January 16, 2007: Seminar: Brian K. Smith: "Acts into Artifacts: Computational Tools to Support Experience Capture and Reflection"

Seminar Announcement

Acts into Artifacts: Computational Tools to Support Experience Capture and Reflection

Brian K. Smith
The Pennsylvania State University
Tuesday, January 16, 2007
3:00 p.m., Room 1000 SEO


My research deals with the design and evaluation of systems that capture aspects of everyday experiences for reflection and learning. I'll discuss a current project that examines ways to have fantasy sports players reflect on their decision making and enhance their reasoning with statistical analyses. Time permitting, i'll discuss other projects in my lab (ublearnin: projects in ubiquitous computing & learning) that look more broadly at the ways that captured experiences can be used to reflect on everyday experiences and act as a bridge for increasing knowledge and performance.

Brief Bio:

Brian K Smith is an associate professor of Information Sciences & Technology (IST) and Education at The Pennsylvania State University. He holds a B.S. degree in Computer Science & Engineering from UCLA and a Ph.D. in Learning Sciences from Northwestern University.

Smith researches the use of computation to support and augment human performance and learning. He is particularly interested in the design of ubiquitous computing technologies to enhance informal learning and decision-making. Examples of his work include video annotation systems for biology education, GPS-enabled cameras and image databases for history education, interventions around photography and computer visualizations to promote awareness of personal health practices, and online gaming (e.g., fantasy sports).

Prior to joining Penn State, Smith was on the faculty of MIT's Media Laboratory where he led their information: organized research consortium, a collaboration with 20 corporations to define new methods for information description, design, and dissemination. He is currently the principal investigator for IST's medical informatics research initiative and the research director for IST's involvement in the Apple Computer's Digital Campus Initiative.

Smith received a Faculty Career Development Award from the National Science Foundation in 2000 to begin a research agenda around visual learning and appeared on the cover of Black Issues in Higher Education in February 2002 as one of ten influential African-American innovators in information technology. In 2004, he received the Jan Hawkins Award for Early Career Contributions to Humanistic Research and Scholarship in Learning Technologies from the American Education Research Association and was named an Apple Distinguished Educator by Apple Computer, Inc.

Host: Tom Moher

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