- December 13, 2016: Successfully defended my dissertation!!
- Sept 12-16, 2016: At UbiComp'16 in Heidelberg, SVing and presenting a workshop paper about game-based personal informatics tools, while Saeed presents our full paper about mobile sensing of alertness
- Sept 8, 2016: Best paper award at MobileHCI :)
- Sept 6-9, 2016: At MobileHCI'16 in Florence to present a workshop paper on technology-supported management of bipolar disorder and our full paper connecting smartphone app use with alertness levels
- July 2, 2016: Journal of Assessment article about smartphone-based bipolar disorder management is now available
- May 8 - 13, 2016: In San Diego, SVing at CHI'16
- Feb 26 - March 2, 2016: In San Francisco, SV Co-Chairing at CSCW'16 while Brian presents our paper about factors affecting one-time online community contributions
- Feb 11, 2016: Check out today's webinar about our work on assessing circadian rhythms of alertness!
- Jan 24, 2016: JAMIA article about self-tracking practices and design guidelines for mental health context now available
- Dec 20, 2015: Heading back to home-sweet-home Cornell after an awesome quarter at University of Washington :)
- Sept 5-12, 2015: In Osaka at UbiComp'15 to present a full paper, poster, and participate in the Doctoral School!
- Aug 29, 2015: Heading out to the University of Washington for the fall quarter to work with Professors Julie Kientz, James Fogarty, and Sean Munson on circadian-aware personal informatics tools ^_^
- Aug 11, 2015: Thesis proposal passed!!
- June 28 - July 3, 2015: Headed to HCIC to present a boaster about building theory-guided personal informatics & intervention technology
- May 28, 2015: A-exam passed \o/
- May 15-17, 2015: In NYC to student volunteer at the UbiComp'15 PC meeting
- March 14-18, 2015: In Vancouver, Webmastering and SVing at CSCW 2015 where Saeed will present our paper on using geolocated Twitter images to measure societal sentiment
- Jan 28, 2015: Our proposal chosen as one of five recipients in the Agile Research Project competition!
- Oct 8-10, 2014: Grace Hopper in Phoenix
- Sept 15-17, 2014: SVing at UbiComp'14 in Seattle where Saeed will present our paper on detecting circadian rhythms through phone use patterns
- Aug 23, 2014: Back to Ithaca after a super summer Google internship :)
- Aug 6, 2014: Speaking at the Stanford HCI Seminar today about our work on creating Regulation Room, an online civic participation platform
- May 19, 2014: In Mountain View, starting my 14-week internship at Google today!
- April 26 - May 1, 2014: In Toronto at CHI'14 to SV, help run the Biological Rhythms and Technology Workshop, and present our paper about how Twitter data can reflect aspects of the smoking cessation process
- April 4-6, 2014: Selected to participate in the Hacking Medicine Hackathon, happening this weekend in NYC!
- March 3, 2014: In Cambridge to speak at the Harvard Berkman Center about our work developing social-computational supports for online civic engagement!
- Feb 15-19, 2014: In Baltimore, SVing at CSCW'14
- Oct 2-5, 2013: In Minneapolis at Grace Hopper
- Aug 24, 2013: Back to Ithaca after an amazing MSR internship ^_^
- Aug 7, 2013: Speaking at the University of Washington DUB talk series today!
- May 28, 2013: First day of my 13-week internship at Microsoft Research in Redmond!
- May 13, 2013: Best paper award at Web of Linked Entities 2013 :)
- May 13-16, 2013: At WWW'13 in Rio de Janeiro to present our paper and poster about linking Wikipedia and social media data to perform entity disambiguation
- April 27 - May 2, 2013: SVing at CHI'13 in Paris!
- April 4-6, 2013: In Boston at the 2013 CRA-W Grad Cohort Workshop
- May 5-11, 2012: In Austin to SV at CHI'12 and participate in CHIMe
- Feb 2-8, 2012: iConference'12 in Toronto
- Jan 30, 2012: Awarded one of ten 2012 Microsoft Graduate Women's Fellowships! :D
- Jan 18-20, 2012: In California at the 2012 Google Grad CS Forum
- Jan 1, 2012: Neeeeew website!
I'm a ^recently graduated! PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University. Broadly speaking, my research lies in human-computer interaction, personal informatics, recommender systems, social computing, and personalization. I am particularly compelled by applications in the areas of personal information management, civic innovation, and health. Currently, I am most focused on the health domain — building tools that empower self-management of physical, cognitive, and mental health. During my graduate studies, I was supported by an NSF Graduate Research Fellowship and advised by Professors Dan Cosley, Geri Gay, and Claire Cardie.
After defending, I transitioned into my present role as a Postdoctoral Associate, continuing to do research that explores my overarching goal of designing and deploying interactive technologies that are aware of idiosyncratic user needs and that support people in managing various aspects of their daily lives and wellness. I am actively seeking academic postdoctoral opportunities in this space.
Before coming to Cornell, I co-founded and spent four years as the lead engineer of an MIT CSAIL spin-off that built interactive visualization tools to help software developers make sense of and share important aspects of source code. Prior, I graduated from MIT in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Mathematics with Computer Science, where my undergraduate research focused on information visualization and conversational agents.
Please poke around the rest of my website for more detail about my research projects and publications or for a copy of my CV. For more information or to discuss anything you find interesting, including collaboration opportunities, please get in touch: elm236 (at) cornell.edu.