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

Social Computing

Social Computing

  • Social computing is a sub-field of computer science that resides at the intersection of social behavior and computing systems. Examining the use of social media and social networking sites are examples of  social computing research conducted in the STIR Lab.


  • Alghamdi, L., Akter, M., Kropczynski, J., Wisniewski, P., Lipford, H.  (2022) “Co-designing Community-based Sharing of Smarthome Devices for the Purpose of Co-monitoring In-home Emergencies,” In the Proceedings of CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’23), https://doi.org/10.1145/3544548.3581239


  • Alghamdi, L., Akter, M., Cardenas, C., Cruces, D., Wiese, J., Kropczynski, J., Lipford, H., Wisniewski, P.  (2022) “Mi Casa es Su Casa (“MiSu”): A Mobile App for Sharing Smart Home Devices with People Outside The Home,” In Companion Publication of the 2022 Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’22 Companion), https://doi.org/10.1145/3500868.3559709
  • Abraham, J., Roth, R., Zinzow, H., Madathil, K., Wisniewski, P.  (2022) “Applying Behavioral Contagion Theory to Examining Young Adults’ Participation in Viral Social Media Challenges,” In ACM Transactions on Social Computing, https://doi.org/10.1145/3538383
  • Tiffany D. Do, Ryan P. McMahan, and Wisniewski, P.  (2022) “A New Uncanny Valley? The Effects of Speech Fidelity and Human Listener Gender on Social Perceptions of a Virtual-Human Speaker,” In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI ’22). Association for Computing Machinery, New York, NY, USA, Article 424, 1–11. https://doi.org/10.1145/3491102.3517564
  • Alsoubai, A., Song, J., Razi, A., Dacre, P., Wisniewski, P. (2021) “Social Media During the COVID-19 Pandemic: A Public Health Crisis or a Political Battle?” In the Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2021)
  • Pfeil, K.P., Kapalo, K.A., Koh, S.L.,Wisniewski, P. and LaViolA, J., (2021) “Exploring Human-to-Human Telepresence and the Use of Vibro-Tactile Commands to Guide Human Streamers,” in the Proceedings of the 23rd International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2021) https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-77599-5_15
  • Pfeil, K., Chatlani, N., LaViola, J., Wisniewski, P. (2021) “Bridging the Socio-Technical Gaps in Body-worn Interpersonal Live-Streaming Telepresence through a Critical Review of the Literature” In the Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, (CSCW 2021) https://doi.org/10.1145/3449194


  • Wisniewski, P., Badillo-Urquiola, K., Ashtorab, Z., Vitak, J., (2020). “Happiness and Fear: Using emotions as a Lens to Disentangle How Users Felt About the Launch of Facebook Reactions”  Trans. Soc. Comput., 3(4), 1-25. doi:https://doi.org/10.1145/3414825
  • Wang, T., Garfield, M. J., Wisniewski, P., Page, X., (2020) “Benefits and Challenges for Social Media Users on the Autism Spectrum” In the Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, (CSCW 2020)


  • Berryman, C., McHugh, B., Wisniewski, P., Ferguson, C., and Negy, C. (2019) “User Characteristics of Vaguebookers Versus General Social Media Users” In the Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction (HCII 2019), Orlando, FL.


  • Page. X., Wisniewski, P., Knijnenburg, B.P., Namara, M. (2018) “Social Media’s Have-Nots: An Era of Social Disenfranchisement,” Internet Research, 28(5), pp. 1253-1274. doi: 10.1108/IntR-03-2017-0123.
  • Page. X., Bahirat, P., Safi, M.I., Knijnenburg, B.P., Wisniewski, P.  (2018) “’The Internet of What?’ Understanding Differences in Perceptions and Adoption for the Internet of Things,” Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (IMWUT), Issue 4.


  • Vitak, J., Wisniewski, P., Ashktorab, Z., Badillo-Urquiola, K. (2017) “Benefits and Drawbacks of Using Social Media to Grieve Following the Loss of a Pet,” In the Proceedings of the 2017 International Conference on Social Media and Society (SM&S 2017), Toronto, Canada. (37% acceptance rate)


  • Wisniewski, P., Xu, H., and Chen, Y. (2014) “Understanding User Adaptation Strategies for the Launching of Facebook Timeline,” In the Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2014), Toronto, Canada. (22.8% acceptance rate) **Best Paper Honorable Mention (Top 5%)**


  • Karr-Wisniewski, P., Carroll, E., and Lipford, H.R. (2011) “Technology Overload: Gender-based Perceptions of Knowledge Worker Performance,” In the Proceedings of the Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2011), Detroit, MI.


  • Karr-Wisniewski, P. and Lu, Y. (2010) “When More is Too Much: Operationalizing Technology Overload and Exploring Its Impact on Knowledge Worker Productivity,” Computers in Human Behavior, 26(5), pp. 1061-1072. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2010.03.008
  • Karr-Wisniewski, P. and Prietula, M. (2010) “CASA, WASA, and the Dimensions of Us”, Computers in Human Behavior, 26(6), pp. 1761-1771. doi:10.1016/j.chb.2010.07.003


  • Karr, P. and Lu, Y. (2007) “Information Technology and Knowledge Worker Productivity: A Taxonomy of Technology Crowding,” In the Proceedings of the 13th Americas Conference on Information Systems (AMCIS 2007), Keystone, CO.