CSST 2011 Participants
Warren Allen (Drexel): I’m a PhD candidate at the College of Information Science and Technology (“The iSchool”) at Drexel University. My general research interest is the question of what elements of the human experience transmute in shared technologically-mediated environments, and to what effect. My dissertation research will be focused on participation in hybrid-economic software communities which span the boundaries of work and leisure, and how participation in these communities can be a source of positive knowledge-work experience. In other words, how can participation in Communities of Practice improve the experience of knowledge work beyond just the performance of knowledge work? Before wandering off to Drexel, I studied philosophy and the human sciences at The University of Delaware (B.A., Philosophy) and Georgetown University (M.A., Integrated Studies). Before (re-)entering academia I did time as an information security consultant, web designer, barista, corporate cheerleader, and waiter. I’m easy to find and interact with online.
Morgan Ames (Stanford): I am a PhD candidate in Stanford's Department of Communication, advised by Professor Fred Turner. I earned a bachelor's degree in computer science from UC Berkeley in spring 2004 and a Master's degree in information science from UC Berkeley in spring 2006, and have completed the requirements for a PhD minor in anthropology at Stanford. My current research explores the social meanings of new media technologies. My dissertation work involves the local meanings of the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) project's "XO" laptop. I am focusing on the deployment of 9000 laptops in Paraguay, where I was part of the OLPC volunteer intern program, and other deployments in South America. In collaboration with Nokia Research Center Palo Alto, I have also explored the socioeconomic divides in family practices and parent attitudes around communication and media technologies including computers, video games, mobile phones, and video conferencing in the United States. You can learn more about me at http://morganya.org.
Mike Ananny (Microsoft Research / Harvard Berkman Center for Internet & Society): I'm a Postdoc at Microsoft Research New England and a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet & Society. Most broadly, I study social constructions and uses of networked technologies, specifically looking at how networked technologies, practices and social relations act as free speech infrastructures. For my dissertation (Stanford), I critically traced the concept of institutional autonomy in the contemporary American online press. I have a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science & Human Biology from the University of Toronto, a Masters in Science from the MIT Media Laboratory, and have held fellowships with the Pierre Elliott Trudeau Foundation, Stanford University’s Center on Philanthropy & Civil Society, the LEGO Corporation, and Interval Research. I was a founding member of the research staff at Media Lab Europe and have worked with LEGO, Mattel and Nortel Networks helping to translate research concepts and prototypes into new products and services.
Ayhan Aytes (University of California San Diego): I am a PhD candidate in UCSD, Communication and Cognitive Science program. I have a B.S. degree in Engineering and Master of Design degree in Human-centered Communication Design. My research examines crowdsourcing platforms as part of the historical process of the automation of the intellectual labor. First part of my research focuses on the demonstration of the significance of this transformation in a historical context from Enlightenment automata to Cybernetics. For the current stage of my research, I am interested in understanding the socio-cultural aspects of the contemporary knowledge production processes in distributed work platforms such as Mechanical Turk.
Eric Cook (U. Michigan): I am a post-doctoral research fellow at the School of Information, University of Michigan. I defended my dissertation (also at Michigan) in April of this year. Broadly, I am interested in the mediating role of technology in personal creative activity, particularly in regard to individual experience of cultural participation and engagement. In my dissertation, I focused on a particular domain of personal media production -- that of everyday digital photography. I asked what practices in this domain were used in the construction and maintainence of coherent biographies over time for the participants, and how these practices related to individual psychology well-being. My findings emphasized the multiple concurrent meanings and uses of personal media, leading to a model of five types of overlapping biography work present in this context: procedural work, representational management work, connection work, introspective work and interest/hobby work. More about me at: [http://simulated.net].
Jana Diesner (CMU): I am a PhD student at Carnegie Mellon University, School of Computer Science, in the Computation, Organizations and Society program. My research mission is to contribute to the computational analysis and better understanding of the interplay and co-evolution of information and the functioning of socio-technical networks. My research is at the nexus of network science, machine learning, and natural language processing. In my empirical work, I study networks from the business, science and geopolitical domain. I am particularly interested in factors that impede the sustainable development of networks and their wider context, especially conflicts and crime, and in covert information and covert networks. Besides my academic work, I encourage K12 students, especially women, to pursue careers in computing.
Jill Dimond (GA Tech): Hi ya’ll---I am a student in the Human Centered Computing program in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. I have a bachelor's degree in computer science from the University of Michigan, industry experience in interaction design, and my minor is in women’s studies. My research examines how ICTs affect activist participation in a social movement organization. From the context of action research, I look at the how the development process and the materiality of the technical design shapes how activists organize. My work also contributes to feminist generative design theory and action research participation as a software developer.
Lee Erickson: I am a PhD Candidate at The Pennsylvania State University in the College of Information Sciences and Technology. I am currently studying how small- to medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are leveraging social media and collaborative online tools to connect with the "crowd" as a potential source of product innovation (often referred to as "crowdsourcing"). My research seeks to expand our current understanding of how the crowd is being used to supplement or replace current innovation practices. Of specific interest are 1) clearly defining the key characteristics of crowdsourcing for product innovation (CSPI) through development of explanatory theory, and 2) extending this framework to include motivations of and impacts on SMEs in the U.S. (see summary). I do have a blog, a Facebook, and Twitter account although they all likely feel a bit neglected.
Timothy M. Hale (UAB): I am a PhD candidate in Medical Sociology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham (UAB). My research examines how the Internet is transforming the way people find, share, and use health information, and the impact of these changes on health-promoting behaviors and the health care system. Currently I am examining class-based differences in offline and online health behaviors as health lifestyles. I am also involved in research examining digital inequalities in health-related Internet use, Internet usage and mental well-being, and the of middle school students’ ICT usage (the One Laptop Per Child (OLPC) XO computer) on academic achievement and mental well-being. In August I will continue to pursue this line of research as a postdoctoral fellow at UAB and will be teaching a course on social media. I can be reached via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or on Twitter @h_a_l_e.
Rich Holden (Vanderbilt): I just began a post as Assistant Professor of Medicine and Biomedical Informatics, Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. I earned a joint PhD in Industrial Engineering and Psychology in 2009 from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, where I was trained in human factors/ergonomics (HFE). My work applies HFE theories and methods, particularly at the level of macro- or organizational ergonomics, to a variety of healthcare settings, from pediatric hospitals to primary care clinics. My goal is to improve work in healthcare through better sociotechnical systems design and ultimately to improve patient and employee outcomes. My interests are broad but lately I have focused on using IT to support individual and team cognition, nurses' operational problem solving, and the social consequences of health IT. You can find more information on my research including a list of publications on this website. The best way to contact me is through e-mail because I am not hip enough for Facebook/Twitter. Feel free to add me on LinkedIn.
Joshua Introne (MIT): I am a Research Scientist (effectively postdoc) at the Center for Collective Intelligence at MIT. My research is focused on understanding and building intelligent socio-technical systems. I received my PhD in Computer Science from Brandeis University in 2008. My dissertation described an approach to building groupware that uses AI techniques to improve group performance (e.g. collaborative planning, decision-making). I am currently involved in several projects, the most time-consuming of which (and possibly most important) is building the Climate CoLab, which is a site devoted to crowdsourcing solutions to climate change. My other active research areas include formalisms to improve large group communication, knowledge creation in groups, and story construction across different social network structures. I am really bad at self-documenting, but thrilled to talk with anyone at length about any of these areas and eager to find collaborators. You can email me at my first intial + my last name at mit.edu.
Elahe Javadi (UIUC): I'm PhD candidate in Information Systems at the University of Illinois. I’m interested in the design of socio-technical systems for improving knowledge integration in online communities. My dissertation research was on knowledge integration in electronic group (I will be defending on June 13th); I examined how user interface features influence the extent and quality of knowledge integration in groups. As an extension to my dissertation research I am currently studying how different dimensions of social capital interact with user interface design to form the underpinning processes of knowledge integration. I am also looking at information waste and how it influences the efficacy of knowledge management technologies and practices within different communities. Please see my one-page research summary; you can find me on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook, or contact me via E-mail. I look forward to meeting you all!
Nate Johnson (UW-Madison): I graduated this Spring with a PhD from the School of Library & Information Studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison. Simultaneously, I finished a degree in Communication specializing in rhetorical studies from the University of Washington in Seattle. Beginning in August 2011, I will be an assistant professor in the Department of English at Purdue University. I study how designers and developers talk about information infrastructure, particularly as it relates to standards and classifications. I'm interested in the ontological realities that constellate larger socio-technical systems that are used for communication. In particular, I look at how agency is discursively reconfigured around aspects of infrastructure. My dissertation research involved textual analysis of trade journals, magazines, and web sites related to web standards and web standardization. In that research I looked at how the meaning of design and communication changed in parallel with the constraints of technical standards. You can find me on Facebook, LinkedIn, or my personal website. Feel free to shoot me an email.
Aditya Johri (Virginia Tech): I'm an assistant professor in the Department of Engineering Education at Virginia Tech. I examine the relationship between digital materiality and human cognition to better understand and design formal and informal learning experiences. I view learning as a situated practice which is mediated by signs and tools and occurs in interaction with others. Recent advancement in digital technology has significantly re-organized learning practices by changing who one can interact with (relational practice) and by changing how this interaction is mediated (representational practice), thereby changing the way in which people connect, interact, and learn. The field sites for my research include high-tech firms, open source communities, engineering design teams, and, recently, rural settings in developing economies. I received my Ph.D. (Learning Sciences and Technology Design) from Stanford in 2007. You can find more information about me at: homepage
Emad Khazraee (Drexel): I am a PhD student at the College of Information Science and Technology at Drexel University. My research interests are focused on qualitative and ethnographic investigations of knowledge representation systems in history and archaeology. History and archaeology are areas that we deal with vague, uncertain, contradictory information. This situation is more like the difficult situations in everyday life that we cannot make decisions or do efficient reasoning. I hope that the outcome of my research will be used to address the challenges of knowledge representation and knowledge organization in history and archaeology, in particular, and domains dealing with uncertainty in general. I have studied Architecture in University of Tehran (MArch), and I have experience of work and design in renovation of historic urban quarters, and preservation of cultural heritage sites. In 2006, I joined Encyclopedia of Iranian Architectural History as the director of IT department to create an integrated infrastructure for information dissemination and exchange about cultural heritage in Iran. Here is my initial research summary for CSST. You can find me on Facebook or Twitter, or contact me via emad [at] Drexel.edu.
Min Kyung Lee (CMU)
Karen Levy (Princeton): I'm a Ph.D. student in the sociology department at Princeton. My research focuses on how architecture and design interact with law and technology to regulate behavior and shape social life, with special emphasis on legal and non-legal modalities of social control, surveillance and monitoring, and urban public space. I've also worked with NYC’s Project for Public Spaces on projects related to participatory urban planning and the role of the courthouse in public life. I am an attorney and worked as a federal judicial clerk in Indiana before beginning my Ph.D.; I'm spending the summer as a graduate research intern at Intel's Interaction and Experience Research Lab in Hillsboro, Oregon. Looking forward to meeting everyone!
Jonathan Lukens (GA Tech): I'm a Ph.D. student in Digital Media in the school of Literature, Communication and Culture @Georgia Tech. I'm investigating attempts to build alternative infrastructural systems. I refer to these projects as DIY Infrastructure, and I'm looking at the way they reveal the contingent nature of our reliance on infrastructure, the interdependence of infrastructure and other large technical systems, and the imbrication of computational media with older technical systems. In the days of yore I was an assistant prof of graphic design, and I have a MFA from Parsons. I quit Facebook, Twitter, Linked In, etc, but you can email me at jon -at- infopollen -dot-net.
Ericka Menchen-Trevino (Northwestern University) I am Ph.D. Candidate in the Media, Technology & Society program. My research interests lie at the intersection between new media studies and political communication. My dissertation examines the role of technology in selective exposure to political communication using mixed methods. I created software to gather real-world observational Web data with informed consent, called Roxy, with the help of a software programmer. I used this software combined with online surveys and semi-structured in-person interviews to investigate how and why citizens selected and avoided political information during the 2010 U.S. mid-term election campaign in Illinois. You can reach me via email: emt at u.northwestern dot edu, Twitter: @erickaakcire.
Carlos Monroy (Rice University) I received my doctorate in Computer Science from Texas A&M University in 2010. In my dissertation I implemented an algorithm that exploits relations in a multilingual glossary and an ontology for improving information contextualization, helping nautical archaeologists in the reconstruction of ancient sunken ships. My research interests are educational games, digital libraries, and digital humanities. I work in Game Research and Development at the Center for Technology in Teaching and Learning, Rice University in Houston Texas. I am interested in games for education and ways in which they can foster and inspire careers. Although most of our games are science-related, given my expertise in digital libraries and digital humanities, my approach encompasses what I call STHEM disciplines (Science, Technology, Humanities, Engineering, and Mathematics) as opposed to just STEM. Our studies have demonstrated the benefits of games as educational media, but as emerging technology they also create socio-technical challenges. In the fall of 2010 I investigated the use of a forensic science game (based on the TV show CSI) in a virtual world (whyville.net). At present I'm working on a game for fostering careers in Electrical Engineering, and I'm interesting in a Nanotechnology-related game. I'm also jointly teaching a Game Design course with Universidad Rafael Landivar (Guatemala) using Moodle, web 2.0, and video-conference technologies. You can reach me at carlos dot monroy at rice dot edu.
Sean Munson (U. Michigan) is a PhD candidate in the School of Information at the University of Michigan. His research interests include social computing and persuasive technology in the domains of wellness and political diversity. Munson received a BS in engineering from Olin College.
Lisa Newon (UCLA): I am a PhD student in UCLA’s Department of Anthropology, specializing in linguistic anthropology and advised by Marjorie Goodwin and Elinor Ochs. My research interests center on language, discursive interaction, and the construction of notions of “community” online. My work explores how speakers and hearers in online communities of practice, adapt to ecologies of restricted semiotic access in order to stylistically perform virtual identities. My most recent project explores how expert and novice players collaborate and interact using multimodal discursive styles while playing the MMORPG World of Warcraft (Blizzard Entertainment 2004-2011). My dissertation focuses on not only the social identities and worlds that new media facilitate, but also how interactive media identities and worlds are engineered by teams of designers in video game companies. You can reach me at email@example.com.
Anne Oeldorf-Hirsch (Penn State): I am currently finishing my PhD in Mass Communications in the College of Communications at Penn State. Broadly, I am in the media effects track, and am part of a research group that studies the psychology of new communication technology. My own research is focused on social media, in terms of how it shapes our communication, how it offers new forms of communication, e.g., through features such as tagging, and how we can use these new affordances to enhance civic participation. My dissertation uses an experiment to test various ways of using Facebook for their impact on engagement in current news stories, which I will be defending in July. My B.A. is in Psychology (with an Industrial/Organizational focus) from Portland State University in Oregon, where I grew up. Though I am technically still at Penn State, I am now living in South Carolina. In addition to sites mentioned on my site, you can also find me on Facebook.
Elisa Oreglia (Berkeley) I am a PhD candidate at the School of Information, where I work with my adviser, Jenna Burell, on the use of ICT by marginalized people. My dissertation is about the circulation of ICT (in particular mobile phones but increasingly computers) between urban and rural China, and the ways in which people adopt and adapt these technologies. In general, I am interested in the role that ICT might (or might not) play in a developmental context from different perspectives: the role of the state (and here China is a good case study, because of the present and active role the state plays in promoting as well as controlling the use of ICT), the role of NGOs and international organizations, and most importantly the decisions and choices people make.
Tanya Rabourn (UT-Austin) I'm a PhD student in The School of Information. Previously, I worked in NYC as a user experience designer for educational institutions, research centers, new media agencies and financial services firms. My research examines how design practices shape ICT for development projects. Specifically I consider how relevant social groups construct the user and how their worldviews and assumptions about technology can affect the design and use of technology intended to address social and humanitarian needs.
Gregory Ramsey (Morgan State) I am an assistant professor of information science and systems at the Graves School of Business & Management (I just finished my first year). My research examines how people process information to make decisions in dynamic environments. A context that I have a great deal of interest in is healthcare. Previously I have examined how individuals made decisions, as a follow on I am interested in how groups of people make decisions to achieve a common goal.
Rebecca Reynolds (Rutgers) I’m an assistant professor of library and information science at Rutgers University School of Communication and Information. I'm in the process of evaluating middle, high and community college student learning in the Globaloria-WV project, a 7-year pilot initiative in its 4th year of implementation, run by a non-profit in NYC called the World Wide Workshop Foundation. In this project, the organization provides school partners with a range of digital learning supports towards their developing digital literacy, computational thinking, and core subject domain knowledge. Students in ~40 schools in 2010/2011 have participated in a year-long game design class in school, daily for up to 90 minutes per session, for credit and a grade. They use an online wiki-based social network and content platform called MyGLife.org as part of this elective class. Students engage with the wiki and its resources individually, in the context of small teams, as well as at the class (school) level, with work recorded as editing traces in the wiki in all modalities. We have recently been given access by the non-profit to all wiki log files for the project for the last 2 years. While student activities follow a structure set out by the instructor, our data show substantial variability from group to group within a school, and across schools. One area of research is to analyze patterns of team collaborative wiki use among students in schools, informed by socio-technical theories and approaches. As outcome variable, I have developed a formative evaluation in the form of a reliable content analysis coding scheme which has generated team-level game design knowledge variables for all Year 3 & 4 student work. Patterns of student wiki use among team members will be explored as contributors/correlates to student/team knowledge outcomes, along with a range of motivational variables, using design-based research approaches that also consider student interaction with teacher scaffolding and e-learning supports via the wiki environment.
Daniela Rosner (Berkeley) Daniela is a designer, researcher, and all around craft enthusiast. Her work concerns the skills and values embedded in craftwork, and the opportunities and challenges afforded by new materials and tools. She is currently a PhD candidate at the School of Information at UC Berkeley where her research focuses on the interplay between technology, handcraft, and the creative communities around them. Before coming to Berkeley, she worked at museums for three years as a digital media and exhibit designer. She holds a B.F.A in Graphic Design from the Rhode Island School of Design and a Masters in Computer Science from the University of Chicago.
Dana Rotman (U. Maryland) I am PhD candidate at the University of Maryland iSchool and Human-Computer Interaction Lab. My research interests lie within the scope of human-computer interaction, and specifically at the intersection of social media, design and motivation. In my work I examine how interaction patterns are affected by users’ motivations, and by the social tools that they are offered. To do that I look at YouTube data (yeah, I get paid to watch online videos!), and conduct a mixed-method study in which I try to uncover implicit motivational factors and align them with reported interaction patterns. My interest in motivational factors as determinants of collaborative work led me to further explore this topic in a different context. In the Biotracker project I am looking into collaborative the motivational frameworks that guide (and sometimes hinder) online collaborations between professional scientists and citizen scientists. You can find me on Twitter though I rarely tweet outside of conferences/workshops.
Daniel B. Shank (U. Georgia). I am a PhD candidate in Sociology, specifically focused on social-psychology, emotion, and technology. I have masters in both Artificial Intelligence and Sociology (both from the University of Georgia). For my dissertation I conducted a laboratory experiment on how customers attribute emotions to companies when those companies replace human workers with computers. My general interests lie in human-computer interaction when the computer in the interaction is treated socially and how that alter social-psychological processes.
Barbara Sheehan (Columbia) I am a pediatric nurse practitioner and informatician. I received my PhD in nursing informatics from Columbia University in Oct 2010. My research is focused on the development and use of decision support systems in high acuity pediatric settings. Currently, I am co-investigator in a multi-center study to develop and implement decision rules for managing children with blunt head trauma in the emergency department. I am interested in examination of team processes and workflow in healthcare settings. More specifically, how workflow evolves from the interaction between patients, care teams and IT systems and what that means for innovative system development. I am searching for more creative methods to examine and describe clinical processes and I look forward to learning from people whose work is outside of healthcare!
Besiki Stvilia (Florida State) is an Assistant Professor at the College of Communication and Information. He received his Ph.D. in Library and Information Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He studies and teaches about Metadata and Ontology Design, Information Quality Assurance, Image Retrieval, and Social Informatics. In particular, he studies the evolving patterns of collaborative work organization and technology use in large community based open information systems, and develops models for information and metadata quality measurement, dynamics and, intervention.
Catalina Toma (Universiy of Wisconsin - Madison) I am an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication Arts. I received my PhD from Cornell University's Department of Communication in 2010. My research examines how new communication technologies affect social interaction. I focus on relational processes such as impression management and impression formation, deception and trust, interpersonal attraction and emotional well-being. I am also interested in how language is produced and interpreted in computer-mediated contexts. Recent projects have investigated self-presentation and deception in online dating profiles, and the psychological benefits and costs of social network sites.
Sara Värlander (Stanford) I have a PhD in Business Administration from Stockholm University School of Business in Stockholm, Sweden. I defended my dissertation 'Framing and overflowing: How the infusion of Information Technology alters proximal service production' in 2007 and thereafter I worked as Assistant professor for three years. In 2010 I started a Post Doc position at Stanford at the Department of Management Science and Engineering. In my current research project I am exploring how work practices are flexibly enacted across cultural contexts in globally distributed teams, the empirical site being one of the largest global software companies. More specifically, I am interested in the role of time, embodiment and materiality in relation to global work. Previously, I have published papers on how organizational spatial layout affects flexibility and creativity; the emergent outcomes of e-banking; and the embodied and material dimensions of knowledge work. You can reach me via Facebook or e-mail: sarav1 at stanford dot edu
Jessica Vitak (Michigan State) is a PhD student in the Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media department at MSU. She studies the social impacts of new communication technologies, with a focus on relationship maintenance and interaction on social network sites (SNSs). Her current research examines the impact of context collapse (i.e., the flattening of multiple audiences into a single, uniform group, such as occurs through Facebook's Friends List) on self-presentation and the strategies users employ to manage relationships with a wide variety of ties on the site. Additionally, she has worked with Nicole Ellison and Cliff Lampe for the last three years, studying SNS use through the lens of social capital. She has published articles and book chapters on Facebook use during the 2008 political election; students' use of Facebook as a collaborative educational tool; strategies students employ to manage norm violations on Facebook; and the relationship between privacy, audience, and social capital on SNSs. Additional information can be found on her blog and Academia.edu page.
Rick Wash (Michigan State) is a tenure-track Assistant Professor at Michigan State University. He has a joint appointment in the School of Journalism and the Department of Telecommunication, Information Studies, and Media. RIck studies how to design social media systems to influence behavior and create more valuable group-level behaviors. One of the biggest challenges in understanding social media is understanding how individual interactions aggregate to create group-level effects. For example, he is studying crowdfunding sites (like Kickstarter []) that depend on many users coordinating to generate enough funding for projects to succeed. In another project, he is studying how home computer users can share information to influence the collective folk models of users to produce higher levels of security. Prior to Michigan State University, he completed his dissertation in 2009 at the School of Information at the University of Michigan studying under Jeff MacKie-Mason. More information can be found on his website.
Woodrow Winchester (Virginia Tech)
Susan Wyche (Virginia Tech) is a Computing Innovation Fellow (CI Fellow) at Virginia Tech's Center for Human-Computer Interaction. Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, design and cultural studies of technology. Currently, Wyche is examining “transnational design,” or how the meaning users give to technology changes across geographical boundaries and understanding how those different meanings shape technology development. She is working with Kenyan immigrants living in Southwest Virginia and their family members in Kenya to explore this topic. Prior to coming to Virginia Tech, Wyche received her PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology. You can learn more here:http://www.susanwyche.com/.
Jude Yew (U. Michigan): I am a Doctoral Candidate at the School of Information, University of Michigan. I will be transitioning to become a Research Fellow (read postdoc) on the DataNet project at SI in July/August. My research work speaks to both the activities of understanding and designing for prosocial behavior in online settings - specifically I am interested in the prosocial sharing of user-generated content. My dissertation investigates the socio-technical affordances that encourage individuals to freely share their music for others to reuse, remix and otherwise appropriate. The findings from this investigation are used to develop a framework with which to understand and design systems that motivate the sharing of content. The "Social Performance" framework helps to explain online prosocial behaviors by viewing them as public expressions of self-identity and group affiliation. In future work, I seek to extend this framework to other domains and contexts, and hopefully develop a generalizable set of principles for how to encourage participation, contribution and sharing through system design and social dynamics. More information about me can be found on my website.