Connecting the Dots – Balancing Human and Computers

On the surface, Human–computer Interaction (HCI) may appear to be a very broad field without clear focus. There are a great number of HCI researchers from multiple disciplines working on a wide variety of problems that seem to have little connection with each other. However, underneath most of the problems is one underlying principle: how to seek the optimal balance between humans and computers?
​​As our field is rapidly growing, it is easy to get buried in the details and lose sight of the overall vision.  In this talk, I will argue that it is imperative that we don’t lose sight of this fundamental principle, and will try to illustrate this guiding principle using a number of systems developed in the NUS-HCI lab, including SandCanvas, Vignette, Magic Cards, etc. The talk will end with a discussion of the prospect of human-computer interaction in the future. 
 NUS-Chalmers HCI Collaboration:
Prof. Shengdong Zhao, NUS Singapore

Brief Bio:
Dr. Shengdong Zhao is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science of the National University of Singapore. He founded the NUS-HCI research lab. Shengdong has a wealth of experience in developing new interface tools and applications, such as earPod, InkSeine, Magic Cards, SandCanvas, Vignette, etc. He is the recipient of the NUS Young Investigator Award in 2009. He earned his Masters and PhD degrees at the University of California at Berkeley and the University of Toronto, respectively. More information about Shengdong can be found at
Registration to Morten Fjeld by latest 23rd June 2014, by noon. Limited number of seats available.
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Category Lecture
Location: Speaker's Corner, Kuggen, campus Lindholmen
Starts: 23 June, 2014, 14:00
Ends: 23 June, 2014, 15:00

Published: Fri 13 Jun 2014.