Discussions in Human Centered Computing


4:00 - 5:30
107 South Hall

Fall 1999


Danyel Fisher

Mark Newman

Eric Paulos

Computers have evolved little over the past few decades.  While their complexity, speed, and power have steadily expanded at an impressive pace, it is our interaction with these machines that lags desperately behind. 

This group will undertake a dialogue aimed at understanding and examining  fundamental issues in the design of present and future human computer interactions.  The format of the meetings will be a related collection of selected readings (2-3 papers and/or book chapters) that will be discussed and evaluated each week. The participants will grapple with current topics and be flexible and open to new ideas within the research field.  Several topics will draw directly from work presented at the Human Centered Computing Seminar (HCC) and thus topics are subject to change.  Other topics will be chosen collectively by the group and its coordinators.  The success of this series depends on drawing from a diversity of backgrounds.  Individuals from all areas of interest, particularly those with non-technical backgrounds, are encouraged to attend.  To be added to the mailing list for this group, send mail to hcc-reading-request@cs.berkeley.edu.   To send info to the group send mail to hcc-reading@cs.berkeley.edu

Last semester's readings can be found here.

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27 Aug

 Media Perceptions of Technology

Danyel Fisher

  New York Times, Where No Beep Has Gone Before, New York Times, 19 August 1999.

  Video clips brought in by participants, from Star Trek, Brazil, and a historical film.

2 Sept More Media; Planning Meeting

Danyel Fisher

    Video clips brought in by participants, including Contact.

    After the opening discussion, this week is intended to help coordinate our plans for future 
        weeks: to set our goals for the semester, our reading plans for the next few sessions, 
        and to decide how to continue recruitment for the group.

9 Sept

Online Communities

Megan Thomas

    A review of contemporary issues in computing and communities. What do online communities
        look like? How do people interact in groups online?

1 Nov Gender and Technology

Sherry Hsi

    Papers and demonstrations of software designed for young girls
15 Nov

Simulation in the Social Sciences



22 Nov More Technology and the Social Sciences


29 Nov

Medium, Message, Hot and Cold: Understanding McLuhan

Eric Paulos

    Marshal McLuhan selections TBA

6 Dec More

Eric Paulos

13 Dec







System Feedback and Transparency 
"Craft" vs "Construction" in the Digital Age
Perception and Understanding: How we are influenced by colors, sounds, and the environment
Elementary Education: Technology and Learning
Simulation and the Social Sciences
Computing and Academic Research: "What are they doing with it?"
Computers in the Workplace: the state of the art and telecommuting
"Outdoor Computing"
International Computing: "IBM Ad Day"
Emotional Relationships with Computers and Artificial Life
Computers and Health
Legal Issues and Implications: Beyond Copyright
The Growing Social Dependence on Technology


Human Centered Computing Seminar
Social Visulization
Is Net Art a Legitimate Art Form?
CHI 99
HCI Reading List (ACM version)
HCI Reading List (Georga Tech version)
HCI Reading List (Andrew Sears version)