Archival Papers | Journal Papers | Case Studies, Panels, Workshops, Posters, Alt.Chi | Magazine Articles | Book Chapters | Service | Teaching | Media Coverage | Talks

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Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Ph.D

Mountain View, CA 94041

I use big data, qualitative research and exploratory design to direct innovation and strategic decisions by understanding user needs and practices.

Professional Experience

October 2012-

Principal Research Scientist, Yahoo, Sunnyvale, CA.
April 2016-Present. Membership team.
Senior Research Scientist, Yahoo Labs, Sunnyvale, CA.
October 2012-March 2016. HCI Group; Flickr.
Close partnerships with business groups working on both mission-critical and longer-term research projects. Used big data (Hive, Splunk), qualitative methods, and strategic approaches. Publicly visible work includes:
  • Studied user attitudes to identity authentification and verification, including 2nd factor authentification and activity-driven challenges.
  • Data Narratives: explorations of practices and concerns around individual data sharing and safeguarding. (paper: Data Narratives)
  • Used surveys and big data to characterize personal image search practices and introduced changes to Flickr search code to improve experience (paper: 32 Days of Christmas)
  • Flickr: Studies of practices around photography and data sharing, tablet use (paper: Tablet Photography)
  • Studies of personalized news and television (paper: MyChannel)
  • Studied adblocking practices in US/Chinese populations (in press)
  • Used log data to show one particular ad had a -6% impact on retention and ad clicking; showed similar effect on other animated ads; demonstrated financial implications (in the $Ms) for front page display ad pricing (in press)
  • Redesign of help pages. Fieldwork with phone support operators. Demonstrated $xx000 monthly savings. Created Splunk dashboard of usage to improve company-wide downtime responses. (
  • Multiple patents and patents pending
  • Spring 2014-
    May 2016

    General Chair, CHI 2016 Computer-Human Interaction Conference, San Jose, CA
    Co-chaired the major industry/academic HCI conference. 3800+ attendees.
  • Managed a ~$3M budget, 11+ paid staff, 114 organizing chairs, 222 Associate Paper Chairs, 100 Late-breaking Work Chairs, 546 sessions, 4000+ reviewers,
  • Organized high quality and diverse keynote speakers: Dayo Olopade, Kimberly Bryant, Sarah Guthals, Marissa Mayer, Terry Winograd, Alan Kay, Vishal Sikka and Salman Khan.
  • Made over 200 changes, including adding childcare, gender-neutral bathrooms, venture capitalist office hours, telepresence robots, streaming video.
  • January 2012-

    Consulting Assistant Professor/Visiting Lecturer, Stanford University, Stanford, CA
    HCI Design Studio CS.247. Computer Science. Cotaught with John Tang (2014); Michael Bernstein, Katrina Alcorn, Jeremy Lyon, Julie Stanford, John Tang, Helena Roeber (2015). Intermediate HCI class.
    Designing Liberation Technologies.(2012, 2013) d.School. Co-taught with Terry Winograd, Joshua Cohen, and Zia Yusef. Iterative design and prototyping for Nairobi slum dwellers.
    Also coached Intro to HCI (2010-2012), Cross Cultural Design (2011)

    January 2009-
    September 2012

    Senior Research Scientist & Ethnographer, Nokia Research Center, Palo Alto, CA

    Innovation Design Experience Animation (IDEA) Group. I studied the use of mobile phones and other mobile technologies. Publicly visible work includes:
  • Studied lead iPad users. Themes include comfortable commuting, communal computing, and curation as creativity.
  • Studied videochat and communication technology use by families in the Bay Area, resulting in strategy change and launch of Sesame Street collaboration at
  • Led development of a 2500+ Haitian household NFC-based clean water system.
  • Created and led the 3-year, 7-person development of Nokia Internet Pulse,, a mobile and wall-display Twitter visualization system, used at Nokia and Sesame Street to understand social media discussion of the company.
  • Built; showed women computer scientists write more papers than men
  • Led a study of corporate implications of hackers' and tinkerers' innovation practices
  • Helped develop Lenses, a novel interface for cellphones
  • Collaborations with Stanford, UC Berkeley, UC San Diego, UVA, ITU Copenhagen, Cambridge, Northumbria, and Mobile Life. Helped craft successful funding proposals for projects at Cornell, Drexel, Stanford, UC Berkeley, Georgia Tech, and Columbia
  • July 2006-
    December 2006

    Visiting Researcher, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK.

    Computer Mediated Living Group. Projects: Whereabouts Clock, Ambient Ink, etc.

    Summer 2005

    Intern, Intel Corporation, Portland, OR.

    Domestic Design & Technology Research with Genevieve Bell. Bibliography of smart home research.


    August 2003-
    October 2008

    Ph.D, Information Science, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY

    Dissertation: The Epistemology and Evaluation of Experience-focused HCI
    Committee: Phoebe Sengers, Jeff Hancock, Michael Lynch and Kristina Höök
    Projects: Intimate Objects, Home Health Horoscopes, Academics' Archiving Practices

    September 1999-
    June 2001

    M.S. Media Arts & Sciences, MIT Media Lab, Cambridge, MA

    Thesis: Symbolic Olfactory Display
    Committee: Michael Hawley, Hiroshi Ishii, Marc Canter, Peter Brown
    Research: Olfactory information display; digital home and kitchen technologies.

    Fall 2000

    Resident Researcher, Media Lab Europe, Dublin.

    August 1995-
    January 1999

    B.S. Brain and Cognitive Sciences, MIT, Cambridge, MA

    Research: Smart kitchens, coffee machines.. Advisors: Steven Pinker, Michael Hawley
    Primary and secondary school education: London, Paris, Singapore & Tokyo.


    Google Scholar calculates that my work has been cited 2218 times and my h-index is 21; the ACM states my papers have been downloaded over 4300 times in the last 12 months and cumulatively over 33,000 times. In addition to serving as a contribution to the scientific commons, they also provide a mechanism for me to talk publicly about the work I've done that would otherwise be covered by an NDA.

    Archival FULL Papers and Short Papers

    These are fully peer-reviewed articles, comparable to journal articles in other disciplines, and represent significant production of knowledge.

    The Design, Perception, and Practice of Tablet Photography
    Cati Boulanger, Saeideh Bakhshi, Joseph "Jofish" Kaye, David A. Shamma
    DIS '16 Proceedings of the 2016 ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems, 2016
    The 32 Days of Christmas: Understanding Temporal Intent in Image Search Queries
    Frank R. Bentley, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, David A. Shamma, John Alexis Guerra-Gomez
    CHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2016
    Snap Decisions?: How Users, Content, and Aesthetics Interact to Shape Photo Sharing Behaviors
    Sanjay Kairam, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, John Alexis Guerra-Gomez, David A. Shamma
    CHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2016
    Utilizing Employees as Usability Participants: Exploring When and When Not to Leverage Your Coworkers
    Joanne Locascio, Rushil Khurana, Yan He, Jofish Kaye
    CHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2016
    Fast, Cheap, and Good: Why Animated GIFs Engage Us
    Saeideh Bakhshi, David A. Shamma, Lyndon Kennedy, Yale Song, Paloma de Juan, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CHI '16 Proceedings of the 2016 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2016
    Data Narratives: Uncovering tensions in personal data management
    Janet Vertesi, Jofish Kaye, Samantha N. Jarosewski, Vera D. Khovanskaya, Jenna Song
    CSCW '16 Proceedings of the 19th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, 2016
    Friendship Maintenance in the Digital Age: Applying a Relational Lens to Online Social Interaction
    Irina Shklovski, Louise Barkhuus, Nis Bornoe, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CSCW '15 Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, 2015
    MyChannel: exploring city-based multimedia news presentations on the living room TV
    Frank Bentley, Karolina Buchner, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    TVX '14 Proceedings of the 2014 ACM international conference on Interactive experiences for TV and online video, 2014
    Money talks: tracking personal finances
    Joseph Jofish Kaye, Mary McCuistion, Rebecca Gulotta, David A. Shamma
    CHI '14 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2014
    "Our life is the farm and farming is our life": home-work coordination in organic farm families
    Gilly Leshed, Maria Håkansson, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CSCW '14 Proceedings of the 17th ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work & social computing, 2014
    A gift from the city: mobile phones in rural China
    Elisa Oreglia, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CSCW '12 Proceedings of the ACM 2012 conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2012
    Hello, is grandma there? let's read! StoryVisit: family video chat and connected e-books
    Hayes Raffle, Glenda Revelle, Koichi Mori, Rafael Ballagas, Kyle Buza, Hiroshi Horii, Joseph Kaye, Kristin Cook, Natalie Freed, Janet Go, Mirjana Spasojevic
    CHI '11 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011
    Self-reported password sharing strategies
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CHI '11 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011
    Understanding technology choices and values through social class
    Morgan G. Ames, Janet Go, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Mirjana Spasojevic
    CSCW '11 Proceedings of the ACM 2011 conference on Computer supported cooperative work, 2011
    Addressing mobile information overload in the universal inbox through lenses
    Timothy Sohn, Vidya Setlur, Koichi Mori, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Horishi Horii, Agathe Battestini, Rafael Ballagas, Christopher Paretti, Mirjana Spasojevic
    MobileHCI '10 Proceedings of the 12th international conference on Human computer interaction with mobile devices and services, 2010
    Family story play: reading with young children (and elmo) over a distance
    Hayes Raffle, Rafael Ballagas, Glenda Revelle, Hiroshi Horii, Sean Follmer, Janet Go, Emily Reardon, Koichi Mori, Joseph Kaye, Mirjana Spasojevic
    CHI '10 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2010
    Making love in the network closet: the benefits and work of family videochat
    Morgan G. Ames, Janet Go, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Mirjana Spasojevic
    CSCW '10 Proceedings of the 2010 ACM conference on Computer supported cooperative work, 2010.
    Best Paper Award
    Family communication: phone conversations with children
    Rafael Ballagas, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Morgan Ames, Janet Go, Hayes Raffle
    IDC '09 Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children, 2009
    Pottering by design
    Alex S. Taylor, Susan P. Wyche, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    NordiCHI '08 Proceedings of the 5th Nordic conference on Human-computer interaction: building bridges, 2008
    Locating Family Values: A Field Trial of the Whereabouts Clock.
    Brown, B. A. T., Taylor, A. S., Izadi, S., Sellen, A., Kaye, J. 'J.', Eardley, R.: Full Paper, Proc. Ubicomp 2007: 354-371.
    Nominated for Best Paper
    Enhancing ubiquitous computing with user interpretation: field testing the home health horoscope
    William Gaver, Phoebe Sengers, Tobie Kerridge, Joseph Kaye, John Bowers
    CHI '07 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2007
    To have and to hold: exploring the personal archive
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Janet Vertesi, Shari Avery, Allan Dafoe, Shay David, Lisa Onaga, Ivan Rosero, Trevor Pinch
    CHI '06 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2006
    Reflective design
    Phoebe Sengers, Kirsten Boehner, Shay David, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CC '05 Proceedings of the 4th decennial conference on Critical computing: between sense and sensibility, 2005

    Journal Papers

    Gender and computing conference papers
    J. McGrath Cohoon, Sergey Nigai, Joseph "Jofish" Kaye
    Communications of the ACM, 2011
    Designing Technologies for Domestic Spaces: A Future Kitchen Manifesto
    Genevieve Bell, Joseph "Jofish" Kaye
    Gastronomica 2(2) May 2002 p46-62
    Context as Output
    Beatrice Witzgall, Joseph "Jofish" Kaye
    MIT Student Journal of Planning 2, Spring 2001.

    Magazine and non-referreed Articles

    Structure and Dynamics of Coauthorship, Citation, and Impact within CSCW
    Brian Keegan, Dan Horn, Thomas A. Finholt, Joseph "Jofish" Kaye. arXiv. 2013.
    Minority retort
    Joseph "Jofish" Kaye
    interactions, 2011
    StoryTime for the 21st Century
    Rafael 'Tico' Ballagas, Hayes Raffle, Janet Go, Glenda Revelle, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Morgan Ames, Hiroshi Horii, Koichi Mori, Mirjana Spasojevic
    IEEE Pervasive Computing 9, 3 (July 2010), 28-36.
    Horoscopes: Valuing the Irrational
    Joseph "Jofish" Kaye
    Ambidextrous Magazine 2(1) Spring 2007
    Making Scents: aromatic output for HCI
    Joseph "Jofish" Kaye
    interactions - Making scents: aromatic output for HCI, 2004
    Culturally Embedded Computing
    Phoebe Sengers, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Kirsten Boehner, Jeremy Fairbank, Geri Gay, Yevgeniy 'Eugene' Medynskiy and Susan Wyche.
    Pervasive Computing, 3(1) 2004.
    Computer Controlled Scent Output
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    Perfumer and Flavorist, Nov/Dec 2003
    Mr. Java
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye and Niko Matsakis
    IEEE Computer Graphics & Applications May 2000

    Case Studies, Posters & Alternative Forums

    These are typically smaller-scale contributions than full conference papers, often representing new research explorations or focusing on a particular implementation of an idea.
    Creativity in a Comfortable, Communal and Curating World
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Rachel Hinman and Tico Ballagas.
    Proceedings of the Human Computer Interaction Consortium (HCIC), Summer 2012.
    Sawtooth planar waves for haptic feedback
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    UIST Adjunct Proceedings '12 Adjunct proceedings of the 25th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, 2012
    Safe mathare: a mobile system for women's safe commutes in the slums
    Margaret Hagan, Nan Zhang, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    MobileHCI '12 Proceedings of the 14th international conference on Human-computer interaction with mobile devices and services companion, 2012. Poster.
    Using NFC phones to track water purification in Haiti
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, David Holstius, Edmund Seto, Brittany Eddy, Michael Ritter
    CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012
    Nokia internet pulse: a long term deployment and iteration of a twitter visualization
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Anita Lillie, Deepak Jagdish, James Walkup, Rita Parada, Koichi Mori
    CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012
    Massively distributed authorship of academic papers
    Bill Tomlinson, Joel Ross, Paul Andre, Eric Baumer, Donald Patterson, Joseph Corneli, Martin Mahaux, Syavash Nobarany, Marco Lazzari, Birgit Penzenstadler, Andrew Torrance, David Callele, Gary Olson, Six Silberman, Marcus Stünder, Fabio Romancini Palamedi, Albert Ali Salah, Eric Morrill, Xavier Franch, Florian Floyd Mueller, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Rebecca W. Black, Marisa L. Cohn, Patrick C. Shih, Johanna Brewer, Nitesh Goyal, Pirjo Näkki, Jeff Huang, Nilufar Baghaei, Craig Saper
    CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012
    Inventive leisure practices: understanding hacking communities as sites of sharing and innovation
    Tricia Wang, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CHI EA '11 CHI '11 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011
    Wireless monitoring of a distributed environmental health intervention in Haiti
    David Holstius, Joseph "Jofish" Kaye, Edmund Seto
    WH '10 Wireless Health 2010, 2010
    Some statistical analyses of CHI
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CHI EA '09 CHI '09 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2009
    The Evolution of Evaluation
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Phoebe Sengers
    CHI '07 Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2007
    Evaluating experience-focused HCI
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Kirsten Boehner, Jarmo Laaksolahti, Anna Ståhl
    CHI EA '07 CHI '07 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2007
    Pottering: a design-oriented investigation
    Susan P. Wyche, Alex Taylor, Joseph Kaye
    CHI EA '07 CHI '07 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2007
    Evaluating experience-focused HCI
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CHI EA '07 CHI '07 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2007. Doctoral Consortium.
    Eggs-ploring the influence of material properties on haptic experience
    Lorna Brown, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    Ext. Abs. HAID'07. Poster.
    Screensaver for Note-Review.
    Shirley Gaw, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Ken Wood.
    European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work ECSCW'07.
    I just clicked to say I love you: rich evaluations of minimal communication
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CHI EA '06 CHI '06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2006
    Understanding how bloggers feel: recognizing affect in blog posts
    Gilly Leshed, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CHI EA '06 CHI '06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2006
    Communicating intimacy one bit at a time
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Mariah K. Levitt, Jeffrey Nevins, Jessica Golden, Vanessa Schmidt
    CHI EA '05 CHI '05 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2005
    Olfactory display
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    UIST '04 Proceedings of the 17th annual ACM symposium on User interface software and technology, 2004
    Intimate objects
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Liz Goulding
    DIS '04 Proceedings of the 5th conference on Designing interactive systems: processes, practices, methods, and techniques, 2004

    Panels, Workshops & SIGs

    Rather than research contributions, these contributions show my commitment to faciliating discussions, collaborations and growing research themes.
    Collaboration and Social Computing in Emerging Financial Services
    David R. Millen, Claudio Pinhanez, Jofish Kaye, Silvia Cristina Sardela Bianchi, John Vines
    CSCW'15 Companion Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing, 2015. Workshop.
    #CHImoney: financial interactions, digital cash, capital exchange and mobile money
    Jofish Kaye, Janet Vertesi, Jennifer Ferreira, Barry Brown, Mark Perry
    CHI EA '14 CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2014. Workshop.
    Designing technology for major life events
    Michael Massimi, Svetlana Yarosh, Madeline E. Smith, Joseph Jofish Kaye
    CHI EA '14 CHI '14 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2014. Workshop.
    The future of HCI publishing in journals and books
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Beverley Ford, Dianne Murray, Doug Sery, Peter Thomas, Steve Whittaker, Shumin Zhai
    CHI EA '13 CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013. Panel.
    Science vs. science: the complexities of interdisciplinary research
    Clare J. Hooper, David Millard, Jill Fantauzzacoffin, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    CHI EA '13 CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013. SIG Meeting.
    Exploring the diversity of families: designing technologies for the contemporary family life
    Konstantinos Kazakos, Elizabeth Bales, Carman Neustaedter, Svetlana Yarosh, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, David Kirk
    CHI EA '13 CHI '13 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2013. Workshop.
    SIG: Work life balance in HCI
    Anicia Peters, Susan Dray, Jofish Kaye
    CHI EA '12 CHI '12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2012. SIG Meeting.
    Mobile family interaction: how to use mobile technology to bring trust, safety and wellbeing into families
    Jofish Kaye, Matti Nelimarkka, Riitta Kauppinen, Sini Vartiainen, Pekka Isosomppi
    MobileHCI '11 Proceedings of the 13th International Conference on Human Computer Interaction with Mobile Devices and Services, 2011. Workshop.
    Designing for user experience: academia & industry
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Elizabeth Buie, Jettie Hoonhout, Kristina Höök, Virpi Roto, Scott Jenson, Peter Wright
    CHI EA '11 CHI '11 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2011
    Connecting families: new technologies, family communication, and the impact on domestic space
    Carman Neustaedter, Tejinder K. Judge, Steve Harrison, Abigail Sellen, Xiang Cao, David Kirk, Joseph Kaye
    GROUP '10 Proceedings of the 16th ACM international conference on Supporting group work, 2010. Workshop.
    Please enjoy!: workshop on playful experiences in mobile HCI
    Ylva Fernaeus, Henriette Cramer, Hannu Korhonen, Jofish Kaye
    MobileHCI '10 Proceedings of the 12th international conference on Human computer interaction with mobile devices and services, 2010. Workshop.
    Sexual interactions: why we should talk about sex in HCI
    Johanna Brewer, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye, Amanda Williams, Susan Wyche
    CHI EA '06 CHI '06 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 2006. Workshop.
    Holy Hanging Out: Exploring Spirituality and Religion in the Corporate Environment.
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye and Genevieve Bell
    EPIC 2005

    Book Chapters

    The Financial Tour: Methods for Studying Sensitive Financial Questions
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    in T. Judge, C. Neustaedter, Eds. Studying and Designing Technology for Domestic Life: Lessons from Home.. Springer.
    Reading, Laughing, and Connecting with Young Children.
    Raphael Ballagas, Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye and Hayes Raffle
    in C. Neustaedter, S. Harrison, A. Sellen, Eds. Connecting Families: The Impact of New Communication Technologies on Domestic Life. Springer.
    Love, Ritual and Videochat
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    in R. Harper, Ed.  The Connected Home:The Future of Domestic Life, Springer.
    Computer-controlled Smell Output
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    Chapter 36, Fragrance for Personal Care. Allured Publishing.
    Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye
    in Falling for Science: Objects in Mind. Sherry Turkle, Ed. MIT Press.
    Being Human: Human Computer Interaction in 2020
    Richard Harper, Tom Rodden, Yvonne Rogers and Abi Sellen, Eds.
    Supporting Family Awareness with the Whereabouts Clock
    Barry Brown, Alex S. Taylor, Sharam Izadi, Abigail Sellen and Joseph 'Jofish' Kaye.
    in Awareness Systems, P. Markopoulos and W. Mackay, Eds. Human-Computer Interaction Series, Springer.

    Professional Service

    Conference Co-Chair, CHI 2016
    Vice-President at Large, ACM SIGCHI 2012-2015
    Editor, Personal & Ubiquitous Computing 2012-present
    Co-Chair (with G. Hayes, UC Irvine): CHI 2013 Panels
    Co-Chair (with I. Schlovski, ICT Copenhagen): NordiCHI 2012 Workshops & Tutorials
    Local Program Chair: MobileHCI 2012
    Co-Chair (with A. Druin, U of Maryland): CHI 2012 Panels
    Co-Chair (with K. Höök, Mobile Life): MobileHCI 2011 Doctoral Consortium
    Co-Chair (with C. Satchell, U of Melbourne): CSCW 2011 Horizons
    Co-Chair (with L. Barkhaus, U of Glasgow): alt.chi 2008.
    Program Committees include: CSCW 2009-2012, MobileHCI 2011-12, CHI 2009-2010, OzCHI 2008, NordiCHI 2008-2010, DIS 2008-2010, Multimedia Visualization 2004, 2005.

    Conference Reviewing: CHI, DIS, CSCW, Ubicomp, SIGGRAPH, UIST, DUX, IEEE VR, Pervasive, Multimedia Visualization (M2Vis)

    Peer Reviewing: National Science Foundation, ToCHI, HCI, International Journal of Human-Computer Studies, International Journal of Technology and Human Interaction, IEEE Intelligent Systems, Social Psychology Quarterly

    Teaching and Advising

    I believe teaching is an important part of a reflective research practice, and I continue to integrate it into my work as a industrial researcher. I teach with an emphasis on rapid prototyping, user-centered approaches, iterative design processes, group work and reflective design. I encourage learning from group projects for real-world clients, such as local farmers and community outreach projects. I taught Stanford's CS247 Human Computer Interaction Studio in 2014 (with John Tang, 80 students) and 2015 (with six collaborators, 120 students). I co-taught Designing Liberation Technology in 2013 and coached multiple classes in design and cross-cultural work, all at Stanford. I have also judged various final class presentations and Masters projects at both Stanford and Berkeley, and been on the committee for Ph.D and masters students at CCA, Simon Fraser University and the University of Cape Town.

    Winter 2015

    Stanford University
    CS247 Human Computer Interaction Studio. With Michael Bernstein, John Tang, Julie Stanford, Helena Roeber, Jeremy Lyon, and Katrina Alcorn. 120 students. Visiting Lecturer.

    Spring 2014

    Stanford University
    CS247 Human Computer Interaction Studio. With John Tang, Microsoft Research. 80 students. Visiting Lecturer.

    Spring 2012

    Stanford University
    CS.379 Designing Liberation Technology. Consulting Assistant Professor.

    Spring 2008

    Cornell University
    INFO/COMM.345 Intro to Human Computer Interaction. Head TA.

    Fall 2007

    INFO/CS.130 Intro to Web Design & Programming. Head TA.

    Spring 2007

    INFO/CS.230 Intro Design & Programming for the Web. Joint Head TA.

    Spring 2006

    STS.356 Computing Culture. Joint Head TA.

    Fall 2005

    INFO/CS.130 Intro to Web Design & Programming. Head Teaching TA.

    January 2001

    Massachusetts Institute of Technology
    Everything You Always Wanted To Know About Smell But Were Afraid To Ask, IAP Seminar

    Selected Media Coverage

    This section is in dire need of updating.
    In Haiti, RFID Tracks Drinking Water. Claire Swedberg, RFID Journal, March 10, 2011
    Aqua Plan: Could Cell Phones Help Aid Workers Ensure Haiti's Supply of Clean Drinking Water? Larry Greenemeier,, February 18, 2011
    Love Tech Goes Long Distance. Andy Greenberg,, February 6, 2008
    Computer to User - You Figure It Out. Gary H. Anthes, Compuworld, January 23, 2006
    Kitchens of the Future. The Food Network, January 18, 2004
    The Infinite Mind: Sense of Smell. National Public Radio, April 30, 2003
    Will the Kitchen Please Shut Up! Richard Wolkomir, Smithsonian, September 1999
    In an M.I.T. Lab, the Future Cooks. Wm. Hamilton, New York Times, February 18, 1999

    Invited Talks

    This section is in even more dire need of updating.

    Comfortable Computing, Communal Computing, Content Consumption and the Creativity of Curation & Collage, UW Bothell, Computing & Software Systems, 15 February 2012
    Family Communication Studies, UC Irvine Friday Informatics Series, 13 March 2011 Understanding technology use in families, Interaction Design Group Seminar Series, University of Melbourne, 3 January 2011
    Understanding technology use in families, Google UX Brownbag Seminar, 8 December 2010
    Values in Home Videoconferencing, Beyond the Cell Phone Seminar, UC Berkeley, 10 November 2010
    Making Family: Constructing Family Values through Videochat, CMU West, Research Seminar, 22 September 2009
    Ways of Knowing and Judging, Design Futures Lecture Series, UC Berkeley School of Information, 29 April 2009
    Epistemology for Design: Why 'how we know' matters, Interaction Design, California College of the Arts, 29 January 2009
    Evolving Evaluation from Engineers to Experience, Stanford University Human-Computer Interaction Seminar, Stanford, CA. 22 April 2007.
    Expanding the Scope: Pushing the Boundaries of HCI, CHI Mumbai, Mumbai, India. 19 March 2007.
    Expanding the Scope: Pushing the Boundaries of HCI, Bangalore, India. 22 March 2007.
    Towards Experience-focused HCI, Invited Talk, BostonCHI, MIT, Cambridge, MA, 16 March 2007.
    The Evolution of Evaluation, Microsoft Research Cambridge, UK. 15 December 2006
    The Evolution of Evaluation: Learning from History as a Step Towards the Evaluation of Third Wave HCI , University of Aarhus, Denmark. 29 November 2006
    Steps Towards a History of Ethnomethodology in HCI and CSCW, Science & Technology Studies Unit, University of York, UK. 20 November 2006.
    Evolution of Evaluation in HCI, York HCI Group Seminar, Department of Psychology, University of York, UK. 19 November 2006.
    Evolving Evaluation from Engineers to Experience: What History can Teach us About Evaluation in HCI, GIST Seminar Series, University of Glasgow, UK. 16 November 2006.
    Evaluation in HCI Looking at the evolution of an interdisciplinary field, Oxford e-Science Research Project, University of Oxford, UK. 15 November 2006.
    How We Got To Where We Are Today: Understanding the History of Evaluation in HCI, Guest Seminar, IT Universitetet, Göteborg, Sweden, 6 October 2006.
    Evaluation in Experience-Focused HCI: Exploring the Virtual Intimate Object , Future Applications Lab, Viktoria Institute, Göteborg, Sweden, 13 January 2006.
    Intimate Objects, Invited Talk, Human Communication Technologies Laboratory, University of British Colombia, Vancouver, Canada. 6 January 2005 Olfactory Display, UIST 2004, Santa Fe, NM. 26 October 2004.
    Future Kitchen Technologies, Campbell Soup Company, Camden, NJ, 1 October 2003 Symbolic Olfactory Display, Designing for the Senses, Smithsonian/Cooper-Hewitt & Rockefeller University, New York, NY, 3 May 2003
    My Grandmother Could Cook A Pasta Dinner In Seven Minutes Or Less With No Wasted Steps, Smart Home Series, Intel Architecture Labs, Portland OR, 22 September 2001
    Computerized Symbolic Olfactory Display, Xerox Parc, Stanford CA, 1 August 2001.
    Future Technologies & Practices Impacting The Home, Information & The Urban Future, New York University, New York NY, 26 February 2001.
    Kitchen Directions, Schott Glas, Mainz, Germany, 23 August 2000.
    Forget About Technology, Bluetooth: Future of Wireless, ICM, Washington DC, 14 July 2000.
    Technology for All, Access to Info Tech, Reykjavik, Iceland, 22 February 2000.
    Technology in Future Kitchens, Design & Tech, Hafele, SF, CA, 23 September 1999.

    Skills & Activities

    Technical skills: Python, Splunk, Hive, prototyping analog & digital electronics, Unix, etc.
    Languages: Rusty conversational French and even rustier intermediate Japanese.
    Theater: Extensive performances, master-classes and directing of improv, actor-created & scripted theatre.
    MIT Mystery Hunt 2003 - The Matrix: Joint creator of world's largest treasure hunt.


    I am an enthusiastic supporter of local food and wine, brew a mean ale, and like to cook, dance, and host friends and family. My wife and I have become experts at extensive use of public transport while traveling so we don't have to bring car seats for our children.