Human computer interaction expert to speak April 11

AMES, Iowa -- A nationally known expert on human and computer interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, Penn., will speak at Iowa State University as part of the College of Business' Miller Lecture Series.

Robert Kraut, Herbert A. Simon Professor of Human-Computer Interaction in the Tepper School of Business, will talk on "Technology for Managing Human Attention" at 9:45 a.m. Monday, April 11, in room 0129 of the Gerdin Business Building. The event is free and open to the public.

Kraut has been with Carnegie Mellon since 1993. Prior to being named the Herbert A. Simon professorship in 2000, he was a professor of social psychology and human computer interaction with Carnegie Mellon's School of Computer Science. From 1984 to 1993, Kraut was on the technical staff of the Behavioral Science Research Group at the former Bellcore (Bell Research Communications). He was named director of its interpersonal communications research program in 1987. He also has taught at Cornell University, Ithaca, N.Y., and the University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia.

He was elected to the Human Computer Interaction Society in 2003, is a fellow of the American Psychological Society and chair of that group's Task Force on Psychological Research and the Internet.

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The Miller Lecture Series is an annual slate of university-wide speakers funded by the Miller Endowment Trust. In 1995, Iowa State received part of an estate bequeathed by F. Wendell Miller, an Iowa attorney and farm manager. Revenue from the endowment is used to improve undergraduate teaching at ISU and enhance the intellectual vitality of the campus.