Speakers.

 
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Dr. Julie R. Williamson

Dr. Julie Williamson is a lecturer in Human Computer Interaction (HCI) at the University of Glasgow.  She is part of the Glasgow Interactive Systems Group (GIST), leading the Public and Performative Interaction theme within GIST.  Her research focuses on how people use technology in public spaces and how interfaces should be designed given the “performative” aspects of using technology in public. Her current research focuses on unusual displays for public spaces, including spherical displays, levitating particle displays, and head-mounted displays.

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Dr. Bart Knijnenburg

He specializes in privacy decision-making and the user-centric evaluation of recommender systems. During his PhD at UC Irvine, he was the first to ever be awarded with a Google PhD Fellowship in Privacy. As a professor of human-centred computing at Clemson University, his research has been awarded over $1,000,000 in funding from the National Science Foundation, the Department of Defense, and corporate gifts. Bart co-directs the Humans and Technology lab at Clemson University, where he advises a small army of 11 graduate students.

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Dr. Xing-Dong Yang

He is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Dartmouth College, USA. Prior to his current position, Xing-Dong was a Post-Doc in the iLab of the University of Calgary working with Tony Tang. Xing-Dong completed his Bachelor of Computer Science in 2005 from the University of Manitoba, Canada. He earned his Master of Computing Science with a specialization in Haptic Interfaces in 2008 from the University of Alberta, Canada and his Doctorate in Computing Science with a specialization in Human-Computer Interaction in 2013 from the same university. His dissertation work was awarded the 2013 Bill Buxton Best Canadian HCI Dissertation Award, given annually for the best doctoral dissertation completed at a Canadian university in the field of human-computer interaction. He has over 30 publications in top venues in HCI research, including the ACM Conference on Human Factors and Systems (ACM CHI) and the ACM Conference on User Interfaces and Technology (ACM UIST). His work has also been recognized through best paper nominations at ACM CHI 2018, 2016, 2010 and ACM MobileHCI 2009, as well as featured in public press through Discovery News, NBC, and New Scientist. Xing-Dong’s work is currently funded by Microsoft and NSF.

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Dr. Cosmin Munteanu

Dr. Cosmin Munteanu is an Assistant Professor at the Institute for Communication, Culture, Information, and Technology at University of Toronto Mississauga, and Co-Director of the Technologies for Ageing Gracefully lab (TAGlab) at University of Toronto. His area of expertise is at the intersection of Human-Computer Interaction, Automatic Speech Recognition, Natural User Interfaces, Mobile Computing, Ethics, and Assistive Technologies, having dedicated the past two decades to investigating the human factors of interacting with information-rich media and intelligent technologies. His main research goals are to facilitate natural, meaningful, and safe interactions between people and digital media and devices. Cosmin's multidisciplinary interests include speech and natural language interaction for mobile devices, assistive technologies for older adults, multimodal mixed reality systems, learning technologies for marginalized users, usable privacy and cyber-safety, and ethics in human-computer interaction research. URL: http://cosmin.taglab.ca

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Dr. Anthony Tang

Dr. Anthony Tang is an Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Calgary. He leads the RICELab (Rethinking Interaction, Collaboration and Engagement) group, which focuses on Human-Computer Interaction, Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Ubiquitous Computing with applications in digital workrooms, augmented reality, and mobile computing [http://ricelab.cpsc.ucalgary.ca]. Tony's work has consistently been published at top-tier international venues, and has been recognized with awards at ACM DIS 2016, DIS 2014, ACM CHI 2014, ACM CSCW 2013, ACM CSCW 2012, and CHI 2009. Tony is also the recipient of the NSERC Discovery Accelerator (2017), and was recently awarded a GREAT Supervisor Award by the Faculty of Graduate Studies (2015).

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Dr. Rita Orji

Dr. Rita Orji is an Asst. Professor of Computer Science at Dalhousie University, Canada. Prior to her current position, she was a Banting Postdoctoral Fellow at the School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo. Her research examines the user-centered approach to designing interactive systems to motivate desirable behaviour with a special emphasis on technologies for promoting health and wellness. She is well-known for her work in the area of Personalizing Persuasive Technologies including games where she has published over 50 peer-reviewed publications in reputable venues. Her work has won several awards, including best paper and poster awards at User Modeling and User-adapted Interactions Journal (UMUAI), Interaction Design and Architecture(s) Journal (IxD&A), and Persuasive Technology Conference. Recently, she was recognized as one of the Top 150 Canadian Women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM). Dr. Orji has been interviewed and featured in major media, including Canadian Broadcasting Corporation (CBC) and Nigerian Television Authority (NTA), StarPhoenix on account of her work. She gave an invited talk to the Canadian Parliament. Her work received prestigious funding, including the Vanier Scholarship, Banting Fellowship, NSERC Fellowship among others.