Tamara Peyton I'm a PhD student at York University in the inter-disciplinary Joint Program in Communications & Culture. My academic background is in sociology and political science. Prior to fleeing to the ivory towers, I was a web systems project designer and usability architect. My research interests are around video games, social media and military families, and my research is framed by a strong commitment to STS mixed methods work.
I'm a temporary american, currently living in Maryland, but lifelong proud Canadian. I'm a military wife, dog lover, coffee fiend, video game aficionado, part time trekkie (Star Trek Online) and forever fan of fantasy and science fiction. You can find me on twitter: @pstamara
Michele A. Burton is a second-year Human-Centered Computing PhD student at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She holds a Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from Bowie State University and a Masters of Software Engineering from Auburn University. She has worked in industry as both a Voice User Interface Designer for IVR systems and an Accessibility Analyst involved in evaluating systems for compliance with accessibility standards. She has now returned to school full-time with a clear vision of creating accessible technology and practical solutions to everyday problems. Her current research focuses on making fashion accessible and she plans to propose her doctoral research by Spring 2013. In her spare time she co-owns a small handmade crafts business called M&S Paperworks.
Megan Strait: I'm a tiny gardener. I enjoy crafting stars and I'm addicted to League of Legends. My favorite color is purple. I have purple hair, purple glasses, and I only grow purple vegetables. I spend my days drawing moustaches on robots and reading minds with fNIRS. For more robots and purple everything, kinect with me! @megankstrait
Claude Fortin: A French-Canadian interdisciplinary scholar from Montreal, Quebec, I came to SFU’s School of Interactive Arts and Technology to study the social potential of large interactive digital displays in urban environments. My engagement with social interaction design builds on a solid foundation of academic studies in the humanities, social sciences and fine arts (theory and praxis), a college degree in pure and applied sciences, and a 2-year technical diploma in ceramics design.
Prior to my graduate studies, I freelanced as a French translator to make a living. My hobbies include visiting art exhibitions, practicing tai chi and cooking unusual dishes invented on the fly. I was a single mom at age 20 and raised my child alone. It is thus from first-hand experience that I have learned the importance of community and the power of bottom-up grass roots approaches. My goal is to contribute to HCI research by building technological tools that help level the playing field.
Dana Rotman: I'm a PhD candidate at the College of Information Studies, University of Maryland’s iSchool and the Human-Computer Interaction Lab.
My research interests lie at the intersection of social media, design and motivation. In my work I examine how interaction patterns are affected by users’ motivations, and the social tools that they are offered. I situate my current research in the developing practice of crowdsourcing scientific explorations through collaboration between scientists and citizen scientists. Being involved in scientific crowdsourcing led me to do things that I've never imagined doing, like being part of resuscitating a sloth, or waking up at 5am to go bird-watching (love the birds, hate the hour).
I was once an attorney, but have since recovered from that...
You can find me on Twitter @danarotman, but I rarely tweet outside of conferences.
Madeline E. Smith: I am a second-year PhD Student at Cornell University in Information Science. My research currently focuses on communication technologies for maintaining relationships and social support. I'm originally from Bethlehem, PA, but I've been living in Ithaca, NY for the last six years. I'm a really picky eater and I tend to make funny faces around new foods, so please don't take it personally! You can follow me on twitter @madsesmith.
Kyle Rector: I was born in Torrance, CA, and I lived in Laguna Hills, CA until the age of seven. I moved to Clackamas, OR where I spent my adolescent years. I attended Clackamas High School where I was involved in cross country, swim team, track and field, band, choir, and key club. After high school graduation, I decided to take a year off to get a fresh perspective on life. I volunteered fulltime as an AmeriCorps volunteer for Portland Habitat for Humanity; I put in over 750 hours and helped build 15 duplexes and a home.
I received my Bachelors of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering and Computer Science from Oregon State University. While in my undergraduate career I was fortunate to pursue research throughout college with Professor Dr. Burnett in Human Computer Interaction. The project that intrigued me the most was to investigate how different genders use Microsoft Excel. I have also done research at the University of Washington and Carnegie Mellon University, two internships at Intel, an internship at Hewlett Packard, and an internship at Google.
I am currently in my second year of pursuing my Ph.D. at the University of Washington. I am in the research area of Human Computer Interaction, with an emphasis on Accessibility.
In my spare time, I enjoy running, swimming, cooking, and music. In addition, I try to engage in outdoor activities such as hiking, and camping. I enjoy playing the guitar, piano, clarinet, and attending concerts of all genres.
Elizabeth Bales is a PhD student at UC San Diego advised by William Griswold. Her research interests are Ubiquitous Computing and Human Computer Interaction, and her work focuses on connecting people effectively through low maintenance mobile technologies. Her current research looks at communal use of personalized air quality sensors. In her free time Elizabeth enjoys Dancing (Scottish Highland, Ballet, and Bollywood), going to Disneyland, and hanging out with her husband Nathan.
Daniel Perry is a PhD student in Human Centered Design &Engineering at the University of Washington and a researcher in the Scientific Collaboration and Creativity Lab at UW. He holds a BA from Brown University and a Master of Information Management &Systems from UC Berkeley. When not programming games for his research on scientific collaboration, he enjoys outrigger canoe, hiking, and coming up with late night compositions on the piano. @danielbperry
My name is Marvin Andujar, born in Santo Domingo (country’s capital), Dominican Republic. I came to the United States in 2004 as a high school student. Since 2004, I have been living in New Jersey while completing my high school diploma and my undergraduate degrees in Computer Science and Mathematical Sciences.
Recently, I moved to South Carolina to pursue my PhD. in Human-Centered Computing at Clemson University under the supervision of Dr. Juan Gilbert. My research of interest is on Brain-Computer Interface in which I have been working with Dr. Gilbert for about two years.
Besides spending countless hours in the lab conducting research, I participate in different activities such as swimming at least once a week. I enjoy watching movies, especially the ones that shows the latest technology.
One more interesting thing about me; when I used to live in my country I used to practice martial arts for couple of years. I also participated in various tournaments and won many competitions over there and in Florida, USA.
I always look forward to meet other people within HCI and of other fields as well. Please add me to Google+ using my Gmail: email@example.com or on Facebook.
Shannon Roberts: I was born in Jefferson City, MO, and raised in St. Louis, MO. I received my Bachelors of Science in Mechanical Engineering from Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in June 2009. While at MIT, I did two summer internships at Anheuser-Busch, Inc. and two summer internships at General Motors Corporation. In addition to summer internships, I spent 3.5 years as an undergraduate research assistant at the MIT AgeLab. Doing research at the AgeLab initially got me interested in Human Factors and driver distraction. As such, I decided to attend graduate school at UW-Madison to pursue my research interest further.
In my free time, I like to cook, travel, play games, read novels, watch movies, and SHOP. Shopping is by far my favorite activity. I'm also very competitive when it comes to games like cards, chess, Scrabble, and shuffleboard.
Elizabeth Thiry: I am a PhD. candidate in the College of Information Sciences and Technology at Penn State. I identify myself as an HCI researcher with an emphasis on understanding and support user experience through design and evaluation. Specially, old adults and the creation of digital reminiscing artifacts. In my spare time and to relief stress, I play roller derby (I am a blocker) and run (I am signed up for my first marathon in October, I ran a 1/2 in December of 2011). My twitter handle is @thirystheory
Andy Echenique is a PhD student at the University of California, Irvine in the Informatics department. He earned his Master’s in Human Computer Interaction from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his undergraduate degree from Carnegie Mellon University in Psychology. Working on a variety of projects ranging from Human-Robot Interaction to computer supported collaborative learning, Andy has over 5 years of working experience in HCI. This includes working in Carnegie Mellon’s HCII, Georgia Tech’s GVU, and NTT Communication Science Laboratory in Japan. Advised by Dr. Yunan Chen, Andy’s interests include computer-mediated communication and cross-cultural collaboration.
Robin Brewer is a first year PhD student in Human-Centered Computing at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County (UMBC). She received a Bachelor's of Science in Computer Science from the University of Maryland, College Park.
Currently she does research in the Prototyping and Development Lab at UMBC. Due to research experiences in the past at the Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HCIL) and the CMU Usable Privacy and Security (CUPS) Lab, her research interests lie at the intersection of social computing and accessibility.
In her spare time she likes to watch HGTV and the Food Network, go bowling, read her Nook, and blog about natural hair! She loves to travel, but only to warm climates and therefore looks forward to CHI in Austin.
Follow her on Twitter (@DRin_theMaking) or G+ (Robin Brewer) or check out her natural hair blog (http://peacelovenhair.blogspot.com).
Anamary Leal: I am a 3rd year Ph.D candidate in 3DUI's and one of my hopes for the field is use it as a tool to me design real-world objects such as costumes, garments, plushies & other arts & crafts.
Arts & crafts have been one of my longest-held hobbies. Many of my arts & craft creations were inspired from beloved video games, anime/Japanese animation, and cartoons.
I come from University of Central Florida, and from there I came from Miami, Florida. My father came from Cuba and my mother came from Chile, so I have a Chilean, song-like tone to my spanish.
Jeremy T. Barksdale
Jeremy Barksdale is an Southern Regional Education Board (SREB) Doctoral Scholar pursuing a Ph.D. in Computer Science (with a concentration in HCI) and a Master’s in Public Administration (MPA). His professional interests include: research on enhancing software usability by improving the interaction in agile usability teams through the application of socio-cognitive theory, and influencing science, technology, and innovation policy. His publications have appeared in proceedings of the IEEE Computing Agile, ACM Special Interest Group on Computer Human Interaction (SIGCHI), and the ACM Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW) Conferences. During his time in the PhD program, he has interned at Microsoft Research and Meridium.
Prior to entering the PhD program, he earned a B.A. in Broadcast Production with a minor in Business Administration, and an M.S. in Computer Science with a concentration in Software Engineering from NC A&T State University. Prior work experience includes employment with the U.S. Government, Booz Allen Hamilton, and the Department of Computer Science as an adjunct faculty member at NC A&T State University.
His non-academic activities have included volunteering on the Board of Directors for a local non-profit mediation agency and serving on the Planning Board for his hometown—Sedalia, NC. His personal interests are volunteering, playing musical instruments, singing, reading, and moderate outdoor activities such as hiking and biking. After graduation, Jeremy plans to engage in industry research, teach at the university level, and maintain an active presence in the policy community.
Danielle L. Jones is PhD candidate at the University of Memphis in the Computer Science Department who holds a Bachelors of Science in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee at Chattanooga.
Her current research is in barriers that pairs of collaborators face during the Software Engineering practice of pair programming. Because pair programming involves two human working with different mindsets with one computer to complete a single task, it provides a rich context for the investigation of collaboration in HCI.
In her spare time, she is an avid reader of romance novels. She also enjoys trying new recipes, watching old movies, and volunteering within community organizations such as Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. and the National Society of Black Engineers.
Please add her to your Google+ using her Gmail: firstname.lastname@example.org or on Facebook.
Juliette Link is a grad student and research assistant at the University of British Columbia. Her research focuses on understanding and improving expert interactions with computer applications. She currently lives in Vancouver, Canada, but is originally from Minneapolis, MN. She's moved 12 times in the past 6 years, and hopes to keep travelling but maybe move a little less frequently. Other than travelling, in her spare time she enjoys playing in the Vancouver Dodgeball League, searching for the best brunch places in Vancouver, and is currently addicted to watching Game of Thrones.
Hamilton Hernandez: I am a 2nd year PhD student at the School of Computing in Queen's University, Kingston, Ontario, Canada. My research: exergames for children with cerebral palsy.
I am from Colombia, the one on the Ecuator with every type of weather all around the year; and I am exactly from the region where the best coffee is grown... I don't usually drink coffee though :P
I left Colombia for my first time to start my Ph.D. in Canada. I think I lived in Canada in a previous life, cause I love this crazy weather, and like Trinity learning to pilot a helicopter in Matrix, I learned to ski in a blink!
I love mountains, unfortunately there are not too many (any) where I live now, but sometimes I forget about that dancing salsa and bachata with other Latin dancers that make me feel/move like at home ♪♫
I love sports, I have practiced lots of them; I am currently focusing a lot in squash.
I also like extreme activities: roller coasters, bungee jumping, skydiving...!
Shiri Azenkot: I'm a third-year PhD student in Computer Science & Engineering at the University of Washington, advised by Richard Ladner and Jacob Wobbrock. My interests include human-computer interaction and accessibility. I'm researching ways to enable people with disabilities to access information online and in the real world using mainstream mobile devices. Before entering graduate school, I received my bachelor's degree in computer science from Pomona College and worked in the Silicon Valley for a few years.
Phillip Hall: Hello, I'm Phillip; I am from a small town in North Carolina called Stanley. I went to undergrad at North Carolina A&T State University(Aggie Pride!!) and received a B.S. in Computer Science. Currently I am attending Clemson University in South Carolina pursuing a Ph.D in Human-Centered Computing.
In my free time, I like to cook or experiment in the kitchen, play video games, sing, watch new movies, go to the gym, and be on my laptop. Free time is very valuable in grad school, so I cherish it.
I'm looking forward to being part of the workshop and meeting new people and of course traveling.
Sarah Marie Esper is a second year graduate student at UCSD pursuing her PhD in Computer Science, focusing on Computer Science Education and Ubiquitous Computing. She graduated with her BS in Computer Science from UCSD in December 2010. During her PhD Sarah plans to develop ubiquitous systems that can enhance the learning process for undergraduate students. She also hopes to reach younger students as well but will start with undergraduates. Sarah works closely with Dr. Beth Simon and Dr. Bill Griswold on her PhD work. Currently she is collaborating with a fellow PhD student, Stephen Foster, on a 3D immersive video game to teach Java programming to novices. This work is very new and she hopes to get feedback on it during CHIMe and CHI. When she isn’t in the CSE Building, Sarah can be found camping with her boyfriend Adrian or playing with her kittens Luke and Princess. She also loves fantasy/sci-fi/fiction movies and books and will watch Disney any day of the week.
Elizabeth Murnane: I'm a first year PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University. My research is currently supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship awarded in 2011, and my advisors are Professor Dan Cosley and Professor Carl Lagoze. My interests lie in intelligent information systems and semantic computing, and my research more specifically focuses on modeling user attributes and goals in order to create interfaces that are more tailored to individual needs and better support information management tasks.
I'm a member of Cornell's Graduate Student Programming Board, I volunteer with the graduate chapter of the Society of Women Engineers, and I hold positions in the Information Science Department's PhD Student Organization. Before coming to Cornell, I graduated from MIT in 2007 with an S.B. in Mathematics with Computer Science, and undergraduate research at MIT led me to co-found a startup company upon graduation called Architexa. I spent four years at the research and development oriented spin-off engineering visualization tools to help software developers better understand and share important aspects of source code.
For fun, I play volleyball, bike, play piano, and enjoy crafts. I also find my new home of Ithaca to be totally sweet, and it has opened up a whole new world of things to do like hiking gorges, exploring plantations, and frequenting festivals. And as always, I'm psyched about discovering new people and places.
Zeina Leong: I am graduate student in CS but most of my research is within the Learning Sciences. Prior to graduate school I did software development for various government contracts and achieved a graduate degree in Montessori education. My current research brings together HCI, education, and health. I volunteer my time at a local hospital and help develop educational interactives for children with chronic diseases.
I grew up in Atlanta, GA, in a very Lebanese family. My mom is thus far the best cook I've ever met. She formed my appreciation for the delicacies of food and culture.
Currently, I dabble in Chicago, IL and live in Washington D.C. I love gardening, cooking, traveling, biking, and creating. Currently my vegetable and succulent gardens are thriving, and I'm trying my hand in landscaping the bare yard. I'm also attempting to master sewing... and I've been training for a half-marathon!
Deana Brown /dee-nah/ is a Human-Centered Computing Ph.D. student in the College of Computing at the Georgia Institute of Technology. Her research spans Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Social and Ubiquitous Computing and Technologies for Emerging Markets. Her current work investigates the design of communication technologies to support parenting across borders as it occurs in the Caribbean context between migrant parents and their children left-behind.
She is a native of Jamaica and an avid traveler, having studied in the US, South Africa and Spain and visited over 20 countries. She is a hobby photographer and enjoys sampling local pescetarian cuisine. Find her at www.deanab.com or on twitter @deanabea.
Halimat Alabi I am currently designing a mobile application for chronic health management as part of my PhD in Computer Science at the University of Victoria in British Columbia. I'm the single mom of an awesome 11 year old who often critiques my work :)
Formally trained as an engineer, I describe myself as an interactive entertainment designer. After receiving a degree in Acoustical Engineering from Purdue University I went into news, working in the newsrooms of PBS, FOX and CBS stations. Later I obtained a master's degree in Television, Film and New Media Production a teaching certificate in Educational Technology. From there I went on to work in console game development for Sony and THQ. I have worked on PSP, PS2, PS3 and Wii games. I have also taught mathematics, game and web design at DeVry University and the Art Institute of California. On Twitter I'm @game411.
Kavita Krishnaswamy: I am a Ph.D. student in the Computer Science and Electrical Engineering Department at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. My research is involved in developing robotic systems to provide assistance and increase independence for people with disabilities. I am a recipient of the NSF LSAMP Bridge to the Doctorate, Ford Foundation Predoctoral, and National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowships. I am interested in becoming a full-time professor conducting research, teaching, and contributing to society. My email address is email@example.com.