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Welcome to the Distributed Cognition and Human-Computer Interaction Laboratory, Department of Cognitive Science, University of California, San Diego. The Dcog-HCI Lab is directed by Professors Jim Hollan and Ed Hutchins

Currently there is a shift in cognitive science toward a view of cognition as a property of systems that are larger than isolated individuals. This extends the reach of cognition to encompass interactions between people as well as interactions with resources in the environment. Members of the Dcog-HCI lab are dedicated to developing the theoretical and methodological foundations engendered by this broader view of cognition and interaction. 

We are united in the belief that distributed cognition promises to be a particularly fertile framework for designing and evaluating augmented environments and digital artifacts. A central image for us is environments in which people pursue their activities in collaboration with the elements of of the social and material world. Our core research efforts are directed at understanding such environments: what we really do in them, how we coordinated our activity in them, and what role technology should play in them.

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DCog-HCI (Matthew Brown)

Matthew Brown
Engineering Ethics as an Expert Guided and Socially Situated Activity

I will present ongoing research on the role of ethics in engineering practice and engineering education. In this project, we shift the focus of ethics from individual moral reasoning and personal responsibility to the group dynamics of ethical decision-making in project teams and research labs. We apply methods of cognitive ethnography to study engineering students discussing the ethics of their actual research and design projects. We also ...
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Wed, Apr 16th, 2:00pm-3:00pm (SSRB 100)
(1 hour, 52 minutes from now)


DCog-HCI (Laura Pina)

Laura Pina
Pervasive Health Submission
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Wed, Apr 23rd, 2:00pm-3:00pm (SSRB 100)
(1 week from now)


DCog-HCI (Ed Hutchins)

Ed Hutchins, Chris Johnson and Jeremy Karnowski
Dolphin Cognition
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Wed, Apr 30th, 2:00pm-3:00pm (SSRB 100)
(2 weeks from now)


Department Events (see all)

Paul Dourish (Design at Large Seminar)

Paul Dourish
UC Irvine, Informatics
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Wed, Apr 16th, 4:30pm-6:00pm (Marshall Room, Price Center)
(4 hours, 22 minutes from now)


CRL talk

Tue, Apr 22nd, 4:00pm-5:00pm (CSB 280)
(6 days, 3 hours from now)