Life After Brown: Navigating a Career in HCI Research
In this installment of the “Life After Brown” series, Meredith Ringel Morris (Sc.B. ’01) will reflect on how her experiences as a student at Brown prepared her for a successful career in human-computer interaction research. Dr. Morris will share advice on how to make the most of Brown’s official and extracurricular offerings to prepare for an impactful research career in academia or industry, and will also share highlights of her research on gesture design, social search technologies, and accessible technologies for people with disabilities. She promises that, in addition to showcasing state-of-the-art HCI research, the talk will also include vintage Andy van Dam photos and adorable photos of puppies and children.
Meredith Ringel Morris is a Principal Researcher and Research Manager at Microsoft Research; she is also an affiliate Professor at the University of Washington in the School of Computer Science and Engineering and in the Information School. Dr. Morris leads MSR’s Ability team, which conducts research in HCI and AI with the goal of developing innovative technologies that extend the capabilities of and enhance quality of life for people with disabilities. She is an internationally-recognized expert in Human-Computer Interaction, and has conducted foundational research in several areas including gesture design, social search, and accessibility. She has served as the general chair for ACM’s CSCW conference, and is the general chair of the CHI conference for 2020. She has previously served as Technical Program Chair of the CHI, CSCW, ASSETS, and Interactive Tabletops & Surfaces conferences. Dr. Morris is a member of the TOCHI editorial board and the CHI steering committee, and is a past member of the CSCW steering committee. She has been recognized as one of Technology Review’s “35 under 35” for her work on collaborative web search, and was named an ACM Distinguished Scientist for her contributions to HCI research. She is the author of more than 100 peer-reviewed research articles, many of which have been recognized with best paper awards; her publications are available at http://aka.ms/merrie. Dr. Morris earned her Sc.B. in computer science from Brown University, and her M.S. and Ph.D. in computer science from Stanford University.
Host: Professor Jeff Huang