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

Recent News

Wisniewski Oxford Article

Wisniewski Oxford Article

Congratulations to Dr. Wisniewksi on co-authoring an article recently published in Oxford's Journal of Cybersecurity. The article, titled "Predicting smartphone location-sharing decisions through self-reflection on past privacy behavior" examines the implications of how and when smartphone users share their location data, which is sensitive and often requested by various smartphone...
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Facebook Reactions Article

Facebook Reactions Article

Congratulations to Dr. Wisniewski and Ph.D. candidate Karla Badillo-Urquiola on co-authoring an article soon to be published in ACM's Journal of Transactions on Social Computing. The article, titled, "Happiness and Fear: Using Emotions as a Lens to Disentangle How Users Felt about the Launch of Facebook Reactions" examines how the...
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Aljallad CRA Spotlight

Aljallad CRA Spotlight

One of the STIR Lab's recent graduates, Zaina Aljallad, was recently featured on the Computing Research Association's Undergrad Research Highlights. "Thanks in part to a supportive lab environment, Zaina thrived as a Middle Eastern woman in CS research. “I feel very fortunate finding a community of women who make a...
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New PhD Students

New PhD Students

The STIR Lab welcomes a new semester and two new Ph.D. students! Mamtaj Akter and Ashwaq Soubai have joined the lab and we are excited to have them as both our graduate and undergraduate students begin another Fall of work and research. To find out more about Mamtaj and Ashwaq,...
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Badillo Quant Certificate

Badillo Quant Certificate

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Karla Badillo-Urquiola who recently completed her coursework to receive the graduate certificate in Advanced Quantitative Methodologies in Educational and Human Sciences from the Department of Learning Sciences and Education Research at UCF. This certificate provides advanced coursework for UCF doctoral students to use quantitative data analysis...
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Wisniewski CHB Article

Wisniewski CHB Article

Congratulations to Dr. Wisniewski on co-authoring an article in the December 2020 edition of the Computers in Human Behavior Journal, which is dedicated to examining the use of computers and computing technology from a psychological perspective. The article, titled "Examining how Online Risk Exposure and Online Social Capital Influence Adolescent...
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Chatlani M&S GRA

Chatlani M&S GRA

Congratulations to Ph.D. student Neeraj Chatlani on being selected to receive a graduate research assistantship for the year 2020-21, from the UCF School of Modelling, Simulation and Training. Neeraj will use this assistantship to continue working with Dr. Wisniewski as he progresses in his research exploring participatory design research approaches...
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Badillo – CSCW Consortium

Badillo – CSCW Consortium

Congratulations to STIR Lab Ph.D. Candidate Karla Badillo-Urquiola on being accepted in the CSCW 2020 Doctoral Consortium! This consortium provides an opportunity for doctoral students to discuss their research in an international forum under the guidance of a panel of experienced CSCW researchers. Karla was selected from a pool of...
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Agha/Razi – GHC Scholars

Agha/Razi – GHC Scholars

Congratulations to Ph.D. students Zainab Agha and Afsaneh Razi on receiving scholarships to attend the Virtual Grace Hopper Celebration 2020. Committed to supporting the advancement of women in computing, the STIR Lab wishes the best for Zainab and Afsaneh as they plan to attend GHC along with thousands of other...
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New Senior Design Team

New Senior Design Team

The STIR Lab is proud to announce that we are sponsoring a new Senior Design Team at UCF. The team is comprised of Computer Science undergraduate seniors Samuel Beatson, Samuel Armininana Quintana, Jason Dhillon and Blakely Barr. The team will be working with Dr. Wisniewski and STIR Lab PhD student...
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Accepted GHC posters

Accepted GHC posters

Congratulations to STIR Lab members Heidi Hartikainen and Ashwaq Soubai on having posters accepted to the Grace Hopper Celebration 2020 General Poster Session! Heidi's poster, "Online Peer Support for Adolescent Online Sexual Risk" analyzes social media trace data from a peer support platform to examine what online sexual experiences with...
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Pfeil Proposal Defense

Pfeil Proposal Defense

Congratulations to STIR Lab Ph.D. Candidate Kevin Pfiel on successfully defending his dissertation proposal on "Balancing User Experience Between Streamer and Viewer in Mobile Human-to-Human Telepresence". Kevin did an excellent job presenting his work so far and plan to complete his dissertation, and the STIR Lab wishes him the best...
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Razi – Mozilla Internship

Razi – Mozilla Internship

Congratulations to STIR Lab Ph.D. candidate Afsaneh Razi, who recently began a summer internship with Mozilla Research. Afsaneh will be working in Mozilla's Voice Consumer Products team, which is part of the Emerging Technologies R&D division. She will be working on Firefox Voice, where she will utilize her background and...
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Wisniewski Mentoring Award

Wisniewski Mentoring Award

Congratulations to Dr. Wisniewski on receiving an ORC 2020 Mentoring Opportunity Program award! This program's award is intended to pair UCF senior and junior faculty in a mentoring relationship, and will be used to support a faculty research partnership effort with her mentee, Dr. Lindsay Taliaferro, an Assistant Professor in...
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CHI’20 Presentation

CHI’20 Presentation

Our CHI 2020 presentation for the paper "Let's Talk about Sext: How Adolescents Seek Support and Advice about Their Online Sexual Experiences" is now available! This research work provides more insights into how adolescents talk about their online sexual interactions on an online peer support platform. Please watch the video...
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Blue Whale Challenge Article

Blue Whale Challenge Article

Congratulations to Dr. Wisniewski and her co-authors on the publishing of an article in the JMIR Journal of Mental Health (JMH). The article, titled "Examining the Self-harm and Suicide Contagion Effects Related to the Portrayal of the Blue Whale Challenge on YouTube and Twitter", investigates the way individuals portray the...
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IDC Position Paper Accepted

IDC Position Paper Accepted

Congratulations to STIR Lab Ph.D. students, Neeraj Chatlani and Zachary Shea, and Dr. Wisniewski for the acceptance of a position paper into an IDC 2020 workshop! This paper will be part of the workshop, titled "Teaching the Next Generation of Child-Computer Interaction Researchers and Designers" which seeks to gauge the...
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Chatlani Admitted to M&S

Chatlani Admitted to M&S

Congratulations to STIR Lab student Neeraj Chatlani, who was recently admitted to UCF's Modelling and Simulation PhD program! Neeraj will begin his new program in the Fall, along with his ongoing research projects at the STIR Lab. We look forward to seeing Neeraj begin to progress in his Ph.D., and...
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