Chigusa Kita

Faculty of Informatics, Kansai University, Japan

September 2009 – August 2010. Working with Terry Winograd, Dept of Computer Science

I was originally trained as a historian, and one of my research topics has been the process of institutionalization of computer science, especially the history of the Human-Computer Interaction field. During my stay in Stanford, I will examine the present status of the Human-Computer Interaction field from a Science and Technology Studies point of view, and the way in which the historical knowledge of the field can help to educate young engineers. I am also interested in how humanities knowledge can help to shape technological ideas into a socially embedded system in designing interaction between a tool and human society.