IGEP Fall 2018 Reception

All HCD students and faculty are invited to the Fall 2018 IGEP Reception on Wednesday Oct 10 @ 5:30 to 7:30 in the GLC Ballroom.

Please RSVP to https://virginiatech.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_blmXL43XgusJTYV

New HCD iPhD students

The Human Centered Design program is pleased to welcome William Makowski who is initially working with Tom Martin and Caroline Connell who is working with Carlos Evia as new independent PhD students.


HCD Courses Offered in Fall 2018

The following courses are (tentatively) offered this Fall. Note that some are listed as time “TBD” and/or taught by “Staff”:

CORE COURSES (both required)
GRAD 5134: Topics in Interdisciplinary Research (when HCD topic is offered) Tu 6:30 – 9:15 Steve Harrison
CS 5724: Models and Theories of Human-Computer Interaction Tu 3:30 – 6:15 Steve Harrison 

DESIGN STUDIES ART 5524: Topics in Human Centered Design (studio): Adv Motion graphics MW 12:20-2:25 Simone Paterson
ART 1234 (5xxx number TBA): Design for Non-Majors TBA  Joiner
ENGE 5024: Design in Engineering Education and Practice Th 12:30 – 3:15  Staff
STS 6614: Adv. TS: (Cultures of Design; Origins of Innovation) not offered this semester

UNDERSTANDING PEOPLE CS/ISE 5714: Usability Engineering not offered this semester
CS 5734: Computer-Supported Collaborative Work not offered this semester
EDIT 5234: Intro to the Learning Sciences M 1:00 – 3:50  Kathy Cenemo
ENGE 5404: Assessment Techniques in Engineering Education not offered this semester
ISE 5604: Human Information Processing I M/W/F 10:10 – 11:00 Joe Gabbard
ISE 6984: Cognitive Task and Work Analysis not offered this semester
PSYCH 5354: Information Processing not offered this semester
STS 6244: TS: History, Culture, and Politics of the Internet not offered this semester

DESIGN REALIZATION ART 5714: TS: Creative Code for Art & Design; TS: Interaction Design TBA  Staff
CS 5764: Information Visualization Tu/Th 12:30-1:45 Chris North
CS 5774: User Interface Software Tu/Th 9:30-10:45  Kurt Luther
CS 6724: Advanced Topics In Human – Computer Interaction: Research Through Design Th 5:00 – 8:15  Staff
ECE 5564: Wearable + Ubiquitous Computing not offered this semester
EDIT 5614: Digitally Mediated Learning not offered this semester
EDIT 5624: Interactive Learning Media, Arts, and Design on line KB Potter
EDIT 5634: Interactive Learning Media Development not offered this semester
ENGL 5074: Introduction to Digital Humanities M / W 4:00 – 5:15  A Reed
ENGL 6344: Rhetoric in Digital Environments not offered this semester
ISE 6604: Human Factors in Visual Display Systems not offered this semester
ISE 6614: Human Computer Systems not offered this semester
ME 5644: Rapid Prototyping Tu / Th 9:30 – 10:45  Chris WIlliams

In VT News: “Human-centered design is key to forming partnerships for large-scale conservation success”

Our HCD Faculty affiliate, Michael Sorice, is featured in a front page story on VT News:

Human-centered design is key to forming partnerships for large-scale conservation success

Accoding to Sorice, in natural resources, Human-Centered Design is where “participants’ needs are given the same weight as the resource’s needs during the design phase of the program”. Our interdisciplianry program in HCD brings together faculty and students who explore and develop approaches to addressingthe world’s problems by putting people and their values first. To read more, see the article here.


Workshop on Long(er) Term Design Thinking





NSF-Sponsored Workshop

Seattle, WA

May 29-31, 2018

Design thinking and approaches to problems that are long(er) term — on the order of 20, 50, or 100 years — have a distinct cast. With this workshop, we seek to enable a conversation at the intersection of long(er) timeframes and the role of design thinking and practice. Increasingly, researchers and designers of technology are investigating both individual and societal problems that require a long(er)-term design thinking approach to grapple with their complex, emergent, and dynamic nature. Yet, embracing a long(er)-term approach to intentionally designing the role, place, and pace of information technologies and systems that might operate over long, indeterminate amounts of time has received less attention in the human-computer interaction, design, and related communities.

The goal of this workshop is to foster an interdisciplinary research community. While focused on the design of information systems, we recognize that long(er) term design thinking surfaces in many fields. Sample fields include but are not limited to: architecture, computer-supported cooperative work and learning, cultural heritage, data curation, design research, human-computer interaction, land restoration, libraries, museology, participatory design, and urban planning.  If you feel your field and perspective is relevant, please consider coming!

In the workshop, we will collaborate on:

(1) Sharing. sharing approaches, case studies, methods, strategies, tactics, and heuristics for engaging design thinking on long(er)-term timeframes, on the order of 20, 50 or 100 years

(2) Reflecting. generating critical and constructive discussions for how to improve current approaches and practices

(3) Envisioning. identifying new opportunities and grand challenges for long(er)-term design thinking approaches




We invite researchers, designers, and practitioners interested in Long(er)-Term Design Thinking from a broad range of perspectives.

As noted above, sample fields include but are not limited to: architecture, computer-supported cooperative work and learning, cultural heritage, data curation, design research, human-computer interaction, land restoration, libraries, museology, participatory design, and urban planning.  If you feel your field and perspective is relevant, please consider coming!

Sample questions and topics include but are not limited to:

  • How is the ‘long-term’ and ‘multi-lifespan’ conceptualized and attended to in and across the design process?

  • In a field known for cutting edge innovation, where devices over five years old are regarded as legacy, how can we consider processes and solutions that extend robust and enduring human-technology relations? What kind of design processes, methods, heuristics, strategies, tactics could be helpful here?

  • How should design teams approach creating information systems that are intended to be in existence and use well beyond the lives of intended stakeholders (and the original members of the design team itself)?

  • How do we account for multiple generations of stakeholders in a long-term or multi-lifespan design process? Relatedly, how do we account for not-yet-born future stakeholders, who will be impacted by systems designed over the longer-term?

  • What are the practical, ethical, and/or moral issues of creating systems intended to outlive (and be maintained) beyond the lives of those that design them?

  • What roles do technology play in shaping how people experience time? And, what opportunities exist for interactive systems to enable experience of longer, more diverse forms of time?

  • What kinds of methods, tactics, and approaches are used to design technologies and systems that embody temporal expressions alternative to normative Western concepts of time? Where have methodological or practical struggles emerged and how have they been addressed?

  • In what ways can non-human actors and timeframes be scaffolded to support long(er)-term design thinking?

  • What are the grand challenges to and opportunities in researching and practicing long(er)-term and/or multi-lifespan design?




To apply, please submit a 1-2 page position paper that briefly addresses the following questions:

1. Why do you want to come to this workshop? What conversations would you like to have? If there are one or two key issues, challenges or opportunities that you’re especially interested in discussing during the workshop, please let us know.  Tell us why you think they are important, to you personally and to the field more generally.

2. What do you hope to contribute to others during the workshop? What do you see yourself contributing to the workshop (e.g. Perspectives? Methods? Case studies? Stories? Critical reflections?) What can other participants learn from you, your design approach/experiences, and perspectives?

3. What is your background? Let us know what work (if any) you have done in this area? How is your work related to the long(er) term design thinking theme of this workshop?

4. What is a provocative, inspirational, or generative idea you have about long(er) term design? For this question feel free to submit an image, artifact, URL, text, poem, etc. We’re hoping to collect a wide range of provocative ideas to seed the workshop conversation.

Submissions should be 2 pages maximum (with no format constraints). Please send your submission or questions about the workshop to Daisy Yoo at dyoo@uw.edu

Review of applications will begin on March 10 and continue until all available spots are filled.




Monday March 10, 2018: Rolling deadline. We will begin to review position papers on March 10.

Friday March 30, 2018: Notification of acceptance

3pm on May 29 – 3pm on May 31, 2018: Workshop



The workshop will take place at the University of Washington campus at Seattle, WA. Travel funding and accommodation in Seattle will be offered to one person for each accepted workshop submission.



Batya Friedman, Information School, University of Washington

William Odom, School of Interactive Arts + Technology, Simon Fraser University

Daisy Yoo, Information School, University of Washington



Sponsored by NSF, grant no. IIS-1302709: Multi-lifespan Information System Research and Design

Event of Interest: Designing Socio-Technical Systems of Truth

All are invited to participate in the upcoming workshop on Designing Socio-Technical Systems of Truth at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA, March 1-2, 2018, hosted by the Social Informatics group of the Center for Human-Computer Interaction, with support from ICAT and Computer Science.

In a society now frequently labeled “post-factual,” how can we create social technologies that support the pursuit of facts and encourage trustworthy institutions? What designs and design processes can prevent these technologies from becoming fonts of vigilantism, harassment, destructive rumors, and systemic bias?

All VT faculty, staff, and students are welcome. We have a range of exciting activities planned, including talks by four external speakers:
There are multiple ways to participate:
Attend the workshop:
Our two-day workshop includes speaker talks, break-out groups for discussion and design activities, and a community reception. Lunch is provided. A tentative agenda is available. Some events have limited space, so please use this short survey to RSVP by Friday, February 16.
Present a talk or poster at the workshop:
If you’re a VT faculty member or graduate student doing research related to the workshop theme, we’d love to hear more about it.
  • Faculty members are invited to give short (<5 min), informal “lightning talks” during the workshop’s opening session, March 1, 9-10am.
  • Graduate students are invited to present posters during the workshop’s community reception, March 1, 5-7pm.
To present, please complete this short application, which requests a working title and one-paragraph abstract. The deadline is Friday, February 16, with acceptance notifications the following Monday. Applications will be lightly curated for relevance.
Attend the reading group:
We’ll be reading and discussing papers suggested by the workshop speakers these over the next four weeks (one per speaker). We meet every Friday from 2-3pm in the Moss Arts Center, room 251. Anyone who has read the papers is welcome; no RSVP necessary! Here is the reading list and schedule.
Please share this information widely. We hope you can join us!
This event is organized by Kurt Luther and the CHCI Social Informatics group

Kurt Luther, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Computer Science
College of Engineering, Virginia Tech


HCD PhD Symposium, schedule

Location: 253A Moss Art Center

Here is the current line up for talks on Friday 2/3 for the Human-Centered Design PhD Symposium:

1:30 – 1:45 Introductions (Steve)
1:45 – 2:05 Najla Mouchrek
2:05 – 2:25 Tacie Jones
2:25 – 2:45 Lei Zhang
2:45 – 3:05 Kyriakos Tsoukalas
3:05 – 3:15 BREAK
3:15 – 3:35 Woohun Joo
3:35 – 3:55 Disha Sardana
3:55 – 4:15 Andrew Kulak
4:15 – 4:30 public wrap up
4:30 – 6:00ish retire to Tap House to continue discussion about program, research, the future…..
6:00-7:00 See Simone Paterson’s gallery opening at Art Pannonia (official time 5-7)

Watch this space for revisions!

Talk of Possible Interest: James Timberlake

This talk is certainly of interest to anyone interested in interdisciplinary research-driven design: 

The Macromolecules Innovation Institute and the College of Architecture and Urban Studies are hosting a public lecture by world-renowned architect James Timberlake on Tuesday, Feb. 6, at 5:30 p.m. at the Moss Arts Center. Timberlake, whose projects include the new U.S. Embassy in London, will discuss how to harness materials science, construction, environmental science, and design to create beautiful, functional buildings for the 21st century.



How Do We See the Future (of Architecture)?

KieranTimberlake seeks ways to improve the art, quality, and craft of architecture by developing new materials, processes, assemblies, and products. This leads the firm to conduct deep investigations during design that bring together the diverse fields of architecture, environmental management, chemical physics, materials science, and more. The result is a detailed and crafted architecture that is resonant and compelling to its users because it embodies the vision of its people and its place in the world. In this talk, James Timberlake will discuss ways the firm seeks great specificity of information to inform thoughtful and beautiful design.

James Timberlake, FAIA, LEED Fellow

James Timberlake is a partner at KieranTimberlake, an award-winning architecture firm recognized for its environmental ethos, research expertise, and innovative design and planning. James explores some of today’s most important topics, among them, efficient construction methods, resource conservation strategies, and novel use of building materials. Current clients include the US Department of State, New York University, and Washington University in St. Louis.

Under his guidance, KieranTimberlake has received over 200 design citations, including the AIA Firm Award in 2008 and the Cooper Hewitt National Design Award in 2010. A recipient of the Rome Prize in 1982-1983, James was also an inaugural recipient of the Benjamin Latrobe Fellowship for architectural design research from the AIA College of Fellows in 2001. He has co-authored six books on architecture, including the influential book refabricating Architecture. In addition to his architectural practice, James has taught at the University of Pennsylvania, University of Washington, Yale University, the University of Michigan, and the University of Texas at Austin, among other institutions. He was appointed by the Obama Administration to serve on the Board of the National Institute of Building Sciences in 2012.


Welcome to our new HCD iPhD Students

This Fall we welcomed Woohun Joo who will be working with Ico Bukvic/Music.

And this Spring we welcome Tacie Jones who will work with Simone Paterson/SOVA and Disha Sardana who will also be working with Ico Bukvic/Music.


HCD PhD Symposium, Friday Feb 2

On February 2 from 1:30 to 5:00 PM in 253A Moss Art Center, we will hold our 2018 Doctoral Sympoisum.  Affiliated (and otherwise interested) faculty and other HCD students are invited to attend.

The format will be much like a doctoral consortium with a series of presentations followed by a short discussion. A schedule of talks will be posted here a day or two before the event.

If you are interested in attending, please RSVP to Steve Harrison.