I am an Assistant Professor in the The Information School at the University of Wisconsin, Madison. I co-direct the Collaborative Computing Group with Adam Rule and Jacob Thebault-Spieker. I received a PhD in Information Science and Technology (2019) from the Information School at Syracuse University where I worked with Kevin Crowston and Carsten Østerlund. After my PhD, I spent one-year as a teaching postdoc in Berkeley’s Master’s in Data Science (MIDS) program.
My area of research lies at the intersection of Computer Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW) and human-centered design/computing. I approach investigations through empirical investigations of how people contribute to and participate in virtual environments. Prior research projects have included: studying the motivations of volunteer crowd workers, investigating the arrangement of learning resources in informal learning environments, conducting online experiments using theory-based motivational cues, and investigating the coordinative mechanisms of knowledge production in online communities. As a faculty member, this work has been funded (with a multi-institution collaborative grant) by the National Science Foundation (HCC).
[May. 2023] My Co-Investigator and I were awarded a UW-Madison VCRGE grant under the Increasing Social and Economic Inclusion program. Read more here: Increasing Social and Economic Inclusion (ISEI)
[Apr. 2023] I gave a talk at the Robert F. and Jean E. Holtz Center entitled - Interlocutors: Carving Out a Role for Information Professionals in Citizen Science.
[Apr. 2023] Our paper (with UW iSchool Phd student co-authors Ellie Jeong and Tallal Ahmad) entitled “Assessing the Value Orientations of Contributors to Virtual Citizen Science Projects” has been accepted at Communities and Technologies 2023.
[Mar. 2023] I gave a talk at the [LSC’s Science Communication Colloquium] entitled - Citizen science: Supporting Advanced work through design.
[Feb. 2023] Research with my collaborator at UW-Madison Life Sciences Communication Kaiping Chen is highlights in the The Badger Herald - UW partners with local organizations representing Black, Latinx voices in environmental conservation for research initiative.
[Jan. 2023] Our paper (along with collaborators from Syracuse University) entitled “Design principles for background knowledge to enhance learning in citizen science” has been accepted to iConference 2023.
[Jan. 2023] Our poster (along with collaborators from Syracuse University) entitled “Advanced work on user-generated content systems: Theory-driven method development” has been accepted to iConference 2023.
Tallal Ahmad (UW-Madison, Ph.D. Advisee), Ellie Jeong (UW-Madison, Ph.D. Advisee), Corey Black (UW-Madison, M.A. Library and Information Studies)
Xin Bu (Columbia), Yiping He (CMU), Shihao Yang (UCLA), Pragyan Das, Weiyu (Vincent) Kong, Samantha Lee, Xucen Liao
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