Hwajung Hong.

Ph.D candidate @ Georgia Tech
HCI, Social Computing, Assistive Technology, and Crowdsourcing
Curriculum Vitae Resume

About me.

I am a Ph.D. candidate in Human-Centered Computing Program in the School of Interactive Computing at Georgia Tech. My research interests lie in the area of HCI, assistive technology design, and social computing. I am advised by Dr. Gregory Abowd and Dr. Rosa Arriaga, as part of the Ubiquitous Computing Laboratory. My dissertation research focuses on the design of specialized social media that assist people on the autism spectrum with navigating everyday life independently and effectively. My graduate study has been generously supported by the Samsung Fellowship.


Social media can serve as an empowering tool to seek help or advice across a variety of online contacts ranging from family and friends to anonymous crowdsourced volunteers. Harnessing informal support online is an important value proposition for social media. My dissertation research demonstrates the limitations of current social media, including personal social network sites and online communities and provides insight into how to better design social computing systems combining existing support structures with crowd workers.


Social media, computer-mediated communication, assistive technology, health informatics, crowdsourcing, collaborative information seeking, online health communities, social Q&A, design, natural language processing, autism, adolescents and young adults.

More information.

hwajung [at] gatech [dot] edu
Curriculum Vitae
Google Scholar
For more prior UX research and interaction design work, please see the archives

Featured research proejcts.

Crowdsourcing Daily Living Advice for individuals with autism

Social media data analysis, Mechanical Turk

In proc. of CHI 2015

Harnessing the power of "circle" with local social support networks

Technology probe, social network analysis

In proc. of CHI 2013

News and Travel.
I successfully defended my dissertation and am getting my Ph.D.! My thesis work is entitled "Specializing Social Networking Services to Support the Independence of Adolescents and Adults with Autism"
CHI 2015.
A paper on designing Q&A Systems for Behavioral Support of Individuals with Autism has been accepted to Pervasive Health 2015.
A paper on crowdsourcing daily living advice for individuals with autism has been accepted to CHI 2015.
Attended in CSCW 2014 and participated in the Doctoral Colloquium.
Thesis proposed.