People

Current

Scott Robertson is the head of the HICHI lab. He is a Professor in the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii. His research interests include Digital government, e-Democracy and e-Participation, social computing, and natural language processing. [More]

Graduate Student Researchers

Sara Douglas is a Ph.D. student in the Communication and Information Sciences program. Sara has a B.S. in Computer Science with a minor in Mathematics from Sonoma State University and an M.S. in Human Factors and Information Design from Bentley University. She has several years of work experience as a usability professional. [More]

Nurit Kirshenbaum is a Ph.D. student in the Information and Computer Sciences Department. She has an M.S. in Interactive Media from Quinnipiac University. She is interested in interactive games and tangible devices.

Diliaur Tellei is a Master’s degree student in the Information and Computer Sciences Department. She is interested in studying technology-supported cultural history practices and relationship maintenance in Palau and other Pacific Island nations.

Alumni

Post-Doctoral and Visiting Scholar Alumni

Roxanne Raine is a researcher at SMS Hawaii. She earned her Ph.D. from the Institute of Cognitive Science at the University of Louisiana at Lafayette. Roxanne was a postdoc in the HICHI lab in 2015-2016. She is interested in computer-mediated communication, user-centered design, social media and personality, and media impacts on interpersonal impressions.

Bryan Semaan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies at Syracuse University. He has a Ph.D. from the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. Bryan was a postdoc in the HICHI lab in 2012-2014. He studies how people both appropriate, and are shaped by, technology in their daily lives with the goal of better understanding how technology helps to shape our social world, and in turn, how our social world shapes technology and its use.  [More]

Osamu Uchida is an Associate Professor in the School of Information Science and Technology at Tokai University in Tokyo, Japan. Dr. Uchida is conducting research in the area of social media and disaster response. He was a visiting scholar in the lab in 2014. [More]

Ravi Vatrapu is a Professor in the Department of Information Technology Management and Director of the Computational Social Science Laboratory at Copenhagen Business School. He has a Ph.D. from the Communication and Information Sciences Program at the University of Hawaii. Ravi worked with the HICHI lab in 2008-2009 as a postdoctoral researcher studying online political information browsing and decision making. [More]

Graduate Student Alumni

Hansen Cheng received his Masters degree in Information and Computer Sciences  in 2015. Hansen also received his B.A. from the ICS program in 2012. [More]

Misa Maruyama received her Ph.D. in Communication and Information Sciences  in 2016. She also has an M.S. in Broadcast Journalism from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Her dissertation explored second screening, or the use of multiple devices, when watching political debates. She is interested in new media and journalism. [More]

Lisa Miller is an instructor in Computer Science at Kapi‘olani Community College. She is also a Ph.D. student in the Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) Department at the University of Hawaii. She is interested in robotics and machine learning, and is currently a member of the Machine Learning Group. She worked with the HICHI Lab as a graduate research assistant in 2009 developing social networking software for an online voting information system. [More]

Shaoxuan Zhang earned an M.S. from the the Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) Department at the University of Hawaii. He worked with the HICHI Lab as a graduate research assistant in 2009 developing database and personalization components for an online voting information system. He is currently Senior Software Developer at Riot Games.

Undergraduate Alumni

Micah Angeles graduated from the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii in 2015. She works with the Information Technology Group at Leeward Community College. Micah participated in the lab as part of NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Vivian Cheng received her B.A. in Graphic Design and B.S. in Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) from the University of Hawaii in 2012. She participated in the lab as part of NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. She is a freelance illustrator and graphic designer based in Chicago. Visit her website at bibiancheng.com.

Heather Faucett graduated from the Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) Department at the University of Hawaii in 2014. She is a graduate student at the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Science at the University of California, Irvine. Heather participated in the lab as part of NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

William Gaul graduated from the Information and Computer Sciences (ICS) Department at the University of Hawaii in 2012. He is a Software Development Engineer at Amazon in Seattle. William participated in the lab as part of NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Laura Jolly received her B.A. in Journalism from the University of Hawaii in 2010. She participated in the lab as part of NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program. Visit her design, marketing and writing consultancy at laurajolly.com.

Blake Vilas graduated from the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii in 2016. He participated in the lab as part of NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.

Joshua Weldon graduated from the Information and Computer Sciences Department at the University of Hawaii in 2016. He participated in the lab as part of NSF’s Research Experience for Undergraduates program.