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Innovations in Computing for the Social Good

January 8 @ 11:30 am - 1:00 pm

Jan 8th from 11:30 pm – 1:00 pm
Please register by Monday, Jan 1st.


Society does not have a shortage of problems. As such, computing can be seen as an instrument to address many of society’s issues if only researchers could integrate technology with people, culture, policy and more. In this talk, Dr. Gilbert will discuss how his Computing for Social Good research lab has developed innovation solutions to some of society’s most pressing problems. Dr. Gilbert will give demonstrations of some technologies that are being used in the real world and available for others to adopt.


Dr. Juan E. Gilbert is the Andrew Banks Family Preeminence Endowed Professor and Chair of the Computer & Information Science & Engineering Department at the University of Florida where he leads the Computing for Social Good Lab. Dr. Gilbert has research projects in election security/usability/accessibility, advanced learning technologies, usability and accessibility, Brain-Computer Interfaces (BCI), Human-Centered AI/machine learning and Ethnocomputing (Culturally Relevant Computing).

He has published more than 250 articles, given more than 250 talks and obtained more than $30 million dollars in research funding. He is a Fellow of the ACM, IEEE, the American Association of the Advancement of Science and a Fellow of the National Academy of Inventors. In 2012, Dr. Gilbert received the Presidential Award for Excellence in Science, Mathematics, and Engineering Mentoring from President Barack Obama.

In 2023, Dr. Gilbert was named a laureate of the National Medal of Technology and Innovation by President Joe Biden for pioneering and championing universal design in elections technology to make voting accessible for everyone and increasing diversity in the computer science workforce. He also received the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) 2014 Mentor Award. He received the 2021 ACM SIGCHI Social Impact Award. Dr. Gilbert received the 2018 Computer Research Association’s A. Nico Habermann Award. Dr. Gilbert has testified before the Congress on the Bipartisan Electronic Voting Reform Act of 2008 and the U.S. House Committee on Administration for the “2020 Election Security – Perspectives from Voting System Vendors and Experts”

Dr. Gilbert received his BS in Systems Analysis from Miami University in Ohio and his MS and PhD degrees in computer science from the University of Cincinnati.


  • Cone Park Branch Library, 2801 E. University Avenue
  • 11:30 – Lunch
  • 12:00 – Presentation begins
  • Registration deadline – Mon, Jan 1st


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January 8
11:30 am - 1:00 pm


Cone Park Branch Library
2801 E. University Ave.
Gainesville, FL 32641 United States
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