Distinguished Lecture - The Case for Multidisciplinary Computer Science

Location: 2150 Torgersen Hall
Date: Friday, April 17, 2015
Time:  11:15-12:30pm
This talk is open to the general public.

Dr. Jamika Burge
Director of Assessment Technology Product and Research at Smarter Balanced at UCLA


Multidisciplinary computer science approaches problem solving from a range of disciplines. Arguably, some of today’s most salient areas of technical research – social computing, data analytics (“big data”), and cyber security – are multidisciplinary in nature. Moreover, multidisciplinary computing has the unique quality of empowering technology users in ways that did not exist just ten years ago (think Google Glass and quantified self applications). In this talk, I share a series of research projects that have contributed to the line of multidisciplinary computing research. I will also share lessons learned and possible directions for future research.


Dr. Jamika Burge serves as the director of assessment technology product and research for the Smarter Balanced Assessment Consortium of UCLA. She oversees the Smarter App suite of open source software as well as leads efforts to identify, prioritize, and manage system requirements using a user research approach. She is also responsible for developing a strategic vision to sustain and enhance the Smarter Balanced assessment system to better improve teaching and learning among member states.

Prior to joining Smarter Balanced, Burge was an Adjunct Professor of Computer Science at Howard University and a Sr. Scientist at Information Systems Worldwide (i_SW), in Arlington, VA.  While at i_SW, she provided program management and technical support for the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), specifically for the DCAPS (psychological health) and ENGAGE (STEM) programs.

Burge has served as a technical and research program management professional to a number of educational and government organizations, which is complemented 

by her teaching experience at the college level. Her research interests lie in human-computer interaction (HCI), specifically in the design of technologies that support a range of communication and interaction needs. She uses a variety of user research methods (attitudinal and behavioral; qualitative and quantitative, etc.) to assess user behavior, needs, and motivations. She is active in computer science education and STEM preparedness efforts, providing expertise for a host of funded programs funded by the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the Computing Research Association (CRA), including those seeking to broaden participation in computer science. Burge holds a Ph.D. in computer science, with a focus on human-computer interaction (HCI) from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University.‚Äč