My research vision is to lead the emergence of the notification systems research field to a position marked by cohesive community effort, scientific method, and focus on relevant, real-world problems--providing improved system interfaces and engineering processes. I work on both the process and application side in advancing this emerging domain. My process side work focuses on ways to capture, share, and reuse interface design knowledge. My applications, generally developed for mobile devices (tablet PCs, handhelds, and mobile phones), focus on fields in which appropriate notifications have great potential value--health and wellness, assistive technologies, work-order systems, and educational situations. I lead Virginia Tech's Technology on the Trail initiative, that is investigating ways that technology is used in hiking, walking, and other outdoor settings. Visit my research group page for more details about my research directions, and view a list of my publications (most can be downloaded) that have emerged from my research and teaching efforts.
I'm always interested in working with motivated students at all levels: undergrad, Masters, Ph.D. I co-founded and co-direct the VTURCS undergraduate research program to encourage undergrads to become involved in research, and for undergraduate students wanting to work with me, I sponsor several projects through the program. Grad students and others wishing to collaborate should send me email or come by during my office hours.
I'm actively working to promote research within the CHI community. In 2014, I was the ACM CSCW Videos co-chair with Katie Derthick. In 2012 I organized an ACM DIS workshop on Designing for Cognitive Limitations with Clayton Lewis. In 2010 I organized an ACM SIGCHI workshop on Artifacts in Design with Michael Atwood, Gayle Curtis, Steve Harrison, Jon Kolko, Erik Stolterman, and Shahtab Wahid. I also served on the CHI Program Committee in 2010. In 2007 I was the ACM SIGCHI Work-in-Progress co-chair with Catalina Danis. Together with JJ Cadiz, Mary Czerwinski, and John Stasko I organized a workshop at the 2003 ACM SIGCHI Conference on Providing Elegant Peripheral Awareness. Also, I was a guest editor with Mary Czerwinski and Lyn Bartram for an IJHCS special issue on the Design and Evaluation of Notification User Interfaces that appeared in May 2003.
I'm also actively promoting greater inclusion of women, minorities, people with disabilities, and other underrepresented groups into HCI and computer science. My philosophy is that there are a great many excellent people who do not feel welcome or comfortable in computing fields, and it is worthwhile and productive for the discipline and the individuals that we together instantiate progress toward inclusion. I'm honored to have received the NCWIT Research Mentoring Award for my work with women and minority undergraduate students, and I'm active on several fronts for the NCWIT organization. I was the founding chair of the CS@VT Diversity Committee and organize a lot of the outreach activities. Prior diversity activities include serving as director for the Center for HCI's summer REU Site program, with a number of minority and women's colleges acting as partners. I served as co-PI of A4RC an NSF Broadening Participation in Computing (BPC) Alliance led by North Carolina A&T State University that helped establish an alliance between minority universities and research universities for collaborative education and research. I've also worked with the NSF Advance program on online dissemination of materials related to the participation of women in science and engineering in graduate education through VT Advance.