Hwajung Hong

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About Me

I am a Ph.D. candidate in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech, in the Human-Centered Computing program. My research interests lie in the area of Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Design, and Social Computing. My research combines social science, design and computational techniques to support individuals with special needs. I work with Dr.Gregory Abowd and Dr.Rosa Arriaga in the UbiComp group.

email: hwajung [at] gatech [dot] edu


In summer 2012, I interned at Xerox Palo Alto Research Center (PARC). I designed a mobile-based social application that promotes healthy habit changes to manage chronic disease. In summer 2011, I interned at Microsoft Research in Redmond, WA. I designed an application that facilitates video-mediated communication for peers and families. I received a Master's degree in HCI from Georgia Tech in 2010. Prior to coming to Georgia Tech, I received my B.S. degree in Industrial Design from Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology (KAIST) in 2008.


Archived Conference Proceedings (peer-reviewed)

Hwajung Hong, Lana Yarosh, Jennifer G. Kim, Gregory D. Abowd, Rosa I. Arriaga (2013). Investigating the Use of Circles in Social Networks to Support Independence of Individuals with Autism. In Proc. of ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2013). Paris, France.

Hwajung Hong, Jennifer G. Kim, Gregory D. Abowd, Rosa I. Arriaga (2012). Designing a Social Network to Support the Independence of Young Adults with Autism. In Proc. of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2012). Seattle, WA. 9% acceptance rate for top-tier submissions.

Fatima A. Boujarwah, Nazneen, Hwajung Hong, Gregory D. Abowd, Rosa I. Arriaga (2011). Towards a Framework to Situate Assistive Technology Design in the Context of Culture. In Proc. of ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility (ASSETS 2011). Dundee, Scotland.

Tanyoung Kim, Hwajung Hong, and Brian Magerko (2010). Design Requirements for Ambient Display that Supports Sustainable Lifestyle. In Proc.of ACM Conference on Designing interactive systems (DIS 2010). Copenhagen, Denmark.

Tanyoung Kim, Hwajung Hong, and Brian Magerko (2010). Designing for Persuasion: Toward Ambient Eco-Visualization for Awareness. In Proc. of Conference on Persuasive Technology (Persuasive 2010). Copenhagen, Denmark.

Fatima A. Boujarwah, Hwajung Hong, Rosa I. Arriaga, Gregory D. Abowd, Jackie C. Isbell (2010). Training Social Problem Solving Skills in Adolescents with High-Functioning Autism. In Proc. of ACM Conference on Pervasive Computing Technologies for Healthcare (Pervasive Health 2010). Munich, Germany.

Jan Gillesen, Hwajung Hong, Rosa I. Arriaga (2009) Refl-ex: Towards Designing An Interactive and Intelligent Tool for Social Skill Development of Individuals with HFA/ASD. In Proc. of Conference on Designing Pleasurable Products and Interfaces (DPPI 2009). Compiegne, France.

Workshop paper, Doctoral Consortia, Extended Abstracts and Posters (lightly reviewed)

Hwajung Hong Gregory D. Abowd, Rosa I. Arriaga (2014). Building Social Computing Systems to Address Social Needs of Adolescents with Autism. Grace Hopper Conference 2014 Ph.D Forum, Phoenix, AZ.

Yangfeng Ji, Hwajung Hong , Rosa Arriaga, Agata Rozga, Gregory Abowd and Jacob Eisenstein (2014). Mining Themes and Interests in the Asperger’s and Autism Community. ACL 2014 Workshop on Computational Linguistics and Clinical Psychology, Baltimore, MD.

Hwajung Hong (2014). Specializing Social Networking Services for Young Adults with Autism. CSCW 2014, Doctoral Colloquium, Baltimore, MD.

Hwajung Hong, Gregory D. Abowd, Rosa I. Arriaga (2013). A Characterization Study of Q&A Behavior on an Online Forum for Autism Atlanta Workshop on Computational Social Science, Emory University, GA.

Hwajung Hong and Rosa I. Arriaga (2013). Harnessing Trusted-Stranger Networks to Ask for Social Advice: Challenges and Opportunities. CSCW 2013 Workshop on Social Media Question Asking. San Antonio, TX.

Hwajung Hong, Jennifer G. Kim, Gregory D. Abowd, Rosa I. Arriaga (2012). SocialMirror: Motivating Young Adults with Autism to Practice Life Skills in a Social World. CSCW 2012 Videos. Seattle, WA. Selected as an example of a strong video submission on the CSCW 2013 Videos CFP website

Fatima A. Boujarwah, Nazneen, Hwajung Hong, Gregory D. Abowd, Rosa I. Arriaga (2011). Cross-Cultural Comparisons of Social Expectations of Individuals with Autism and Other Intellectual Disabilities. SCCR 2011: The 40th Annual Meeting of the Society for Cross-Cultural Research, 16-19 February 2011, Charleston, SC.

Hwajung Hong, Hee Young Jeong, Rosa I. Arriaga, Gregory D. Abowd (2010). TriggerHunter: Designing an Educational Game for families with Asthmatic children. CHI 2010 Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH 2010). Atlanta, GA.

Tanyoung Kim, Hwajung Hong, and Brian Magerko (2009). Coralog: Use-Aware Visualization Connecting Human Micro-Activities to Environmental Change. In Extended Abstracts of Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2009). Boston, MA.

Tanyoung Kim, Hwajung Hong, and Brian Magerko (2009). Interactive Visualization of Ecosystem Change for Public Education. In Proc. of IEEE Symposium on Information Visualization (InfoViz 2009). Atlantic City, NJ.

Research Interest

My research examines the opportunities to support social needs that can be addressed through social media. I use a variety of methods including in-depth fieldwork and log file analysis to understand the social dynamics and cultural artifacts in social media. I then apply those insights to the design of the social computing system and the politics that it embodies. Most specifically, I have designed a specialized social networking service to support everyday life of young adults with autism.

I have observed how SNS may serve as a resource for social support for people with autism who are in the transition to the adulthood. As part of my research, I proposed a design artifact, SocialMirror, a specialized social networking system where young adults with autism ask help and a network of families and friends provides feedback.  More recently, my focus has widened to design an effective social Q&A system that includes a network of trusted strangers (crowdsourced volunteers) to support these individuals.

Beyond social computing for underserved population, I have a secondary research interest in designing mobile health and wellness application. I am passionate about studying how mobile communication technology promotes:

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