D. Yvette Wohn, Assistant Professor in Information Systems (

yvettewohnDr. Wohn‘s research area is in human-computer interaction (HCI) and computer-mediated communication. She studies the role of algorithms and social interactions in livestreaming, esports, gaming, and social media.


Graduate Students

Jie Cai

jie-cai.jpgI am a Ph.D. student in Information System.
I have a masters degree in marketing research and one-year working experience in e-commerce. My research interests are related to social media, e-commerce,and online shopping. Currently, I am working on a project about livestreaming shopping.


Mashael Almoqbel

Mashael Almoqbel is an Information Systems Ph.D. student. She has a one year working experience as a teaching assistant. Mashael is interested in social media, public safety, and social good in general through the use of computing.

Undergraduate Research Assistants

Nicholas Abadiotakis

capture.pngNicholas is an junior Computer Engineering student here at NJIT. He is the captain of the NJIT competitive collegiate Overwatch team for the past two years. This year is also participating as captain of the Hearthstone tournament for NJIT as well. This is his first time participating in research here and is very eager to learn and provide as much as he can to the team.

James Bonilla

IMG_1148James is a second year transfer student in the Human-Computer Interaction program specializing in Web & Multimedia Design. He is passionate about the design of technology and human psychology. He will be working on a project about designing a social support application for opioid recovery.

Angelica Braxton

Angelica Braxton is an undergraduate in Business Information Systems program at NJIT.
Currently in her Junior year, with a goal of becoming a systems analyst. She is Currently the president for NJIT Game Club, and Chapter President in the collegiate Gaming organization, TESPA. Through research she hopes to better understand the new avenues of E-commerce, its implementation, and social implications in the virtual economy.

John Campbell

I am a first year undergraduate Computer Science student at NJIT. I was drawn to work with the Social Interaction Lab to learn about the way people interact through different medias. I am looking forward to my first semester with the lab. I also enjoy my other interests, animation and game design, both of which are passions that I would like to turn into careers in the future.

Peter Hany Eskander

dsc_0766.jpgI am a junior studying Human-Computer Interaction. Although this is not my first year doing research, it is my first year doing usability research. I am highly motivated to push our knowledge boundaries further. In my downtime, I like to play soccer or take my camera and go take some pictures outdoors. Currently, I am working on a project looking at virtual currencies and virtual economy and I can’t wait to see what the outcome will bring us!

Peter Jough

pfilelPeter is a third-year undergraduate student majoring in Business and Information Systems at NJIT. This is his second-semester doing research and is excited to continue to learn from this opportunity. This past summer he was a Program/Project management intern at MassMutual Financial Group. In addition, he’s been a programming instructor for iD Tech Camps and a TA for CS107. Some of his interests are music production, photography, and human linguistics.

Ankit Mittal

ankitmittal.pngI am an undergraduate Computer Science and IT double degree student at NJIT. My IT specialization is on Game Development. This will be my third semester doing research and I am currently working on projects related to content moderation and esports. In the future I would like to work at a AAA game studio as a programmer.


Aashka Patel

AashkaAashka Patel is a first-year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This is her first semester conducting research in the Social Interaction Lab. Her research interests included content moderation and live streaming. She has previous experience in being a robotics instructor, teaching programming languages, and interning under the CTO of Rockaway Borough School District. She is looking forward to developing her skills in the lab and collaborating with her peers and professionals.

Tejas Patel

I am a freshman majoring in Computer Engineering in my first semester. I am highly motivated in research and eager to embark on my journey in researching live streaming and content moderation, as I find the whole process intriguing. I am ecstatic to be apart of the team, making great new connections and can’t wait to work in the Social Interaction Lab.

Kimberly V. Prince

kimberly-prince_linkedinphoto_5142018.jpgI am a Newark Resident and a Newark Native. Currently, I am the 2018-19 Public Relations Manager on Student Senate at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. I am passionate about information accessibility and the communication strategies amongst the scientific community, which brought me to my major in Science, Technology, and Society. Also, I do enjoy collaborating with others because I believe all experiences carry a unique message to be learned from. My best moment of the Spring 2018 semester was being recently accepted in the Ronald E. McNair Postbaccalaureate Achievement Program. Definitely hoping to learn new skills with my peers, faculty, and Professor Wohn.

Priya Rajbabu


Priya is a fourth year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science and minoring in Business. She is interested in combining these two interests to work in the field of fintech. She currently serves as the Vice President for the Women in Computing Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. In the past she has interned with American Express and JPMorgan Chase and plans on attending graduate school to pursue a degree in Data Science.  

Juan Rios
Juan_OptimizedProHeadshotJuan ( is an undergraduate student majoring in Human-computer Interaction in the BS/PhD program at NJIT. He has a passion for researching the intersection between human behavior and technology. His past research has been in the areas of conversational agents, older adults, internet literacy, social support, and social capital. His role in the lab has given him the opportunity to improve his qualitative and quantitative skills, the opportunity to present his research at conferences, and ultimately has increased his interest in pursuing a career in research.

Sarah Ryu

sarah.jpgSarah Ryu is currently a first-year undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction. This is her first semester with the Social Interaction Lab at NJIT. Through research, she hopes to learn more about the relationships and interactions between humans and technology to one day improve those interactions for the greater good. Her strengths are design and illustration, however, she is interested in studying user experience design and its applications in therapy and child development.

Dale Schofield

SocialXLab PictureI am a first year undergraduate student in the Honors College majoring in Computer Science with a specialization in video game development. I really enjoy playing League of Legends as well as creating mods for games. I really hope to work with a team on developing a large game in the future. This fall semester is my first semester working with the Social Interaction Lab and I hope to gain experience doing research as well as interacting with others.

Astha Sharma

Astha SharmaI am going to be a Junior majoring in Human-Computer Interaction with minors in Business & Computer Science. I’m the HCI Major Representative in the Student Senate and the Professional Chair of Alpha Kappa Psi. This is my second semester working in the Social Interaction Lab and I am excited to learn from this opportunity and gain valuable skills in research.

John Siri

pasted image 0John Siri is currently a Junior in the Human Computer Interaction Undergraduate Program at NJIT. This is John’s second semester doing research. Areas of interest to him include interactive media, streaming, social interactions online, and the structures that accompany them. John hopes that doing research will both give insight into this and will help expand his skills and experiences for future work. John is currently the Secretary of NJIT Game Club and a part of the NJIT Honors College.

Jira Uttarapong

me.jpgJira is an undergraduate Computer Science student at NJIT, concentrating in Video Game Development.  Her love for video games is her main drive for everything she does. Outside of school and work, she streams on Twitch and competitively plays Super Smash Bros, Hearthstone, and Tekken 7, and is very involved with the tri-state communities for these games. Having this background, she is also the Vice President of NJIT’s Gaming Coalition (NGC). Over the summer, she interned for Celgene as their Digital Innovations Analyst within their Business Operations department, and has been extended to work part-time over the fall semester. While at Celgene, Jira also assisted in research involving CAR-T and Abraxane. Jira is always eager to learn new things and is very excited to experience her first semester doing research in the Social Interaction Lab.

Royer V. Zamudio

20180917_074133Royer is an undergraduate Computer Science major and Web and Information Systems minor at NJIT. He is familiar with UX design and expects to use his knowledge in this field for the appropriate research projects. This is his first semester participating in research and aims to learn and contribute his best to reach desired team goals.

Lab Alumni (participated two or more semesters & graduated)

Temilade Afolabi, Basma Abukwaik (2018), Victor Chue, Anchita Komalchan Likhar, Indraneel Kulkarni (2017), Atisha Poojari (2016), Leiping Gong (2016), Calvin Allemand (2016), Emma Washington-Freeman (2016), Han Wang (2015), Rohit Kadam (2015).

Past Students 

Turki Alelyani, Nidhish Dave, Erick Sanchez, Yu Cao, Mary Schneider, Rempee Kalia, Cassio Maciel Leal, Roseli Andrion, Felipe Schiquetti, Mousa Ahmadi, Sona Patel, Kira Hoffman, Adam Spryzinski, Dhanush Sureshbabu, Yanira Morales, Lindsay Armour


Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University Social Media Lab
Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington University
Caleb T. Carr, Illinois State University
Eun-kyoung Choe, University of Maryland
Nicole Ellison, University of Michigan
Guo Freeman, Clemson University
Rebecca Hayes, Illinois State University
Cliff Lampe, University of Michigan
Bongshin Lee, Microsoft Research
Yu-Hao Lee, University of Florida
SJ Min, Pace University
Wei Peng, Michigan State University
Katie Quehl, Yahoo
Rabindra (Robby) Ratan, Michigan State University

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Summer 2016: NJIT students and students from Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program
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