Rich Gazan applies computational methods and principles of computer supported collaboration to support, measure and catalyze interdisciplinary science, most recently as a Visiting Researcher at NASA Ames Research Center.
Research on information technologies (IT) in healthcare covers topic such as EMR (Electronic Medical Record) and the use of IT for clinical images, simulations, diagnosis and treatments. CIS faculty currently working in this field include Nancy Reed.
Susanna Still's work in machine learning and information clustering is also applicable to this area.
Current projects include SimGrid, a toolkit that provides core functionalities for the simulation of distributed applications in heterogeneous distributed environments. SimGrid is a joint effort between the University of Hawaii, LIG Laboratory (INRIA MEScal project, Grenoble, France) and University of Nancy (INRIA Algorille project, Nancy, France).
Several CIS faculty are currently engaged in IT security research.
The Department of Information and Computer Sciences (ICS), in collaboration with Barbara Endicott-Popovsky, ICS faculty and Director of the Center for Information Assurance and Cybersecurity (CIAC) at the University of Washington has established a Research Center for Information Assurance (RCIA) that consists of Edo Biagioni, David Chin, Martha Crosby, Nancy Reed and Philip Johnson. Participating EE faculty include Yingfei Dong, Aleksandar Kavčić, Anthony Kuh and Todd Reed. The RCIA serves as a learning laboratory and test bed for investigations and applications related to the generation, organization, access, preservation, and secure use of digital information. A research focus of the RCIA faculty is on areas that contribute to reliable and secure Internet services, including information security, service availability and quality, and intrusion detection.
Martha Crosby was awarded a two-year NSF grant entitled "Collaborative Project: Teaching Strategic, Operational, and Defensive Cybersecurity to the Next Generation from Sea to Shining Sea," in collaboration with Barbara Endicott-Popovsky and Lance J. Hoffman, from the George Washington University.
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI)
Human-Computer Interaction (HCI) has a broad interdisciplinary nature. The 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);
- 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).
Information Systems and Services
Information Technology Management
Hong-Mei Chen and Rick Kazman conduct research in the emerging field of SSME (Service Science, Management and Engineering). The field's vision is to discover the underlying logic of complex service systems and to establish a common language and shared frameworks for service innovation. To this end, an interdisciplinary approach is adopted for research on service systems.
Philip Johnson and the researchers of the Collaborative Software Development Lab are developing a social game website for a UH residence hall energy competition. The competition aims to raise energy literacy (have a tangible sense of energy consumption) and support sustained energy saving behaviors. The project has been awarded an NSF grant and works at the intersection between computer science, HCI, Smart Grid (IT enhanced electricity network) and serious games research.
Dan Port and his research group are developing a framework to enable evaluation of the return on investment for green server farms, their associated risks, and necessary decision making criteria.
Dan Suthers was 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.
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.
Scott Robertson's research focuses on how social networks mediate political discourse, integrating HCI and social informatics issues to support civic affairs.
Computer Supported Learning
Dan Suthers' work with colleagues and students at the LILT lab has included several projects focusing specifically on collaborative learning, including Belvedere, Collaborative Representations and Traces. The Traces project analyses years of interactions from Tapped In, a community for professional development and collaboration between people interested in K-12 education.