Panel 1: The Future of Design 

Designing elegant and user-friendly interfaces is a topic of paramount importance. It impacts not only how technologies progress, but also how it is perceived by the public. From the elegant and revolutionary introduction of the Desktop UI, to the comforts provided by Amazon Echo and Google Home, designing an effective interface and experience is pivotal to the success of a product. Carnegie Mellon University features a strong connection between one of the world’s best HCI institutes and premier arts and design programs. Here, we find ourselves close enough to grasp the future of HCI-Design. Join our industry and academic experts as we explore the future of design.

Panel Subtopics

  • UI/UX Design
  • Interaction and Service Design
  • Big Data
  • Human-Robot Interaction
  • Virtual Reality

Panel 2: A Smarter Tomorrow 

Behind each stunning product there is equally stunning engineering technology. With increasing world demand on faster and safer computing as well as stronger and more robust infrastructure, Carnegie Mellon University, with a leading role in the field, rises up to challenges. From the Equifax Breach to emerging cloud technologies, a safe, smart, and connected world will be the foundation for human progress. At Carnegie Mellon, our world-class HCI institute will shed light on the path ahead, guiding us toward a better world. Join our industry and academic experts as we look into the future of smart connectivity.

Panel Subtopics

  • Ubiquitous Computing 
  • Social Computing and Security 
  • Computer Music 
  • Internet of Things 
  • Intelligent Materials 
  • Smart Sensors 

Guest Speakers


Jodi Forlizzi

  • Professor at HCI-Institute and School of Design, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Director of HCI-Institute
  • Member of the Association for Computing Machinery’s CHI Academy

John Zimmerman

  • Associate Professor with a joint appointment between the School of Design and the HCI Institute.
  • Interaction designer and researcher at the HCI Institute and at the School of Design.

Austin S. Lee

  • Affiliate faculty member of School of Architecture's Master of Tangible Interaction Design (MTID) program at CMU
  • Tenure track assistant professor at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU)'s School of Design, served as the Interaction Design Topic Chair; 2015-2017
  • Designer; advised and supported UX and visual interaction design for Fortune 500 companies and startups

Chris Harrison

  • Assistant Professor; Human-Computer Interaction Institute
  • Director of the Future Interfaces Group
  • Habermann Chair and Assistant Professor of HCI-Institute at Carnegie Mellon University

Brad A. Myers

  • Professor, 2004 - present.
  • Associate Research Professor, 2003 - 2004.
  • Senior Research Scientist, 1995 - 2003.
  • At HCI-Institute
  • IEEE Fellow
  • ACM Fellow

Roger Dannenberg

  • Professor of Computer Science, Art, and Music at CMU
  • Senior Research Computer Scientist on the faculty of Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science

Jason Hong

  • Associate professor in the HCI Institute
  • Associate editor for IEEE Pervasive Computing and ACM Transactions on Human Computer Interaction
  • Co-founder of Wombat Security Technologies

Lining Yao

  • Assistant Professor of Human-Computer Interaction Institute (HCII) at Carnegie Mellon University
  • Director of the Morphing Matter Lab