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