Summer Research Institute 2015

Starting in 2008, the CSST Summer Research Institute has brought together scholars from a broad range of intellectual communities to network and mentor, and to develop research projects and proposals related to the interplay of social and technological systems that span individuals, groups, organizations, and societies. CSST2015 continues the tradition of strengthening and expanding the diverse community.

This year’s event brought together graduate students, post-doctoral students, faculty, and other researchers from academic and for a week of activities to identify substantive ways that the theories, approaches, and tools within the larger community can advance their work with the design and study of sociotechnical systems. A total of 63 attendees were invited this year, from 33 universities and from Intel, Google, e-Democracy, and Booz Allen.

Sessions at this year’s Summer Institute included workshop ideation, organized and informal networking sessions, and mentoring sessions from an intellectually-diverse group of experienced academic and industry colleagues. These sessions and the event in general are designed to develop skills and knowledge in early-career researchers, develop and maintain professional contacts, and identify and encourage opportunities for future workshops, advancing concepts, and spreading the word about sociotechnical systems scholarship.

Photos from CSST 2015

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What did this year’s attendees think of the event?

CSST 2015 has been an absolutely wonderful experience. As a late-stage PhD candidate, I’ve found the conference to be exceptionally well organized around the goals of informing, educating, and developing me as a young sociotechnical researcher. The small, intimate setting is very well suited for growing and strengthening my social network of like-minded peers and mentors – and is one of the most rewarding and beneficial aspects of the summer institute experience.

C.J. Hutto (Doctoral Student, Georgia Institute of Technology)

Coming to CSST for the first time from a business school, I was extremely impressed by the caliber of scholars and research topics and also excited to see many shared interests and opportunities of interdisciplinary collaboration.

Hani Safadi (Assistant Professor, Stevens Institute of Technology)

This summer institute has been really helpful for me to think and position myself as a sociotechnical researcher. I got concrete feedback for my research and career. Specifically, I presented a mini version of my job talk and got very detailed feedback from the research spotlight session on how to better organize my slides and present my research work. On the other hand, I built good collaborations that led to research proposals and publications.

– Wanli Xing (Doctoral Student, University of Missouri)

Event Details

CSST 2015 was hosted by University of Colorado Boulder and held at The Nature Place in Florissant, Colorado. The event was sponsored by the following organizations:

Concurrent Events

  • CSST Infrastructure team: Warren Allen (FSU), Josh Introne (Michigan State), Daniel Carter (UT Austin), Kendall Koning (Michigan State), Jonathan Morgan (Michigan State), Liz Thiry (Booz Allen/Penn. State)

Research Catalyst Workshops

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Amanda Hughes Utah State University
Brian Keegan Research Associate Harvard University
Alex Leavitt Doctoral Student University of Southern California
Bryan Semaan Assistant Professor Syracuse University
Kate Starbird Assistant Professor University of Washington
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Rosta Forzan Assistant Professor University of Pittsburgh
Steven Clift Executive Director E-democracy
Brian Butler Professor University of Maryland
Claudia Lopez Doctoral Student University of Pittsburgh
Myeong Lee Doctoral Student University of Maryland

Event Participants

Ken Anderson Principal Researcher Intel
Cecilia Aragon Associate Professor University of Washington
Diane Bailey Associate Professor University of Texas at Austin
Elizabeth Churchill Director, User Experience Google
Dan Cosley Associate Professor Cornell University
Cliff Lampe Associate Professor University of Michigan
Wayne Lutters Associate Professor University of Maryland, Baltimore County
Bonnie Nardi Professor University of California, Irvine
Leysia Palen Associate Professor University of Colorado, Boulder
Scott Robertson Professor University of Hawaii
Steve Sawyer Professor Syracuse University
Andrea Tapia Associate Professor Pennsylvania State University
Mike Twidale Professor University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Karen Baker Doctoral Student University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Joe Bayer Doctoral Student University of Michigan
Bridget Blodgett Assistant Professor University of Baltimore
Erin Brady Doctoral Student University of Rochester
Julia Bullard Doctoral Student University of Texas at Austin
Laura Devendorf Doctoral Student University of California, Berkeley
Tawanna Dillahunt Assistant Professor University of Michigan
Andy Echenique Doctoral Student University of California, Irvine
Greg Edeson Doctoral Student University of Tasmania
Engida Gebre Postdoctoral Researcher University of Colorado, Boulder
Colin Gray Postdoctoral Researcher Iowa State University
Beka Gulotta Doctoral Student Carnegie Mellon University
Keith Han Doctoral Student Pennsylvania State University
Yun Huang Assistant Professor Syracuse University
C.J. Hutto Doctoral Student Georgia Institute of Technology
Nassim JafariNaimi Assistant Professor Georgia Institute of Technology
Elizabeth Kaziunas Doctoral Student University of Michigan
Tanya Kelley Doctoral Student Arizona State University
Jinyoung Kim Doctoral Student University of Maryland
Neha Kumar Postdoctoral Researcher University of Southern California
Misa Maruyama Doctoral Student University of Hawaii
Andrew Miller Postdoctoral Researcher University of Washington
Gabriel Mugar Doctoral Student Syracuse University
Mustafa Ozkaynak Assistant Professor University of Colorado, Anschutz
Hani Safadi Assistant Professor Stevens Institute of Technology
Anastasia Sergeeva Postdoctoral Researcher VU University Amsterdam
Austin Toombs Doctoral Student Indiana University
Nic Weber Doctoral Student University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign
Pawel Wozniak Doctoral Student Chalmers University of Technology
Wanli Xing Doctoral Student University of Missouri
Rayoung Yang Doctoral Student University of Michigan
Zhan Zhang Doctoral Student Drexel University
Jason Zietz Doctoral Student University of Colorado, Boulder