Ada Lovelace Week
Hosted by University of Chicago Human Computer Integration Lab
Oct.13-16, 2020
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This event takes inspiration from Ada Lovelace's legacy and celebrates its impact today with a series of talks that aim at bringing to the foreground the work of many scientists, artists and developers; all of them brilliant woman who take programming and hardware further in novel & unexplored direction, from human-computer interactive technologies, new media art, societal impacts of technology accessibility technologies, creativity support tools, multimedia games, and many other perspectives! With this event we celebrate the legacy of Ada Lovelace, a mathematician and writer who recognized in the 1800s already the full potential of computers, but also wish to bring to the foreground the unmistakable contribution and impact of women in technology, which often historically been pushed to the background.


Ari Melenciano


Artist, Designer

Constanza Piña Pardo


Artist, Dance Performer

Gabriella Johnson


Ph.D. student at CU Boulder

Jingyi Li


Ph.D. student at Stanford University

Philippa Ngaju Makobore


Department Head at UIRI

Ashlyn Sparrow



Snow Xu



Ellen Yi-Luen Do


Professor at CU Boulder

Elizabeth Koprucki


Assistant Director at Fab Lab and Design

Marshini Chetty


Assistant Professor at University of Chicago


  • Opening Plenary

    Tuesday, October 13, 3:00-5:00pm CDT

    We are proud to kickstart our event with four short keynotes from Ari Melenciano, Constanza Piña Pardo, Gabriella Johnson, and Jingyi Li.

  • Industry Panel

    Wednesday, October 14, 3:00-4:0pm CDT

    Our second day features an industry panel with Philippa Ngaju Makobore and Elizabeth Koprucki, focusing on the experiences and contributions of those that shape the future technologies we will see next.

  • Art Panel

    Thursday, October 15, 3:00-4:00pm CDT

    Our third day features an art panel with Ashlyn Sparrow and Snow Xu, focusing on how computing allows new art forms to emerge.

  • Academia Panel

    Friday, October 16, 3:00-4:00pm CDT

    The closing day features an academia panel with Marshini Chetty and Ellen Yi-Luen Do, focusing on the impact and trajectory of scholars in the field of human computer interaction.