Human Centered Computing Talk (Austin)

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5pm - 6:30pm EST Wednesday, February 4 2009
University of Texas at Austin
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Juan on Jan 24, 2009


SPEAKER Juan E. Gilbert

DATE AND TIME February 4, 4:00 - 5:30 PM

ROOM Sanchez Building (SZB) 468

TITLE Innovations in Human Centered Computing: Solving Problems by Integrating People, Technology and Policy

ABSTRACT We are facing multifaceted problems in the 21st century that require human centered computing solutions. Human centered computing is an emerging, interdisciplinary field broadly concerned with computing and computational artifacts as they relate to the human condition. In this talk, Dr. Gilbert will discuss 2 human centered computing research projects aimed at addressing major societal problems; electronic voting and affirmative action. Prime III is a multimodal electronic voting system research project. It allows people to vote using voice and/or touch. Individuals that can't read, see, hear or those with physical disabilities, e.g. no arms, can all privately and independently vote using this multimodal interface. This presentation will give a demonstration of the Prime III multimodal interface and describe findings from usabilities studies, mock elections and organization elections. Applications Quest is a data mining tool developed by Dr. Gilbert to address affirmative action. Specifically, Applications Quest provides a means for obtaining holistic diversity without giving racial preference in compliance with the 2003 University of Michigan U.S. Supreme Court decisions on the use of race in admissions. Both of these research projects have national implications and have not gone unnoticed by the U.S. Congress, State and local governments, institutions of higher learning, private companies and others.

BIO Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the T-SYS Distinguished Associate Professor in the Computer Science and Software Engineering Department and a Fellow in the Center for Governmental Services at Auburn University where he directs the Human-Centered Computing (HCC) Lab. Dr. Gilbert has research projects in spoken language systems, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing) and databases/data mining. He has published more than 70 articles, given more than 100 talks and obtained more than $4 million dollars in research funding in his eight years at Auburn University. In 2002, Dr. Gilbert was named one of the nation's top African-American Scholars by Diverse Issues in Higher Education. He was recently named a national role model by Minority Access Inc. At Auburn University, Dr. Gilbert has been honored with the Auburn University Alumni Engineering Council Junior Faculty Research Award, Auburn University Alumni Outstanding Minority Achievement Award and the Auburn University Distinguished Diversity Researcher Award. He is also a National Associate of the National Research Council of the National Academies, an ACM Distinguished Speaker and a Senior Member of the IEEE Computer Society. Recently, Dr. Gilbert was named a Modern-Day Technology Leader by the Black Engineer of the Year Award Conference, the Pioneer of the Year by the National Society of Black Engineers and he received the Black Data Processing Association (BDPA) Epsilon Award for Outstanding Technical Contribution. Dr. Gilbert recently testified before the Congress on the Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act of 2008 for his innovative work in electronic voting. In 2006, Dr. Gilbert was honored with a mural painting in New York City by City Year New York, a non-profit organization that unites a diverse group of 17 to 24 year-old young people for a year of full-time, rigorous community service, leadership development, and civic engagement.



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