On the heels of a presentation at the All Things Moderation conference, where Dr. Wohn talked about ongoing work related to the emotional tolls of human moderators who moderate small streams on Twitch, the Mozilla foundation announced that they will be funding research on understanding how female and LGBT livestreamers deal with harassment. This is such an important topic to research- it may seem absurd, but streamers get so much hate just for being a woman, or just for being LGBT- there are ways technology can help identify and get rid of toxic people, but it is very much a work in progress and an issue that technology alone will not be able to solve.
The Social Interaction Lab members participated in the 2017 NJIT Research Centers and Laboratories Showcase that took place at the Campus Center on Nov. 16. We had so many projects to share, including research on telehealth applications for women, using social media to track food and mood, livestreaming e-commerce, and chatbot interactions.
Anchita, Basma, Victor, and Juan (above)
Jie, Victor, Juan, and Anchita (above)
To celebrate the start of a new academic year/semester, a few members of the lab went to an escape room! We almost made it to the end- just had one clue left! Really good for first-time players.
Priya Rajbabu, a junior at NJIT’s Albert Dorman Honors College, became one of the Governor Stem Scholars for 2018. The Governor Stem Scholar program selects student leaders interested in STEM and introduces them to opportunities to interact with STEM professionals, researchers, and policymakers. Congratulations, Priya!
Basma Abukwaik, who received a Provost fellowship for summer research, participated in the NJIT 10th Annual International Undergraduate Research Symposium today. In collaboration with masters student Anchita komalchan Likhar, they talked about the survey they conducted with women in Newark about their perceptions about mobile telehealth (using a smart device to receive remote healthcare). The students put in a lot of legwork- attending public events, going to the park, local grocery, etc. to ask people to fill out paper surveys. The research was also featured on NJIT’s news page!
To celebrate the end of semester, we went to an Indian burger place on Halsey Street.
CHI is one of the top conference on human-computer interaction, and our lab was able to present some of our research there.
- In collaboration with Dr. Wei Peng at Michigan State University and Doug Zytko, a PhD student from NJIT’s Connection Lab, we presented research on how the use of different technologies for communication are related to one’s psychological wellbeing, such as feelings of life satisfaction, loneliness, and positive/negative moods
Wohn, D. Y., Peng, W., & Zytko, D. (2017). Face to Face Matters: Communication Modality, Perceived Social Support, and Psychological Wellbeing. CHI 2017 Late-breaking work, 3019-3026. [PDF]
- In collaboration with Dr. Guo Freeman at University of Cincinnati, we did an overview of different definitions of eSports and its significance as a relative new area of research
Freeman, G., & Wohn, D.Y. (2017). eSports as An Emerging Research Context at CHI: Diverse Perspectives on Definitions. CHI 2017 Late-breaking work, 1601-1608 [PDF]
- Dr. Wohn moderated a panel about content curation and moderation on social media with researchers from UC Boulder, Georgia Tech, Illinois Institute of Technology, and MIT.
Wohn, D. Y., Fiesler, C., Hemphill, L., De Choudhury, M., Matias, J. N. (2017). How to Handle Online Risks? Discussing Content Curation and Moderation in Social Media. CHI 2017 panel, 1271-1276. [PDF]