Arturo Bejar works at Facebook on social tools to help protect and support the people who use Facebook. This includes such areas as identity, harm and abuse prevention, ways to develop better online citizens, and tools designed to help resolve conflicts between individuals such as bullying or misunderstandings.
His talk is titled, “Life Happens: People, Emotion, and Facebook.”
Stacy Marsella received his PhD from Rutgers University and came to Northeastern from the Department of Computer Science and the Department of Psychology at the University of Southern California. Professor Marsella focuses his research on computational modeling of cognition, emotion, and social behavior. His extensive experience includes applying these models to the design of virtual humans, or software entities that look human and can use spoken dialog to interact virtually with humans. Professor Marsella was the 2010 recipient of the Association for Computing Machinery Autonomous Agents Research Award and is the associate editor of IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing.
His talk is titled, “Designing Hot-Blooded Virtual Humans.”
David DeSteno is a professor of psychology at Northeastern University where he directs the Social Emotions Group. At the broadest level, his work examines the mechanisms of the mind that shape vice and virtue. From hypocrisy to compassion, pride to punishment, and cheating to trust, his work continually reveals that human moral behavior is much more variable than most would predict. DeSteno received his PhD in social psychology from Yale University. His forthcoming book is, “The Truth About Trust.”
His talk is titled, “Detecting Trustworthiness: Can I Trust You (Even If You’re a Robot)?”
Magy Seif El-Nasr is an Associate Professor at the College of Computer and Information Science and College of Arts, Media and Design at Northeastern. She earned her PhD from Northwestern University in Computer Science and her master’s degree in Computer Science from Texas A&M University. Magy’s award winning research focuses on enhancing game designs by developing tools and methods for evaluation and adapting game experience; her work is internationally known and cited in several game industry books, including Programming Believable Characters for Computer Games and Real-time Cinematography for Games. Currently, she is the Director of Game Design and the Director of Educational Programs and Research at Northeastern University.
Her talk is titled, “Engineering the Social Connection in Virtual Experiences.”
Matthew Goodwin earned his PhD at the University of Rhode Island in Behavioral Science and is currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Health Sciences and the Department of Computer & Information Science at Northeastern University. Professor Goodwin specializes in personal health informatics, computational behavioral science, and Autism spectrum disorders.
His talk is titled, “Understanding Affect and Supporting Behavior Regulation in Individuals on the Autism Spectrum: A Computational Behavioral Science Approach.”
Emre Demiralp received his PhD from the University of Michigan in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Neuroscience. Emre is currently a research scientist for Adobe working on two main areas of research: advanced multimodal data analytics and the semantic representation of multimodal content.
His talk is titled, “Emotion, Context, and Tech.”
Stephen Intille is an associate professor in the College of Computer and Information Science and the Bovue College of Health Sciences. His research interests are in personal and behavioral health informatics – how sensor data acquired throughout everyday life from miniature mobile and in-home sensors might be used to improve wellness via novel human-computer interfaces.
His talk is titled, “Measuring Behavior Using Mobile Phones: New Opportunities.”
Hiawatha Bray is a technology writer for the Boston Globe. He has also written for Wired, Fast Company, and Black Enterprise. His forthcoming book, “You Are Here: From the Compass to GPS, the History and Future of How We Find Ourselves,” is due out in April.
Meghna Chakrabarti is the co-host of WBUR’s Radio Boston and the primary fill-in host for NPR’s Here & Now. She has also reported on New England’s transportation and energy issues, and for five years she produced and directed the news and talk program, On Point. She has received awards from the Associated Press and the Radio Television Digital News Association (RTDNA).