Ctrl+Alt+Empower – Episode 073


Episode 73 – Ctrl+Alt+Empower

Hosts: Dr. Jeremy Waisome & Dr. Kyla McMullen

Guest: Dr. Robin Brewer




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Episode Description:

Dr. Robin Brewer, an assistant professor at the University of Michigan, shares her journey in computer science and human-computer interaction. She discusses her research experiences, including internships at Facebook and Microsoft Research, where she focused on designing technologies for older adults. Dr. Brewer inspires the next generation of researchers and challenges preconceptions about Black women in computing. Her current work centers around designing technologies for older adults and people with disabilities, including voice and AI technologies. She also emphasizes the importance of getting research outside of academia and into the real world.

Key Takeaways:

  • Dr. Robin Brewer’s interest in computing started in middle school and was further developed through her experiences in a science and tech high school.
  • She initially wanted to be a teacher but shifted her focus to art and design before ultimately deciding to pursue a career in research and academia.
  • Dr. Brewer emphasizes the importance of finding the right fit in graduate programs and being willing to switch institutions if necessary.
  • She highlights the value of internships during graduate studies, which allowed her to gain practical experience and collaborate with industry professionals.
  • Dr. Brewer’s research focuses on human-computer interaction and aging, with a particular interest in designing technologies for older adults.

Robin’s Bio:-::

Dr. Robin Brewer is an Assistant Professor at the University of Michigan, School of Information.