Ray Hong receives NSF I-Corps Site grant

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on March 10, 2017

HDS Lab member Ray Hong recently received an Innovation Corps Sites Program (I-Corps Site) grant from the National Science Foundation.  The I-Corps Site program is designed to support entrepreneurialism and smooth the transition of research from academia to the market. Hong will use the award to develop the commercial potential of his “Traffigram” distance cartogram, which considers more than just proximity when calculating distance.  “Most available distance cartograms are useful as long as you only care about travel time,” says Hong. “But people’s preferences are actually more complex than that.” For example, if someone is traveling to a city for a conference, they may want to find accommodation that’s not only nearby, but also within a certain price range and has been favorably reviewed. Ray is working on a series of techniques that that will make such tasks easier.

HDS Lab Good News Roundup

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on March 07, 2017

HDS Lab member Sayamindu Dasgupta and his coauthor Benjamin Mako Hill received an Honorable Mention Award at CHI for their paper, “Scratch Community Blocks: Supporting Children as Data Scientists.” The award recognizes the top five percent of submissions to the SIGCHI 2017 conference. In the paper, they present a system that allows children in the online community around Scratch, a visual block-based programming language, to access, analyze, and visualize data about their own learning and social participation. Read more in the paper and Dr. Dasgupta’s blog post.

Lab member Nan-Chen Chen recently passed her general exams and advanced to candidacy. She now begins work on her dissertation, which will focus on visual analytics for understanding changes in complex systems. Her committee is chaired by Cecilia Aragon, and includes Gary Hsieh of HCDE, Andy Ko of the iSchool, and Been Kim of CSE.

Lab members Meg Drouhard and Anissa Tanweer presented a paper co-authored with Brittany Fiore-Gartland at the CSCW 2017 Hackathon Workshop: Hacking and Making at Time Bound Events. They offered a preliminary typology of hackathon events that they’ve observed across various field sites while studying the practice and culture of data science. The typology identifies a number of dimensions for distinguishing different forms of hackathon-style events, and draws comparisons between what they dub “communal”, “contributive”, and “catalytic” hackathons. The paper can accessed here.

Also at CSCW, lab member Sarah Evans presented a paper coauthored with Katie Davis, Abigail Evans, Julie Ann Campbell, David P. Randall, Kodlee Yin and Cecilia Aragon. “More Than Peer Production: Fanfiction Communities as Sites of Distributed Mentoring” presents findings from a nine-month ethnographic study of fanfiction communities. Evans et al. find that members of these communities spontaneously mentor each other in open forums, and that this mentoring builds upon previous interactions in a way that is distinct from traditional forms of mentoring and is made possible by the affordances of networked publics. This current paper extends and develops the theory of distributed mentoring developed in the researchers’ previous work.

HDS Lab Director Cecilia Aragon awarded Fulbright

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on January 20, 2017

HDS Lab Director Cecilia Aragon recently received a Fulbright award from the U.S. Department of State. The purpose of the Core Fulbright U.S. Scholar Program is to enhance the exchange of knowledge and skills between people of the United States and other countries. Dr. Aragon will use the award to support work at the Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María in Valparaiso, Chile. There, she will collaborate with Chilean scholars to conduct research on human-centered data science and social media analysis, and will teach a course in visual analytics.  

HDS Lab member Nan-Chen Chen named Allen Institute’s Intern of the Year

Posted by Anissa Tanweer on January 20, 2017


Nan-Chen Chen and Dr. Been Kim of the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence.

HDS Lab member Nan-Chen Chen was recently named the 2016 Intern of the Year at the Allen Institute for Artificial Intelligence, where she worked with Dr. Been Kim on the Aristo project. In that role, Chen designed and built a visual analytics tool called QSAnglyzer that is now being used by developers at the Allen Institute working on a question answering system.