Research

Daniela Rosner

Winter 2019

The internet of evocative objects: a deployment of public IoTs

This DRG will examine how Internet of Things (IoT) devices installed within public settings might contribute to the coordinated work of resource distribution and broad public hygiene infrastructure. We will test, deploy, and trace interactions with a set of networked devices built to support the circulation of menstrual resources (e.g., pads and tampons) within public restrooms at the Seattle Public Library. In doing so, we seek to understand how maintenance staff and patrons care for or access public health resources through public IoT. In addition to collecting numerical data through the IoT devices (e.g. product levels), we will draw on qualitative research methods of participant observation and ethnographic interviewing to further understand how maintenance staff and members of the public relate to and interpret IoT installations. To circulate this research to the broader public, participants of this DRG will develop a website to document and share the IoT designs for download, as well as short accounts of qualitative research findings.

We welcome applicants with interests in qualitative research and/or strong backgrounds in physical computing. Participants will be expected to commit 6 hours per week, enrolling in two units of credit.

The group will be comprised of 3-5 DRG participants, and co-led by PhD students Brian Kinnee and Rafael Silva, UCSD Postdoctoral Fellow Sarah Fox, and faculty member Daniela Rosner.  

How to Apply
Space is limited. Please email organizers Brian Kinnee (bkinnee@uw.edu), Rafael Silva (rafaelsi@uw.edu), and Sarah Fox (perhaxis@gmail.com) with subject heading "IoT DRG Application." In your introductory email, please include the following:

+  Confirmation that you meet the availability requirements.
+  Schedule availability
+  A few paragraphs describing your experience relevant to the required experiences outlined above and motivation for joining.

 


Winter 2019

Designing interactive critical design artifacts to celebrate the women of Atari

Co-directed by Pernille Bjørn and Daniela Rosner

Note: enrollment in this DRG is at capacity for Winter 2019

This project uses a collaborative design process to build an interactive installation (e.g., museum exhibit, conference exposé, and/or Maker Faire display) that showcases the hidden stories of women in computer gaming. In particular, we focus on the women of color who made crucial engineering contributions to Atari, an early computer gaming company. According to media historian Nathan Esmenger, women made up roughly 30% of computer programmers well into the 1970s, half as many as today. The 1980s represent a crucial period of change for women's participation in computing. Across the decade, images of the weird, brilliant male computer hacker took increasing hold of the popular imagination, appearing in the storylines for major movies and the headlines of popular news account. 

Focusing on 1980s Atari developments, our interactive installation will utilize "makerspace" methodologies (e.g., IoT development, tangible interaction, and gaming) to draw people into stories of Atari women. We will explore and challenge industry notions of who is or should become a programmer, engineer, and designer by revisiting the accounts of women whose labor remained hidden within the Atari products and their marketing. In doing so, we call on members of the contemporary game-development and wider IT industry to help rewrite engineering histories to highlight key computational know-how contributed by groups underrepresented within computing fields today. We hope to end the quarter with a proposal for a ComicCon 2019 panel in Seattle in order to present and demonstrate the interactive installation.

Required Availability

+  Register for 2 to 3 credits for spring quarter. Indicate availability for additional quarters (not required).
+  Meet for 1-2 hours each week.
+  Work 4 to 6 hours each week outside of meetings.

Required Experience

Participants in this DRG must have at least one of the following skills and experiences:
+  Outreach coordination: Experience interviewing and using qualitative research methods such as fieldwork observation
+  Visual and interaction design: Experience with design and branding, Adobe Illustrator or the like, web development
+  Maker mindset: Familiar with the UW CoMotion makerspace and digital prototyping tools 

Note: enrollment in this DRG is at capacity for Winter 2019


Autumn 2018

Troubled worlds: rethinking computing in the age of climate change 

Co-directed by Daniela Rosner and Megan Finn (iSchool)

This yearlong, weekly, reading and research group seeks to understand the role of computing tools and infrastructures in climate change along three central axes. First, we consider environmental histories of the internet and the impact of the development of information technologies on the environment. Second, we examine the environmental cost of computing within late capitalist economies with a particular focus on eWaste and air pollution. In particular, we ask: where does the material substrate of computing systems (e.g., handheld devices, the internet) come from and go to? In addressing this question, we also necessarily consider how the environmental impact of computing is distributed across local and global scales. Third, we evaluate policy and governance frameworks and radical interventions to mitigate computing’s impact on climate. To help us examine different approaches, we plan to draw on campus experts in climate change. 

Brief Schedule

Fall quarter will be devoted to reading broadly and understanding existing ongoing work in this area.
Winter quarter will be dedicated to digging deeper into topics of interest to research group members and formulating research projects.
Spring quarter will focus on executing the research projects.  

Required Experience

We've aimed the group's content at doctoral level students, but we are happy to consider applications from undergraduate and masters students who have taken research methods classes and/or feel comfortable reading peer-reviewed academic research.

Required Availability

Register for 1 to 2 credits for fall quarter. Indicate availability for additional quarters (not required).
Meet for 2 hours each week.
Work 4 to 6 hours each week outside of meetings.

How to Apply

Space is limited. We encourage students to apply to this research group with the expectation of continuing across the year. Please email organizer Professor Megan Finn (megfinn@uw.edu) and Professor Daniela Rosner (dkrosner@uw.edu) with the following information indicating eligibility.In your introductory email, please include the following:
Confirmation that you meet the availability requirements.
A few paragraphs describing your experience relevant to the required experiences outlined above.

 


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