Jaime Teevan to Deliver the 50th Anniversary Keynote Address

November 7, 2019

The Department of Computer Science and Engineering is pleased to announce Jaime Teevan will be delivering the keynote address at our 50th Anniversary Celebration on November 23.

The title of Teevan’s talk is “Focusing on What Matters.”  Below is the full abstract. Expect an engaging and informative talk followed by a Q/A session. Teevan’s address will be part of our main program in the morning that begins at 10:00 a.m. in McNamara Alumni Center’s Memorial Hall. To join us for the event, register here. More details about the showcase can be found on our website.

Focusing on What Matters

Over the past fifty years computing has evolved from something that happens on an individual computer to something enabled by a rich network of devices. As a result, it is becoming increasingly possible to observe people’s interactions with computation at scale. Our ability to learn from these interactions has led to incredibly engaging experiences – but not necessarily more productive ones.

As computing transforms every aspect of how people live and work, we need to think carefully about the underlying influence computation has on people’s attention. There is an opportunity to do more than just not distract people and actually start helping people focus better. This presentation will explore the ways we might make it as compelling and easy to complete an important task as it is to check social media.

Jaime Teevan is Chief Scientist for Microsoft‘s Experiences and Devices, where she is helping Microsoft create the future of productivity. Previously she was the Technical Advisor to Microsoft’s CEO, Satya Nadella, and a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, where she led the Productivity team.

Dr. Teevan has published hundreds of award-winning technical articles, books, and patents, and has given keynotes around the world. Her research has earned her the Technology Review TR35 Young Innovator, BECA, Karen Spärck Jones, and SIGIR Test of Time awards. Dr. Teevan holds a Ph.D. from MIT and a B.S. from Yale, and is an affiliate professor at the University of Washington