I research, design and code technologies that encourage positive behavior in the civic society and personal lives. My work has focused on producing novel news interfaces and better engagement with information in search results and news.
I will be a PhD student in Human Centered Design and Engineering at University of Washington starting Fall 2014!
I am visiting Microsoft Research Fuse Labs during Fall'13/Spring'14 to work on technologies that support local communities and crowdsourcing local news with Andres Monroy-Hernandez . I finished my Master in Computer Science with a focus on Human Computer Interaction at the School of Engineering and Applied Science at Harvard.
May'14 Workshop paper presented at CHI'14 Challenges for Personal Behavior Change Research on Information Diversity
Mar'14 I accepted the offer to start a PhD in Human Centered Design and Engineering at University of Washington!
Feb'14 Invited talk at the University of Washington dub seminar
Jan'14 I am part of the Program Comittee for CHI'14 Work in Progress
May'13 This summer I will be interning at JPL/NASA working on interactive data visualization tools.
Apr'13 SIGIR'13 paper accepted: "Looking Ahead: Query Preview in Exploratory Search", Pernilla Qvarfordt, Gene Golovchinsky, Tony Dunnigan, Elena Agapie
We explore a novel approach for producing news reports of geographic-specific events using locative crowdsourcing. We worked with local bloggers to identify people's needs and abilities to produce local stories. This work explores: the identification of basic templates for event reports, the task decomposition involved in creating them, the design of a system that automates the coordination of on-demand workforce to execute and produce said event reports. We evaluate the system by reporting on several events in different U.S. metropolitan areas.
This research analyzes how images are used to describe events. It particularly focuses on the memes that get generated throughout an event, the sources they come from and the threads of discussion they reflect.
Communicating Model Based Systems Engineering Information through Data Visualization, Jet Propulsion Lab, NASA, Summer 2013
In the realm of systems engineering, data is organized across a multitude of tables that rank components in all kinds of dimensions. These tables are complicated enough as individual hierarchies of information and need to communicate crucial dependecies that span across them. In a design team of 3 people we did user research, prototyped and built an interactive data visualization tool. This tool supports engineers with different needs and background in assesing rapidly what changes in the system, to get cross system awareness and to explore the data.