Research areas

Social Informatics

Liz Davidson investigates blogging as discursive activity and critical analysis of technology discourse in general.

Rich Gazan's work addresses how people integrate diverse types of knowledge, both in social computing environments such as social question answering (social Q&A) communities, and in interdisciplinary scientific collaborations.

Vanessa Irvin's research is exploring how critical inquiry, implemented over social media, positions public librarians as collaborative researchers of the impacts of their own professional practices on patrons, stakeholders, co-workers, themselves, and the community-at-large.

Scott Robertson's research focuses on how social networks mediate political discourse, integrating HCI and social informatics issues to support civic affairs.

Dan Suthers was the Principal Investigator of the Traces project, that was building a theoretical foundation for analysis, a data model, and software tools to trace out the movements, confluences, and transformations of people and ideas in online social networks.

Human Computer Interaction

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has a broad interdisciplinary nature.

Following CIS faculty members are working on HCI projects that also extend to other areas:

Kim Binsted - Entertaining and Affective Intelligent Interfaces (principal investigator of HI-SEAS Project).

Martha Crosby is currently researching different types of physiological measures used to assess the computer user’s cognitive state. Recent work includes HCI applications of eye tracking and the pressures applied when using a computer mouse.

Jason Leigh is the head of LAVA lab, in which different visualization tools and technologies are being developed, including the virtual reality spaces such as Cyber CANOE (Collaborative Analytics Navigation and Observation Environment).

Randy Minas is responsible for the Hawaii Interdisciplinary Neurobehavioral and Technology Lab (HINTLab), and the research that examines technological use and the positive or negative effects on humans.

Brett Oppegaard works in HCI areas related to media accessibility and ubiquitous computing, particularly focused on mobile technologies; he is the principal investigator on The UniDescription Project.

Scott Robertson - HCI issues in digital democracy, social computing and civic engagement (head of HICHI lab);

Dan Suthers - How representational affordances of interfaces affect collaboration (director of LILIT lab).

Bo Xiao studies Internet technologies for electronic commerce to evaluate how to better design systems for effective use. She is also investigating the “dark side” of Internet use for fraud, cyberbullying, and similar.

CIS faculty working in the Intelligent Agents & Human-Robot Interaction area are Susanne Still and David Chin.

Data Science

Data Science is a research area introduced to CIS just recently. This practice is applying data-intensive methodologies that could be found across different scientific disciplines.

Rich Gazan is interested in interdisciplinarity issues that emerge from NASA astrobiology research publications, with performing document and scientometric analysis.

Lipyeow Lim is focusing on data analytics for renewable energy applications. PhD candidate Kelsea Hosoda is doing research based on text analysis of Hawaiian language documents, in order to improve information retrieval for digital libraries and archives. Student Stanislava Gardasevic is starting an information retrieval project on the publications made by CIS affiliates, in order to identify common topics shared among 4 domains.

Information Policy and Planning

Jenifer Winter and Liz Davidson are studying data governance and stewardship in the era of “big data.”  Currently, they are conducting case studies of personal health data governance models to identify how governance models take form and how issues of privacy, security, integrity, and reuse can be managed for optimal value realization.

Cybersecurity and assurance

Seveal ICS affiliated professors are involved in the research related to the topic of information assurance (Edo BiagioniDavid ChinMartha Crosby, and Philip Johnson).





Digital Business Transformation

Elizabeth Davidson and Bo Xiao, in collaboration with CIS Alumni Kaveh Abhari, are studying open innovation on digital platforms for social product development.

Tung Bui studies new business models for commerce enabled by internet technologies, as well as the use of ICTs in crisis response.

Working with Dr. Bui, recent CIS alumni, Rajib Subba, studied the use of social media platforms in organizing and delivering resources in crisis and disaster recovery.



Health Informatics

A variety of faculty and students are working in the area of health information and technologies. Elizabeth Davidson conducts research on the adoption and diffusion of clinical information systems, such as electronic health records, and on the organizational assimilation of clinical and administrative health systems.

CIS students working with her are pursuing health IT studies: Joanne Loos is studying the impact of activity trackers on patient/provider communications in a field experiment.  In an action research project, Christina Higa is studying how integrating friends and family with mobile technology and telehealth education can improve health outcomes for individuals with diabetes in underserved communities. Kelly Holden is studying the impact of wellness programs and IT on employee health behavioral change.  CIS PhD candidate Weranuj Ariyasriwatana is completing her study of how healthy eating is depicted in online restaurant reviews.

Parallel Distributed Systems
Henri Casanova is the principal investigator of CoRG, a lab for the development of novel simulation models, algorithms, and systems for parallel and distributed computing platforms and applications.

Historical studies of information, communication and ICTs

History of Libraries

Andrew Wertheimer's research interests fall in the areas of information science, library history, and Japanese-American print culture. He is currently working on projects related to prewar and wartime Japanese American print culture, including community libraries in America’s Concentration Camps, in 1942-1946. In addition, he is researching the history of libraries in Hawaii, Asian American librarians, library and information sciences education, and the relationship between collection management and changes in publishing.