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The Power of Examples

Scott KlemmerAssociate ProfessorComputer Science, Stanford University


Designers in many fields rely on examples for inspiration, and examples play an important role in art and design curricula. In this talk, I'll describe several ways that examples help the creative process by illustrating concepts and alternatives. Online media offer a corpus of examples at a scale and diversity never before seen. This wealth of examples opens up new possibilities, but also poses several challenges. How can we leverage these resources? My group's research tools harvest and synthesize examples to empower more people to design interactive systems, learners to acquire new skills, experts to be
more creative, and programmers to engage in more design thinking. This research shapes my project-based design teaching, which emphasizes
creating diverse alternatives, self-assessment, and using examples to provide design insights and teach abstract principles.

Bio: Scott Klemmer is an Associate Professor of Computer Science at Stanford University. He co-directs the Human-Computer Interaction Group and holds the Bredt Faculty Scholar development chair. Organizations around the world use his lab's open-source design tools and curricula; several books and popular press articles have covered his research and teaching. He has been awarded the Katayanagi Emerging Leadership Prize, Sloan Fellowship, NSF CAREER award, Microsoft Research New Faculty Fellowship. He has authored and co-authored more than 40 peer-reviewed articles; six have been awarded best paper or honorable mention at the premier HCI conferences (CHI and UIST). His former graduate students are leading professors, researchers, founders, social entrepeneurs, and engineers. He has a dual BA in Art-Semiotics and Computer Science from Brown University, Graphic Design work at RISD, and an MS and PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley. He serves on the editorial board of TOCHI and HCI, was the program co-chair of UIST"‰2011, and co-chaired the systems area of CHI"‰2010. He helped introduce peer assessment to open online education, and taught the first peer-assessed online course.

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