Cecilia AragonCecilia Aragon

Lab Director Cecilia Aragon is a professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and a Senior Data Science Fellow at the University of Washington’s eScience Institute. She earned a PhD in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2004. Her research focuses on human-centered data science, an emerging field at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), and the statistical and computational techniques of data science. Her interests lie in visual analytics and data science ethnography. In 2008, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the US government on scientists in the early stages of their careers, for her work in collaborative data-intensive science.

Postdoctoral Fellows

Brittany Fiore-SilfvastBrittany Fiore-Gartland

Brittany Fiore-Gartland is a data science ethnographer studying the sociocultural implications of data-intensive science and how data-intensive technologies are reshaping how people work and organize. Her research focuses on cross-sector and interdisciplinary data science collaborations; emerging pedagogical models; and bringing a human-centered, sociotechnical perspective to data science practice.

She is a Moore-Sloan Data Science Postdoctoral Fellow and a Washington Research Foundation Innovation Fellow at the the eScience Institute and the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. She co-leads UW Data Science Studies, an interdisciplinary group of researchers studying the sociotechnical and ethical dimensions of the emerging practice of data science. UW Data Science Studies is part of a collaborative and multi-sited working group supported through the Moore-Sloan Data Science Environments and in partnership with researchers at Berkeley Institute for Data Science and the Center for Data Science in New York University.

Whenever possible her work follows a model of action research. This means her research practice aims to inform and affect positive change within the communities she studies. Often this takes the form of articulating the challenges and opportunities for communication and collaboration during times of technological change. She works with communities to bridge communication gaps and develop value-informed, reflexive, and adaptive organizational practice.

She received her Ph.D. in Communication from the University of Washington and an M.A. in Sociocultural Anthropology from Columbia University. As an interdisciplinary researcher she is most at home somewhere between Science and Technology Studies (STS), Media Studies, and Organizational Communication. Her previous research has examined questions of communication, collaboration and organizational change around data-intensive technologies in healthcare, global development, and design and construction.

PhD Students

Nan-Chen ChenNan-Chen Chen

Nan-Chen’s research focuses on human-computer interaction and visual analytics. She received her BS in Computer Science and Information Engineering with a minor in Psychology from National Taiwan University in 2013. She is particularly excited about building visual analytics tools for domain experts to explore and analyze data. In addition, she is interested in studying how people interact with their data and write code.

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Meg Drouhard

Meg joined the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering as a PhD student in 2015. Prior to joining HCDE, Meg earned her MS in Computer Science from the University of Tennessee, where she researched applications of visualization in the evaluation of artificial neural networks. Her primary research interest is visual analytics, and she is most interested in opening up data exploration to non-data scientists through visualization.

Ray HongRay Hong

Ray is a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering. He is interested in Human-Computer Interaction focused information visualization and aspired to invent software & user interfaces that give benefits and pleasure to people. His current research interests are cartography, cartogram, visual metaphor, and network visualization. Before he joined HCDE, he worked at Samsung as a user interface researcher.

Katie KuksenokKatie Kuksenok

Katie is a PhD student in the department of Computer Science and Engineering. Her research is at the intersection of Human Computer Interaction (HCI) and Natural Language Processing (NLP). She is interested in developing new channels for interaction with text and written language.

John RobinsonJohn Robinson

John is a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering. His interests include data visualization, human-computer interaction, and group dynamics. He has over 15 years of software development experience including the first internet-streaming consumer-electronics devices.

Taylor ScottTaylor Scott

Taylor is a PhD student in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. He earned his B.S. in Cognitive Science with an HCI focus from UC San Diego. He is currently working on projects that explore the role of distributed affect in collaboration, as well as projects related to information visualization and HCI.

Anissa Tanweer

Anissa Tanweer

Anissa Tanweer is a PhD student in the Department of Communication at the University of Washington and a research assistant in the Human-Centered Data Science Lab. She is interested in the ways people organize with and around data, and how the availability of increasingly large, heterogeneous data sets is transforming the way we construct knowledge and make decisions.

Visiting Scholars

YeaseulKimVanessa Peña-Araya

Vanessa is a PhD candidate in the Computer Science Department of the University of Chile. She earned her BS in Computer Science Engineering from the same university in 2012. Her research interests focus on visual analytics and data mining. She is particularly interested in working on projects that bring together people from different fields. She really likes teaching, and her experiences include serving as a teaching assistant at the collegiate level and teaching kids the Scratch programming language.

Lab Alumni

Michael BrooksMichael Brooks

Michael received his PhD from the Department of Human Centered Design and Engineering in September 2015, where he produced a dissertation titled, Human Centered Tools for Analyzing Online Social Data. He now works at Dato as a software engineer and user researcher on tools to help developers build applications powered by machine learning.

YeaseulKimYea-Seul Kim

Yea-Seul received her MS in Human Centered Design and Engineering in December 2014 and is now a PhD student in the Information School at the University of Washington. She earned a BA in Applied Statistics at Yonsei University in Korea. Her research focuses on human-computer interaction, information visualization and data science. Before she joined UW, she worked at Samsung as a product research analyst.

Daniel PerryDaniel Perry

Daniel Perry received his PhD in Human Centered Design and Engineering in 2015. He is now a postdoctoral fellow in the School of Information at UC Berkeley. He was a member of the HDS Lab from 2011-2015. He holds a B.A. from Brown University and a Master of Information Management & Systems from UC Berkeley. He was previously a graduate researcher at Lawrence Berkeley National Lab. His research is on engagement in collaborative game environments and the integration of scientific data sets in games.