The ISU Human Computer Interaction Graduate Program will host their tenth annual Emerging Technologies Conference April 24 and 25, 2013.  ETC|2013 will showcase the HCI graduate program, students, and research.  Activities will kick off at 12:00PM with a keynote presentation  by a presenter to be announced shortly. Continue to watch this page for more details.

HCI poster and research demonstrations will begin at 5:00pm .  HCI Students will be competing for prizes and you get to be the judge!

ETC|2013 will also host IgniteAmes IgniteAmesWednesday night. IgniteAmes is an exciting networking opportunity for technologists, DIYers, entrepreneurs, creative professionals, and enthusiastic knowledge seekers.

All events are free, open to the public, and will be held in the Howe Hall.  Alumni are encouraged to participate in all activities.


Melinda Knight
Senior UX Research Lead, Windows Research Team, Microsoft Corporation

Talk title: Evolving UX research while Reimagining Windows

Eight years ago, Melinda Knight (then, Melinda Cerney) was a PhD candidate in Human Computer Interaction at Iowa State University. While presenting at a conference, she snuck into a Microsoft recruiting event and dropped her resume on the pile. Today, she’s a senior lead in Windows Research, managing a team responsible for user experiences in the Start screen, touch keyboard, search, multitasking, and apps like Mail, Calendar and more. Since joining Microsoft, she has helped guide product design and vision within multiple releases of both Windows (Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8) and Windows services (e.g. Messenger, In her rare moments of spare time, Melinda dabbles in photography and enjoys life in the Pacific Northwest with her husband (also an ISU and VRAC alum) and two young children.

John D. Lee
Emerson Professor, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering University of Wisconsin-Madison

Talk Title: HCI and the Automobile: Promises and Perils

Computers have left the desktop and have migrated into many parts of our lives. A particular promising and challenging example is that of computers in cars. They offer drivers important information and entertainment, but they also compete for drivers’ attention with potentially tragic consequences. Computers in cars can also support drivers as navigation aides, collision avoidance alerts, and even semi-autonomous vehicle automation. As in other instances of ubiquitous computing, computers in cars present the field of human-computer interaction with new challenges in developing technology and in understanding human behavior. This talk touches on three central challenges: avoiding driver distraction, sensing driver state, and harmonizing driver-automation interactions. Although different in the details, these same challenges face HCI as computers become more autonomous and migrate into multi-task, safety-critical domains.

John D. Lee is the Emerson Electric professor in the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering at the University of Wisconsin, Madison and director of the Cognitive Systems Laboratory. Dr Lee’s research seeks to better integrate people and technology in complex systems, such as cars, semi-autonomous systems, and telemedicine. This involves developing models of human-technology interaction and interface designs that consider how technology mediates attention. He recently help to edit The Oxford Handbook of Cognitive Engineering, the Handbook of Driving Simulation for Engineering, Medicine, and Psychology, and two books on distraction Driver Distraction: Theory, Effects, and Mitigation and Driver Distraction and Inattention.