On Wednesday, November 30, 2016 we are delighted to have Terry Winograd and Alan Borning in conversation about their work around computer science and politics.

Join the Tech Policy Lab for a discussion at the intersection of personal politics and technical expertise. Terry Winograd is a leader in human-computer interaction and the design of technologies for development. Professor Winograd advised the creators of Google and was a founding member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. Alan Borning is an expert in programming languages and human computer interaction. Professor Borning pioneered information systems for civic engagement, among them OneBusAway, a set of digital tools that provide real-time transit information; UrbanSim (think SimCity for real); and the Living Voters Guide, an experiment in social media for an informed electorate.”

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Professor Winograd’s focus is on human-computer interaction design and the design of technologies for development. He founded and directed the teaching programs and HCI research in the Stanford Human-Computer Interaction Group, which recently celebrated it’s 20th anniversary. He was a founding faculty member of the Hasso Plattner Institute of Design at Stanford (the “d.school”) and on the faculty of the Center on Democracy, Development, and the Rule of Law (CDDRL)

Winograd was a founding member and past president of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility. He is on a number of journal editorial boards, including Human Computer Interaction, ACM Transactions on Computer Human Interaction, and Informatica. He has advised a number of companies started by his students, including Google. In 2011 he received the ACM SIGCHI Lifetime Research Award.

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Alan Borning is Professor Emeritus in the Department of Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington (although retirement has not yet been entirely successful). His research interests have been in human-computer interaction, value sensitive design, and in object-oriented and constraint programming languages. Some example projects include the UrbanSim urban simulation system; OneBusAway, a set of tools that provide real-time transit information; the Living Voters Guide, an experiment in social media and civic engagement; and a series of constraint-based programming languages and systems. He received a BA from Reed College in 1971, and a PhD in computer science from Stanford University in 1979, co-advised by Alan Kay and Terry Winograd. Awards include a Fulbright Senior Scholar Award for lecturing and research in Australia, and being named a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery in 2001.