We are really excited to have a group of five talented graduate students working with us this summer. We explicitly looked to bring people across different disciplines and backgrounds together, from sociology, to digital fabrication, to computer science.
This summer, Emma, Nate, Erin, Yuheng, and Ilwon will be working on projects that relate to the use and design of social technologies to support civic action and community building activities, both online and offline, digital and tangible.
Here’s a bit more about them:
Emma S. Spiro is a Ph.D. candidate in the Department of Sociology at the University of California, Irvine. She studies online communication and information-related behaviors in the context of emergencies and disaster events. Her work also explores the structure and dynamics of interpersonal and organizational networks in both online and offline environments. Emma will be joining the faculty at the University of Washington Information School this coming fall.
J. Nathan Matias is a graduate student at the MIT Media Lab. He collaborates on technology and communities which empower people to become more creative, more effective, and more informed. Coming from a background of tech and charity startups, he currently researches cooperation across diversity at the MIT Center for Civic Media. He also co-facilitates @1book140, The Atlantic’s Twitter book club. (blog) (portfolio)
Erin Smith is a current student at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, focusing on digital fabrication and physical computing. She comes from a background in construction and design for film and television and has a particular interest in sustainable, playful, design. She studied at the Yestermorrow sustainable Design/Build school and has promoted ecological awareness through Isabella Rossellini’s series “Green Porno”, and Al Gore’s “Climate Reality Project.”
Yuheng Hu is a PhD student at Arizona State University. His area of research is computational social science. More specifically, he has developed algorithms and systems to mine, analyze and make sense of large-scale, time-varying, heterogeneous social behavior as manifested via user-generated contents on the web. His current research focuses on how online social activity can be harnessed to support civic engagement. His work has appeared in scientific venues including CHI, ICWSM, AAAI, IJCAI, ICDE, and TKDE..
Ilwon Yoon is a student at NYU’s Interactive Telecommunications Program, focusing on designing social platform and mobile app and game development. He comes from a background in fine art, concentrating on storytelling with diverse mediums and the theme of his work explores how online technologies impact on the behavior of people in real life. He is currently working on designing health-related online game that interacts with self-quantified data.