Kentaro Toyama to deliver keynote address at iConference

Kentaro Toyama will deliver a keynote address at the plenary session of the annual iConference at the Unversity of Maryland on Monday, April 1.

Toyama’s address, “Technology’s Law of Amplification, and What It Means for iSchools,” will use his book Geek Heresy: Rescuing Social Change from the Cult of Technology as a jumping-off point to discuss how people and institutions matter more than ever during this age of advanced technology.

“This last point hints at an essential, discipline-unifying role for Schools of Information that I would like to propose for the iConference community,” says Toyama.

Kentaro Toyama is the W. K. Kellogg Professor of Community Information at the University of Michigan School of Information (UMSI) and a fellow of the Dalai Lama Center for Ethics and Transformative Values at MIT.

UMSI and University of Michigan faculty and students are represented throughout this year’s iConference, at poster sessions and paper presentations. In the schedule below, UMSI faculty and students are listed in bold; other University of Michigan-affiliated presenters are italicized.

UMSI @ iConference 2019

April 1
Keynote address, 8:30-10:00 am
“Technology’s Law of Amplification, and What It Means for iSchools”
Kentaro Toyama

April 2 
Poster session, 5:00-6:00 pm
Location: Hall of Distinction
“The Social Media and Civic Engagement Matrix”
Libby Hemphill, AJ Million, Anders Finholt (Kalamazoo College)

“Yes, You Can Still Touch This: Playtesting Interactive Prototypes for Museum Spaces”
Jasmin Smith, K. Gomez (College of Westchester), A. Cortes-Rivera (Penn State)

“Understanding Landmarks in Spatial Information: Does Sentiment Provide Enough Context?”
C. Sanchez, P. Franjione, Jalin Parker, Z. Brinner, H. Bodon, C. Bahm

“Examining MEDLINE Search Query Reproducibility and Resulting Variation in Search Results”
C S. Burns, R. M Shapiro II, Tyler Nix, J. T Huber

April 3
Papers 22: Digital Tools for Health Management
10:30 a.m. - noon Location: 2110/2111/2112
“‘It Only Tells Me How I Slept, Not How to Fix It': Exploring Sleep Behaviors and Opportunities for Sleep Technology”
S. Zhang, Florian Schaub, Y. Feng, N. Sadeh

Jessica Webster, UMSI PR Specialist

Posted March 29, 2019