Projects

food2 Quotidian food scienceThis work examines food as a platform for quotidian science. Drawing on ethnographically-oriented fieldwork, participatory design workshops, and rapid prototyping of interactive systems, this project studies  grassroots practices ranging from preserving, fermenting, brewing, or pickling edible materials, to foraging, bartering, or dumpster diving for food.  A study of these practices, which counter the world’s increasing reliance on mass-produced and processed foods, reveals opportunities for scaffolding expertise amongst citizen scientists and serves to advance sustainability-oriented research.
bio Interactive platforms for biology education and research. Led by an interdisciplinary team of biologists, computer scientists, and human computer interaction researchers, this work envisions new systems to scaffold non-professional participation in biology. This project examines 1) how biology information can be presented intuitively to novice practitioners to enable hands-on work and learning; and 2) how professional biologists can productively collaborate with students and hobbyists to gather and analyze data using open source biology platforms.
silk Screen-printed circuits. This work examines screen printing as a new material for tangible interaction and soft electronics. We are designing new conductive inks and screen printing methods for embedding circuits into textiles, wood, metals, plastics, and other materials. This research will enable artists, activists, and hobby practitioners to design custom circuit stencils and prints. Combining creative practice with research, our approach envisions scaleable (stencil-based) methods for soft electronic fabrication and print-making as a platform for learning electronics concepts.
heat Heat. Drawing on methods from geography and human-centered design, this work seeks an ethnographic account of how vulnerable populations and marginal communities view and experience the problem of heat. While existing research applies top-down approaches (quantitative surveys, remote sensing) to this space, our work envisions in-situ fieldwork, co-design, and low-cost sensing with stakeholder groups. Drawing on the collected data, the work aims to express a more grounded account of heat and vulnerability in Phoenix, giving a richer voice to those who experience it the most.

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