A Discussion with Dr. Beth Phillips, "What does it mean for robots to be humanlike?"
Join us and Dr. Beth Philips on November 8th, 2023 at 12:00 PM EST to discuss what it means for robots to be humanlike!
This talk will focus on research that explores what it means for robots to be humanlike---in appearance, behavior, and mechanisms that would enable them to become trusted members of human communities and teams. We will also explore the ethical and societal implications of creating humanlike robots and speak to the role that HF/E scientists and practitioners can play in addressing such implications.
You can register for the webinar here!
The event will take place on ZOOM.
Career Transitions in Human Factors and Ergonomics
Dr. Missie Smith
Dr. Missie Smith is a Research Scientist at Reality Labs Research (Meta, formerly Facebook). Prior to Reality Labs, she was an assistant professor of Industrial and Systems Engineering at Oakland University. She earned her Ph.D. in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Virginia Tech, and both her B.S. and M.S. degrees in Industrial Engineering from Mississippi State University. Dr. Smith’s research focuses on understanding the impact of mixed reality technology usage on people’s perception, performance, and behavior in complex environments.
Dr. Na Du
Dr. Na Du is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics and Networked Systems, School of Computing and Information, University of Pittsburgh. She received her Ph.D. in Industrial & Operations Engineering from University of Michigan and B.S. in Psychology from Zhejiang University. Her research goal is to improve human performance, safety, well-being by applying human factors, data analytics, and cognitive psychology to the analysis, design, and evaluation of the cyber-human systems. Her research interests include human factors in smart cities, human-centered computing, and user experience design.
Sibbie Priestly, MS
Sibbie Priestly, M.S. is a User Researcher (UX) at End To End User Research in Houston, Texas. Prior to her UX position, she received her Bachelor’s degree at Texas Tech University in Psychology. After graduation, she pursued a Master’s degree in Human Factors Psychology at the University of Houston-Clear Lake. There her research focused on characteristics in personality and immersion levels within a Virtual Reality (VR) environment in hopes to explore how VR could be incorporated into industrial safety and training techniques. Currently, Sibbie’s research concentrates on usability testing on a variety of product designs using mixed methodology to achieve clients' research goals.
Jingkun Wang, BS
Jingkun Wang is a first-year Ph.D. student in Industrial Engineering at Purdue University. She is a graduate student at Healthcare Ergonomics Analytics Lab (HEAL) under Dr. Denny Yu. The major project she currently focuses on is developing an accurate metric to predict mental workload when participants play video games. She earned her B.S. degree in Industrial and Systems Engineering from Texas A&M University. Back then, the research areas she got involved in include human-robot collaboration and human-exoskeleton collaboration.
Reducing Subtle Discrimination Against Women in Academia
In this workshop, Professor Hebl will review some of her research showing the subtle but systemic forms of gender biases that exist in academia. For example, she will discuss biases in letters of recommendations and invitations to give colloquium talks. Additionally, she will review strategies for individuals and our academic communities to reduce these biases.
January 14th at 11am PT/ 2pm ET via Zoom.
Dr. Mikki Hebl
Find out more about Dr Hebl at her website: http://www.mikkihebl.com/
Creating and Maintaining Relevance and a Research Portfolio During Tough Times
Looking for a job is extremely challenging at the best of times. Whether you are currently employed, have recently graduated or have been laid off it is helpful to showcase your skills, grow your network and stay involved in your community. One way to showcase your skills is to create a research portfolio. In my prior job, I created case studies which later became the bulk of my research portfolio. When I started End to End User Research we started a project with students to stay relevant, network and be involved in the community. I will review how to create compelling case studies, the elements of a research portfolio and brainstorm some ideas for projects to showcase your skills.
October 29th at 12pm PT via Zoom
Christy Harper is Managing Partner of End to End User Research
In her field Christy has contributed to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) input device committee, the Intel Ease of Use Roundtable and the User Experience Design Consortium. She is co-inventor on 3 patents and has coauthored numerous articles and conference papers. Locally she has had an active role mentoring students and interns, and guest lecturing at University of Houston Clear Lake (UHCL) where she was honored to be named a Distinguished Alumni. She is on the Chairperson of the Industry Advisory board for UHCL’s Applied Human Factors Psychology program and has held numerous offices in the Houston chapter of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society, most recently President. She has been on multiple industry panels and speaks frequently on usability, ethnography, innovation and other human factors and user experience topics of interest. Christy received her Master of Arts and Bachelor of Science degrees in Psychology from the University of Houston Clear Lake.