everyday digital and physical context During this lecture, Elizabeth Churchill -Director of User Experience at Google- will talk about how an emerging landscape invites us to revisit old methods and tactics for understanding how people interact with computers and computation, and how it challenges us to think about new methods and frameworks for understanding the future of human-centered computation.
Currently a Director of User Experience at Google, Elizabeth Churchill is an applied social scientist working in the area of human computer interaction, computer mediated communication, mobile computing and social media. Originally a psychologist by training, Elizabeth focused on understanding peoples social and collaborative interactions in their everyday digital and physical contexts. She is an applied social scientist, interactive technology designer and social communications researcher. In 2010, she was recognized as a Distinguished Scientist by the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM).