I am Professor of Informatics in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences at the University of California, Irvine, with courtesy appointments in Computer Science and in Anthropology. My research lies at the intersection of computer science and social science, with a particular interest in ubiquitous and mobile computing and the cultural practices surrounding new media.

In addition to my official appointments , I am affiliated with several interdisciplinary initiatives and centers on campus, including the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology, the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction, the Center for Cyber-Security and Privacy, the Institute for Software Research, the Center for Organizational Research, and the Institution for Virtual Environments and Computer Games, the Newkirk Center for Science and Society, the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, the Center for Biomedical Informatics, the Center for Ethnography, and the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion.

According to an anonymous student reviewer, I am "by far the most eccentric professor in ICS," which I choose to take as a compliment. The competition for "most eccentric" is pretty tough around here. My Erdos Number is 3.

A more formal bio for external talks and similar uses is here.

If you are interested in coming to do research in HCI at UCI, you should check this site. Not only are we home to no less than four members of the CHI Academy, but, even more exclusively, you can study with two of the six answers to the Facebook quiz, Which HCI Researcher Are You? (now sadly defunct). No other school can make that claim!

July 27, 2015

In addition to recent trips to Korea, Italy, and Sweden, I'll be spending some time this summer in Denmark and Australia. Much of my time, though, will also be spent preparing for my sabbatical year in 2015-16, which will involve a couple of months as the Velux Visiting Professor at the IT University in Copenhagen, a couple of months as a Miegunyah Distinguished Visiting Fellow at the Unviersity of Melbourne, and a couple of months with the Social Media Collective at Microsoft Research in Cambridge, MA (where they don't give out fancypants titles). Fun fun fun!