DM Students Win Nokia Award to Bring Guest Speakers to Georgia Tech

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Digital Media Masters Student Sarah Fox and PhD student Thomas Jenkins recently won an award from Nokia Global University Grants, giving them funding to invite guest speakers to Georgia Tech’s campus. For this lecture series, Fox and Jenkins have chosen speakers based on present or emerging interests of researchers in the Digital Media Program, focusing especially on design research and the broader Human-Computer Interaction community. The inaugural speaker of the series is Stacey Kuznetsov, a PhD candidate at Carnegie Mellon University’s Human-Computer Interaction Institute where she leads a range of research efforts themed within citizen science, grassroots community activism, political computing, and DIY technologies including biosensing.

“The goal of the series is to create stronger ties between university research communities,” says Fox. “Inviting graduate students and early faculty from other departments to present their ongoing and early stage work to peers gives them a chance to get input from a broader range of people and exposes their work to a new audience. The Digital Media Program does a good job of supporting transdisciplinary study, but at the graduate level, we found ourselves wanting more connection to other researchers with similar interests, particularly in a more informal setting than a conference or a symposium.”

The next speaker in the series is Ben Leduc-Mills, a PhD student in Computer Science at the University of Colorado, Boulder, coming to speak on November 30 at 2:00. Other lectures will take place in the spring semester. For more information on the series and for speaker updates, please visit the series website.