Ranjitha Kumar is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC), where she leads the Data-Driven Design group. She is the recipient of a 2018 NSF CAREER award, and UIUC's 2018 C.W. Gear Outstanding Junior Faculty Award. Her research has won best paper awards/nominations at premier conferences in HCI, and is supported by grants from Google, Amazon, and Adobe. She received her PhD from the Computer Science Department at Stanford University in 2014, and was formerly the Chief Scientist at Apropose, Inc., a data-driven design company she founded that was backed by Andreessen Horowitz and New Enterprise Associates.
Talk Title: Data-Driven Design
Daniela Petrelli is Professor of Interaction Design at the Art & Design Research Centre, Sheffield Hallam University, UK. She started working on new technologies for cultural heritage in 1996 designing the first context-sensitive personalised interactive mobile guide. Recently she led the European project meSch that explored tangible and embodied interactions in museums and heritage sites. meSch has received international awards and is the first to use the Internet of Things and Cloud Computing in museums. Dr Petrelli's other research interests include personal and family memories, data visualisation, multimedia and multilingual information access. In her career, she has published over 100 international peer-reviewed contributions and received 12 awards both from academia and industry. Dr Petrelli is director of the Digital Materiality Lab at the Art & Design Research Centre, an interest group looking into new digital-material hybrids.
Talk Title: From delivering facts to generating emotions: the complex relationship between museums and information
Kirsten Urquhart is a Director at Scottish youth charity Young Scot focussed on supporting young people to make informed decisions and choices and have access to opportunities, and the ability to shape services and decision-making in Scotland. As a qualified librarian, Kirsten's career started in the library sector, moving into the voluntary sector with a focus on information literacy and knowledge management. Kirsten transitioned to a more digital role working with leading digital agency around digital development, social media and data, before returning to the voluntary sector. Kirsten's current role at Young Scot focuses on harnessing data and the smart-technology of the Young Scot National Entitlement Card to provide services and entitlements, and tackle inequalities, along with providing a top-class digital/social information service and opportunities for young people in Scotland at a local and national level.
Talk Title: Young People's Information Needs: Young Scot's use of co-design in information delivery approaches