The study of Technology and Social Behavior involves many disciplines, but until now it has been rare to find graduate training that prepares students to bridge several of those disciplines in the way that is so demanded by both academic and industry research jobs of today. The Northwestern TSB doctoral program recruits students from a variety of backgrounds and gives them rigorous training in Humanities, Social Sciences, Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) and Computer Science methodologies to allow them to understand and participate in technological developments in their broadest possible contexts.
Cobi, designed by Professor Haoqi Zhang and colleagues, engages an entire academic community in planning a large-scale conference. Program committee members group papers sharing a common theme. Authors mark which other papers they find relevant to their paper. Conference chairs use the web-based, visual scheduling interface that combines community input and constraint-solving intelligence. Conference attendees use the web app to decide where to spend their time during the conference.see more about this project
Professor Anne Marie Piper and her students are designing natural user interfaces to support communication and social interaction for people with disabilities. Her lab is creating new forms of hybrid social media and e-mail to help engage socially isolated older adults. Also in the Inclusive Technology Lab, students are investigating new uses of haptic touch screens to support the needs of children with disabilities.See more about the Inclusive Technology Lab
Life on Earth: Professor Michael Horn and collaborators created Life on Earth to teach the public about evolution and the history of life through interactive visualizations and collaborative games on multi-touch displays. See more here.
Omnipedia: Professor Darren Gergle and graduate students Patti Bao and Brent Hecht are studying ways to provide users native language access to over 8 million concepts from up to 25 language editions of Wikipedia. Learn more.
We are also examining the digital divide from sociological, policy and engineering perspectives; exploring ways to use crowd-sourcing and crowd-funding to support creativity and innovation; developing new ways to mine cultural diversity and develop culturally-aware technologies; and designing natural user interfaces for collaboration and learning.
We are accepting applications for admission to the TSB program for Fall 2014. Please see the Admissions page for more information.
Congratulations to recent TSB graduate Sheena Lewis, who joined the faculty in the College of Computing and Digital Media at DePaul University this fall.
Welcome new students: We are delighted to welcome the incoming class of TSB PhD students joining us this fall:
Robin Brewer (BS, Computer Science, Maryland; MS, Human-Centered Computing, UMBC), Sarah D'Angelo (BS, Cognitive Science, UCSD), Emily Harburg (BA, Social Anthropology, Harvard), and Marlon Twyman (BS & MS, Biomedical Engineering, Wright State).
Congratulations to recent TSB graduate Patti Bao, who completed her PhD this summer and has joined Google's Android team as a User Experience Researcher.
Our next speaker is Professor Thomas W. Malone from the MIT Sloan School of Management. He will present his talk titled "Collective Intelligence: What is it? How can we measure it? And how can we increase it?" on Thursday, December 12 at 4pm in Frances Searle Bldg, room 1-483.
Incoming TSB student Sarah D'Angelo has been awarded a Graduate Research Fellowship from the National Science Foundation. The fellowship program supports graduate students doing research in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics, and was awarded to just 15% of applicants in 2013.
Robin Brewer and Marlon Twyman are entering the program as GEM Fellows. The National GEM Consortium provides tuition and internship funding for industry-focused minority students in science and engineering. Robin is sponsored by The Adobe Foundation and Marlon is sponsored by The MITRE Corporation.
New TSB student Emily Harburg joins us from the Behavioral Science research group at Walt Disney Imagineering where she conducted research experiments on crowd behavior, entrepreneurial innovation and performance, pricing models, mobile game applications for crowds, and nutritional dining decisions.
Prior to working at Disney, she received her BA from Harvard College in Social Anthropology with a minor in Psychology.