Basser Seminar Series

The Era of Human Computing

Kevin Schofield
General Manager, Strategy and Communications
Microsoft Research Worldwide

Wednesday 21 February 2007, 11am-12 noon** NOTE different time

School of IT Building Boardroom 124, Level 1** NOTE different room


As computing technology has become more powerful, more connected, and more ubiquitous, we've seen an acceleration of research - and progress - on "human scale computing," using computing to assist and augment how people naturally work, play and go about their daily lives. Computers can help us see, remember, find information, communicate, and interact with the world around us. Computing can also be our guardian angel, watching over our shoulder and keeping us safe. While we still have a long way to go before computers can do everything that people can do, today they increasingly play a complementary role to our own abilities and are truly capable of changing people's lives for the better.

Speaker's biography

Kevin Schofield is General Manager for Strategy and Communications at Microsoft Research. His organization drives consensus on technical strategy and priorities for Microsoft's research efforts. He is also responsible for developing Microsoft Research's relationships with academia, customers, press, analysts, and Microsoft's own product groups. Mr. Schofield joined Microsoft in 1988, and has worked in Microsoft Research since 1997. Over the course of his tenure at Microsoft, he worked in both development and program management for a number of Microsoft product efforts, including networking, operating systems, MSN, and multimedia authoring tools. He is a Magna cum Laude graduate of Dartmouth College with a Bachelor's degree in Computer Science.

Mr. Schofield has been deeply involved with the Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) research field for a number of years. He has volunteered for many years with ACM's Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction (SIGCHI), and previously served as Chair of SIGCHI and co-chair of the "CHI 96" Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. He serves on the advisory board of the Computer Science Teachers Association (CSTA), the Board of Directors of the Friends of the University of Washington Libraries, and the Leadership Council of the Princeton University School of Engineering and Applied Science. He is the co-author of three issued patents and several pending ones.

Mr. Schofield lives in Bellevue, Washington with his two daughters.

Kevin also writes a blog that can be found at