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At the Digital Disruption event on May 17, we are very fortunate to have Dr. Elizabeth Churchill, Director User Experience at Google, give the closing keynote.
In her keynote Disrupting Design: The Evolution of Google’s Material Design, Elizabeth will talk about how she built and directed interdisciplinary research initiatives to improve the utility and usability of various Google tools and frameworks. These include Google's open-source backed Material Design, an adaptable system of guidelines, components, and tools that support the best practices of user interface design, and Flutter, Google’s portable UI toolkit for building beautiful, native applications for mobile, web, and desktop from a single codebase.
Elizabeth Churchill is a Director of User Experience at Google, the Executive Vice President of the Association of Computing Machinery, a member of the ACM's CHI Academy, and an ACM Distinguished Scientist and Distinguished Speaker. With a background in psychology (neuro, experimental, cognitive and social), Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science, for the past 20+ years she has drawn on social, computer, engineering and data sciences to create innovative end-user applications and services. She has built research teams at Google, eBay, Yahoo, PARC and FujiXerox. She holds a PhD from the University of Cambridge, an honorary Doctor of Science (DSc.) from the University of Sussex, and in September will be awarded an honorary doctorate from the University of Stockholm. In 2016 she received a Citris-Banatao Institute Award Athena Award for Women in Technology for her Executive Leadership.
About her research, Elizabeth says: “I am an applied social scientist, interactive technology designer and social communications researcher. I have a background in psychology (neuro, experimental, cognitive and social), Artificial Intelligence and Cognitive Science. For the past 18 years I have drawn on social, computer, engineering and data sciences to create innovative end-user applications and services. For the past few years, I have been most active in the areas of ubiquitous and mobile computing, social media, computer mediated communication, locative media and Internet/Web sciences. During this time, I have designed and evaluated enterprise and consumer-facing information/communication applications and services for desktop, mobile, tablet and large screen devices. I have also worked on infrastructure design for collaborative workflow systems and for Internet-based applications and services. Having worked in the UK, the US, and Asia, I am particularly interested in understanding how technical, cultural and social factors affect the ways in which people do (or dot not) communicate and collaborate.”
To learn more about Elizabeth Churchill and her work, visit her homepage!