Organizers

Austin Toombs is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Computer Graphics Technology at Purdue University. He studies the impact that digital technologies have on how communities develop, are maintained, and foster (or not) strong interpersonal relationships, including how those technologies are implicated in explicit and implicit forms of care and social support.

Laura Devendorf is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Information Science and ATLAS Institute Fellow at the University of Colorado Boulder. She is a designer and researcher studying how technology shapes our relationships to ourselves, cultures, and environments through a feminist lens.

Patrick C. Shih is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Informatics at Indiana University Bloomington. His research focuses on the study of sociotechnical systems and mechanisms to enhance physical and mental wellbeing and to facilitate civic engagement and environmental stewardship.

Liz Kaziunas is a postdoctoral researcher at the AI Now Institute.  Her research investigates the practices and politics of care in an age when data-driven decision making is increasingly used in health settings, including the labor involved in maintaining and interacting with these systems and new forms of patient expertise required to live with algorithmic models of medicine.

David Nemer is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Science at the University of Kentucky. His research and teaching interests cover the intersection of ICT for Development (ICT4D), science and technology studies (STS), and human-computer interaction (HCI). Nemer is an ethnographer who is specifically interested in studying ICTs in less industrialized parts of the world to understand the effects of ICTs on the development and empowerment of marginalized communities.

Helena Mentis is an Associate Professor in the Department of Information Systems at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County. She investigates how collaboration and coordination in healthcare contexts are achieved and better supported through technology, including how patients are empowered in their own care.

Laura Forlano is an Associate Professor of Design at the Institute of Design at Illinois Institute of Technology. Her research is focused on the aesthetics and politics at the intersection between design, emerging technologies and futures.