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Distinguished Scholar Lecture
Wednesday, April 03, 2024, 5:30 PM - 7:00 PM CDT
Category: Distinguished Scholar Lecture (CE)

Distinguished Scholar Lecture: Human and Robot Interaction: Will Humans Use Robots or Will Robots Use Humans?

Speaker: Douglas J. Gillan, Ph.D.

The Minnesota Psychological Association cosponsors Distinguished Scholar Lectures with Macalester College’s Psychology Department

Location: Macalester College. 
Weyerhaeuser Board Room, which is in Weyerhaeuser Hall, which is at 62 Macalester Street, St. Paul, MN, 55105.  It is on the Macalester campus.  There is free street parking on Macalester Street and adjoining streets, including Grand Avenue.  (map)

Check-in begins at 5:00 p.m. and the presentation begins at 5:30 p.m.

Level: Introductory: Assumes post-doctoral education status and limited familiarity with topic.

This program qualifies for 1.5 continuing education credit. You must attend the full program to get continuing education credit.

About the Program:
This talk addresses six issues related to the processes involved in human and robot interaction.

  1. That the purpose of technology is, and how robots fit into that purpose.
  2. What do we talk about when we talk about robots?
  3. How humans and robots work together to complete tasks.
  4. How humans interact with robots now and, possibly, in the future.
  5. How robots interact with humans now and, possibly, in the future.
  6. Finally, the main focus of the talk will be: Human perceptual, cognitive, and social processes in human robot interaction.

Participants will be able to:

  1. Describe the myriad ways in which humans interact with robots.
  2. Explain the selected ways in which human perception affects performance in tasks in which humans control robots.
  3. Recognize the social factors that influence human-robot interaction.

About the Presenter:

Douglas J. Gillan, Ph.D. is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Psychology at North Carolina State University. He is a Fellow of the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society and Associate Editor of The Journal of Usability Studies. Gillan received a B.A. in Psychology from Macalester College in 1974 and a Ph.D. in Biopsychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1978. His research interests focus broadly on the interaction between humans and technology. Much of his research has centered around the cognitive and perceptual processes that underlie comprehension of graphical and numerical displays of information. In addition, he has published extensively on the relation between science and practice in human factors.

Continuing Education Credit:
The Minnesota Psychological Association is approved by the American Psychological Association to sponsor continuing education for psychologists. The Minnesota Psychological Association maintains responsibility for this program and its content. 

ACCESSIBILITY ACCOMMODATIONS:  If you need disability related accommodations to make this event accessible, please contact Sherri Savage at [email protected] or 952-928-4696. 

Registration Pricing:

Registration Type Pricing
No CE Credit    Free
Professional Seeking CE Certificate     $20
Student Seeking CE Certificate       $5

Refund/Cancellation Policy: A 100% refund will be made if the event is cancelled. Refunds, less a $5 handling fee, will be given if a written cancellation is received at least two working days before the scheduled program begins. No refund or transfer is given the day of the program.

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