UCI Ranked 3rd Best Value UX Design Graduate Program

March 3, 2017

UC Irvine was recently ranked third among the Top 50 Best Value UX Design Graduate Programs of 2016 by online college review and ranking site Value Colleges.  This ranking put UCI above many other well-respected institutions, including Stanford University, UC Berkeley and University of Michigan. In particular, the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences’ Department of Informatics was singled out for its reputable human-centered computing graduate programs.
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Mic: “How can Blizzard stop harassment in ‘Overwatch’? The answer is complicated” (Katherine Lo quoted)

March 2, 2017

As you might imagine, the issue is complicated. We spoke with Kat Lo — A Ph.D. student and researcher in online communities and harassment at University of California, Irvine — via Skype to help us understand exactly why online harassment is such a tough thing to snuff out. Lo has consulted gaming and tech companies about mitigating harassment and has spent eight years moderating online communities, so she knows firsthand how complicated the situation is.

Read the full story at Mic.

Professors Redmiles, Dourish appointed Associate Deans

ICS Dean Marios Papaefthymiou has announced the appointment of two new associate deans in the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, effective February 1.

Professor David Redmiles has agreed to serve as Associate Dean for Academic Affairs. In this role, he will provide leadership and oversight for academic personnel matters, including faculty recruitment, advancement, promotion, mentoring and development.  Redmiles has extensive experience with academic personnel administration. From 2004 to 2011, he chaired the Department of Informatics during a period of great expansion of the faculty, facilities and degree programs. From 2013 to 2016, he served on the Council on Academic Personnel, chairing that committee in the last year of his term.

Professor Paul Dourish has agreed to serve as Associate Dean for Research. In this position, he will foster and oversee research development initiatives, identifying funding opportunities, strengthening relations with foundations, promoting industry partnerships, and stimulating large-scale research projects. Dourish has invaluable experience with center-scale efforts and industry engagement.  From 2012 to 2014, he served as Co-Director of the Intel Science and Technology Center on social computing at UC Irvine.  Moreover, from 2004 to 2006, he served as Associate Director of the Irvine Division of Calit2.

2017 ICS Dean’s Award Winners

February 23, 2017

Five accomplished ICS faculty are awarded for their innovative research, exemplar service, student mentorship and exceptional teaching skills.

Congratulations to the 2016-2017 recipients of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences Dean’s Awards, where accomplished ICS faculty are awarded for their innovative research, exemplar service, student mentorship and exceptional teaching skills. Recipients are peer- and self-nominated, garnering a certificate and a $500 discretionary award for their achievement.
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Mark elected to ACM CHI Academy for 2017

February 21, 2017

Informatics Professor Gloria Mark has been elected to the ACM CHI Academy for 2017. She will be recognized in May at the ACM CHI 2017 Conference in Denver.

The CHI Academy is an honorary group of influential individuals who have made substantial contributions to the field of human-computer interaction (HCI) and have been active participants in the ACM SIGCHI (special interest group on computer-human interaction) community. They are considered principal leaders of the field, whose efforts have shaped the disciplines and/or industry, and led research and/or innovation in HCI.
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BizTech: “Want to Improve Employee Productivity? Wearables Could Be the Answer” (Mark cited)

February 13, 2017

One popular way for businesses to implement the quantified workplace is through corporate wellness programs that outfit workers with fitness trackers, measuring the distance they walk each day.

The goal is to promote exercise. Healthier employees means less absenteeism and improved productivity, explains Gloria Mark, an informatics professor at University of California, Irvine.

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UCI eSports: “Women in Gaming at UCI”

February 10, 2017

In the field of gaming, it is believed that the number of male players overshadow the number of female players. However, such an ideology has proven to be false as the population of male and female players are, in fact, quite balanced. Thus, the question is raised – if the numbers are equal, why do women continue to be excluded from competitive spaces and how do we increase the involvement of women in the video game industry?

Held at UCI on February 2nd in association with the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences, UCI eSports, and Women’s Empowerment Initiative, the Women in Gaming Panel discussed the influence of the representation of women in gaming and the concept of inclusive gaming.

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