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Research

Cecilia Aragon

Winter 2023

Comparing Content Recommendations based on User-Centered Content Analysis

Note this DRG is at capacity for winter quarter and no longer accepting applications.

In this 2-credit DRG, we are looking for 2-5 students for a research project which intends to compare content recommendation processes for designing social recommender systems. Group members will analyze user-generated content on online fanfiction communities and provide content recommendations to direct users to consume. Some prior experience with qualitative coding or content analysis is preferred, but not required. 


Winter 2023

Data Visualization and Analytics for Diversity and Inclusion Research

Co-directed by Kimberly Perkins and Cecilia Aragon

Note this DRG is at capacity for winter quarter and no longer accepting applications.

Did you know that 95% of airline pilots are men? Did you know that 94% are white? We don’t know the LGBTQI+ percentages because nobody asked.

This research explores why a demographic majority persists despite the industry being open to diversity more than 50 years ago. PhD student Kimberly Perkins has collected over 26,500 answered survey questions (both text and quantitative) from pilots in leadership roles at one major airline based in the United States. The DRG will focus on data cleaning and using Tableau to gain insights and prepare data visualizations from this data set.

Students must have extensive experience with Tableau and data cleaning. Completion of HCDE 411, HCDE 511, or similar data visualization/analysis class is a plus.

We are looking for a relatively small group of people who are each interested in between 2 and 5 credit hours of credit/no credit grade in HCDE 496/596 for Winter Quarter 2023. Interested undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Successful completion of this research may result in co-authorship of an academic paper.

Note this DRG is at capacity for winter quarter and no longer accepting applications.


Winter 2023

Turning Visualization Research into Product: Traffigram

This DRG will be led by UW CSE alum/Microsoft software engineer Ken Aragon and HCDE professor Cecilia Aragon.

Note this DRG is at capacity for winter quarter and no longer accepting applications.

Are you interested in the process through which a novel visualization algorithm is taken from research prototype to viable product? Do you think interactive maps could be improved by combining the science of visual perception with efficient algorithms?

Work with industry engineers and HCDE faculty to turn novel visualization techniques sponsored by UW’s CoMotion Labs into a marketable product. Participants will have the opportunity to work in areas such as user research, design, and software engineering.

Preference will be given to those with proficiency in programming/software development, data visualization, usability testing, design, or entrepreneurship. Meetings will take place once a week on campus at a time (most likely late afternoon) that best suits all participants’ needs. We are looking for a team of 5-6 dedicated students with a variety of skills and backgrounds to work together with the ultimate goal of creating a viable and successful product.

More information about the research can be found here: Human-Centered Data Science Lab » Traffigram: A Design Methodology for Distance Cartograms.

Note this DRG is at capacity for winter quarter and no longer accepting applications.


Autumn 2022 - Spring 2023

Research Design for Games to Teach Data Ethics

Co-directed by Cecilia Aragon, Bernease Herman, and Sarah Evans

Note this DRG is at capacity for autumn quarter and no longer accepting applications.

This research group will co-design a game, along with faculty and students from the University of North Texas (UNT), a Hispanic-Serving Institution, to explore issues of ethics and diversity in data science. Students will be hands-on in exploring examples of educational games, brainstorming and providing ideas for games, creating prototypes, and playtesting. Some themes we may consider include data privacy, trust of algorithmic systems, predictive policing, fairness, and others. Our goal is to produce a working prototype of a game, playtest it, and study our own design processes to gain insight into how conflicts in norms and culture may change the learning process. 

This will be a two-quarter (with option to continue for the full year) directed research group with the goal of writing and submitting a paper to a top venue in spring 2023. All group members will be offered the opportunity to be co-authors on the paper.

We are looking for a relatively small group of people who are each interested in between 2 and 5 credit hours of credit/no credit grade in HCDE 496/596 for Fall, Winter, and Spring Quarters in 2022-2023. Interested undergraduate and graduate students may apply. Graphic design experience and familiarity with a wide variety of games is recommended but not required for motivated students.

This DRG is no longer accepting applications.
 


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