MAYAn Speaking Events:

Keynote: Aspen Ideas Festival

July 7, 2010

Mickey McManus will be a keynote speaker at the 2010 Aspen Ideas Festival. The Festival is a conversation-packed exploration of some of the most important ideas and pressing issues the world faces. Presented by the Aspen Institute and The Atlantic magazine, the Festival strives to highlight the ideas of a diverse group of experts at the forefront of their fields and of leaders whose actions are changing the world.

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Conference Board Future of Business Roundtable

May 19, 2010

Mickey McManus will present “The Pressure to Innovate” at the Conference Board Conference Center in New York City. The Future of Business Roundtables are a series of two one-day senior executive roundtables for senior executives. Participants will discuss and debate strategies for meeting challenges in 2010 and beyond.

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Design Research Conference

May 10, 2010

Bill Lucas of LUMA Institute will conduct a workshop entitled “Look with care and make things better (ASAP).”

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Economist Summit - Innovation: Fresh Thinking for the Idea Economy

March 23, 2010

Mickey McManus will participate in this exciting inaugural event for senior-level executives on March 24 at the Haas School of Business at the University of California, Berkeley. He will speak on a panel called “The Hybrid Problem Solver,” which will focus on design thinking and beyond. In addition, Mickey will design and lead incubator/problem-solving sessions where teams develop new solutions to current problems.

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World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress

November 9, 2009

Mickey McManus will present “Complexity and Functionality vs. Usability and Usefulness: Are We Seeing a Hobson’s Choice in Healthcare?” at WHIT’s Consumer Connectivity Summit. His co-presenter will be Jay Srini, Chief Innovation Officer, Information Services Division of UPMC (University of Pittsburgh Medical Center).

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Designmatters Lecture: University of Illinois Urbana-Champagne

October 26, 2009

Designmatters is dedicated to exploring the intersection between design, technology and business, with the view that achieving synergy between those three components is essential for success in designing products, services and experiences and for the creation of successful business developments.

Mickey McManus will talk about how MAYA Design tames the complexity of powerful technology to make people feel super human.

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AIA Build Pittsburgh 09

April 23, 2009

Dutch MacDonald and David Bishop taught a course entitled “Human-Centered Design in the Built Environment.” They covered the basic philosophy and techniques behind designing spaces from a human-centered perspective, and showed architects how to focus on the user as well as the physical elements of space.

RSA Conference 2009

April 20, 2009

Mickey McManus presented “Team-based Innovation” at the RSA Innovation Sandbox at RSA Conference 2009 in San Francisco. The Sandbox is a half-day event focused on the future of innovation security.

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Keynote, Economist CIO Forum

March 24, 2009

Mickey McManus was a keynote speaker at the Economist CIO Forum in New York City. He spoke to an elite group of chief information officers and senior IT leaders about how the computing establishment is about to face a monumental “innovator’s dilemma,” but few people even realize it.

Exhibitor 2009, Las Vegas

March 22, 2009

Paul Gould co-taught a workshop about “Space, Time and the Attendee,” showing how attendees at trade shows are affected by physical space and time constraints.

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Tepper School of Business

February 5, 2009

Mickey McManus gave a presentation at the Business and Technology Club at the Tepper School of Business at Carnegie Mellon University. His talk focused on “Applying Design Thinking to Business Challenges” in a world headed towards a trillion connected devices.

Professional Convention Management Association (PCMA) Annual Meeting

January 13, 2009

Mick McManus presented how to “Transform Your Show by Understanding the Human Dimension.” Informed by MAYA’s firsthand research with the “invisible” exhibitor and the “invisible” attendee, he revealed what truly matters to each, and how it could affect the future of a trade show.

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Expo! Expo! IAEE Annual Meeting & Exhibition

December 11, 2008

Mick McManus participated in a panel discussion entitled “Exhibitors and Attendees in Their Natural Habitat: Tools and Metrics for Analyzing Showsite Behavior to Improve Your Show.”

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Healthcare Design '08 - Keynote

November 9, 2008

HEALTHCARE DESIGN 08 is the premier conference devoted to how the design of responsibly built environments directly impacts the safety, operation, clinical outcomes, and financial success of healthcare facilities now and into the future. Mick McManus discussed the power of true Human-Centered Design as practiced in a deeply collaborative environment.

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Creative Careers Seminar, Carnegie Mellon University

November 7, 2008

Visual designer Greg Gibilisco participated on a panel that discussed careers in “Design and Multimedia.” The seminar was designed to assist students in preparing for a career in a creative field.

Joseph M. Katz Graduate School of Business, University of Pittsburgh

November 7, 2008

Mick McManus spoke to business school students about how the key principles of design thinking can be applied to business challenges, and how MAYA is using them not only to create more satisfying user experiences but also to drive change in traditional, product-centered organizations.

IDEA 2008, pre-conference workshop

October 7, 2008

MAYA Human Sciences Director David Bishop and Visual Designer Paul Gould reprised their full-day, pre-conference workshop on Information Architecture at this year’s IDEA 2008 conference in Chicago.

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DARPA Digital Object Storage and Retrieval (DOSR) Workshop

August 7, 2008

MAYA Founder Peter Lucas was invited to present a talk on “The Universal Database: Data Persistence Through Fine-grained Mutable Data Objects and Massive Symmetrical Replication.”

The Heart of Design

July 2, 2008

University of Waterloo: SHAD Valley Summer Enrichment Program

This keynote address summarized MAYA’s design processes and encouraged campers to earnestly embrace the “Design with Conscience” project theme.

The Invisible Exhibitor

June 18, 2008

MAYA CEO Mickey McManus released two new research papers about Human-Centered Design within the Exhibition Industry at ECEF 2008. This research was co-sponsored by The ExpoGroup.

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Design with Care: Attending to People in the Age of Pervasive Computing

April 23, 2008

University of Cincinnati: College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning

This lecture concluded the UX@UC: Laundry Charrette, a 2-day studio workshop on the subject of designing for user experience. Bill talked about the principles and practices of MAYA Design and spotlighted student work from the workshop.

Sparking Innovation: Stories of Interaction Design for Industrial and Residential Electrical Systems

April 2, 2008

Carnegie Mellon University: Human-Computer Interaction Institute

This talk featured two case studies from MAYA’s portfolio. An account of a dramatic re-design for an industrial-grade electrical power meter was followed by a story about the creation of a new product category for the residential market—a home awareness system that provides simple remote monitoring of ordinary household devices and systems.

cityLIVE! The Essence of Leadership

April 1, 2008

There are many kinds of leaders from all walks of life, but how does one define the qualities they all share? What inspires, what drives, what challenges someone, anyone, to become a leader?

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Setting a New Course: Teaching Professional Engineers the Merit and Methods of Human-Centered Design

January 1, 2008

Second International Conference on Design Principles and Practices

This presentation highlights a three-day, corporate education and training course. It covers the instructional design process, the corresponding syllabus, and a sampling of student work.

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IDEA 2007

October 20, 2007

MAYA’s director of human sciences, David Bishop, and communication designer Paul Gould led a full-day pre-conference workshop on information architecture as part of the IDEA 2007 conference in New York City.

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CDC Health Marketing 2007

August 30, 2007

At this Centers for Disease Control conference, MAYA CEO Mickey McManus presented a white paper about team strategies for facilitating innovation sessions.

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Exhibition and Convention Executives Forum (ECEF)

May 30, 2007

MAYA CEO Mickey McManus gave the keynote presentation about market risks and opportunities that have arisen from a convergence of disruptive technology and the need for user centered design.

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Computer/Human Interaction (CHI) 2007

May 20, 2007

MAYA founder and principal Dr. Peter Lucas talked about “Information Centricity: Adventures in Monomania” as part of a special invited session titled “Along the Path of Pervasive Computing: Selected Works in GUI and TUI Design” at CHI 2007 in San Jose, CA. Pete presented in conjunction with:

  • Jake Kolojejchick, General Dynamics, Viz
  • Dr. Hiroshi Ishii, Tangible Media Group, MIT
  • David Rose, Ambient Devices

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K through X: Elementary Principles and the Practice of Designing Experiential Systems

February 1, 2007

CoDe Lab Colloquium, Carnegie Mellon University

An elaboration of three design principles drawn from the historic story of Friedrich Fröbel’s creation of the original kindergarten. In turn, the same design principles frame a series of contemporary case studies from the portfolio of MAYA Design.

International Conference on Design Principles and Practice

January 30, 2007

MAYA Design Fellow Bill Lucas described how characteristics of an emergent experience economy that we perceive as modern (such as mass customization and interactive media) actually echo design practices that originated in the 19th Century with Friedrich Frobel, who was a charismatic champion of “natural education” and the first to offer an interactive learning environment in the form of kindergarten.

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Learning from the Creation of Kindergarten: A Case Study for Designing Experiential Systems

January 1, 2007

International Conference on Design Principles and Practice

Introduces Friedrich Fröbel’s 19th Century creation of the original kindergarten as an instructive case study for the design of experiential systems in the information age.

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World Healthcare Innovation and Technology Congress

November 30, 2006

Mick McManus joined colleagues from Viz to talk about information-centric, collaborative visualization and analysis tools for use in drug discovery.

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IDEA 2006

October 30, 2006

Paul Gould used MAYA’s work with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh as the basis for a conference presentation primarily about using information architecture as a framework for guiding the evolution of complex information spaces, but which also turned out to be a bit of a defense about assets and environments held in common. The actual presentation at the conference included several video clips, which can’t be included along with the file below because of copyright restrictions. However, the notes section of the document includes information about where these videos can be found in whole from their original sources.

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OOPSLA 2006 in Portland, OR

October 30, 2006

Seung Chan Lim presented his paper describing JavaScript Dataflow Architecture (JDA) as a way to assemble Web applications using JavaScript “black boxes” scattered around the World Wide Web, even with little or no programming skill.

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HCI Seminar: The Pragmatics of Deep Change (An HCI Case Study)

October 11, 2006

Speaking for an audience at Carnegie-Mellon University, Dr. Peter Lucas used case studies of MAYA’s projects as examples of HCI-driven disruptive technologies that foment deep change and undermine the status quo of an industry.

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Telematics Europe 2006

September 30, 2006

In Berlin, Germany, Mick McManus joins Hakan Kostepen of Panasonic Automotive Systems America in a panel discussion on the topic of “creating consumer value for back-seat entertainment.”

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Connections Conference

May 30, 2006

Mick McManus spoke about MAYA’s Pervasive Computing Practice at this conference about the integration of digital technology in everyday life.

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Information Architecture Summit 2006

March 30, 2006

Paul Gould and Aradhana Goel presented a pre-conference workshop about developing an information architecture to span physical and digital environments, and how an architectural view of the world shapes user experience. It includes a series of images from two different domains (grocery and healthcare) intended to serve as the starting point for workshop exercises about the intersection of information architecture, user-experience design, and business strategy.

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United States IPv6 Summit at the 2006 CES

January 30, 2006
Mickey McManus participated on a panel discussion by talking about the new generation of home-networked digital devices in the context of pervasive computing and usability.

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IA Workshop: User Interface for Physical Spaces

December 30, 2005

Paul Gould, David Bishop, and Aradhana Goel joined forces with the IA Institute to present a workshop for information architects. The workshop showed a valuable and practical approach to consider when faced with the increasingly porous boundaries between digital and physical domains.

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M2M Expo

November 30, 2005

Mickey McManus was an invited presenter for two sessions at the M2M Europe Expo in Amsterdam.

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User Experience Week 2005

August 30, 2005

Aradhana Goel spoke about MAYA’s Dynamic Information Environment work with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh during a co-presentation with Marc Rettig at Adaptive Path’s User Experience Week 2005 conference in Washington, D.C.

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Public Participation in GIS Conference

August 20, 2005

Josh Knauer spoke about the “National Infrastructure for Community Statistics — Liberating Public GIS and Statistical Data” for the Urban and Regional Information Systems Association in Cleveland, OH.

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SIAM 2005 Annual Meeting

July 30, 2005

At the annual conference of the Society for Industrial and Applied Mathematics, Dominic Widdows shows how to use the logic of quantum particles for data mining and data fusion. Some of the research is described in his recent book, Geometry and Meaning.

WTAS 2005

July 20, 2005

In Calgary, Alberta, Seung Chan Lim attends the annual IASTED conference on Web Technologies, Applications, and Services to show how rich Web applications can be built using the black box composition paradigm.

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Tides Foundation

June 30, 2005

Josh Knauer gives a talk in San Francisco, CA on “Creating Compelling Cases for Environmental Action” using the Information Commons.

Where 2.0

June 20, 2005

Josh Knauer, MAYA’s Director of Ddvanced Development, gave a talk at the O’Reilly & Associates conference in San Franciso, CA entitled “InfoCommons: An Open Platform for Public Data.”

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ACL 2005 Workshop on Deep Lexical Acquisition

June 10, 2005

Deeper into data mining, Dominic Widdows teaches computers to recognize idioms in everyday texts, sharing this work with other researchers from the Association for Computational Linguistics.

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AAACL/ICAME Conference

May 30, 2005

At the American Association of Applied Corpus Linguistics, Dominic Widdows presents joint work with Dr. Peter Lucas, showing how MAYA Design’s architecture for pervasive information access can be used for large scale document sharing and classification projects.

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The Next Generation of Right to Know: Advancing the Agenda

May 20, 2005

Josh Knauer speaks to people and organizations dealing with toxic-substance data about MAYA’s innovative approach to information sharing and dissemination.

Library of Congress

April 30, 2005

MAYA founder Peter Lucas was invited by the Library of Congress to present a talk about “Two Embarrassingly Basic Problems for the Information Commons.”

Mapping the Human Landscape: GIS for Public Health, Safety and Social Services Applications

March 30, 2005

Josh Knauer connects MAYA’s approach to information architecture and GIS data to the unique needs of community information spaces.


March 20, 2005

Josh Knauer, MAYA’s director of advanced development, introduced MAYA’s idea of an Information Commons that uses the idea of information liquidity to liberate data, and how MAYA’s architectural approach addresses problems such as data replication, universal identity, and data fusion in Montréal, Québec.

M2M Expo

March 10, 2005

Mickey McManus joined Russ Sabo, a client partner from Eaton, in Dallas, Texas to present our project as an example of human-centered design and rapid product realization in the context of machine-to-machine communication.


February 28, 2005

Francine Gemperle presents MAYA’s design process, using our project with Eaton as an example, to students at Georgia Tech.

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Research Methods for Human-Centered Design

January 30, 2005

In a lecture at Carnegie Mellon’s school of design, Aradhana Goel described how MAYA’s research methods supported human-centered design in our project with the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh.

M2M Europe 2004: Brussels, Belgium

October 30, 2004

Mick McManus spoke to an international audience about aiming for human-oriented experience design when designing products at the forward edge of machine-to-machine (M2M) flows of information.

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CHI 2004: Vienna, Austria

April 30, 2004

Mike Higgins presented a description of a dynamic information presentation system: a set of interactive signs, composed of an interactive presentation layer, a database layer, as a well as a set of dynamic information sources that feed the database, and a content management user interface.

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Public Library Association (PLA) 10th National Conference: Seattle, WA

February 28, 2004

Mick McManus joined Sheila Jackson (Main-Library Redesign Director) and Karen Rossi (Circulation Services Manager) from the Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh to present “Architecting a Pleasurable User-Centered Library Experience.” Speaking to an audience of more than 1000, they described how — at a time of massive architectural renovations — a user-centered approach to information architecture can seamlessly integrate the physical, digital, and human aspects of the library experience.

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Vision Plus 10: Lech/Arlberg, Austria

September 30, 2003

At this international information-design symposium, Peter Lucas spoke about Civium® as a seamless “one world” view of information of all kinds, accessed via a novel mapping interface known as the Civium® Geobrowser.

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Human-Computer Interaction Conference (HCI) 2003: Bath, UK

September 20, 2003

The HCI community has become increasingly interested in pervasive computing and pervasive technologies. Heather McQuaid and Aradhana Goel discussed the broader topic of pervasive information environments and our experience with designing pleasurable and meaningful customer interactions with such environments.

International Ergonomics Association (IEA) 2003: Seoul, Korea

August 30, 2003

How can practitioners craft recommendations that address the concerns of product teams (costs, schedules, resource constraints) and users (efficiency, effectiveness, and satisfaction)? Heather McQuaid presented MAYA’s five-step method for integrating user research, heuristic evaluation, affinity diagramming, cost-benefit charts, and recommendations into reports that produce clear and immediately executable plans of attack for project teams.

Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces (DPPI) 2003: Pittsburgh, PA

June 30, 2003

Although an essential part of customer-centered design is the customers themselves, in some circumstances talking with them isn’t possible. Aradhana Goel and Heather McQuaid discussed multiple approaches MAYA uses to better understand the physical, cognitive, and emotional needs of people without talking to them. MAYA is one of the sponsors of this event.

Carnegie Mellon University HCII Seminar: Pittsburgh, PA

April 30, 2003

Peter Lucas talked about “Civium®: GIS for Everyone, the Information Commons, and the Universal Database”

NIST Pervasive Computing Conference, 2002: Gaithersburg, MD

October 30, 2002

Peter Lucas discussed the architecture behind MAYA’s Interstacks technology.

Carnegie Mellon University Visualization Colloquium: Pittsburgh, PA

April 30, 2002

Mickey McManus described how modeling and drawing tools can help to resolve and present information on multiple levels, sharing examples of strategies and rationale.

Carnegie Mellon University Masters of E-commerce Colloquium: Pittsburgh, PA

January 30, 2002

Mickey McManus and David Bishop described how MAYA’s approach to business experiences addresses the growing corporate value of information architecture, and how pervasive computing will require a deeper structuring of information.

CHI: The Hague, The Netherlands

April 30, 2000

Peter Lucas was invited to present a paper on pervasive information access and the rise of human-information interaction.

NIST Pervasive Computing Conference, 2000: Gaithersburg, MD

January 30, 2000

Peter Lucas discussed the architecture behind MAYA’s Interstacks technology.

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