Dean’s Lecture Series

Established in 2003, the Dean's Lecture Series brings some of the leading minds in tech to the Golisano College to share their insights with students, faculty, and the community. The lectures are free and open to the public.

Previous Speakers

Ted Selker Deans Lecture Series poster

Ted Selker, CTO, Alphyco

Date: Tuesday, September 20, 2022

Time: 12:30-1:45pm

Location: GOL-Auditorium

Speaker Bio

Dr. Ted Selker is CTO of Alphyco creating a community based considerate social media for advancing women.  Dr. Selker is an entrepreneur inventor who also mentors innovation. Dr. Selker's academic positions  at RIT and University of Maryland currently focus  usable security and  voting technology. He spent 5 years at at Carnegie Mellon University Silicon Valley as director Research on Accessible voting,  Considerate Systems research and in developing the campus’s research mission. Prior to that, Dr. Selker spent 10 years as an associate Professor at the MIT Media Laboratory where he created the Context Aware Computing group, co-directed the Caltech/MIT Voting T echnology Project, and directed the Industrial Design Intelligence future for product design project. Prior to that, his successes at targeted product creation and enhancement at IBM earned him the role of IBM Fellow.

Dr. Selker's work has birthed successful products ranging from notebook computers to operating systems. It has accumulated numerous awards, patents, and papers and has often been featured in the press. He was co-recipient of the Computer Science Policy Leader Award for Scientific American 50, the American Association for People with Disabilities Thomas Paine Award for his work on voting technology and the Telluride Tech fest award.

Abstract/Presentation info:

Voting and Usable Security

Opportunities for usable security improving the world are everywhere.  Without being able to expose voters and their selections voting is an especially interesting application for security research. Historically, most votes are lost in registration, voting ballot design problems and polling place operations causing long lines, and possibly mail-in ballot fraud. This talk will describe voting  process problems and describe technological solutions for voting improvement. Voting disenfranchisement is much higher for people with perceptual, physical and cognitive disabilities.  More than 14% of registered voters are in danger of increased errors due to dyslexia. More than 6.5% of due to short term memory problems.  We will describe and demonstrate technologies we are making that help disabled people and  improve voting universally as well.

Past Speakers

2021 speakers

Susan Dumais, Technical Fellow, Microsoft presents "The Potential for Personalization in Search"

2018-2019 speakers

Brett Williams, Major General USAF (Retired) presents "Defending the Nation in Cyberspace"

Mike Regelski '89, '93, Senior Vice President, Chief Technology Officer, Electrical Sector, EATON Corp. presents "Cybersecurity and Industrial Internet of Things"

Ruthe Farmer, Chief Evangelist at presents "Championing Change: Creating Diversity in Tech at Scale"

Suzet M. McKinney, CEO/Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District presents “Old Problems, New Solutions: Can Technology Offer Solutions to Emergency Preparedness and Homeland Security Challenges?”

2017-2018 speakers

T.L. Taylor, Professor, Comparative Media Studies, Massachusetts Institute of Technology presents “Watch Me Play: Games, Live Streaming, and the Rise of Networked Broadcast

Mark Guzdial, Professor in the School of Interactive Computing in the College of Computing at Georgia Institute of Technology presents “Improving Computing Education with Learning Sciences: Predictions, Subgoals, and Parsons”

Sir Dermot Turing presents “Alan Turing – The Man Behind the Myth”

2016-2017 speakers

Dr. Jeremy Pickens, Chief Scientist, Catalyst Repository Systems presents “Challenges and Opportunities in eDiscovery and Information Governance: Not Everything is Big Data”

Vicki Hanson, ACM President and Distinguished Professor

2015-2016 speakers

Vint Cerf, Internet pioneer, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist, Google presents “Digital Vellum: Preserving Digital Content for the Ages”

James D. Herbsleb, Professor, Institute for Software Research, Carnegie Mellon University

2014-2015 speakers

Kaitlin Thaney, Director, Mozilla Science Lab

John Resig '05, Creator of jQuery and Dean of Open Source, Khan Academy (2015 Golisano College Distinguished Alumnus)

Jennifer Lesser Henley, Director of Security Operations, Facebook

2013-2014 speakers

Alex “Sandy” Pentland, Director of MIT’s Human Dynamics Laboratory and the MIT Media Lab Entrepreneurship Program; co-leader of the World Economic Forum's Big Data and Personal Data Initiatives.

Linda Northrop, Director of the Research, Technology, and System Solutions Program, Software Engineering Institute Fellow, Carnegie Mellon University 

Dr. Luis Von Ahn - CAPTCHA and Duolingo Creator; Professor, Carnegie Mellon University