Lab News

4 ECL members graduate from the MC-HCI and MS-DM program! | May 11, 2022

ECL members Aditi Bhatnagar, Taylor Scavo and Phoebe Tan recently graduated from the Masters of Science in Human-Computer Interaction program and Jiachen Li from the Masters of Science in Digital Media program at Georgia Tech! Aditi, Phoebe and Taylor will begin their full-time industry jobs soon and Jiachen will continue on to her PhD studies at Northeastern University in the coming Fall! We are so proud of them and wish them all the luck in their post-grad adventures!

New IEEE Southeast paper on describing framework for XReality Serious Games! | March 29, 2022

ECL lab member Nicole has a new IEEE Southeast paper titled "A Framework for XReality Serious Games" ! The paper presents a framework for developing data driven Serious Games for research purposes. Check out the paper here . Congratulations Nicole!

Researchers and collaborators from Everyday Computing Lab awarded an external seed grant to advance research with older adults with MCI | March 16, 2022

We're happy to announce that our awesome lab members and Emory collaborators Tamara Zubatiy, Agata Rozga, Kayci Vickers, and Breanna Carter have been awarded an external seed grant titled "Scaling the Impact of the CEP Google Home Research Program into the Community". We're so excited to see their work going forward and congratulate them on the grant!

Dr. Elizabeth Mynatt is going to join Northeastern University as the new Dean of the Khoury College of Computer Sciences! | December 10, 2021

We are so delighted to inform that our very own, Elizabeth Mynatt , is soon going to be begin her appointment as the new Dean of the Khoury College of Computer Sciences at Northeastern University in Boston, starting January 2022. We are excited to see her take over this prestigious role and wish her all the luck in her new journey! We also look forward to charting our shared future together with an ECL sister lab at Northeastern soon! Congrats Beth!

New AI Institute Builds Tech to Support Aging | August 4, 2021

A team of Georgia Tech researchers has won a five-year, $20 million grant from NSF to build intelligent systems that support aging. The grant’s co-PI is our very own Elizabeth Mynatt, director of the Institute for People and Technology (IPaT) at Georgia Tech—IPaT’s expertise in technology for “aging in place” will play a key role in the funded research program.
The award builds upon decades of work at Georgia Tech, both in artificial intelligence, and — through IPaT— understanding the technological needs of older adults. The new systems will be tested with Georgia families through existing programs, including the Emory-Georgia Tech Cognitive Empowerment Program, which is also currently the research focus for multiple projects in ECL.

New Communications of the ACM story | April 23, 2021

The ACM recently published an article on the importance of federally funded IT research and the long term economic impacts of this funding. The National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine report, led by our very own Beth, traces the investments since the mid-1990s alongside the evolution IT innovations. And as noted in the article, "It's important to note this is not just about the past; it continues to be a great investment."

Congrats Jessica 2021 COC Graduate Student Award | April 23, 2021

Congrats to Jessica on her honorable mention Dissertation Award at the 30th annual College of Computing Awards.

Qualifier Success! | April 23, 2021

Congratulations to Toma and Nicole for passing their oral and written qualifiers! We are so proud of you both for passing this milestone in your PhD journey!

Jessica is recognized with the ischools Dissertation Award! Huge congratulations, Jessica! We are so proud! | February 26, 2021

Dr. Jessica Pater’s winning dissertation is titled Digital Self-Harm: Implications of Eating Disordered Behaviors Online. Here is what the Committee had to say:

The thesis addressed a significant and highly sensitive social problem, taking an intellectually rigorous approach that has widespread potential impact.

Reviewers commented that the thesis demonstrates careful scholarship, with a “clear engagement with previous literature” and a “systematic review, with excellent synthesis”. The method is highlighted as including “not one, but a set of case studies” that thoroughly develop and test the thesis’ hypothesis in a robust process.

The panel also noted that the research presented has value for the wider information science community now, and in the future: “there is a clear case that the thesis confirms, but also alters much of our existing theories on social impacts of information”, and “the ideas created and presented transcend the topic studied”.

Most importantly, the social applicability and benefit of the research are tangible, presenting a “compelling case” for both the research and the problem it addresses. Overall the thesis, in the words of one reviewer “is a clear example case for the vital value of information science for the global community”.

New CHI Paper on Understanding Clinician Assessment of Digital Self-Harm | February 12, 2021

Jessica and Beth have a new CHI paper on understanding how Clinicians assess for aspects of digital self-harm and their thoughts about the impacts of technology on the presentation of eating disorders. In this interview study they uncovered tensions related to clinician comfor and education into the (mis)use of technologies. They also explore the balancing of the positive and negative aspects of social media use with patients both prior to and post-clinical intervention. Finally, they also highlight the tensions of using social media within clinical practices and the use of social media data in the identification and treatment of patients with eating disorders. Click here to read the full paper. Congrats to Jess and Beth!