October 20, 2005: Seminar: Professor Yvonne Rogers ''Grown-Up Science: Enabling Students to Learn How to Become Scientists Through Using Pervasive Technologies''

Distinguished Lecturer Seminar Announcement

Title: "Grown-Up Science: Enabling Students to Learn How to Become Scientists Through Using Pervasive Technologies"
Speaker: Yvonne Rogers, Professor
Library and Information Science/Cognitive Science
Indiana University

Time: 3:30pm
Date: Thursday, October 20, 2005
Room: 1000SEO

Geologists, biologists, climatologists, seismologists and other scientists nowadays use a diversity of sensing devices and measuring instruments to record aspects of the earth, in order to investigate, predict and reason about a particular aspect of the environment. A major part of their research involves mapping, matching and noticing patterns and anomalies from the masses of datasets that they collect over time. However, it is very difficult to become competent at accomplishing these forms of analyses. Local and global connections have to be continuously made when moving between the physical and digital worlds. How might we help students (and scientists) learn how to do this kind of complex interlinking and high-level reasoning? In my talk, I will describe an ongoing project I am involved in at Indiana University where a team of computer scientists, interaction designers and environmental scientists are developing networked mobile recording/measur-ing/communication tools, intended to be used by groups of students when out in the field. The tools have been designed to enable easy access, updating and comparison of a variety of contextually-relevant datasets, visualizations and information when measuring and sensing aspects of the environment. An underly-ing assumption is that by juxtaposing the activities of measuring and analysis in this way, students can begin to learn the art of grown-up science more effectively. To support this claim, I will present findings from a preliminary field study where groups of students used our tool to measure, hypothesize and analyze about how and why a wetland restoration site was changing over time.

Yvonne Rogers joined Indiana University in the fall of 2003 as a professor in the schools of Library and Information Science and Informatics. She is also an adjunct professor of Cognitive Science. She was a professor of Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence at the former School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences (now the Department of Informatics) at Sussex University, UK, where she co- founded the Interact Lab, an internationally known interdisciplinary research center concerned with possible interactions between people, technologies and representations. She has also been an an assistant professor at the Open University (UK), a senior researcher at Alcatel telecommunications company, a visiting scholar at UCSD, and a visiting professor at Stanford University, Apple Research Labs, and the University of Queensland.

She is internationally known for her work in the fields of Human- Computer Interaction, Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Interactive Learning Environments. Her research focuses on augmenting and extending everyday, learning and work activities with interactive technologies that move "beyond the desktop." This involves designing enhanced user experiences through appropriating and assembling a diversity of technologies including mobile, wireless, handheld and pervasive computing. A main focus is not the technology per se but the design and integration of the digital representations that are presented via them to support social and cognitive activities in ways that extend our current capabilities.

Host: Professor Tom Moher

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