Majdah Alshehri is a Ph.D. student in the Human-Computer Interaction at the School of Informatics, Computing and Engineering at Indiana University. Her research is in the intersection of online sharing practice of photos, the online dissemination of religious rituals and online subcultures. When she is not working, she goes kayaking.

Research Areas: online subcultures and adoption of technology

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Andrew J Hunsucker is a PhD candidate studying design communication and augmented reality. He has previously published at CHI, along with some smaller conference and has written for XRDS magazine and has upcoming work in Interactions magazine. He also has a Master’s degree in HCI/d from Indiana University. In his spare time he repairs old video game consoles and writes a film blog. He has two cats at home named Baron and Joker.

Research Areas: design pedagogy, design communication, augmented reality

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Twitter – @AndrewJHCI

Szu-Yu (Cyn) Liu – As an HCI and interaction design researcher with a background in product design, Cyn focuses her work in the emergent sociotechnical configurations and their imaginaries in sustainability. Informed by posthumanism philosophy, her research aims to unpack the entanglement between nature and culture to build more resilient communal life. Her ongoing fieldwork in Taiwan and Indiana engages with eco-farming, open-hack farming, the practice of fermenting food, and the complexity of urbanization. Methodologically, she leverages qualitative social science methods such as ethnography, observation, interviewing, and contextual inquiry, as well as approaches from the arts and the humanities, such as research through design, interaction criticism, behavior persona, customer journey map among others.

Research Areas: Sustainable HCI, Interspecies Interaction, Bottom-Up Innovation, Research through Design

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Fernando Maestre has a background in computer science and multimedia design. He worked both in academic and industry settings for a few years prior to starting his doctoral journey. He completed a master’s program in Informatics at the University of Iowa with specializations in Human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication (CMC). His research revolves around the impact and design of technologies for the stigmatized. He strives for a successful integration of HCI methods in interdisciplinary projects in order to create technology-based interventions that aid marginalized and vulnerable populations. He also likes photography, electronic music, playing volleyball and spending time in the outdoors.

Research Areas: HCI, Health Informatics, BIT design, stigma, CMC, computer-mediated social support

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Twitter – @juanfermaestre

Annu Prabhakar is a PhD candidate in Informatics at the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University.  Her primary track is HCI/d. Her research is at the intersection of technology, wellness, and life transitions.  Her research aims to design support enabling socio-technical solutions for life transitions. Currently her dissertation research focuses on designing compassionate interactions among new mothers and their supporters during new mothers’ transition to motherhood.  Her primary adviser is Dr. Erik Stolterman.  Her recent research on mothers and social support has been presented at CHI 2017 (honorable mention award), pervasive health conference (Best paper award) and IEEE CHASE conference. She has a graduate degree in Computer Science from Mississippi State University and an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from College of Engineering, Trivandrum, India. She is also a working mother. She is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Technology at University of Cincinnati.

Research areas: HCI, Health Informatics, Maternal Health, Life transitions, Support Ecology


Twitter: @annuprabhakar

Stephen Tsung-Sher is an Informatics Ph.D. student from Taiwan in the HCI/d track. He graduated with a MS in Computer Science in 2017 and BS in Computer Engineering Computer Science in 2016 both from University of Southern California. He is interested in studying video game culture, in particular competitive esports and video game speedrunning. His other interests include higher education instruction, Wushu (Chinese martial arts), cooking, and letter writing.

Research Areas: Video gaming practices

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Nancy Smith is a PhD Candidate in Human-Computer Interaction Design. Her research is about sustainable design and urban computing in the context of the Anthropocene. She is interested in exploring new ways for designers to develop more ecological practices that consider animals as essential participants in interaction design. Her dissertation explores the relationship between technology and the environment, with a particular focus on robotic animals, mass extinction, and biomimicry.

Research Areas: Animal-Computer Interaction, Sustainable Design, Design Theory, Political Economy of Computing, Critical Design

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Twitter – @somequietfuture

Trisha Zdziarska is a first year PhD student in the Human Computer Interaction Design track. She graduated from Michigan State University in 2014 with a B.S. in Psychology and specializations in Cognitive Science and Linguistics. She combines ethnographic methods with various forms of design research to investigate, conceptualize, and shape I​T development in relation to making cultures, innovation and future of work, the everyday, and self-care. 

​Research areas: design research and methodology