The Computer Science Department announces the first Winter 2013 McCracken Computational Science Seminar.
Dr. Holly Johnson will present the topic, "Social Informatics and Why It Matters for Computer Scientists" for our first winter quarter McCracken Computational Science Seminar.
Abstract: This presentation focuses on the discipline of social informatics and how it connects to and synergizes with computer and information science. Developed during the latter part of the 20th century in response to the rise in ubiquitous computing, social informatics research centers on information communication technology (ICT) design, development, change, use and implementation in formal and informal organizations and social settings. Using empirically-anchored research methods, social informatics scholars seek to inform discussions about the role/nature/impact of ICTs and the policies that govern those technologies. They also develop methods and standards that can be used by computer scientists, computer engineers, and other technologists to design and develop useful, robust and well-functioning human-centered ICTs. Social informatics research contrasts with research grounded in the theory of technological determinism which posits that technology 'determines history' and 'determines social change'.
Date: Thursday, February 21, 2013
Time: 4:00 p.m.
Place: Hebeler Hall Room 121 (auditorium)