Cecilia AragonCecilia Aragon

Dr. Aragon is an Associate Professor in the department of Human Centered Design and Engineering. Her current research interests include visual analytics, human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), data science and big data, collaborative games, emotion in text communication, and scientific creativity.  She develops and studies the use of visual interfaces for collaborative exploration of very large data sets.

PhD Students

Michael BrooksMichael Brooks

Michael is a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering. He joined the lab in 2010 after completing a BA in Computer Science and Mathematics at Oberlin College. His research interests include the development of novel visual analytics techniques and systems to improve understanding of social media and communication.

Daniel PerryDaniel Perry

Daniel Perry is a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering. 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 and a researcher at UC Berkeley’s Center for Next Generation Teaching and Learning. His research is on emotional engagement in collaborative game environments and scientific data sets in games.

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.

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.

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, where he got first hand research and product commercialization experience.

Nan-Chen ChenNan-Chen Chen

Nan-Chen is a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering. She received her B.S. degree in Computer Science and Information Engineering with a minor in Psychology from National Taiwan University in 2013. Her research is focused on human-computer interaction. She is currently working on building tools to analyze affect in text-based communication.

Andrew Berry

Andrew Berry is a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering. He holds a B.A. in Psychological and Brain Sciences from Dartmouth College. Before joining HCDE in 2012, Andrew worked for Epic, a healthcare software company, and CustomCall Data Systems, a telecommunications software company. Andrew’s current research aims to identify evidence of distributed affect in online collaborative creativity.

Sean MitchellSean Mitchell

Sean is a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering at the University of Washington. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy from the University of California, Berkeley. Sean has a Master of Science in Technical Communication from UW and a Master of Arts in Language and Cognition from King’s College London. Sean is interested in developing tools to help scientists be more efficient and creative.

Undergraduate Students

John RobinsonJohn Robinson

John is a Psychology student at the University of Washington. 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.

Megan TorkildsonMegan Torkildson

Megan is an undergraduate student in Human Centered Design and Engineering with a Human-Computer Interaction concentration. She in interested in data visualization and online collaboration. She has also been involved with outreach to encourage high school students and to promote diversity in engineering through PEERs, Dream Project, and other volunteering activities.

Dian HartonoDian Hartono

Dian is an undergraduate student at the University of Washington studying Human Centered and Design Engineering with a concentration in HCI. She is interested in automation and how people collaborate online, and is currently currently studying the role of affect in team collaboration environments. She is a TA for the introductory programming courses at UW (CSE 142, 143, 14X).