Project Description

Joanna McGrenere

Professor, Computer ScienceUBC

Joanna McGrenere is a Professor in Computer Science at the University of British Columbia and is an Inria & Université Paris Sud International Research Chair (in France). Joanna specializes in Human-Computer Interaction research, with a focus on designing personalized user interfaces, computer supported cooperative work, as well as on developing interactive systems for diverse user populations, including older adults and people with impairments. She recently served as the Technical Program Co-Chair for ACM CHI 2020 and the Program Co-Chair for ACM ASSETS 2018. Joanna has been an IBM Visiting Scientist, has received a Microsoft Research Faculty Award, and has recently partnered with Microsoft and Autodesk on a large research grant.

Panelist at the conference

Thursday, September 30, 10:05-10:50 am PST

Industry-Academia Collaboration Opportunities, Challenges, and Tips

While industry and academia generally focus on different outputs, countless businesses/non-profits and university researchers in many fields have benefited from working together. Industry can help academia in their work to advance scientific knowledge. Academia can help industry better understand a field or problem, and seed advances in product/service innovation. In the relatively newer field of UX/HCI, such collaborations are emerging but are not very common. How can our design community better leverage this potential synergy?

In this panel, academic researchers and industry professionals will discuss their experiences, highlighting collaboration opportunities, common challenges, and ideas for making the most of the collaboration.

Key Takeaways

  • Potential benefits from academic researchers (in HCI and other design-related areas) and industry collaborations
  • Expected challenges to watch out for
  • Tips on starting and fostering a good collaboration
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