HCDE Professor Charlotte Lee Receives Google Research Award

Monday, November 1, 2010

Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering (HCDE) Professor Charlotte Lee was selected to receive a Google Research Award in July 2010 for her proposal, "Investigating the Role of Online Calendar Use in the Cultivation and Maintenance of Relationships." The award of US$70,000 will help fund Lee's research for the 2010–2011 academic year, which will be conducted by Lee and PhD students Alex Thayer and Katie Derthick.

Lee's research "explores the role of online calendar systems (OCS) as a site for the accomplishment and enactment of intimacy, with the goal of creating a rich conceptual model of practices and motivations that will inform the future design of OCS such as Google Calendar."

Charlotte P. Lee is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering at the University of Washington. She has a BA in Sociology from the University of California, Berkeley, an MA in Sociology from San Jose State University, a PhD in Information Studies from the University of California, Los Angeles, and did postdoctoral research at the University of California, Irvine. Her professional experience is in system administration, database administration, interaction design, and project management. Dr. Lee’s research is in the fields of Social Informatics, Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), Design Studies, and Science and Technology Studies. Her work focuses on empirically describing and theorizing the informational practices, artifacts, and collaborative structures of communities of practice working towards a shared goal: collaborative design. Professor Lee is also the Director of the Computer Supported Collaboration (CSC) Laboratory. CSC Lab conducts research to inform the design of information systems for collaboration.

For more information about Professor Lee's research, please contact her at cplee@uw.edu.

About Google Research Awards
The purpose of this program is to facilitate more interaction between Google and academia and also nurture stronger relations and partnerships with universities. The intent of the awards program is to support academic research aimed at improving information access (defined broadly). (from Google's University Awards site)