Invited Speakers

PerCom 2020 will include three invited talks as part of the program, including two technical keynote speakers and a third special invited talk. More information about the talks themselves will be made available on this page; for now, we include the biographies of the speakers.

A.J. Brush

Principal Program Manager, Microsoft

AJ Brush

A.J. Bernheim Brush's area of expertise is Human-Computer Interaction with a focus on Ubiquitous Computing. Part of the Microsoft Cortana product group since January 2016, she spent the previous 12 years in Microsoft Research. In Cortana, her team works on connecting Cortana with other assistants like Alexa and improving the speech interaction experience. A.J. is most well known for her research on technologies for families and her expertise conducting field studies of technology. She has built and deployed numerous sensing systems into homes. She received an alumni achievement award in 2017 from UW’s Paul G. Allen School of Computer Science, a Borg Early Career Award in 2010, and has over 20 patents. Her research has received a 10-year impact award, 2 best paper awards, and several best paper nominations. A.J. is a member of the UbiComp Steering Committee, on the Advisory Board of the ACM Proceedings on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable, and Ubiquitous Technology (IMWUT), an editor for Pervasive Computing Magazine, and a Senior Member of the ACM. To encourage diversity in computing, she serves on the CRA-WP board and was co-chair from 2014 - 2016. More details, including links to publications, can be found at https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/research/people/ajbrush/.

Diane Cook

Regents Professor and Huie-Rogers Chair, Washington State University 

Diane Cook

Diane Cook is Regents Professor and Huie-Rogers Chair in the School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science at Washington State University, founding director of the WSU Center for Advanced Studies in Adaptive Systems (casas.wsu.edu), and co-director of the WSU AI Laboratory. She received her PhD in Computer Science from University of Illinois in 1990, MS in Computer Science in 1987, and BS in Math/Computer Science from Wheaton College in 1985. She is a Fellow of the IEEE and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. She is featured in BBC ("Will we ever have robot carers?", 2019), IEEE The Institute ("Smart homes could monitor medical issues for elderly", 2018), Smithsonian ("How will artificial intelligence help the aging?", 2017), The White House Fact Sheet (2015), the Wall Street Journal ("Using sensor technology to lower elder care costs", 2014), AARP Magazine ("Are smart homes the answer to the long-term care crises?", 2014), and ABC News ("Smart homes prevent illness, run the dryer", 2012). She has been a Visiting Scientist at IBM Research, serves as co-editor-in-chief for Knowledge and Information Systems, and is an associate editor for six major journals. Her research is aimed at creating smart environments that automate health monitoring and intervention, and her lab's Smart Home in a Box is installed in over 160 sites across 9 different countries. Dr. Cook is actively involved in training students in the transdisciplinary field of gerontechnology, having obtained federal grants to develop open-source curricular materials and involve students from underrepresented groups in gerontechnology research. Her research is currently developing machine learning methods for "mapping the human behaviorome" and integrating these insights into technologies that extend and enhance functional performance. Details about her research are found at http://eecs.wsu.edu/~cook.

Kamau Bobb

Global Lead of Diversity Strategy and Research, Google
Senior Director for Constellations, Georgia Tech

Kamau Bobb

Kamau Bobb is a national authority in STEM education. He is the founding Senior Director of the Constellations Center for Equity in Computing at Georgia Tech. He is an engineer and science and technology policy scholar whose work focuses on the relationship between equity for students and communities of color in the STEM enterprise, large educational systems, and the social and structural conditions that influence contemporary American life. He brings to his current position a wealth of experience as a former Program Officer at the National Science Foundation (NSF). At NSF he was responsible for $30 million annually of investments targeted on improving computing and STEM education. In that role Dr. Bobb worked at the highest levels of the federal government to help shape the national research agenda for effective means of delivering equitable and quality computational education to all students. He has worked with members of the Office and Science and Technology Policy in the Obama Administration to set the national strategy for STEM education at both post-secondary and secondary school levels. He was selected as a member of President Obama’s My Brother’s Keeper STEM + Entrepreneurship Taskforce to help U.S. cities craft strategies to engage young men and boys of color in the STEM landscape. Prior to his federal appointment, Dr. Bobb was the Director of the STEM Initiative for the University System of Georgia, a collaborative effort with the governor’s office to improve STEM education across the 30 public institutions serving approximately 325,000 students in the state. Dr. Bobb brings to STEM education a fierce commitment to equity as an indicator of justice. He has addressed and advised numerous leading tech sector companies, universities and k-12 schools. His writing on STEM education and culture has been featured in The Atlantic, Black Enterprise, The Root, Edutopia and on the Obama White House Blog. His national and state leadership have contributed to a STEM education agenda that is more honest and reflective of contemporary social and cultural realities. Dr. Bobb holds a Ph.D. in Science and Technology Policy from Georgia Tech and M.S. and B.S. degrees in Mechanical Engineering from the University of California, Berkeley. He lives in Atlanta with his wife, Lisa, and daughter, Sadira. For more details, visit http://kamaubobb.com/.

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