Drexel Undergraduate Students Win Student Research Competition at CHI2016

Student Research Competition award winners Nishtha Dalal and Meghan Plank are recognized at the ACM CHI2016 conference on May 12. (Photo by Nazanin Andalibi)
Several members of Drexel University community, including students and faculty from the College of Computing & Informatics, recently presented their research at the ACM CHI2016 conference held from May 7 to 12 in San Jose, Ca.

Among these participants were Nishtha Dalal, an information systems major at CCI, and Meghan Plank, a psychology major in the College of Arts and Sciences, who took home first place in CHI2016’s Student Research Competition.

Dalal and Plank presented their research on developing a set of design guidelines for a smartphone application that helps increase physical activities of breast cancer survivors, known as Bounce. Their project was advised by CCI Assistant Professor Gabriela Marcu, PhD, who directs Drexel's Empathic Design and Technology Research Group.

The application serves to expand upon the often too narrowly or too broadly defined behavior change theories, which usually result in “a design process that does not account for the complexities of behavior change,” according to their abstract.

Their research addresses these limitations by developing a methodological framework and design guidelines that blend abstract theory with contextual relevance.

CHI (pronounced kai) is a conference about the future of human-computer interaction. The event gathers top researchers who are students, professors or designers from universities, corporations and startups from all over the world.

Prior to the conference, the Drexel’s participating members had the opportunity to present their research to the Drexel community on April 27 at the ExCITe Center. The presentation was followed by discussion and feedback for the speakers.

The following CCI (in bold) and Drexel faculty and students participated in CHI2016:

Nazanin Andalibi (doctoral student), Oliver Haimson, Munmun De Choudhury, Andrea Forte (Assistant Professor of Information Science).
Understanding Social Media Disclosures of Sexual Abuse Through the Lenses of Support Seeking and Anonymity.

David Hankerson, Andrea Marshall (doctoral student), Jennifer Booker (Associate Teaching Professor of Information Science), Houda El Mimouni (doctoral student), Imani Walker and Jennifer A. Rode (Assistant Professor). "Does Technology Have Race?" (Presented at Alt.chi)


Kenneth Nimley (doctoral student) and Gabriela Marcu (Assistant Professor of Information Science). No longer in the Stone Age: A study of transition to electronic health records. Position Paper. Workshop on Interactive Systems in Healthcare (WISH).


Shelby Keating, Erin Walker, Anil Motupali, Erin Solovey (Assistant Professor). Toward Real-time Brain Sensing for Learning Assessment: Building a Rich Dataset.

Student Research Competition

Meghan Plank and Nishtha Dalal (undergraduate information systems student). Bounce: A Mobile Behavioral Intervention Technology for Breast Cancer Survivors.

Workshop Position Papers
YuanYuan Feng (doctoral student) and Denise Agosto (Professor). Long-term management of personal health information generated by activity trackers. Workshop on Personal Information Management.

Nazanin Andalibi (doctoral student) and Andrea Forte (Assistant Professor). Social Computing Researchers, Vulnerability, and Peer Support. Ethical Encounters in HCI: Research in Sensitive and Complex Settings Workshop.

Erin Solovey (Assistant Professor), R. Liu (doctoral student), R. Moradinezhad (doctoral student). Advanced Interaction Research in Autonomous Vehicles. Workshop on HCI and Autonomous Vehicles: Contextual Experience Informs Design.

Jeff Gregorio, Matthew Prockup, Brandon Morton and Youngmoo Kim. Broader Perspectives in the Understanding of Musical Expression. Music and HCI Workshop.

Anne Weibert, Konstantin Aal, Andrea Marshall (doctoral student), Thomas von Rekowski and Volker Wulf. "Inclusive Making in the Neighborhood" Workshop on Fabrication & HCI: Hobbyist Making, Industrial Production, and Beyond.

Oliver Haimson, Nazanin Andalibi (doctoral student). Anonymity, Pseudonymity, and Gender Categorization as Social Justice Issues in HCI. Workshop on Exploring Social Justice, Design, and HCI Workshop.

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