Jeffrey Bardzell

Jeffrey Bardzell is a Professor of Informatics and Director of the HCI/Design program in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University–Bloomington. His research examines both design theory and emerging social computing practices. His work on design theory has focused on critical design, research through design, and design criticism. His research on emerging social computing practices includes critical-empirical studies on maker communities in the United States and Asia, intimate and sexual interaction, and online creative communities. A common thread throughout this work is the use of aesthetics—including the history of criticism, critical theory, and analytic aesthetics—to understand how concepts, materials, forms, ideologies, experiential qualities, and creative processes achieve coherence in design objects. He is co-editor of Critical Theory and Interaction Design (MIT Press, in press) and co-author of Humanistic HCI (Synthesis Lectures in Human-Centered Informatics). He is working on a monograph, tentatively titled, Design as Research. Bardzell’s work is funded by the National Science Foundation and the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing.

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Shaowen Bardzell

Shaowen Bardzell is Professor of Informatics in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University and the Affiliated Faculty of the Kinsey Institute.

Bardzell holds a Ph.D. in Comparative Literature from Indiana University and pursues a humanistic research agenda within the research and practice of Human Computer Interaction (HCI). A common thread throughout her work is the exploration of the contributions of feminism, design, and social science to support technology’s role in social change. Recent research foci have included care ethics and feminist utopian perspectives on IT, research through design, women’s health, and posthumanist approaches to sustainable design. Her work is supported by the National Science Foundation, Intel Corporation, and the Mellon Foundation among others.

She is the co-editor of Critical Theory and Interaction Design (MIT Press, forthcoming) and co-author of Humanistic HCI (Morgan & Claypool, 2015). She co-directs the Cultural Research in Technology (CRIT) Lab at Indiana University.

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Eli Blevis

Eli Blevis is Professor of Informatics in Human-Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d) at the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering (SICE) at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also a Visiting & Adjunct Professor at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University School of Design. His primary area of research, and the one for which he is best known, is sustainable interaction design. His research also engages visual thinking—especially photographic foundations of HCI, and design theory—especially transdisciplinary design.


Travis Brown

As the Senior Executive Assistant Dean, Dr. Brown built and serves as the Academic Director of the Innovation & Entrepreneurship Program and Cross-curricular Education, the Executive Director of the Shoemaker Innovation Center, and the point of contact for strategic discussions related to the commercialization of faculty research. Dr. Brown also holds a special academic appointment as an HCI/d Core faculty member, which entails teaching Design Strategy and Strategic Design and serving as a faculty advisor for the HCI/d Master’s students, as well as the Co-Director of the Grant Thornton Institute for Data Exploration for Risk Assessment and Management (GT-IDEA). In addition, he is the faculty advisor for the Ideation & Creation Entrepreneurs (ICE), the Shoemaker Scholars, and the Product Management Club. Prior to returning to Indiana University to pursue his doctoral degree, Dr. Brown spent his career within the intersection of business and technology, focusing on performance management, entrepreneurship, corporate innovation, business analytics, software development, and interaction design in corporate and small business settings.



Hamid Ekbia

Hamid Ekbia is Professor of Informatics, International Studies, and Cognitive Science, at Indiana University, Bloomington, where he also directs the Center for Research on Mediated Interaction. He is interested in the political economy of computing and in how technologies mediate cultural, socio-economic, and geo-political relations of modern societies. His most recent book, Heteromation and Other Stories of Computing and Capitalism (MIT Press, 2017) examines computer-mediated modes of value extraction in capitalist economies, and  his earlier book Artificial Dreams: The Quest for Non-Biological Intelligence (Cambridge University Press, 2008) was a critical-technical analysis of Artificial Intelligence. He is the co-editor of a volume titled Big Data Is Not a Monolith (MIT Press, 2016), an Otto Mønsted Visiting Professor in the Department of Digitalization at Copenhagen Business School, and a Senior Fellow at Internationales Forschungszentrum Kulturwissenschaften (IFK) in Vienna, Austria.



Marty Siegel

Marty Siegel is a Professor of Informatics, Education, and Cognitive Science at Indiana University, Bloomington. Within the School of Informatics and Computing, Marty is the Director of Graduate Studies in Informatics. Prior to serving in this position, he served as the founding Director of the Human-Computer Interaction Design Program, Associate Dean for Graduate Studies and Research, the Executive Associate Dean of the School, and the Chair of the Informatics Department. From 1991-1999 he was the Director of Research and Development at the Center for Excellence in Education. In this context he founded Indiana University’s first start-up company, WisdomTools (founded in 1999 and sold in December 2008). The company focused on the development of “next generation” learning tools designed to develop deep, insightful learning, a kind of “practical intelligence” or tacit knowledge.



Erik Stolterman

Erik Stolterman is Professor in Informatics and the Senior Executive Associate Dean of the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University, Bloomington. He is also professor at the Institute of Design at Umeå University, Sweden. Stolterman is co-Editor for the Design Thinking/Design Theory book series by MIT Press, and on several editorial boards for international journals (The HCI journal, International Journal of Design, Design Studies, Design, Economics and Innovation, International Journal of Designs for Learning, Studies in Material Thinking, Human Computation, Artifact). Stolterman’s main work is within the areas of HCI, interfaces, interactivity, interaction design, design practice, philosophy and theory of design. Stolterman has published a large number of articles and five books, including “Thoughtful Interaction Design” (MIT Press) and “The Design Way” (MIT Press) and the recently published “Things That Keep Us Busy–The Elements of Interaction” (MIT Press, 2017).



Norman Su

Norman Makoto Su is an Assistant Professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Engineering at Indiana University Bloomington. His research interests lie in human–computer interaction (HCI) and computer–supported cooperative work (CSCW). His Authentic User Experience (AUX) lab characterizes the relationship of technology with subcultures and designs systems to support their notion of authenticity. He received his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine. He was a postdoctoral research fellow in the School of Information and Library Studies at University College Dublin, Ireland. He has a B.A. in Computer Science from University of California, Berkeley. He has done internships at IBM, The Aerospace Corporation, and PARC. His research has been published in top venues such as CHI, DIS, CSCW, ECSCW, HRI, and ICWSM.

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