About Me

I am the Robert A. and Barbara L. Kleist Professor in Informatics in the School of Information and Computer Sciences and in the School of Education and School of Medicine at UC Irvine.  My research interests are in human-computer interaction, ubiquitous computing, assistive and educational technologies, and health informatics.
I design, develop, deploy, and evaluate technologies to empower people to use collected data to address real human needs in sensitive and ethically responsible ways. I am particularly interested in community based participatory research and empowering vulnerable populations and under-represented groups to engage with the design and evaluation of research technologies. Check out the STAR Group Web page for information on my research group.

I am the Director of Technology Research at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and the Faculty Director for Civic and Community Engagement at UCI.

I am affiliated with the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, the Center for Ethnography, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, the Center for Research on Information Technology & Organizationsthe California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, and the Institute for Genetics and Bioinformatics.  I am a fellow in the University of California Center for Collaborative Research for an Equitable California. My research in autism and technology has enabled me to serve as Director of Technology Research at the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Chief Technology Officer for Tiwahe Technology. I am an alumna of the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. I also love to make cakes.

Research: You can download my full cv here.

Vice-Chair for Grad Affairs: If you need information on our graduate curriculum, please check out this website. If you still need information, make an appointment with me by email. You will make this easier on yourself if you check my schedule first.

Things I am currently excited about:

  • We are in the process of launching a new professional Masters in Human Computer Interaction and Design at UCI. It will be an executive format with a mix of high intensity in-person courses and distance learning. Email me or check out this website if you want to know more!
  • I am one of three Jacobs Foundation Advanced Research Fellows for 2016-2018. So excited to work with such an amazing foundation.
  • For transition specialists, parents, and teachers, our guide on using technology to support executive functioning can be ordered individually or in bulk by contacting the publisher.

For students: If you are already a student at UCI and are interested in working with me, please check out the STAR group web page and find a project that looks appropriate and interesting before emailing me. I do not under any circumstances pay undergraduate or Masters students the first quarter I work with them. In general, I expect students to commit to at least two quarters of research if you want to join our lab. If you are interested in applying to study as a graduate student in our department, please look at the information here.

Consulting: I am available for consulting on autism technology through Tiwahe.

Social Media: I have feelings about social media. Note, however that “everyone facebooks for Gillian” – Paul Dourish.

Open Access to Proposals: I will be maintaining an archive of my own funded research proposals online, along with the rationale for doing so here. Please check to see if you what you want is there. If not, it may be because a Co-PI has asked me not to share the work or for some other similar reason.

Photo credit: Sen Hirano