Dr. Grinter research focuses on the relationship between human action, and interaction, and computing. She uses empirical methods to explore how we can support people interactions with systems and each other through systems. Her research has influenced the design of better processes and products with the purpose of improving the collaboration. This research lies at the intersection of several different research communities including computer supported cooperative work, human computer interaction, sociology, software engineering and ubiquitous computing.
Beki holds a Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California at Irvine. Prior to working in the School of Interactive Computing, she was a Member of Technical Staff in the Software Production Research department at Bell Laboratories. She also was a Member of Research Staff in the Distributed Systems Area at Xerox PARC.