Dr. Pamela Wisniewski, Director of the STIR Lab and iUX Academy

Recent News

Fall Potluck

Fall Potluck

Congratulations to the STIR Lab members for a successful Fall semester! We wish everyone a wonderful and restful winter break. Caption: We need to invest in a selfie stick for the lab.  
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Senior Design Showcase

Senior Design Showcase

Congratulations to STIR Lab undergrads Chris Granholm, Blake Wyatt, and Jonah Yonker for participating in the Fall 2019 Senior Design Showcase. They built an Android mobile app for Community Oversight of Privacy and Security (CO-opS). This app was developed for Dr. Wisniewski's National Science Foundation (NSF) Secure and Trustworthy Computing...
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STIR Lab Upgrades

STIR Lab Upgrades

We're pleased to announce the completion of upgrades to our lab space for the Socio-Technical Interaction Research (STIR) Lab and the industry-focused User Experience (iUX) Academy -- rooms 109 and 112 of the Barbara Ying CMMS Building. Below, you can see some photos of the rooms before and after the...
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HFES Abstract

HFES Abstract

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewki on her co-authorship of an extended abstract, recently published in the Proceedings of the Human Factors and Ergonomics (HFES) Society Annual Meeting, Volume 63. The abstract, titled "An Investigation on the Portrayal of Blue Whale Challenge on YouTube and Twitter" describes a study which examines...
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Badillo-Urquiola Proposal

Badillo-Urquiola Proposal

Congratulations to STIR Lab Ph.D. Candidate Karla Badillo-Urquiola for successfully defending her dissertation proposal on "A Social Ecological Approach to Empowering Foster Youth to Be Safer Online." Karla did a wonderful job presenting this important work. We are very proud of her! Dr. Pamela Wisniewski (left) and Ms. Karla Badillo-Urquiola (right)...
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Zaina Aljallad at CSCW

Zaina Aljallad at CSCW

Congratulations to STIR Lab undergraduate student Zaina Aljallad for her presentation at CSCW 2019 on the co-authored article, "Co-designing for Community Oversight: Helping People Make Privacy And Security Decisions Together". The article proposes a novel model for collaborative interaction for making individual digital privacy and security decisions, known as Community...
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Badillo-Urquiola

Badillo-Urquiola

Congratulations to 4th year STIR Lab Ph.D. student Karla Badillo-Urquiola for being featured by UCF's College of Graduate Studies for her exemplary research and track record as an extraordinary UCF Knight. Karla's dissertation focuses on the online safety of teens in foster care. Karla's Profile: https://graduate.ucf.edu/profile/karla-badillo-urquiola     Social Media...
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CSCW 2019 Workshops

CSCW 2019 Workshops

Congratulations to STIR Lab Ph.D. student Afsaneh Razi for being accepted to participate in two CSCW 2019 workshops in Austin, Texas: Qualitative Research Methods for CSCW Ethical Considerations for Adolescent Online Risk Detection AI Systems Qualitative Research Methods Participants (Afsaneh is in the back row, fourth from the right)  
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Women in STEM

Women in STEM

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewski who was invited to participate in a panel on "Women in STEM" at UCF. She emphasized to undergraduate STEM women at UCF to pursue STEM careers--not because they need to prove to someone else that they can do it, but because they should pursue what...
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ACM Interactions Article

ACM Interactions Article

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewski for her co-authorship on a recent article in the November-December 2019 edition of ACM Interactions. The article, titled "Moving Beyond 'One Size Fits All': Research Considerations For Working With Vulnerable Populations," discusses the challenges and benefits of working with vulnerable populations, and details a list...
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SAGE Article

SAGE Article

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewski and STIR Lab Ph.D. student Karla Badillo-Urquiola for their lead in the co-authorship of an article in the November 2019 Special Issue of SAGE's Journal of Adolescent Research. The article, titled "Beyond Parental Control: Designing Adolescent Online Safety Apps Using Value Sensitive Design," takes a...
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SaTC PI Meeting

SaTC PI Meeting

Congratulations to Drs. Pamela Wisniewski, Heather Lipford, and Jess Kropcynzski on their Secure and Trustworthy Computing (SaTC) NSF-funded project that was presented in October at the NSF SaTC PI Meeting. STIR Lab undergrads Zaina Aljallad and Christy Laperriere have been working on this project as Research Experience for Undergraduate (REU)...
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ORC Doctoral Fellows

ORC Doctoral Fellows

Congratulations and welcome to STIR Lab first-year Ph.D. students Zainab Agha and Neeraj Chatlani for receiving prestigious UCF's ORC Doctoral Fellowship, a $25,000 stipend with 3 years of graduate assistantship support. They joined the STIR Lab at the beginning of Fall 2019. Neeraj (left) and Zainab (right)
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Mentoring Award

Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewski for being awarded the William R. Jones Outstanding Mentoring Award by the McKnight Foundation and the Florida Education Fund. We was nominated by her Ph.D. student Karla Badillo-Urquiola, who is a McKnight Fellow. Dr. Wisniewski attended the award ceremony in Tampa, FL to receive her...
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Badillo-Urquiola Award

Badillo-Urquiola Award

Congratulations to STIR Lab Ph.D. student Ms. Karla Badillo-Urquiola who received the Russel V. Ewald Award, which is presented by the McKnight Foundation and the Florida Education Fund to recognize academic excellence and community service. We are proud of Karla, all of her accomplishments, and everything she has given back...
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Teens and Screens

Teens and Screens

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewski who gave an invited presentation in Fort Wayne, Indiana at Parkview Medical Center's 2019 "Teens and Screens: Taking Charge of Mental Health" event. Over 300 families and community members attended this wonderfully planned event. Dr. Wisniewski spoke about her research on taking a resilience-based approach...
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CSCW 2019 Demo

CSCW 2019 Demo

Congratulations to STIR Lab students Zachary Shea, Zaina Aljallad, David Taylor, and Chhaya Chouhan, and Dr. Wisniewski for the acceptance of their demonstration at CSCW 2019. The demo showcases Carebit, a mobile app for remote, informal caregiving using Fitbit technology. Shea, Z., Aljallad, Z., Taylor, D., Chouhan, C., and Wisniewski, P. (2019)...
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STIR PhD Students

STIR PhD Students

The STIR Lab welcomes four new PhD students who joined the lab in Fall 2019. From left to right, standing in the picture below: Rajib Dey, Zainab Agha, Neeraj Chatlani, and Zach Shea. Also pictured in the front row, Karla Badillo-Urquiola, Dr. Pamela Wisniewski, and Afsaneh Razi. Not pictured, Kevin...
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