I teach and engage in research in the fields of Human-Computer Interaction and Computer Science Education at the University of Manitoba. My research involves understanding how older adults and their caregivers engage with technology, and developing systems and tools to support a partnership model for the older adult’s digital life. I also conduct research in innovative curriculum and pedagogy for Computer Science, and I am particularly interested in how to support underserved populations learning computer science. A third area of interest is in developing and evaluating novel interaction techniques, creativity support tools and measurement, and the study of how people use complex software, whether mobile, web-based or traditional desktop systems. I have previously conducted research on technology to support the arts and I am a strong advocate for interdisciplinary research and funding that goes beyond STEM. Beyond technology, education and art, I am also interested in politics, gender issues, philosophy, behavioural economics, neuroscience, psychology and sociology.
I received my PhD in Computer Science from the University of Waterloo in 2006. I have a Master of Mathematics in Computer Science and a Bachelor of Arts in Honours Economics and Applied Studies, both from Waterloo. I began my research career as an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte in 2006, was granted tenure there in 2012, and was promoted to Full Professor there in 2017. I am still a research affiliate at UNC Charlotte, where I am actively involved in various CS Education projects and where I was a co-PI on the Connected Learner project.
I am Co-Chair, along with Micheal Mueller, of the SIGCHI Cares Committee. I also am on the steering committee for the ACM Creativity & Cognition Conference, and served as a Virtual Conference Co-Chair for Creativity & Cognition 2021, which was held in this cool Gather.Town space that I created (check out the amazing interactive art work in the Galleria, and enjoy the excellent visuals in the Pictorials gallery).
Very excited to announce that the paper I wrote with Deborah Turnbull Tillman about the Interactive Online Art Gallery at C&C 2021 was accepted to C&C 2022: “Curating Interactive Art for Online Conferences: Artist, Curator and Technologist Experiences in Gather.Town”.
Paper accepted to ASEE: “Promoting Human-Centered Mindsets and Practices in STEM: Insights from a Capstone Course on 3D Printing Prosthetic Devices”, Johanna Okerlund, Celine Latulipe, David Wilson.
Two papers accepted to CHI 2022:
- “Unofficial Proxies: How Close Others Help Older Adults with Banking” (work with graduate student Murray Cumbers and undergraduate student, Ronnie D’Souza). This work has long been in the works, and is supported by my NSERC Discovery grant.
- “Towards Design Guidelines for Effective Health-Related Data Videos: An Empirical Investigation of Affect, Personality, and Video Content” Samar Sallam, Yumiko Sakamoto, Jason Leboe-McGowan, Celine Latulipe and Pourang Irani.
Paper accepted to SIGCSE 2022: “Comparing Student Experiences in Synchronous CS1 Classes in Gather.Town vs. Zoom“, in collaboration with Amy De Jaeger from the University of Manitoba’s Centre for the Advancement of Teaching and Learning. Gather.Town has made my pandemic teaching experience much more enjoyable. Check out my conference presentation to hear about the impact on students.
My student Nabila Chowdhury has had a poster accepted to CSCW 2021, titled: “Listening Together while Apart: Intergenerational Music Listening”.
Two papers accepted to CHI 2021: “BezelGlide: Interacting with Graphs on Smartwatches with Minimal Screen Occlusion” and “A Feminist Utopian Perspective on the Practice and Promise of Making”. The latter has received an Honorable Mention Award!
Read my Medium blog post about using Gather.town to teach my large CS1 class online.
I am the author of two ACM SIGCSE 2021 posters: one on teaching CS1 in gather.town and one on a prototype application we are developing to facilitate instructors using team-based pedagogies in traditionally furnished lecture halls.
I helped Sangho Su with an experience report recently accepted to ACM SIGCSE 2021, entitled “Using Comics to Introduce and Reinforce Programming Concepts in CS1”.
Our paper: “Are Variable, Array, and Object Diagrams in Introductory Java Textbooks Explanative?” was published and presented at ACM ITiCSE 2020.
Our paper: “Security and Privacy Risks Associated With Adult Patient Portal Accounts in US Hospitals” has been published in JAMA-IR (Journal of the American Medical Association – Internal Medicine). It has also been featured in the news.