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Ethical Research for Human-centered Design

  • ATLAS Workbase 500 Mercer Street Seattle, WA, 98109 United States (map)

“Human-centered” is a core tenet of current design approaches. Designing products, experiences, and built environments that augment human life involves more than identifying people’s wants, needs, and desires; it requires understanding their lifeworlds and cultivating empathy for those people.

But how do we as designers, researchers, and technologists go about doing that? What are the rules of engagement when users are the subjects of investigation? What’s in our toolbox regarding research ethics?

This panel explores these questions by bringing people in industry, academia, and The University of Washington’s Institutional Review Board together to discuss cross-disciplinary and domain-specific approaches to ethically-based human subjects research and design.




Moderated by Amanda Snellinger, Ph.D., (User Research Specialist, Aditi-Harman at Microsoft)

Neena Makhija (IRB Compliance Analyst, University of Washington)

Sheetal Agarwal, Ph.D. (Senior Researcher, Microsoft)

Liz Sanocki, Ph.D. (Director, HCDE MS and UCD Certificate at University of Washington)

Brittany Fiore-Gartland, Ph.D (Senior data scientist-product design, AstrumU)

Michelle Bayles-Simon (Head of UX Research, Amazon Kindle & eReading)



6:00p | Doors open

6:00 - 6:30p | food & drink & spontaneous conversation

6:30 - 7:30p | presentation & questions

7:30 - 8:00p | more food & drink & spontaneous conversation

8:00p | clean up!