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Computer Science Colloquium: Evan Peck, Ph.D.

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Thursday, April 6, 2017 11am

27 Graves Place, Holland, MI 49423-3617

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Computers are increasingly woven into the fabric of our everyday lives, but we rarely stop to rethink our relationship with them. They are in front of our faces when we eat, telling us where to go when we drive, and the messenger through which we express our relationships. Considered together, we can't ignore that these interactions (no matter how small) have a direct impact on our quality of life. 

In this talk, I'll share the goals of my field - Human-Computer Interaction - and reflect on how we might redefine our relationship with technology. Through my work on brain-computer interfaces, I'll consider what it might mean for technology to be personally attentive and responsive to us. Through my research in information visualization, I'll explore the role computers might play in empowering people to engage with the complex world around them. My hope is that someday, technology will better support human flourishing at a deeply personal level. 

Evan Peck is an Assistant Professor of Computer Science at Bucknell University - a liberal arts university in Lewisburg, PA. His research explores technological designs that empower everyday people to understand the world around them, and has been featured by the BBC, New Scientist, and Discovery News. In 2014, Evan received his Ph.D. under Dr. Robert Jacob in the Human-Computer Interaction Lab at Tufts University, during which he also spent time as a research intern in Adobe's Creative Technologies Lab. His research career began with an REU in 2007 at Hope College. Website

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