The average American adult spends much of their waking hours looking at a screen, and concerns abound about the ever-increasing role technology plays in our lives. This talk advocates for the role of research — social science in particular — in making technology more human-centered. Drawing on over ten years of experience in bringing a deep understanding of users to software product development, Henderson will share her insights as an applied researcher working at the forefront of technology in Silicon Valley.
About Vani Henderson
Vani Henderson is a user experience research leader at Google, currently heading up research for the Identity product team. She completed her PhD at the Annenberg School for Communication in 2006 and joined Google in 2007. Prior to joining Google, Henderson was a postdoctoral fellow at the Stanford Prevention Research Center, part of Stanford School of Medicine. She has also held research positions at ad agency FCB Healthcare and The Corporate Executive Board. She lives in Palo Alto, CA with her husband and two children.
About the George Gerbner Lecture in Communication
The annual George Gerbner Lecture in Communication was established in honor of George Gerbner, who retired as Dean of the Annenberg School at the end of the 1988 academic year. The annual lecture is typically given by an Annenberg School alumnus.