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

Recent News

Wisniewski Book Chapter

Wisniewski Book Chapter

Congratulations to Dr. Wisniewski and co-authors (Turki Alelyani, Arup Kumar Ghosh, Larry Moralez, Shion Guha) for publishing a chapter in recently released book, "Young People and Social Media: Contemporary Children's Digital Culture". The book covers a vast array of ideas about youth, their social media use, and how their physical...
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CSCW MOSafely Workshop

CSCW MOSafely Workshop

MOSafely: Building An Open-Source HCAI Community To Make The Internet A Safer Place For Youth STIR Lab students Xavier Caddle and Afsaneh Razi are leading the MOSafely Workshop at CSCW, in collaboration with students from Georgia Tech and Boston University. The goal of this one-day workshop is to begin building...
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MOSafely SDT Project Complete

MOSafely SDT Project Complete

Congratulations to the MOSafely Senior Design Team for completing their Senior Design Project! The team made up of Natalie Larkin, Omar Kalam, James Zhou, Abdulrahman Al Sumaih, and Micah Renfrow successfully presented their year long assignment under the guidance of Dr. Pamela Wizniewski. They created a Social Risk Detection Service...
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MiSu Senior Design App

MiSu Senior Design App

Congratulations to the Senior Design Team for delivering their final presentation on MiSu project. They designed and developed the MiSu v2, an innovative mobile app that allows smart homeowners to share limited control access to their smart home devices with outsiders. They presented this application to the Senior Design Faculty...
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Wisniewski talk on Cyber Safety

Wisniewski talk on Cyber Safety

Dr. Wisniewski was given the honor of speaking at the Jenny Lin Foundation on the topic of cyber safety and protecting children online. The Jenny Lin foundation is a non profit organization born out the tragic murder of Jenny Lin at the age of 15. They have become a Bay...
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Justice-centered Design

Justice-centered Design

This past weekend, PhD Candidate Karla Badillo-Urquiola and Dr. Pamela Wisniewski, alongside their collaborators, held a workshop addressing Justice-Centered Design Engagements with Children and Teens. Congratulations on a successful and thought provoking workshop! Shout-out to STIR Lab members Afsaneh Razi, Neeraj Chatlani, Xavier Caddle, and Arianna Davis for attending! Here are...
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MOSafely I-Corp Summer Cohort

MOSafely I-Corp Summer Cohort

MOSafely, a project supported by the National Science Foundation (NSF) has been accepted in the the UCF I-Corp Summer Cohort. MOSafely is an open-source community that leverages evidence-based research, data, and Artificial Intelligence to help youth and young adults engage more safely online. UCF has been selected by the National Science foundation...
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STIR SDT Wins Best in Show

STIR SDT Wins Best in Show

Congratulations to STIR Lab Senior Design Team for winning the "Best in Show" Award in the Senior Design Showcase! The Senior Design Team members Max Huebler, Mujahid Jaffer, Jody Kocis, Mary McIntosh and Ian Vickers received the highest award in the competition for designing  “SafeLINC: A Youth-Suicide Prevention App,” with guidance from...
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Alsoubai Passes Candidacy

Alsoubai Passes Candidacy

Congratulations to STIR lab student Ashwaq Alsoubai on passing her Qualifying Review (QR) and Candidacy Examination for PhD in Computer Science this Spring! The Qualifying Review and Candidacy Examination are two important milestones in the PhD program in which the Graduate Committee evaluates the research and coursework progress of the...
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Badillo Travel Award

Badillo Travel Award

Congratulations to Ph.D. candidate Karla Badillo-Urquiola on receiving the Gary Marsden Travel Award to attend CHI! The Gary Marsden Travel Awards aim to support undergraduate and graduate students, as well as early-career researchers in attending HCI conferences, events, and (for early-career researchers) mentorship meetings. This award provides virtual travel support for Karla...
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Abaquita SURE Poster Award

Abaquita SURE Poster Award

Congratulations to STIR Lab student Denielle Abaquita on winning the SURE Poster Judge's Choice Award with a scholarship of $500! Denielle's poster is based on his undergraduate honors thesis, titled "Understanding the Challenges Child Welfare Workers Encounter Related to Promoting the Online Safety of Foster Youth".  Grateful for his mentors...
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Matters of Diversity with Dr. B

Matters of Diversity with Dr. B

Join Dr. Butler as he speaks with Dr. Candice Bridge, Dr. Pamela Wisniewski & Dr. Nazanin Rahnavard regarding matters of diversity. 
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Children and Screens Webinar

Children and Screens Webinar

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewski on contributing to an article for the Children and Screens newsletter, about balancing the use of parental controls, monitoring apps and media plans to support healthy digital media use within families. The article is linked below:  https://mailchi.mp/a82a7fe33187/how-parental-controls-apps-can-support-healthy-media-use Additionally, along with other experts, Dr. Wisniewski participated...
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Wisniewski Research Award

Wisniewski Research Award

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewski on receiving the College of Engineering and Computer Science (CECS) Excellence in Research Award at the Assistant Professor level. The college awarded Dr. Wisniewski for her outstanding contributions in research and commitment to excellence in scholarly and creative activities. Dr. Wisniewski will receive a certificate from College of...
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2021 SURE Posters

2021 SURE Posters

This year the STIR Lab is proud to have multiple students participating in the Showcase of Undergraduate Research Excellence (SURE). Each student is assigned to create a poster that displays research and information pertaining to their field of interest. This year we have the following posters along with its students:...
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Women’s History Month

Women’s History Month

Congratulations to Dr. Pamela Wisniewski who was honored by UCF Faculty Excellence for Women's History Month for her impact on campus and in the community. Being a mentor and advisor for eight PhD students and over thirty undergraduate students, including women and minorities, Dr. Wisniewski was recognized for her dedication to...
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Rutkowski Defends Thesis

Rutkowski Defends Thesis

Congratulations to STIR Lab student Tara Rutkowski on successfully defending her Honors Undergraduate Thesis! Tara’s thesis, titled “Family Communication: Examining the Differing Perceptions of Parents and Teens Regarding Online Safety Communication” presents a statistical analysis discovering what factors impact a teen’s and parent’s views on family communication on online safety...
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Congrats to Irina on her new job!

Congrats to Irina on her new job!

Congratulations to STIR Lab graduate and alumnus Irina Lediaeva on starting a new job as a User Experience Researcher at Globus.ai! Globus.ai is a Norwegian company that empowers people to do the work they love, while maximizing their potential by matching them to roles based on their skills and experience. Reflecting...
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