My name is Michael, I study computer science and cognitive science at CU Boulder, and work in the TMI lab advised by Professor Stephen Voida. I have a broad interest in complex systems, and in particular, social systems. I’m currently exploring personal informatics as a high leverage point for evolving social systems from the ground up (individual change) and top down (social system diagnostics). My work is motivated by the environmental and mental health crises, which appear to be deeply related.
I’m exploring this space broadly, with projects on dreaming, mental health, sustainable consumption corridors, and spirituality. Methodologically, I draw on the fields of human-computer interaction, data science, network science, and psychology.
- Excited to teach CSCI 1300 again this fall, this time with 350 students!
- Published an interactions article about Faith Informatics
- Attending CHI 2022 in person – email me if you’re going and would like to meet up!
- Full paper: Personal Dream Informatics: A Self-Information Systems Model of Dream Engagement
- Short paper + poster (late breaking work): Visualizing Uncertainty in Multi-Source Mental Health Data
- Workshop paper for Integrating Faith, Religion, and Spirituality in HCI: Faith Informatics: Computing for Development Through Stages of Faith
- Workshop paper for Self-Determination Theory in HCI: Shaping a Research Agenda: Interfacing with Representations of the Self and Needs
- 8/26 - Presented a poster, A Network Visualization of Sustainable Consumption Corridors at IEEE VIS 2021. Extended Abstract
- 8/25 - Gave a lightning talk, Representing Systems of Need and Satisfaction at the Vis4Good workshop at IEEE VIS 2021.
- 7/23 - Finished teaching my first course, CSCI 1300: Introduction to Programming, a hybrid online/in-person course covering the basics of computational thinking and C++.
- 7/7 - Attended Networks 2021 and:
- 6/28 - Presented our paper, The Multiplicative Patient and the Clinical Workflow: Clinician Perspectives on Social Interfaces for Self-Tracking and Managing Bipolar Disorder at DIS 2021.
- 4/30 - Presented a lightning talk to ICS, Assessing Human Need at Scale.
- 4/8 - Awarded a seed grant from the Institue of Cognitive Science (ICS) for my project Exploring a Participatory Network Methodology for Assessing Human Need.
- 3/5 - Presented a poster at the CU Boulder Computer Science Annual Research Expo, A Census of Human Need: Developing a Comunity Informatics Platform to Systematically Assess Human Need and Satisfaction.
- 1/7 - Honored to be awarded a Beverly Sears Graduate Student Grant for my project Toward Personal Dream Informatics: Exploring the Self-Tracking of Dreams
- 9/20 - My hackathon project, Empowering Interpersonal Informatics won the Social Impact Track at CU’s Hack4Impact Hackathon.
- 7/19 - Presented Networks for Understanding Human Need @ IC2S2
- 5/6 - Finished my first year!
- 8/26 - I began a PhD program at The University of Colorado Boulder
- Problem solving and measurement in social systems
- Systematic assessment of human need and satisfaction
- Personal, interpersonal, and community informatics
- Technologies for supporting serious mental illness, especially bipolar disorder and PTSD
- Dream science and technology for supporting dream engagement
- Meta-science and the quantification of scientific contribution
- Emotional technologies and processes for emotional education
- Organizational culture and intra-organizational mobility
As evidenced by the diversity of research interests above, I’m currently exploring a variety of approaches to problem solving in social systems. I’m most inspired by the ongoing work of Jack Harich at thwink.org as well as that of Joe Edelman at Human Systems.
- Natural Language Processing
- Human Centered Computering / Human Computer Interaction
- Network Science
- System Dynamics Modeling
- Data Science and Computational Social Science