My current research activities focus on understanding how geographically distributed teams and pairs of individuals use technology to collaborate across space and time.  

Content sharing and participation in video-mediated meetings

  • Interviews with 50 individuals using video conferencing for work
  • Laboratory studies of prototype systems for participating in video meetings using smartwatch app and smartphone app

Multitasking and attention in video conferencing

  • Interviews with individuals using video conferencing for work
  • Online experiment to assess individuals perceptions of multitasking in one-on-one video conferences
  • Development and evaluation of prototype webcam system using camera-switching to support multitasking in video conferencing using gaze tracking and on-screen activity detection

Asynchronous meeting participation

  • Field testing and online experiments to evaluate and inform design of an asynchronous group video meeting system
  • Evaluated overall usability of system and tested interface design choices for navigating a time-distributed video meeting with multiple topics

 

Previous projects

Impression formation in peer production

My thesis work focused on the impact of instrumenting online work environments with social media functionalities that enhance social transparency.  I used a combination of qualitative and quantitative methods to understand how providing information about others' expertise and personal traits influenced collaborative outcomes such as receptivity to unknown contributions and desire for future interaction. 

Interventions to support distributed teams

•Enabling asynchronous meetings through lightweight video recordings (internship at Microsoft Research)

•Understanding the effect of mediated representations of locations on perceived social and psychological distance

Designing for multilingual access to art and cultural heritage material

•Masters thesis focused on designing a localization strategy for access to Tate Online material in languages besides English

•Work on multimedia, multilingual search engine for cultural heritage content (European Union FP6 Project MultiMATCH)