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Ellen Yi-Luen Do

University of Colorado - Boulder

Creative Technology and Design Wonderland


Everyone can be creative, because everyone has the ability to make things. Human beings are wonderfully intricate pieces of machinery. In the effort to understand human intelligence and creativity (cognition) or how people design everything (meals, furniture, house, or software), we build models and machines. physical, digital, and interactive, to try to explain and simulate or to explore the boundaries of these ideas that are inside black boxes. Ellen will introduce projects from ACME Lab at the ATLAS Institute, an interdisciplinary institute for radical creativity and invention.


Ellen Yi-Luen Do is a professor of ATLAS Institute and Computer Science at University of Colorado, Boulder. She invents at the intersection of people, design, and technology. Ellen works on computational tools for design, especially sketching, creativity, and design cognition, including creativity support tools and design studies, tangible and embedded interaction, and, most recently, computing for health and wellness. She holds a PhD in Design Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology, a Master of Design Studies from the Harvard Graduate School of Design, and a bachelor's degree from National Cheng Kung University in Taiwan. She has served on the faculties of University of Washington, Carnegie Mellon, and Georgia Tech, and as co-director of the Keio-NUS CUTE Center in Singapore.

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