By: J.D. Ross
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Dr. Leanne Hirshfield, a Research Associate at Hamilton College, will present a talk entitled, “This is Your Brain on Computers: Using Non-invasive Cognitive and Physiological Sensors to Enhance Human-Computer Interactions,” as part of the Brown Bag Lunch Series at the School of Information Studies.

In this talk, she will describe ongoing research in the Hamilton College Next-Generation Usability Lab that makes use of a multi-modal suite of cognitive and physiological measurement and analysis techniques to measure and predict the mental state of a person while they conduct a variety of tasks. While this user state information can be applied to many domains, Hirshfield’s research focuses on the field of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), where usability tests and adaptive computer systems can benefit from accurate predictions of users’ mental states. The interdisciplinary research at Hamilton’s lab merges cutting-edge work in the areas of HCI, machine learning, biomedical engineering, and neuroscience. This talk will highlight some of the research being pursued in each of these fields.

Hirshfield leads the research efforts at Hamilton College’s Next-Generation Usability Lab. She received her Ph.D. in Computer Science from Tufts University, her M.S. degree in Computer Science from the Colorado School of Mines, and her undergraduate degree in Computer Science from Hamilton College.

The Brown Bag Lunch talk will be held in the Katzer Room (347) in Hinds Hall at 1:30 p.m. on Wednesday, December 7.