University of Maryland

Fall 2019 Talk Schedule

All CASCI Group Activities:
2119 Hornbake Bldg. South Wing
11:00 am – 12:00 noon

Unless specified in individually below.

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An overview of Information Science in Brazil, its Graduate Programs and the R.E.G.I.I.M.E.N.T.O. researches at a glance: Perspectives and Challenges

September 10th, 2019

Abstract: Information Science emerged in Brazil in the 1970s. The Federal Government created an Institute, a Graduate Program and a Scientific Journal. Today there are two associations, ABECIN (Associação Brasileira de Educação em Ciência da Informação/Brazilian Association of Education in Information Science) and ANCIB (Associação Nacional de Pesquisa e Pós-Graduação em Ciência da Informação / National Association of Research and Graduate Program in Information Science). There are currently 19 Graduate Programs in Information Science in Brazil and approximately 77 research groups. One of these research groups is the “Research Expert Group for Intelligent Information in Multimodal Environment using Natural language Technologies and Ontologies” (R.E.G.I.I.M.E.N.T.O.), group formed in 2013. The objective of this group is to research Information Architecture, Computational Linguistics, Ontologies and Multimodality, identifying the advantages and disadvantages from the point of view of practical application of theories of these areas and to propose the joint use of these knowledge, both in the development / adaptation of academic / educational material specifically, but not only. The group proposes the development of possible solutions to some technological and/or management problems. Blockchain, e-Governance, IoT, Data Analytics, Sentiment Analysis are topics that the group has interest. R.E.G.I.I.M.E.N.T.O. produced three books (in Portuguese) , as well as several papers (in Portuguese and some in English) in journals and events from different areas of human knowledge (basically, Information Science, Computer Science and Pedagogy).

Speaker: Dr. Claudio Gottschalg Duque has Master Degree in Linguistic Studies, Psycholinguistics, has Doctoral Degree in Information Science, Production and Management of Information,  is Associate Professor in the Faculty  of Information Science in the University of Brasilia, Brazil, a permanent member of the Graduation Program in Information Science of the Faculty of Information Science (PGCINF/FCI), the founder and coordinator of the R.E.G.I.I.M.E.N.T.O. Research Group.

Title: Chasing Something Beautiful: Communities of Citation and the Cultural Circuits of Capital in the Early Days of Venture Capital

September 24th, 2019

Abstract: TBA

Dr. Mols Sauter bio photo

Speaker: M.R. Sauter is an Assistant Professor of Sociotechnical Cybersecurity Studies at the University of Maryland College of Information Studies, focusing on innovation economy public-private partnerships, and how corporate priorities impact the security and rights of individuals and communities. They are the author of The Coming Swarm: DDoS Actions, Hacktivism, and Civil Disobedience on the Internet. They hold a PhD in Communication Studies from McGill University in Montreal, QC, a masters degree in Comparative Media Studies from MIT, and have held research fellowships at the Berkman-Klein Center for Internet and Society, and New America. They can be found at and on twitter @oddletters.

Smart Cities and the Need for Proactive Transparency

October 8th, 2019

Abstract: TBA

Noel Isama, Senior Policy Analyst with the Sunlight Foundation

Speaker: Noel Isama is a Senior Policy Analyst with the Sunlight Foundation. His work focuses on providing guidance to government, civil society, and business on best practices for transparency though the use of the internet, tech, and community engagement. He has helped over 20 cities to adopt and implement open data policies. Noel has worked on projects that involved procurement reform, urban development, resiliency and municipal finance. Along with that Noel provides thought leadership through his writing on internet & tech policy, open data, community engagement, equity, AI, smart cities, and government reform. Prior to Sunlight, Noel was Director of Transparency for Common Cause Maryland and a Chief of Staff to a member of the Maryland House of Delegates.

October 22nd, 2019

Title, Abstract & Speaker: TBA

3 Practice Talks for the CSCW Conference

November 5th, 2019

Abstracts & Speakers: TBA

Bringing together experts, crowds, and AI to support complex sensemaking tasks like historical research, investigative journalism, and intelligence analysis.

November 19th, 2019

Abstract: TBA

Speaker: Dr. Kurt Luther is an assistant professor in the Department of Computer Science and (by courtesy) the Department of History at Virginia Tech. His research group, the Crowd Intelligence Lab, builds and studies crowdsourcing systems that support creativity and discovery, with applications in domains such as national security, journalism, history, biology, and design. His research and teaching interests include crowdsourcing, social computing, human computation, human-AI collaboration, and creativity support tools. Previously, Dr. Luther was a postdoctoral fellow in the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. He received his Ph.D. in human-centered computing from Georgia Tech, where he was a James D. Foley Scholar. He received his B.S. in computer graphics technology, with honors and highest distinction, from Purdue University. He also completed internships at IBM Research, Microsoft Research, and YouTube/Google.