SLIS Co-Sponsoring Obermann "Designing the Digital Future" Symposium in November

SLIS Co-Sponsoring Obermann "Designing the Digital Future" Symposium in November

Mark your calendars for November 7th and 8th! SLIS, which has been a campus leader in championing informatics, is co-sponsoring, along with a number of other departments, a Working Symposium in conjunction with the Obermann Center: Designing the Digital Future: A Human-Centered Approach to Informatics.

Through the coordination of University of Iowa Computer Science Professor Juan Pablo Hourcade, we are bringing a diverse group of scholars to campus whose work in "human-computer interaction" (a field within informatics) focuses on narrative, dance, social justice movements, diversity, collaborative learning, values sensitive design, visual thinking, public art, steampunk, digital archives, narrative video games for older adults, girls and women in technology, and far more.

This event will be an excellent opportunity for all of us to consider the impact of human-computer interaction is in our increasingly digital world. All students, faculty, staff and the public are welcome to attend.


Designing the Digital Future: A Human-Centered Approach to Informatics

To many, informatics means big data. But, as the 2014 Obermann Working Symposium, Designing the Digital Future: A Human-Centered Approach to Informatics, will demonstrate, informatics intersects with narrative arenas, the arts, collaborative learning, dance, diversity, social justice movements, values sensitive design, visual thinking and more. The invited symposium speakers and panels of University of Iowa faculty will highlight the benefits of creative collaborations among computer and information researchers and colleagues in the arts, humanities, social sciences, and a variety of health and scientific disciplines.

The Symposium is being organized by University of Iowa Computer Science Professor Juan Pablo Hourcade and the Obermann Center for Advanced Studies. Co-sponsors include the School of Library and Information Science, the Iowa Informatics Initiative, the Digital Studio for Public Arts and Humanities, the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences, and a number of other departments. We welcome additional partners.

In addition to attending the symposium sessions, we invite you to sign up for the agenda luncheon on Saturday, November 8th, where informal small group conversations will help spark new ideas for cross-disciplinary research and teaching opportunities.

This working symposium is a timely event for our campus: the Iowa Informatics Initiative is hiring faculty in numerous departments at the same time that the University is building strength in the public digital arts and humanities with new faculty members in cinema, classics, computer science, dance, engineering, history, languages, literature, music, religious studies, theatre, and the visual arts. The symposium will be instrumental in forging connections among these initiatives.

Invited Symposium Speakers

Lisa Anthony

Computer and Information Science and Engineering, University of Florida

Gesture interaction with children for education, fitness, games

Tamara Clegg

Education and iSchool, University of Maryland

“Kitchen Chemistry,” “Backyard Biology”—co-designing with kids in “life-relevant learning environments”

Celine Latulipe

Software and Information Systems, University of North Carolina-Charlotte

Designing for the arts in light of insights from gender studies, philosophy, neuroscience

Lisa Nathan

First Nations Concentration Coordinator, The iSchool, University of British Columbia

Information practices for human thriving and global challenges, social justice movements and digital culture

Mary Beth Rosson

Associate Dean, Information Sciences and Technology and Co-Director, Computer-Supported Collaboration and Learning, Pennsylvania State University

Scenario-based designs for informal and collaborative learning

Ron Wakkary

School of Interactive Arts and Technology, Simon Fraser University

Everyday design and ec(h)o-VUE: ecologies of play, learning and interaction in museums

Objectives for the Symposium

  • To encourage more departments to participate in the informatics initiative
  • To assess campus resources for joint programming, courses, and research groups that engage faculty, staff, and students in science and technology alongside the arts, humanities, and social sciences
  • To clarify the opportunities and challenges for researchers in HCI and informatics, including differences across disciplines in funding, tenure and promotion requirements, research and publication expectations, and curriculum

Watch the Obermann website for updated information and registration details regarding this FREE event. Members of the public are welcome.