People

Faculty

Photo of Stephen Voida Stephen Voida (svoida@colorado.edu) is an assistant professor and founding faculty of the Department of Information Science at CU Boulder. He directs the Too Much Information (TMI) research group, where he and his students study personal information management, personal and group informatics systems, health informatics technologies, and ubiquitous computing. His work was nominated for best paper awards at CHI 2013 (winner), CHI 2012 (nominee), and CSCW 2008 (nominee) and has been supported by Google Research, the National Science Foundation, and a CCC/CRA Computing Innovation postdoctoral fellowship. He earned his doctorate and master’s degrees in computer science and human–computer interaction, respectively, from the Georgia Institute of Technology and his bachelor’s degree in computer science from Arizona State University. For more information, visit his website.

PhD Students

Janghee Cho (janghee.cho@colorado.edu) is a first-year PhD student in Information Science and is beginning his first semester working with the TMI Lab. He holds a Masters degree in Media and Design from Michigan State University and a BS in Digital Communication and Media/Multimedia from Yonsei University in Seoul, Korea. He has also worked at the Hoffman Agency, LG Electronics, and was a Google News Lab Research & Development Fellow.
Wendy Norris (wendy.norris@colorado.edu) is a third-year PhD student in CMCI’s Information Science program. Her research explores how time and temporality are represented in humanitarian socio-technical systems. She brings extensive industry experience in online platform development, crowdsourcing/peer production systems, and user-centered design processes. She graduated from the University of South Florida with a B.A. in Psychology. Prior to graduate school, Wendy held professional fellowships at Stanford University, University of California Berkeley, University of Southern California, and the City University of New York.
Picture of Lucy Van Kleunen, with a city skyline in the background. Lucy Van Kleunen (lucy.vankleunen@colorado.edu) is a first-year PhD student in Computer Science at CU Boulder and is beginning her first semester working with the TMI Lab. She joins TMI following time at Microsoft serving as a Program Manager on the Office 365 web team. She holds AB degrees in Computer Science and Public Policy from Brown University.

Masters Students

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Venkat Arigela (Venkat.Arigela@colorado.edu) is a Master’s student in Computer Science. Prior to joining CU Boulder, Venkat comes with industry experience in software development, middleware technologies, etc from Oracle and Tesco. He earned his bachelor’s degree in Electronics and Communication engineering from VIT University, Vellore India. Venkat is currently starting his work on the Bipolar Tech project at TMI lab.
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Cassandra Goodby (cago6756@colorado.edu) is a second-year MS student in Creative Technology and Design through the ATLAS institute. She received a Bachelor of Science in Technology Arts and Media from the University of Colorado Boulder’s ATLAS Institute in the College of Engineering and Applied Science in May 2018. She works at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as a professional research experience program fellow, as a developer and designer for the Public Safety Communications Research Division. Her research is in mental health and self care tools through technology.

Undergraduate Students

Photo of Lanea Blackburn Lanea Blackburn (lanea.blackburn@colorado.edu) is a senior in the college of CMCI studying Information Science with a minor in Technology Arts and Media. Throughout her time at CU Boulder she has found passion in information privacy and how online information is directly correlated with offline information. Lanea also enjoys coding in Python to clean, sort and analyze data to help find solutions and conclusions for issues of all sizes.
Photo of Priya Panati Priya Panati (prpa570@colorado.edu) is a senior studying Information Science BS with minors in Computer Science and Business Analytics. She will be starting a full-time software engineering job at Visa in the summer of 2020. Outside of work and school, she enjoys cooking, eating and exploring the world wherever she may be.
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Kexin Zhai (kexin.zhai@colorado.edu) is a senior in the Information Science BS program and will be completing her honors thesis with the lab. This spring, she is conducting an evaluation study of various tangible interfaces for helping information workers to manage their time.

TMI Research Affiliates

Photo of Tara Walker Tara Walker (tara.g.walker@colorado.edu) is a third-year PhD student in Media Research and Practice in CU’s College of Media, Communication and Information. She received her BA in English from Coe College and her MFA in writing from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago. Tara spent several years teaching at the City Colleges of Chicago before moving to Boulder. Tara also taught for the Program for Writing and Rhetoric at CU Boulder and worked as a writing center consultant. Her current research interests include representations of mental illness in media, ethical issues concerning direct-to-consumer advertising, and the creation and dissemination of persuasive messages in mass media and their effect on perceptions of gender, sexuality and race.
Photo of Jason Zietz Jason Zietz (jason.zietz@colorado.edu) is an instructor in Information Science; a graduate of CU’s “Triple” PhD program in computer science, cognitive science, and neuroscience; and a TMI alum (and former advisee of Dr. Voida). Jason’s research explores the intersection of interaction design, mindfulness, and executive cognitive function (decision making) in the context of sustainability.

TMI Alumni

Photo of Stephen Barton Stephen Barton (BS student, Strategic Communication • Media Design • Technology, Arts and Media) participated in graduate student Wendy Norris’ study of crisis informatics, human-computer interaction, social computing, and digital humanitarian networks. [Fall 2017–Spring 2018]
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Marissa Kelley (BS student, Information Science; marissa.kelley@colorado.edu) is an overall incredible person made in China who excels in sea kayaking and petting dogs. She is a senior studying Information Science with a Business minor and an International Media certificate. She worked with graduate student Wendy Norris in her study of crisis informatics, human–computer interaction, social computing, and digital humanitarian networks. [Spring 2018–Fall 2018]
Photo of Haley Kwiat Helena (Haley) Kwiat (BS student, Computer Science) worked with the lab on interactive time management prototypes. [Summer 2016]
Photo of Teresa Lim Teresa Lim (BS student, Technology, Arts & Media; teli103@colorado.edu) worked with Lucy Van Kleunen and the bipolar technology research group to imagine novel interfaces for collecting self-reported self-tracking data for the management of serious mental illnesses. With a love for designing, especially in graphics and UX/UI designing, she experiments with cultural and societal ideas on the relationship between different topics ranging from mental health and games to popular culture and digital media. [Summer 2019]
Photo of Zach Lyons Zachary Lyons (BS graduate, Information Science; zachary.lyons@colorado.edu) worked with Wendy Norris to develop a social media bot detector and perform large-scale data standardization in support of automated data analysis for Wendy’s crisis informatics research. After graduation, he hopes to pursue a career in the field of sports or healthcare analytics. [Spring 2019]
Alex Ray Alex Ray (BS+MS student, Computer Science) participated in distributed systems design and implementation projects for the lab from the summer of 2016 through the spring of 2017. For more information, check out his GitHub profile. [Summer 2016–Spring 2017]
Ha Tran Ha Tran (BASc graduate, Electrical and Computer Engineering) led the physical prototyping efforts in the TMI Lab as a Discovery Learning Apprenticeship (DLA) research assistant and as a part-time post-baccalaureate research associate. [Summer 2016–Spring 2018]