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.