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.
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 2017. Please see the Admissions page for more information.
Welcome new students: We are delighted to welcome the incoming class of TSB PhD students joining us this fall:
Zachary Gibson, Jamie Gorson, Leesha Maliakal, Ada Ng, Angela (Robinson) Smith, Emily Wang, Diego Gómez Zará, and Igor Zakhlebin.
NU at CHI: We have four TSB students and faculty attending CHI 2016 to present on their work.
NU at CSCW: TSB faculty and students represented Northwestern with seven papers at CSCW 2016.
Thank you to all of our 2015-2016 speakers: Jed Brubaker, Aaron Halfaker, David Ayman Shamma, Katie Siek, Brent Hecht, and Jaime Teevan.
Find abstracts of their talks here and check back for upcomming 2017-2018 speakers.
previous & upcoming speakers
Congratulations to Professor Anne Marie Piper on receiving a Faculty Early Career Development Award sponsored by the National Science Foundation for her research project on Advancing Online Social Support for Older Adults with Disabilities!
Congratulations to Professor Michael Horn on receiving a Faculty Early Career Development Award sponsored by the National Science Foundation for his research project on Computational Literacy Experiences in Informal Environments!