Keynote Speakers


Anne Marie Piper is an Assistant Professor in Communication Studies at Northwestern University. She holds courtesy appointments in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science and in Communication Sciences and Disorders. Her research in human-computer interaction investigates natural user interfaces to support communication, social interaction, and learning across the lifespan. Much of her work focuses on new technologies for individuals with disabilities and older adults. Anne Marie is the recipient of an NSF CAREER Award, 2014 Alumnae of Northwestern Award for Curriculum Development, Best Paper Awards and Nominations at ACM CHI, DIS, and ASSETS, and a 2011 UC-San Diego Interdisciplinary Scholar Award. Anne Marie received her PhD in Cognitive Science from the University of California, San Diego, her MA in Education from Stanford University, and her BS in Computer Science from the Georgia Institute of Technology. Anne Marie also worked as a user experience researcher at Microsoft and LeapFrog.

Anne Marie Piper

Opening Keynote

Wendy Ju

Closing Keynote

Robots in Our Midst

The advent of autonomous technologies are both exciting and alarming. Ironically, the success or failure of such systems will very much depend on how they interact with people: the need for strong communication, interface and interaction design grows larger rather than smaller in the age of autonomy. At Stanford's Center for Design Research, we are looking at how people will interact with robots and vehicles in the future. We are particularly concerned with joint performance of task, recognizing human states, and opportunities of learning and adaptation. By using simulation techniques, we can prototype and test interactions to understand how best to design our future.


Wendy Ju is Executive Director of Interaction Design Research at Stanford University's Center for Design Research. She is also Associate Professor in the Graduate Design Program at California College of the Arts. Wendy's research investigates human interaction with automation, particularly human-robot interaction and autonomous car interfaces. Since receiving her PhD from Stanford in 2008, Wendy has been innovating curriculum at the intersection of technology, design and the arts.

She is the author of the book The Design of Implicit Interactions, which is available from Morgan and Claypool.