Students come from all over the world to participate in this unique program. The diversity of students obtained through our international recruitment enriches the experience for all students and faculty. Many of our students and faculty study cultural issues or issues specific to the Asia-Pacific region, so the presence of a contingent from Asia is appropriate, along with students from other countries and local residents.

An important criterion for an interdisciplinary program is the disciplinary mixture of incoming students. Applicants are required to hold a Mastersí degree. The degrees held by students have included Communication, Business Administration, Computational Sciences, English, Library Science, Economics, Engineering, European Studies, Philosophy, Public Administration, Public Health, Systems Management and many others. Coupled with the diversity of participating units and the focus areas, CIS is truly an interdisciplinary nexus.

CIS PhD Students

Kaveh Abhari

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My research interest is modeling actor experience in Collaborative Innovation Networks (CoINs). My central research question is whether phenomenological experience co-creation opportunities offered by the networks can boost communication, collaboration, and innovation in CoINs. Adopting the concept of value network, my research will shed light on the role of experiential benefits in gleaning more value out of these networks.

Weranuj Ariyasriwatana

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: I am interested to combine Communication Theory, especially Intercultural Communication, with Biomedicalinformatics. My interests also include Swarm Intelligence, ICT Policy & Planning, Communication Rights, and Participatory Development Communication.

Caterina Desiato

Graduate Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Empowering uses of the internet and the appropriation of the social web for personal and social change. In particular, under which conditions the social web may support political deliberation within a rich diversity of perspectives. Analyses of online discussions using mixed methods, in particular discourse analysis and network analysis. Cross-pollination of methods and concepts from Philosophy, Social Informatics, Psychology, Network Analysis and Gender Studies.

Sara Douglas

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Human Computer Interaction (HCI), Medical and social informatics, device product design and evaluation, usability, accessibility, information visualization, attention and cognitive load. I am interested in interdisciplinary collaboration with both the medical field and software engineering field to better understand how to integrate HCI into the software design lifecycle, including evaluation of medical devices.

Michelle Ibanez

Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Iím interested in community informatics and the integration of knowledge systems. Specifically, Iím interested in the integration of western knowledge (tech) and indigenous knowledge (IKS) in the development process for cultural preservation (hybridization Ė leading to innovation and dynamic IKS).

Ryan James

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My research interests include digital libraries, electronic books, and the digital representation of cultural objects. The data sources I've used so far are library catalogs and collections and digital library collections. The methods used are primarily based on the analysis of metadata and image files. My work is interdisciplinary because it combines library science, information science, and the study of culture.

Philipp Jordan

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: I will try to build upon my previous (and interdisciplinary) final theses and research topic which involved IT and Healthcare, in particular the potential of assistive technology to both support and/or stimulate dementia patients using their remaining individual memory as well as integrate their (informal) caregivers around in a home caring environment.

Website: http://www2.hawaii.edu/~philippj/

Taunalei C. Kau

Ph.D. Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: Social informatics, communication policy (in governments, organizations, and the socio-technical relationship it has in education), online role development in chat sessions with a primary focus on identification and the implications of it, and cyber assurance. Current research involves building a taxonomy to identify various leadership roles that informally immerge through interactions in online chat sessions. This study seeks to examine whether identifiable communicative patterns are evident through a content analysis that correlate to certain informal roles within the chat environment. This interdisciplinary study seeks to look at communication that has traditionally been studied in offline face-to-face settings and look at it through the lens of social informatics and social network analysis.

Misa Maruyama

PhD Student Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My research interests focus on how emerging technologies can be used for journalistic activities such as gathering, organizing, analyzing, sharing and communicating information. I am also interested in how usable interfaces can improve the quality of discourse on news websites, engaging citizens and fomenting an exchange of diverse ideas. Twenty-first century journalism sits at the nexus of information technology and social life. For this reason, I plan to draw on many fields in my research, including Human-Computer Interaction, Communication Studies, Library Information Science and Social Informatics. An interdisciplinary approach is vital to advancing the news industry technologically while remaining faithful to journalistic principles of accuracy, objectivity and fairness.

Julie Motooka
Jonathan Young

Communication and Information Sciences Program, University of Hawai`i at Manoa

Interests: My interests lie at the intersection of information science and communications. Specifically, I am studying the behavior of scholarly publishing networks, in the hope that we can understand and predict the direction of scientific progress. Ultimately, this might allow the creation of indicators that can highlight important scientific works quickly, a tool that becomes more and more necessary as the amount of information produced increases with each year. I use diverse methods in my research, including traditional bibliometric analysis, social network analysis, and communication theories. The CIS program has given me the opportunity to learn and make use of these various fields (Communications, Information Science, Library Science, Biomedical Informatics), apply them to this research question, and integrate them into a new and powerful interdisciplinary tool.