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Fernando Flores

Fernando Flores is coming to Georgia Tech on Friday September 29th for a separate GVU event. Because there is so much interest in this talk, we decided it would be silly to try and compete with it. In leiu of coming to a special cognitive science brownbag, please attend his talk on the first floor of TSRB.

Talk info:

Friday, September 29th at noon in the TSRB Auditorium
Uses of the Internet in Chilean politics.


Fernando Flores Labra was a Chilean cabinet minister during the government of Chilean president Salvador Allende and then spent three years as a political prisoner of General Augusto Pinochet. Released after negotiations of Amnesty International, he established his family in Palo Alto and started to work as a researcher of the Computer Science department at Stanford University where he earned the PhD under the guidance of Hubert Dreyfus, Stuart Dreyfus, John Searle and Ann Markussen. There he developed his work on philosophy, coaching, and workflow technology, influenced by Heidegger, Francisco Varela, Terry Winograd, John Austin and others. He obtained a PhD in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. His thesis was titled Management and Communication in the Office of the Future. He created several companies including "Logonet", an educational company; "Business Design Associates", a management consulting company; and Action Technologies, a software company, where he introduced new distinctions in Workflow Analysis, Groupware, software design and business process analysis.

He is co-author with Terry Winograd of the widely-referenced 1986 book Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design.

Some years ago, Flores returned to Chile and was elected to the Senate. Dr. Flores is currently a Senator of the Republic of Chile (2002-2010) where he represents the Región of Tarapacá. In the senate, he is President of the Special Commission for the Society of Information and Knowledge as well as a Member of the senate's Commission of Defense. He is the author of Building Trust: In Business, Politics, Relationships, and Life; Understanding Computers and Cognition: A New Foundation for Design (with Terry Winograd); Disclosing New Worlds: Entrepreneurship, Democratic Action, and the Cultivation of Solidarity, and contributor to Beyond Calculation: The Next Fifty Years, a special issue of the Communications of the ACM journal.

Fernando is currently visiting the United States as director of Fundacion Pais Digital, an NGO whose mission is to foster the development and adoption of technology in Chile through the identification and application of innovative information and communication technologies. Fundacion Pais Digital strives to create opportunities involving academic, private and governmental sectors of Chile.

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