Vikram Kamath as a Ph.D. candidate at the school of Computer Science at Carnegie Mellon. I specialize in Human-Computer Interaction for Development (HCI4D). Prof. Amy Ogan and Prof. Tim Brown are his advisors. He works on building and evaluating low-cost technology to support teachers in low-resource contexts.
Previously, he was a web developer working at the Dean’s office at CMU. In his spare time, he worked as a Research Assistant and contributed to EDigs and the Prosthetics study.
Duncan McIsaac: I’m a Senior studying Information Systems with a minor in HCI, graduating in the spring. I’m interested in full stack development, music, and coffee. My year-long honors thesis is to improve web accessibility. I’m researching how I can map web content to keys on a keyboard to communicate website structure to the visually impaired.
Now at Yahoo!; Graduated 2017
I’m a fifth-year Ph.D. student in the Machine Learning Department, jointly advised by Jen Mankoff and Steve Fienberg. My research interests are, broadly, using computation to solve challenges in environmental sustainability and intelligently ordering questions in online surveys. I am currently working on utility (electricity and natural gas) prediction for EDigs, dynamic question ordering in online surveys like the American Community Survey from the Census, and analyzing the effects of gender and authorship in CS/HCI publications.
Outside of research, I’m also involved with Women@SCS at CMU and volunteer with TechNights, a weekly program to introduce middle-school girls to the excitement of computer science through hands-on lessons and activities. Examples of sessions I helped to design and lead include recommender systems, parallelism, and signal processing.
My personal web page is here.
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Nikola is an alumnus of the group, as of 2018 an assistant professor in Computer Science at the University of Michigan. He did his PhD work under Jennifer Mankoff and Anind Dey, working on developing new models of human routine behaviors that will inform the design and support smart agents that help people develop good routines. His projects included helping aggressive drivers improve their driving routine to become less aggressive, and helping students develop routines that help them balance their academic success and their health and wellbeing.
I’m a visiting scholar to CMU, and from NPU China. My research interests including: Health sensing and assessment, IoT and Smart home, Assisting Technology. Currently, I’m working on several healthcare projects related to prosthetic usage and chronic disease recognition.
Alex Q. Chen: I am a Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University. My research interests include User-Centred Design, Human Factors and Human Behaviour on the Web, and Web Accessibility. The focus of my research aims to improve the user experience and the accessibility of digital information for elderly and physically challenged users.
The goal of the Stepgreen project is to leverage Internet scale technologies to create opportunities for reduced energy consumption. The original vision of the project was to leverage existing online social networks to encourage individual change. Since then the project has broadened to include a number of other ideas. We have explored the impact of demographics on energy use practices; studied the value of empathetic figures such as a polar bear for motivation and exploredorganizational-level planning. We have also developed mobile technologies that can provide feedback about green actions on the go.
Try StepGreen.org out: The Stepgreen.org website provides a mechanism for allowing individuals to report on and track their environmental impact. It includes a visualization that can be displayed on an individual’s social networking web page. Go to Stepgreen.organd see for yourself how we leverage social networks to engage individuals in green behaviors.
Learn about our software products. Stepgreen is a service that we are hoping to share with non-profits that are encouraging behavior change, such as an open API you can use to build your own clients for encouraging green behavior. Please contact us at email@example.com if you are interested in collaborating with us.
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JOURNAL PAPERS & MAGAZINE ARTICLES
- J. Mankoff. “HCI and Sustainability: A Tale of Two Motivations,” Interactions.
- Dillahunt, T. & Mankoff, J. (2011) In the dark, out in the cold. ACM Crossroads 17(4):39-41
- Jennifer Mankoff, Robin Kravets, Eli Blevis, Some Computer Science Issues in Creating a Sustainable World, IEEE Computer 41(8):102-105. (pdf)
- Reprinted as: Jennifer Mankoff, Robin Kravets and Eli Blevis, Some Computer Science Issues in Creating a Sustainable World. Posted on November 17th, 2008 in Articles, Climate, OpEd, Technology http://www.earthzine.org/2008/11/17/some-computer-science-issues-in-creating-a-sustainable-world/
- Tawanna Dillahunt, Jennifer Mankoff, Eric Paulos. Understanding Conflict Between Landlords and Tenants: Implications for Energy Sensing and Feedback. Ubicomp ’10. (full paper)(pdf)
- Jennifer Mankoff, Susan R. Fussell, Tawanna Dillahunt, Rachel Glaves, Catherine Grevet, Michael Johnson, Deanna Matthews, H. Scott Matthews, Robert McGuire, Robert Thompson. StepGreen.org: Increasing Energy Saving Behaviors via Social Networks. ICWSM’10. (full paper) (pdf, video of talk)
- C. Grevet, J. Mankoff, S. D. Anderson Design and Evaluation of a Social Visualization aimed at Encouraging Sustainable Behavior. In Proceedings of HICSS 2010. (full paper) (pdf)
- T. Dillahunt, J. Mankoff, E. Paulos, S. Fussell It’s Not All About “Green”: Energy Use in Low-Income Communities. In Proceedings of Ubicomp 2009. (Full paper) (pdf)
- J. Froehlich, T. Dillahunt, P. Klasnja, J. Mankoff, S. Consolvo, B. Harrison, J. A. Landay, UbiGreen: Investigating a Mobile Tool for Tracking and Supporting Green Transportation Habits. In Proceedings of CHI 2009. (Full paper) (pdf)
- J. Schwartz, J. Mankoff, H. Scott Matthews. Reflections of everyday activity in spending data. In Proceedings of CHI 2009. (Note). (pdf)
- Jennifer Mankoff, Deanna Matthews, Susan R. Fussell and Michael Johnson. Leveraging Social Networks to Motivate Individuals to Reduce their Ecological Footprints. HICSS 2007. (pdf)
- Rachael Nealer, Christopher Weber, H. Scott Matthews and Chris Hendrickson. Energy and Environmental Impacts of Consumer Purchases: A Case Study on Grocery Purchases. ISSST 2010
- Dillahunt, T., Becker, G., Mankoff, J. and Kraut, R. Motivating Environmentally Sustainable Behavior Changes with a Virtual Polar Bear.” Pervasive 2008 workshop on Pervasive Persuasive Technology and Environmental Sustainability. (pdf)
- Johnson, M., Fussell, S. Mankoff, J., Matthwes, D., and Setlock, L. “When Users Pledge to Take Green Actions, Are They Solving a Decision Problem?” INFORMS Fall 2008 Conference. (ppt)
- Johnson, M., Fussell, S. Mankoff, J. and Matthwes, D. “How Does Problem Representation Influence Decision Performance and Attitudes?” INFORMS Fall 2007 Conference. Abstract
Johnson, M.P. 2006. “Public Participation and Decision Support Systems: Theory, Requirements, and Applications.” For presentation at Association of Public Policy Analysis and Management Fall Conference, Madison, WI, November 3, 2006. (pdf
Aarudra Moudgalya is a Graduate Mechanical Engineer from CMU who’s interested in designing and manufacturing for assistive technology. His creativity is focused towards making affordable prosthetics and exoskeletons using rapid prototyping techniques. Aarudra is currently working on designing modular upper limb prostheses at the Human Computer Interaction Institute. He enjoys DIY projects, making music and doodling.
Tawanna Dillahunt is an Associate Professor at the University of Michigan’s School of Information (UMSI) and holds a courtesy appointment with the Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS) department. Before starting as an Assistant Professor, she was a Presidential Postdoctoral Fellow in UMSI from January 2013 – July 2014. She also leads the Social Innovations Group at UMSI and her research interests are in the areas of human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, and social computing. She is primarily interested in identifying needs and opportunities to further explore how theories from the social sciences can be used to design technologies that have a positive impact on group and individual behavior. With the narrowing of the digital divide, the ubiquity of smart devices and mobile hotspots in common places in the U.S. (e.g., libraries, community centers, and even McDonald’s) she sees an urgent need to explore the use of these technologies for those that stand the most to gain from these resources. Therefore, she designs, builds, enhances and deploys innovative technologies that solve real-world problems, particularly in underserved communities.
Tawanna holds a M.S. and Ph.D. in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, a M.S. in Computer Science from the Oregon Graduate Institute School of Science and Engineering (now a part of the Oregon Health and Science University in Portland, OR), and a B.S. in Computer Engineering from North Carolina State University. She was also a software engineer at Intel Corporation for several years
Jennifer Mankoff, Gillian R. Hayes, Devva Kasnitz:
Disability studies as a source of critical inquiry for the field of assistive technology. ASSETS 2010: 3-10
Disability studies and assistive technology are two related fields
that have long shared common goals–understanding the
experience of disability and identifying and addressing relevant
issues. Despite these common goals, there are some important
differences in what professionals in these fields consider
problems, perhaps related to the lack of connection between the
fields. To help bridge this gap, we review some of the key
literature in disability studies. We present case studies of two
research projects in assistive technology and discuss how the
field of disability studies influenced that work, led us to identify
new or different problems relevant to the field of assistive
technology, and helped us to think in new ways about the
research process and its impact on the experiences of individuals
who live with disability. We also discuss how the field of
disability studies has influenced our teaching and highlight
some of the key publications and publication venues from which
our community may want to draw more deeply in the future.