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22 Oct 2021: Talk by Judy Kay

On 22 October 2021, from 12-1pm, Prof Judy Kay will give a talk for the SydCHI community.

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In a World Awash With Personal Data, How Can We Empower People To Harness And Control Their Data

Abstract of Judy’s talk

As technology pervades our lives in an increasingly rich ecosystem of digital devices, they can capture huge amounts of long-term personal data. A core theme of my research has been to create systems and interfaces that enable people to harness and control that data and its use. This talk will share key insights a series of case studies from that work and plans to build upon these. The first case studies explored how to harness data from wearables, such as smart watches, for personal informatics interfaces that help us gain insights about ourselves over the long term, for analysis of a large dataset (over 140,000 people) and for Virtual Reality games for exercise.   The second set of case studies are from formal education settings where personal data interfaces, called Open Learner Models (OLMs), can harness learning data. I will share key insights that have emerged for a research agenda: OLMs for life-wide learning; the nature of the different interfaces needed for fast, versus slow and considered, thinking; communicating uncertainty; scaffolding people to really learn about themselves from their data; and how these link to urgent challenges of education in an age of AI, fake news and truth decay.

Judy’s bio

Judy Kay is Payne-Scott Distinguished Professor of Computer Science. She leads the Human Centred Technology Research Cluster, in the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Sydney. A core focus of her research has been to create infrastructures and interfaces for personalisation, especially to support people in lifelong, life-wide learning. This ranges from formal education settings to supporting people in harnessing the long-term data from their personal digital eco-system, to support self-monitoring, reflection and planning. She has created new forms of interaction including virtual reality, surface computing, wearables and ambient displays. Her research has been commercialised and deployed and she has extensive publications in leading venues for research in user modelling, AIED, human computer interaction and ubicomp.  She has had leadership roles in top conferences in these areas and is Editor-in-Chief of the IJAIED, International Journal of Artificial Intelligence in Education (IJAIED) and Editor of IMWUT, Interactive Mobile Wearable and Ubiquitous Technology (IMWUT).

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