Yashwee wins New Business Model Competition

Yashwee Kothari, who is working on Releaf, an app to help people with concussion recovery, won first place in the student category in the NJIT New Business Model Competition. Yashwee has been working on this app for more than a year- last year, she won the NSF icorps mini grant that enabled her to do customer discovery interviews to help develop her business model. Congratulations, Yashwee!

Streaming and mental health

Our lab has a new publication by Nina LaMastra, Jira Uttarapong, Reesha Gandhi, Chrissy Cook, and Dr. Wohn about the pace of games and discussions of mental health on live streams that was presented at CHIPLAY. Here is a short video describing the paper:

LaMastra, N., Uttarapong, J., Gandhi, R., Cook, C.L., & Wohn, D. Y. (2020). How a Live Streamer’s Choice in Played Game Affects Mental Health Conversations. In Proceedings of CHIPLAY 2020 [Download pdf]

Social X Lab @ CSCW

Very proud to have the lab represented at CSCW (ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing), one of the top conferences on social computing. The conference took place virtually 10/18-20 this year. We have two papers and a poster, featuring the excellent work of undergraduate researchers Jira Uttarapong and Ross Bonifacio, and PhD student Jie Cai will be participating as a student volunteer. Also, thank you to our wonderful collaborators at Clemson University!

Jira Uttarapong
Ross Bonifacio

Bonifacio, R., & Wohn, D. Y. (2020). Digital Patronage Platforms. In Companion Publication of the 2020 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing, 221-226 [pdf]

Li, L., Uttarapong, J., Freeman, G., & Wohn, D. Y. (2020). Spontaneous, Yet Studious: Esports Commentators’ Live Performance and Self-Presentation Practices.  In Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact., Vol. 4, No. CSCW2, Article 103. [pdf]

Maloney, D., Freeman, G., & Wohn, D. Y. (2020). “Talking without A Voice”: Understanding Non-verbal Communication in Social Virtual Reality. In Proc. ACM Hum.-Comput. Interact., Vol. 4, No. CSCW2, Article 175. [pdf]

Research on digital windows

Undergrads Astha Sharma and Anisah Khandakar worked with Dr. Wohn and Dr. Kum-Biocca in Digital Design on research that explored the effectiveness of having a digital “window” installed in offices that had no windows. They installed a digital window that featured a nature landscape video in these offices and tracked people’s mood, happiness, and productivity. They found that having a digital window elevated mood and happiness, but did not raise or decrease work productivity. Their research was published and presented at the ACM Conference on Interactive Media.

Spring 2020- a brief halt

Here are some happy faces of our last lab meeting before the school moved to online courses and students were encouraged to stay home due to the Coronavirus.

Icorps final meeting

Yashwee Kothari and Mahi Gads made their final presentation as part of the NSF iCorps customer discovery program. They are developing a symptom monitoring app for a particular health condition.

Research presented at CHIPLAY

The lab was well represented at CHIPLAY, an ACM conference for research on human computer interaction in the context of play and/or games.

Presentations included a full paper about digital patronage- understanding why people subscribe to Twitch streamers (here’s a blog post about the paper written by Pradnya Desai and Dr. Wohn), a full paper about understanding in-game purchasing patterns in Fortnite, and a poster about charity streaming.

PhD student Jie Cai

Mittal, A., & Wohn, D. Y. (2019). Charity Streaming: Why Charity Organizations Use Live Streams for Fundraising. in Proceedings of ACM CHIPLAY Extended abstracts, 551-556. [pdf]

Wohn, D. Y., Jough, P., Eskander, P., Siri, J. S., Shimobayashi, M., & Desai, P. (2019). Understanding Digital Patronage: Why Do People Subscribe to Streamers on Twitch? Paper in Proceedings of ACM CHIPLAY, 99-110. [pdf]

Cai, J., Wohn, D. Y., Freeman, G. (2019). Who Purchases and Why? Explaining Motivations for In-game Purchasing in the Online Survival Game Fortnite. In Proceedings of ACM CHIPLAY, 391-396.