Participants

A big thanks goes out to the authors of this workshop’s submissions, we are excited to see all of you in Jersey City, NJ! Below you will find the names, paper links, and biographies (in alphabetical order) of all of the confirmed attendees (except for the workshop organizers whose biographies can be found here). This list will be updated as attendees confirm.

Konstantin Aal, University of Siegen – “‘Let’s wait and enjoy some Berber Whiskey’: Establishing a Computer Club in the High Atlas

Konstantin Aal studied Business Informatics at the University of Siegen, and is since 2012 an active employee at the department for Business Informatics and New Media of the University of Siegen. Earlier, he was an active student assistant at the come_IN project and wrote, in the mainframe of this project, his major dissertation about the social platform come_NET and its use by children. His focus points are actually the research of collapse prevention in elder people (iStoppFalls), as well as the use of social media during the Arabien Spring. In addition, he is conducting research in Botswana developing a lion alert system and establishing a computer club in the high Atlas of Morocco.

Patrick Dubois, University of Manitoba – “Software Learning Strategies and Perceptions of Rural Individuals

Patrick Dubois is a Ph.D. student in Computer Science at the University of Manitoba. His research in HCI involves studying how people share and consume software learning resources, with a particular emphasis among groups which are under-represented, such as rural individuals and women. Patrick grew up in rural Manitoba, and inspired by his experiences, wants to improve technologies to support those with different perceptions and challenges than the majority.

Michael Horning, Virginia Tech University – “Tensions on Trails: Understanding Differences between Group and Community Needs in Outdoor Settings

Michael Horning is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Communication at Virginia Tech whose research focuses on social and psychological effects of communication technologies.

Isaac Johnson, Northwestern University – “Towards Overcoming Barriers to Peer Production in Rural Areas

Isaac Johnson is a PhD candidate at Northwestern University, where his research has focused on how structural inequalities have moved online, with a focus on the differences between the online representation of urban and rural communities. His current research focuses on how we might build algorithms that are more accommodating of the challenges facing rural communities online – i.e. that do not reinforce the structural barriers that these communities face.

Linda Kotut, Virginia Tech University – “Tensions on Trails: Understanding Differences between Group and Community Needs in Outdoor Settings

Lindah Kotut is a Ph.D. student in the Department of Computer Science at Virginia Tech with interests in mobile devices and the risk inherent in using them.

Chanda Phelan, University of Michigan – “Telemedicine for Rural Users and the Primacy of Distance

Chanda Phelan is a PhD candidate in human-computer interaction at the University of Michigan School of Information, working with Dr. Paul Resnick. She studies how to design technology for rural and low-income users to improve physical and mental health. She also spends a lot of time in a bright blue camper called the Techmobile, traveling around the country helping people learn about technology.

Brianna Posadas, University of Florida – “Issues of Big Data in Agriculture

Brianna Posadas received her bachelor’s degree in engineering from Harvey Mudd College and completed a master’s degree in agricultural engineering at the University of Florida (UF). She is currently completing a doctorate in Human-Centered Computing as a McKnight Doctoral Fellow also at UF. Her research interests include the intersection of engineering, agriculture, and policy. With the advent of big data, many new fields have introduced machine learning and artificial intelligence, creating a new landscape of privacy and data ownership land mines many fields are not equipped to manage or regulate. Her goal is to create better informed consumers and citizen scientists who can contribute to the big data conversation and become empowered advocates.

Phoebe Sengers, Cornell University – “Designing for Impact on Rural Communities Using a Historical Lens

Phoebe Sengers is an Associate Professor at Cornell in Information Science and Science & Technology Studies. Her work integrates ethnographic and historical analysis of the social implications of technology with design methods to suggest alternative future possibilities. Phoebe’s current major project is an exploration of the politics of the design imagination through an examination of the long-term impact of technology on a remote rural Canadian community.

Jacob Thebault-Spieker, Virginia Tech – “Localness and Urbanness in Geographic Crowd Work

Jacob Thebault-Spieker is a Postdoctoral Associate at Virginia Tech. Geographic variations in online content or services mean that rural and low-SES regions are disproportionately underserved. Jacob’s doctoral work used robust geostatistical methods to measure and understand the mechanisms that underlie these geographic biases.

Sukrit Venkatagiri, Virginia Tech – “Localness and Urbanness in Geographic Crowd Work

Sukrit Venkatagiri is a Computer Science Ph.D. student at Virginia Tech. He studies and builds real-time crowdsourcing systems to augment and scale-up the expertise of investigators in journalism and other fields. He is interested in leveraging the local familiarity and skills of individuals in the crowd to combat misinformation.

Morgan Vigil-Hayes, Northern Arizona University- “A New Narrative: Rural Agency and Culture at the Center

Morgan Vigil-Hayes is an assistant professor in the School of Informatics, Computing, and Cyber Systems at Northern Arizona University. She received her doctorate in computer science at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Her research focuses on characterizing information needs, practices, and challenges of communities and using these insights to design and implement wireless networked systems that seek to enhance information availability and value in a community context. An overarching goal of her research is to empower cultural and geographic communities to have more meaningful interactions with each other.