Three UMSI researchers take top paper awards at CHI

Three UMSI researchers have been honored with Best Paper awards at the Association for Computing Machinery’s conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), which will take place in Seoul, Korea, April 18-23, 2015.

Tawfiq Ammari
Sarita Schoenebeck

PhD student Tawfiq Ammari and assistant professor Sarita Schoenebeck are co-authors of “Understanding and Supporting Fathers and Fatherhood on Social Media Sites.”  This paper examines how fathers go online in their roles as fathers. The researchers found that men use social media to document and archive fatherhood and to access support for diverse family needs.

The paper will be presented during the session “Families and Their Use of Technology,” Tuesday, April 21 at 4:30 p.m. That session includes another paper by Ammari and Schoenebeck, co-authored with UMSI associate professor Cliff Lampe and Priya Kumar (MSI ’14), “Managing Children’s Online Identities: How Parents Decide What to Disclose about Their Children Online.”

Christian Sandvig

UMSI associate professor Christian Sandvig is a co-author of the prize-winning paper “‘I Always Assumed That I Wasn’t Really That Close to [Her]’: Reasoning about Invisible Algorithms in the News Feed.” Researchers studied Facebooks users to examine their perceptions of the Facebook News Feed curation algorithm. More than half of the participants (62.5%) were not aware of the News Feed curation algorithm's existence at all. The researchers developed a system to reveal the difference between the algorithmically curated and an unadulterated NewsFeed to users, and found that with more knowledge of the algorithms, users engaged more with their news feed.

Other authors on this paper are Motahhare Eslami, Aimee N Rickman, Kristen Vaccaro, Amirhossein Aleyasen, Andy Vuong, Karrie G Karahalios and Kevin Hamilton. All except Rickman (California State University) are from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The paper will be presented during the session “Facebook Newsfeeds and Friendships,” Monday, April 20, at 11:30 a.m.

Posted March 2, 2015