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Parents and Families Day

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Date:  Saturday, October 12
Time:  10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Location:  Westgate Building, E397 Hansen Lounge

This is a great opportunity to share your Penn State experience with your family. During the free event, your family can participate in discussions and demonstrations led by IST faculty; connect with the IST community in an informal setting; and reconnect with those closest to you. 

Register online by October 1 to secure your spot.

Open House

10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

IST Faculty Meet and Greet
Families will have the opportunity to chat with current IST faculty and staff members in an informal setting. This is a great opportunity to share your College of IST experience with your family and get your questions answered.

  • E397 Westgate Building (Hansen Lounge)

Poster Session
Explore the ongoing research of IST faculty members and graduate and undergraduate students who are innovating in a variety of fields.

  • E397 Westgate Building (Hansen Lounge)

Demonstrations and Discussions

Throughout the day, faculty members will lead demonstrations and discussions in classrooms on the second floor. View the complete schedule below.

10:00 a.m.

Current Topics in Human-Centered Design
Dr. Rosson will provide an overview of the new bachelor of science degree in Human-Centered Design and Development. She will also describe example projects in the area that might be attractive to students looking for undergraduate research or internship experiences.

  • Presented by Dr. Mary Beth Rosson, Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E201 Westgate Building

Studying and Working in Data Sciences
This session will introduce Penn State's Data Sciences major and related career opportunities, with a focus on the relationship between artificial intelligence and Data Sciences. The session will also include a hands-on activity that demonstrates machine learning, which is one of the core competencies needed to develop data-enabled AI solutions for real-world problems.

  • Presented by Dr. John Yen, Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E202 Westgate Building

10:30 a.m.

Improving Emergency and Disaster Response with Technology
Issues surrounding emergencies and disasters are often complex in nature. These complex issues require complex solutions. They include the need to discover high quality information about a local area or particular topic; organize information into usable products for decision-making; increase distribution of important messages to target populations quickly; engage target audiences in the design and use of information systems; and ultimately enhance local information systems by strengthening the capacity to adapt, learn, and innovate in a way that makes communities more resilient to disruption. We believe that our research has potential to help communities make use of large amounts of citizen-produced data, which in turn may improve the speed, quality, and efficiency of governmental and organizational response, leading to more lives saved.

  • Presented by Dr. Andrea Tapia, Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E201 Westgate Building

Student Engagement with Faculty Research
This session will focus on engaged scholarship in IST, and will include a demo of a project in which undergraduates are working with faculty on development of technologies to support Pennsylvania agriculture.

  • Presented by Dr. Steve Haynes, Teaching Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E202 Westgate Building

Think Like Your Enemy: Introduction to the Red Cell Analytics Lab
The Red Cell Analytics Lab will brief club origins and activities, and answer questions about the club and the college.

  • Presented by Dr. Sarah Ratjmajer, Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E215 Westgate Building

11:00 a.m.

Current Topics in Human-Centered Design
Dr. Rosson will provide an overview of the new bachelor of science degree in Human-Centered Design and Development. She will also describe example projects in the area that might be attractive to students looking for undergraduate research or internship experiences.

  • Presented by Dr. Mary Beth RossonProfessor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E201 Westgate Building

Studying and Working in Data Sciences
This session will introduce Penn State's Data Sciences major and related career opportunities, with a focus on the relationship between artificial intelligence and Data Sciences. The session will also include a hands-on activity that demonstrates machine learning, which is one of the core competencies needed to develop data-enabled AI solutions for real-world problems.

  • Presented by Dr. John YenProfessor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E202 Westgate Building

Think Like Your Enemy: Introduction to the Red Cell Analytics Lab
The Red Cell Analytics Lab will brief club origins and activities, and answer questions about the club and the college.

  • Presented by Dr. Sarah RatjmajerAssistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E215 Westgate Building

11:30 a.m.

The Use of Cognitive Science and HCI to Build Tutors for Trauma Nurses
In this talk, Dr. Ritter will discuss cognitive science, computational metaphors for how people think and learn, and human-computer interaction, including how to make systems easy for people to use and provide guidance on how to create tutors. He'll share the foundations of a tutoring system he created, Declarative to Procedural, and demo how it is used to provide instruction to teach the basic steps of trauma nursing.

  • Presented by Dr. Frank RitterProfessor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E201 Westgate Building

Student Engagement with Faculty Research
This session will focus on engaged scholarship in IST, and will include a demo of a project in which undergraduates are working with faculty on development of technologies to support Pennsylvania agriculture.

  • Presented by Dr. Steve HaynesTeaching Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E202 Westgate Building

Careers in Human-Centered Design and Development
In this talk, Dr. Hanrahan will explain the types of skills that students will learn and some of the careers that they will be prepared for in the Human-Centered Design and Development major at IST. This will include a short presentation and a demo of mobile application development for the Apple iPhone.

  • Presented by Dr. Ben Hanrahan, Assistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E215 Westgate Building

12:00 p.m.

Improving Emergency and Disaster Response with Technology
Issues surrounding emergencies and disasters are often complex in nature. These complex issues require complex solutions. They include the need to discover high quality information about a local area or particular topic; organize information into usable products for decision-making; increase distribution of important messages to target populations quickly; engage target audiences in the design and use of information systems; and ultimately enhance local information systems by strengthening the capacity to adapt, learn, and innovate in a way that makes communities more resilient to disruption. We believe that our research has potential to help communities make use of large amounts of citizen-produced data, which in turn may improve the speed, quality, and efficiency of governmental and organizational response, leading to more lives saved.

  • Presented by Dr. Andrea TapiaProfessor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E201 Westgate Building

The Use of Cognitive Science and HCI to Build Tutors for Trauma Nurses
In this talk, Dr. Ritter will discuss cognitive science, computational metaphors for how people think and learn, and human-computer interaction, including how to make systems easy for people to use and provide guidance on how to create tutors. He'll share the foundations of a tutoring system he created, Declarative to Procedural, and demo how it is used to provide instruction to teach the basic steps of trauma nursing.

  • Presented by Dr. Frank RitterProfessor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E202 Westgate Building

Careers in Human-Centered Design and Development
In this talk, Dr. Hanrahan will explain the types of skills that students will learn and some of the careers that they will be prepared for in the Human-Centered Design and Development major at IST. This will include a short presentation and a demo of mobile application development for the Apple iPhone.

  • Presented by Dr. Ben HanrahanAssistant Professor of Information Sciences and Technology
  • E215 Westgate Building

Information for Parents and Families

If you request special accommodations for this event, please contact events@ist.psu.edu.

Learn more about Penn State’s Parents & Families Weekend, including University-wide events and lodging options, on the Student Affairs website.

Light refreshments will be served.