Meeting on November 20, 2020—Dr. Lucy Suchman

We are pleased to welcome Dr. Lucy Suchman (Lancaster University) to CDI for a presentation on her work on improvisation and machines, computers, AI, etc.

The meeting will take place at 3pm EST online. For the meeting link please RSVP here:

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 twenty years as a researcher. During this period she was became widely recognized for her critical engagement with artificial intelligence (AI), as well as her contributions to a deeper understanding of both the essential connections and the profound differences between humans and machines.

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 from 1982-1990. In 2002 she received the Benjamin Franklin Medal in Computer and Cognitive Sciences, in 2010 the ACM Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI) Lifetime Research Award, and in 2014 the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S) Bernal Prize for Distinguished Contributions to the Field. She was 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.