I am an Associate 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. In particular, I focus on vulnerable populations in their efforts to understand their own data and in the use of these data to provide them with necessary resources and services.
Check out the STAR Group Web page for information on my research group. Here are some specific links for some of the most searched for work: autism technology, educational technology, health informatics, hunger and e-government, & identity and social networking.
I direct the social and technological action research (STAR) group. I am affiliated with the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction , the Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, the Center for Autism Research and Treatment, the Center for Ethnography, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, the Center for Research on Information Technology & Organizations, the 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 of Southern California 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.
You can download my full cv here.
Things I currently hope you will support, submit to, and/or attend:
- I just launched our new app HygieneHelper in the Google Play store. The app is targeted at high functioning individuals with ASD or other barriers that make establishing healthy hygiene routines challenging.
- I am happy to report that our paper on visual supports for autism is currently the most downloaded article at PUC. You can download and read it for free here.
- The newest Intel Science and Technology Center was just launched, with UCI as the new hub for social computing.
- CHI 2014, for which I am Panels Co-Chair with Khai Truong.
- Katharina Boser and others have a great book coming out soon called 21st Century Tools for Students With Autism and Related Disorders, in which I will have two chapters on autism and technology.
- Judy Olson and Wendy Kellogg are preparing a book on Ways of Knowing in HCI, in which I will have a chapter on Action Research and one with Katie Siek, Mark Newman, and John Tang on Deployments.
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. I am currently particularly interested in recruiting students who want to work on technologies to support autism.
If you are interested in applying to study as a graduate student in our department, please look at the information here.