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; I am also the co-director, along with Bill Maurer, of UCI's new partnership with Intel, the Center for Social Computing. 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.
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 three 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?. No other school can make that claim!
In addition to my appointments above, I am a member of the divisional council of the California Institute for Telecommunications and Information Technology; co-conspirator in the Laboratory for Ubiquitous Computing and Interaction; a member of the Center for Cyber-Security and Privacy, the Institute for Software Research, the Center for Organizational Research, and the Center for Computer Games and Virtual Worlds; a faculty associate of the Center for Research on Information Technology and Organizations, the Center for Unconventional Security Affairs, and the Center for Biomedical Informatics; not to mention being a member of the advisory board of the Center for Ethnography and the Institute for Money, Technology, and Financial Inclusion, and a member of the executive board of the UC-wide Pacific Rim Research Program. Along with Bill Maurer, I coordinate the People and Practices PAPR@UCI initiative.
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.
I'm delighted to note here (formally if belatedly) the establishment of the new Intel Science and Technology Center for Social Computing, which I will be running here at UC Irvine with Bill Maurer and Scott Mainwaring. Our partners in this enterprise are an outstanding set of researchers at Indiana, NYU, Georgia Tech, and Cornell. A couple of weeks ago, we had our formal press launch in San Francisco, and now we get to ramp up our five-year research program exploring sociocultural aspects of digital media and information technology. There are more details on the research agenda at the center's website or in our white paper.
The end of the year is no time to wind down. Just time here for a couple of quick updates. First, I'm slowly getting the syllabus online for next quarter's graduate class on digital media and society.
And then see the call for participation for a CHI 2012 workshop on materiality in interaction that I'm working on along with Leah Beuchley, Jean-Francois Blanchette, Melissa Mazmanian, and Daniela Rosner.
The close of the academic year was even more manic than usual, involving as it did side trips to Australia, Boston, Greece, and Sweden. However, I'm now home again and contemplating a calmer summer focused mainly around new and old writing projects, particularly around the materiality project on which Melissa and I presented this paper at the Process Organizational Symposium in June in Corfu. Some more recent papers that have been marked as "in press" are appearing in print, and I'm adding them online as they do.
I'm extremely pleased to say that "Divining a Digital Future" is now available. My author copies arrived yesterday morning, and the book looks beautiful. Amazon shows it as available as of this weekend. So nice to have it on my shelf!