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How HCI can save the World

  • 17 Mar 2011
  • 7:00 PM
  • Bahen Room 1160 (main floor), 40 St. George Street
ABSTRACT: The world is a complicated place.  Some complexities are disappearing while others are being created.  HCI has not traditionally seen itself as a key component in the overall process that could be called “progress” but this talk argues that it could be and it should be.  To this end, I have started the CHI Sustainability Community as a feature of the annual CHI conference to help support and foster the research and development of HCI advances that can make a difference.  This talk will outline the new community goals and will show what our lab is currently thinking about to make things better. It will likely ask more questions than it answers, but sometimes a good question is an answer.

BIO: Azam Khan is the Head of the Environment & Ergonomics Research Group at Autodesk Research. Starting in the field of Human-Computer Interaction, Azam focused on advanced 3D camera navigation interaction techniques, large displays, visualization, and pen-based interaction.

More recently, Azam has been exploring modeling and simulation including physics-based generative design, air flow and occupant flow in an architectural context, and simulation visualization and validation based on sensor-networks in buildings.

In 2009, Azam founded and chaired SimAUD, the Symposium on Simulation for Architecture and Urban Design to foster cross-pollination between the simulation research and the architecture research communities. Azam is also the Principal Investigator of the Parametric Human project and, in 2010, Azam became a founding member of the International Society of Human Simulation.

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