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Scott Klemmer (UC San Diego)

September 9, 2013


Introduction to Design at Large

In his introductory talk to this new lecture series, professor Scott Klemmer covers some of his group’s recent forays in the design field, and his interpretation of broader trends, challenges and opportunities. Design examples can powerfully illustrate concepts and alternatives, and online media offer an example corpus at unprecedented scale and diversity. Klemmer explores how these resources can be leveraged. His research tools harvest and synthesize examples to empower more people to design interactive systems, program, learn new skills and produce more creative work. In tandem, his team studies the psychological and social ingredients of design excellence focusing on the role of alternatives and prototyping. Demonstrating the power of examples beyond design, they create mobile interfaces for expertise sharing and goal achievement. This research shapes their project-based design teaching, which emphasizes creating diverse alternatives and self-assessment.


Scott Klemmer is an Associate Professor in Computer Science and Engineering, with a joint appointment in the Department of Cognitive Science, both at the University of California, San Diego. Before joining the UC San Diego faculty in 2013, Klemmer was an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University, where he co-directed the Human-Computer Interaction Group and held the Bredt Faculty Scholar development chair. Organizations around the world use his lab’s open-source design tools and curricula; several books and popular press articles have covered his research and teaching. He has been awarded the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize, Sloan Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship, and several best paper awards at the premier HCI conferences (CHI and UIST). His former graduate students are leading professors, researchers, founders, social entrepreneurs, and engineers. He has a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer Science from Brown University, Graphic Design work at RISD, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. Klemmer serves on the editorial board of TOCHI and HCI, was the program co-chair of UIST 2011, and co-chaired the systems area of CHI 2010. He also teaches a free, online course, “Human-Computer Interaction”, on the UC San Diego section of the Coursera network for massive open online courses (MOOCs). So far, more than 160,000 students have signed up to take the course which is now in its fourth run.

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