D. Yvette Wohn, Assistant Professor in Information Systems (


Dr. 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


I 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


Nicholas 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.

Ross Bonifacio

Ross is a first year undergraduate Human-Computer Interaction major at NJIT. This is his first semester doing research. He is interested in how technology empowers independent creators and how it can be improved to enable them to continue doing the work they are passionate about. He is interested in learning more about the process of research and user experience design. He also enjoys illustration, sequential art, and programming.

Sherif Elmetwally

Sherif is a fourth year undergraduate student studying Human-Computer Interaction. This is his second semester doing research, and he is excited to continue working on the wine project as lead designer. He’s interested in Product Design and Front-End web development.

Peter Hany Eskander


I 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!

Reesha Ghandhi

Reesha Gandhi is currently a sophomore undergraduate student majoring in Human-Computer Interaction with a dual degree in Business Information Systems. This is her first year working in the lab. Currently, she is researching the relationship between Twitch users and the mental health community. She is eager to learn more about doing research in the HCI field in a professional setting. She hopes to gain new skills and experiences in this lab to one day better the lives of those around her. 

Anmol Jaswal

Anmol is a senior undergraduate student majoring in Information Systems. This will be her first semester doing research. She is eager learn about how people’s interactions with social technology impact their daily lives, and how those experiences can ultimately be improved. Her main areas of interest include data analytics and user experience design. Overall, she hopes to acquire many new skills through this research opportunity.

Peter Jough

Peter is a fourth-year undergraduate student majoring in Business Information Systems at NJIT. This is his fourth-semester doing research and is excited to continue to learn from this opportunity. He previously interned at Prudential and MassMutual. He’s interested in creating products that provide better experiences for people. In his spare time he enjoys shooting street photography.

Nina Lamastra

Nina is an undergraduate Business and Information Systems major with a Human-Computer Interaction minor at NJIT. With her secretarial positions in NJIT Esports and Spectrum, she is passionate about engaging with many different communities within NJIT while ensuring that they thrive and stay organized. This is her first semester conducting research at the Social Interaction Lab at NJIT, and she’s excited to learn more about human-computer interaction in practical contexts.

Jessy Martinez

I am a Junior studying Biochemistry here at NJIT. Although my major does not necessarily relate to HCI research, I am excited to participate in collaborative research for the first time. Twitch and eSports are a large part of my personal life and I would love to understand more about them. Outside of schoolwork I like to keep a balance of both physical activity and gaming.

Mervyn Mathew

I am a second year undergraduate student studying Computer Science. This is my first semester with the Social Interaction Lab. I am excited to be working on a team in a research environment and hope to be able to contribute to the best of my abilities. I am eager to learn more through this experience.

Aashka Patel

Aashka Patel is a second-year undergraduate student majoring in Computer Science at the New Jersey Institute of Technology. This is her third-semester conducting research in the Social Interaction Lab.
In her previous two semesters, she worked on a content moderation project and conducted usability testing for a stroke rehabilitation application. This semester she will be researching the role of content moderation and chatbots across several social media platforms. She is looking forward to continuing developing her skills in the lab while collaborating with her peers and professionals.  

Sarah Ryu

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

Aaron Samuel

I am a first year undergraduate student studying Computer Science. This is my first semester doing research. I am very interested in esports and online interaction as it effects may of us everyday. I cant wait to further the research and understand this developing environment more. 

Astha Sharma

Astha Sharma

I 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.

Masaho Shimobayashi

Masaho is currently an undergraduate student at NJIT majoring in Human Computer Interaction. He will be entering his third semester doing research in the lab and hopes to contribute more to his team’s project this semester. His main interest is gaming and how people interact through it. Outside of the lab, he is also the vice president of the Collegiate Association for the Research of Principles, which is a club focused on creating global leaders.

John Siri

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John 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.

Denis Smirnov

Andrew Suarez

I am an undergraduate Information Technology student. I am the Game Manager for our Rocket League team, as well as having a passion for Esports and the community. This is my first semester doing research, and i hope to learn alot from this experience

Jira Uttarapong


Jira 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.

Lab Alumni (participated two or more semesters & graduated)

Peter Jough (2019 fall), Ankit Mittal (2019 spring), Juan Rios (2018 fall), Temilade Afolabi, Basma Abukwaik (2018 spring), 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, James Bonilla, Kimberly Prince, Priya Rajbabu, Jack Campbell, Royer Zamudio, Angelica Braxton, Pradnya Desai, Tejas Patel, Christopher Simeone, Naitam Ghandi, Soojin Ahn

Faculty/ Industry Collaborators

Louise Barkhuus, IT University of Copenhagen
Jeremy Birnholtz, Northwestern University Social Media Lab
Brian J. Bowe, Western Washington University
Caleb T. Carr, Illinois State University
Meeyoung Cha, KAIST
Eun-kyoung Choe, University of Maryland
Nicole Ellison, University of Michigan
Gerry Fluet, Rutgers University
Guo Freeman, Clemson University
Tesh Goyal, Jigsaw / Google
Rebecca Hayes, Illinois State University
Libby Hemphill, University of Michigan
Hye-jin Kum-Biocca, New Jersey Institute of Technology
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
Tina Yuan, National Taiwan Normal University

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Fall 2016
Summer 2016: NJIT students and students from Brazilian Scientific Mobility Program
Fall 2015
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