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scott klemmer

Wednesday, November 17, 2010
306 Soda Hall (HP Auditorium)
4:00 - 5:00 pm

Scott Klemmer
Professor, Computer Science, Stanford University

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In this talk, I will describe three research threads that investigate how software tools can increase the quality of people’s creative work — especially interface design and programming. The first explores leveraging online examples of creative work to empower more users to design new user interfaces and software programs, learners to acquire new skills, experts to be more creative, and programmers to engage in more design thinking. The second introduces techniques for designers to rapidly create novel user interfaces, explore more alternatives, and revise prototypes based on feedback. The third explores the psychological and social ingredients of design excellence — focusing on the role of alternatives and prototyping.


Scott Klemmer is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction Group. Organizations around the world use his lab’s open-source design tools, and several books and popular press articles have covered his research. He is a co-recipient of a best paper award at both of the premier human-computer interaction conferences (CHI and UIST), Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship, Sloan Fellowship, and NSF CAREER award. He is the program co-chair of UIST 2011, and on the advisory board to the CCA Interaction Design Program and NTT DoCoMo Labs. He received a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer Science from Brown University, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley.

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