Past Event

Comparing Domains of Improvisation: Lucy Suchman

November 20, 2020
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
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Event Description:

Professor Lucy Suchman joins Comparing Domains of Improvisation for a presentation and discussion about her work on improvisation and machines, computers, and artificial intelligence. 

Lucy Suchman is a professor of the anthropology of science and technology at Lancaster University in the UK. Before taking up her present post, she was a principal scientist at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center (PARC), where she spent 20 years as a researcher. During this period, she became widely recognized for her critical engagement with artificial intelligence (AI) and her contributions to a deeper understanding of both the essential connections and the profound differences between humans and machines.

Dr. Suchman is the author of Human-Machine Reconfigurations (2007) and Plans and Situated Actions: The Problem of Human-Machine Communication (1987), both published by Cambridge University Press. She was a founding member of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility and served on its board of directors between 1982-1990. Dr. Suchman received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Sciences in 2002, the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) Lifetime Research Award in 2010, and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Bernal Prize for Distinguished Contributions to the Field in 2014. She was the president of the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) during 2016 and 2017. In April of 2016, she was an expert panelist at the UN’s Convention on Certain Conventional Weapons (CCW), as a member of ICRAC.

Event Speaker:

  • Lucy Suchman, Professor of the Anthropology of Science and Technology, Lancaster University

Event Information: 

Free and open to the public; RSVP required via Eventbrite. Registered attendees will receive an event link shortly before the seminar begins.

Please contact the group organizer, Jessie Cox ([email protected]), with any questions. This event is sponsored by Columbia University's Presidential Scholars in Society and Neuroscience program.