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Can we Look to Science Fiction for Innovation?

Date of Event: 
Thursday, January 10, 2019 - 6:00pm
3-111 Keller Hall


For the Minneapolis/St. Paul Area

Free parking tickets will be handed out in the meeting.

Meeting Announcement:


January 10th, 2019

5:30-8:00 p.m. at The University of Minnesota
5:30 start for networking, 6:15 start of meeting.

Keller Hall Room 3-111 (Look for signs)
Minneapolis, MN

A map is available here.

This Month’s Meeting:

Topic: Can we Look to Science Fiction for Innovation?

Speaker: Svetlana "Lana" Yarosh, Assistant Professor, Computer Science & Engineering Department, University of Minnesota

Svetlana “Lana” Yarosh is an Assistant Professor in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at University of Minnesota. Her research in HCI focuses on embodied interaction in social computing systems. Lana is currently most proud of getting both the NSF CRII and the NSF CAREER awards, of her best papers at CHI 2013 and CSWC 2014, and of receiving the McKnight Land Grant Professorship. Lana has two Bachelors of Science from University of Maryland (in Computer Science and Psychology), a Ph.D. in Human-Centered Computing from Georgia Institute of Technology, and two years of industry research experience with AT&T Labs Research. 


The Star Trek universe has been a source of speculative futures for generations. In this talk, Yarosh focuses specifically on the way computer-mediated communication technologies have been envisioned in the Star Trek universe. Yarosh compares the envisioned technologies to alternatives that could have been conceived within the constraints of the same universe. Through this process, she highlights both the liberties taken and the limitations inherent in speculative fiction as a source of inspiration for computer-mediated communication technologies.

Program Manager: 

Anthony Harder, Integration Architect, Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation

Twin-SPIN Mission Statement:
The Twin-SPIN software process improvement network (SPIN) is a regional organization established in January of 1996 as a forum for the free and open exchange of software process improvement experiences and ideas. Representatives from industry, government, academia, other professional organizations, and consultants are welcome to participate. Our mission is to help sustain commitment and enhance skills in the area of software process improvement through an active program of networking and mutual support. The organization strives to serve as a source of educational and experiential information for its members, other SPIN organizations, and the general community of software professionals.  

Meetings are normally held on the 1st Thursday of each month from 5:30-8:00 p.m. Twin-SPIN is a non-profit organization and is sponsored by the University of Minnesota Center for Software Engineering (UMSEC). See

2018-2019 Sponsors:

Facility Sponsor
University of Minnesota, Department of Computer Science and Engineering

$2,000 Sponsors
University of Minnesota Software Engineering Center (UMSEC)

$500 Sponsors

Best regards. Hope to see you on January  

Dick Hedger

Twin-SPIN Meeting Planner


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