Awarded ISTC Graduate Research Fellowship!

I am grateful to announce that I was awarded Intel Science and Technology Center (ISTC) for Social Computing Graduate Research Awards for the 2014-2015 academic year!

The ISTC for Social Computing is one of a network of university-based research centers supported by Intel Corporation. Based at UC Irvine, ISTC-Social is focused particularly on interdisciplinary investigations of the social and cultural aspects of information technology and digital media, and is a partnership with Intel’s Interaction and Experience Research laboratory.

Best Paper Nominee at ICT4S 2014!

A many-authored paper, including myself and advisors Gillian R. Hayes and Melissa Mazmanian among its authors, was nominated for a Best Paper Award at the ICT for Sustainability 2014 conference!

TITLE: ICT4S 2029: What will be the systems supporting sustainability in 15 years?
AUTHORS: Birgit Penzenstadler, Bill Tomlinson, Eric Baumer, Marcel Pufal, Ankita Raturi, Debra Richardson, Baki Cakici, Ruzanna Chitchyan, Georges Da Costa, Lynn Dombrowski, Malin Picha Edwardsson, Elina Eriksson, Xavier Franch, Gillian R. Hayes, Christina Herzog, Wolfgang Lohmann, Martin Mahaux, Alistair Mavin, Melissa Mazmanian, Sahand Nayebaziz, Juliet Norton, Daniel Pargman, Donald J. Patterson, Jean-Marc Pierson, Kristin Roher, M. Six Silberman, Kevin Simonson, Andrew W. Torrance and Andre van der Hoek

Congrats to the authors!

CHI paper receives Honorable Mention at CHI 2014!

Congratulations to my co-authors Amy Voida, Gillian Hayes, and Melissa Mazmanian, on our paper “Shared Values/Conflicting Logics: Working Around E-Government Systems” receiving an Honorable Mention Award at CHI 2014!

Abstract: In this paper, we describe results from fieldwork conducted at a social services site where the workers evaluate citizens’ applications for food and medical assistance submitted via an e-government system. These results suggest value tensions that result—not from different stakeholders with different values—but from differences among how stakeholders enact the same shared value in practice. In the remainder of this paper, we unpack the distinct and conflicting interpretations or logics of three shared values—efficiency, access, and education. In particular, we analyze what happens when social services workers have ideas about what it means to expand access, increase efficiency, and educate the public that conflict with the logics embedded in the e-government system. By distinguishing between overarching values and specific logics, we provide an analytic framework for exploring value tensions as values are enacted in practice.

Defended my topic proposal!

I am happy to announce that I just successfully passed my dissertation topic proposal defense on Friday, February 14, and am now ABD (All But Dissertation)! My topic is Food Justice and Interaction Design:

As a domain, human computer interaction and interaction design of issues of moral and ethical import. Frequently, the topics of social justice (e.g., hunger, poverty, and racial, class, and gender equality, etc.) figure heavily within these works, but the underlying concepts of social justice (e.g., recognition, reciprocity, distribution, enablement, etc.) are more implicit. Given that these are issues that HCI cares about, it becomes incumbent on designers and researchers to investigate what we mean by social justice and untangle these ill-defined concepts. In my work, I ask how do concepts of justice in terms of issues of hunger impact the design space for the designed artifacts? In order to investigate this question, I will conduct participatory design workshops in California and Georgia with hunger-focused nonprofits and community members.

Publications accepted for CHI 2014

My work will be presented at CHI this year:

Brubaker, J. R., Dombrowski, L., Gilbert, A., Kusumakaulika, N., & Hayes, G. R. (2014). Stewarding a Legacy: Responsibilities and Relationships in the Management of Post-mortem Data. Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014.

Voida, A., Dombrowski, L., Hayes, G. R., & Mazmanian, M. (2014). Shared Values/Conflicting Logics: Working Around E-Government Systems. Proceedings of the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2014. [Honorable Mention]

Congrats to my co-authors, and I hope to see you in Toronto!

Awarded Honorable Mention for UCI Public Impact Fellowship

I am excited to announce that I have been awarded an honorable mention for the UC Irvine Public Impact Fellowship for my work on design and technology’s role in reducing food insecurity.

My works focuses on:

–  The design, development, and evaluation of systems alongside local hunger focused nonprofits to address identified local food needs.
–  Empowering local communities with technology.
–  Cultivating long-term relationships between UCI and local hunger-focused organizations.
–  Educating young scholars on how to apply lessons of social innovation and design to issues of social justice.

About the Public Impact Fellowship:

In line with the University of California’s fundamental missions of teaching, research and public service, the UCI community of researchers conducts cutting-edge work aimed at improving or enriching the lives of Californians, as well as of national and global communities. Through its unique Public Impact Fellowship competition, the UC Irvine Graduate Division specifically highlights and supports doctoral students whose current research has the potential for substantial influence in the public sphere.

Best Paper at Ubicomp 2013!

Ubicomp 2013 Proceedings

Congratulations to my co-authors, Jed Brubaker, Sen Hirano, Melissa Mazmanian, and Gillian R. Hayes! I am pleased to announce that our paper, “It takes a network to get dinner: designing location-based systems to address local food needs” has been awarded a Best Paper Award at Ubicomp 2013!


Based on an 18-month qualitative study that included the creation and testing of design considerations and a prototype location-based information system (LBIS), this research provides empirical insight into the daily practices of a wide variety of individuals working to address food insecurity in one U.S. county. Qualitative fieldwork reveals that nonprofit organizations in the food assistance ecology engage in location-based information practices that could be enhanced by the design of a LBIS. Two practices that would benefit from a collaborative LBIS are 1) practices of matching in which nonprofit workers help individuals who are seeking assistance to food resources and 2) practices of distribution in which nonprofit workers help organizations access and deliver food resources to clients. In order to support such practices across organizations the cooperative design component of this research suggests that an LIBS should: support the role of intermediaries who engage in practices of matching and distribution; provide interactive mapping tools that match resources to need; enable organizations to control visibility over specific data; and document work and impact. This research further suggests that designers should explore the wide variety of spatial patterns that must align and overlap such that ecologies of nonprofit organizations might synergistically work together to address pressing social needs.