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An informal series of faculty and student speakers in STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics) who engage and inspire our university community with their current research

Hosted at Engineering & Physical Sciences Library


Interested in presenting your work at the STEAM Salon? Fill out the proposal form here.

Upcoming Events

Jon Froehlich: "Making with a Social Purpose: Transforming STEM Learning Through Wearables"

Date: Tuesday, April 4th, 2 p.m.

Increasing youth participation and diversity in science, engineering, mathematics, and technology (STEM) is a key national priority. Since 2012, my collaborators and I have forged a cross-disciplinary research agenda exploring how wearables and e-textiles can be designed to promote and engage children in life-relevant, personally meaningful STEM learning experiences. In this talk, I will highlight two large NSF-funded research agendas: (i) the development and evaluation of Live Physiological Sensing and Visualization (LPSV) tools that integrate real-time on-body sensors and visual displays to enable new scientific investigations about the body (e.g., physiology, movement); and (ii) MakerWear, a modular wearable construction toolkit aimed at allowing young children (ages 5-10) to program, build, and use, their own interactive wearables. I'll describe the results of our field studies with over 200+ children in after-school programs and elementary schools, key successes and challenges, and important areas for future work.

Grant McKenzie

Date: Tuesday, April 11th, 2 p.m.

Past Events

Jen Golbeck: "Foretold Futures from Digital Footprints: Artificial Intelligence, Behavior Prediction, and Privacy"

Date: Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

For a few years, we have been developing algorithms to predict individual attributes like personality traits, political preferences, and demographics. More recently, we have shown that AI combined with social data can predict future behavior - before the users know what their actions will be. This talk will present some of these results, discuss their applications, and address the myriad of privacy concerns that they provoke.

Leah Findlater: "Augmenting Abilities Through Wearable Technologies"

Date: Tuesday, February 7th, 2017

How can wearable technologies be used to transform the accessibility of everyday activities for people with disabilities? This talk will provide an overview of our research at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab, with an in-depth look at using head-mounted displays to support communication.

The presentation is available on the UMD Libraries YouTube channel.

Dan Russell: "The Future of Asking (and Answering) Questions: How Technology Changes the Way We Think"

Date: Monday, October 31st, 2016

What is the future of search, online content, and reference questions? How can today’s information searchers help us envision the library of the future? Dr. Daniel Russell, library advocate, user, and Senior Research Scientist for Search Quality & User Happiness at Google, shared his thoughts on the future of libraries, online question asking, information search and retrieval. 

The presentation is available on the UMD Libraries YouTube channel.