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McKelvey School of Engineering

Human-Centered Computing Approaches to Racial Justice

Monday, March 1 | 11:30 AM

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Eric Corbett, Ph.D.
CUSP Smart Cities / Provost’s Postdoctoral Fellow, New York University

The challenges for achieving racial justice in the US are more apparent than ever. Within academia, engineering and computer science departments have typically not been at the forefront of engaging these challenges. In this talk, I will illustrate what approaches to racial justice in these departments look like from the perspective of my work in Human-Computer Interaction. I will discuss two projects to showcase a range of opportunities for technology to advance racial justice in civic relationships and in AI equity. From these projects, I will draw out two themes vital for the success of racial justice scholarship in engineering and computer science departments: local engagement and participatory orientation. I will end by outlining potential research trajectories at WashU based on these two themes.

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McKelvey School of Engineering


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Computer Science & Engineering
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Eric Corbett is currently a postdoctoral researcher at New York University’s Center for Urban Science and Progress. His background is in computer science and human-computer interaction. He has worked on projects across various subjects including: resisting and countering gentrification; supporting trust in civic relationships between local government officials and marginalized communities; and most recently, creating new opportunities for democratic participation in public sector algorithm use. Throughout his research, the overarching thread has been exploring the intersections between design, social justice, democracy, and technology.

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Angel Were

Angel Were left a positive review 2/28/2021

It was great information to learn about AI along with the 311 app and process of helping the community use the app, learn the process and advocate for themselves. Also, it helped shed light on another career option for my 10th grader who has expressed interest in the IT field to consider AI IT. Thank you.

Kim Etter

Kim Etter left a positive review 2/28/2021

Being a data analytics person, I found this so interesting and ultimately obvious that their would embedded inequalities in approaching computing systems due to distance, but had never considered it before this presentation! Thank you!