GVU Center Brown Bag: Jessica Roberts "Designing Technologies to Drive Curiosity"

Event Details
  • Date/Time:
    • Thursday September 26, 2019
      11:30 am - 1:00 pm
  • Location: Technology Square Research Building, 1st Floor Ballroom, Atlanta, Ga
  • Phone:
  • URL: http://www.tsrb.gatech.edu/
  • Email:
  • Fee(s):
    N/A
  • Extras:
    Free food
Contact

gvu@cc.gatech.edu

Summaries

Summary Sentence: This talk explores how technologies can expand people to look beyond what they usually do.

Full Summary: This talk explores how technologies can expand people to look beyond what they usually do and present projects integrating interactive technologies as mediators to drive and expand interest in unfamiliar domains.

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Abstract:

When we think about technology mediating human interactions with data, we often think about how it improves the practices of people’s usual activities, from making them more mindful of their daily movements through step-tracking devices, to improving capabilities to make informed business decisions using data-rich analytics in a digital dashboard. This talk explores how technologies can expand people to look beyond what they usually do: how can a zoomable interface spark wonder about aquatic insects to engage non-scientists in water quality monitoring, and how can a touchscreen inspire new questions about familiar objects to foster cross-cultural dialogues? I will present multiple projects integrating interactive technologies as mediators of informal, social learning and argue for the importance of technology’s role in provoking empathy, curiosity, and engagement to drive and expand interest in unfamiliar domains.

Speaker Bio:

Jessica Roberts is an assistant professor in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. She holds a PhD in Learning Sciences from the University of Illinois-Chicago with a concentration in geospatial analysis and visualization and a B.S. from Northwestern University with a concentration in theatre design. Her research examines how people learn through, with, and about data in out-of-school environments such as museums and citizen science activities and how interactive technologies mediate social, informal learning experiences. Her work on the design of interactive learning technologies has won paper awards at CSCL and CHI, and her projects have been exhibited at venues including the Field Museum of Natural History in Chicago and the New York Hall of Science.

Schedule of Brown Bag Speakers Fall 2019

Additional Information

In Campus Calendar
Yes
Groups

College of Computing, GVU Center, IPaT, School of Interactive Computing

Invited Audience
Faculty/Staff, Public, Graduate students, Undergraduate students
Categories
Seminar/Lecture/Colloquium
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Status
  • Created By: Dorie Taylor
  • Workflow Status: Published
  • Created On: Sep 18, 2019 - 11:30am
  • Last Updated: Sep 19, 2019 - 2:12pm