Oregon State University

Amirhosein Emerson Azarbakht

Amirhosein "Emerson" Azarbakht was a PhD candidate/student in computer science at Oregon State University, who graduated in 2017. His research focuses on Social Network Analysis (SNA) on online communities, especially Free/Libre Open Source Software (FLOSS) communities. He earned his master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction and Artificial Intelligence at Chalmers University of Technology in Gothenburg, Sweden. His primary project focused on longitudinal analysis of collaboration among developers in open source software development projects, particularly ones that have forked, to identify common measures in such complex networks. Temporal analysis and visualization of these complex communication networks over time was the focus of the project which aimed to array disparate information to make sense of the underlying structure and dynamics of such social networks. He is trilingual, a GNU/Linux user and advocate, and an avid traveller who had visited 15 countries and has lived on three continents and was aiming to work as a research/data scientist. He graduated with his PhD in 2017.

Jennifer Davidson

I am a Ph.D. student in Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction) at Oregon State University. I am interested in involving older adults in the design and development of an open source application to study health metrics. This would benefit the research community by determining how retired programmers and non-programmers can help and change the open source community. My goal is to diversify the open source community, enable an active post-working life for older adults, and improve software quality aimed at older adults.

Chadway Cooper

I am a Masters Student in the Computer Science, specializing in Human Computer Interaction. I completed my Bachelor's degree at Oregon State University in Computer Science. My current research is looking into clone detection.

Victor Kuechler

I am a M.A. student in Interdisciplinary Studies (MAIS) at Oregon State University. My research synthesizes the domains of human-computer interaction (HCI), technical writing, and social rhetoric. I joined the HCI research group because I am interested in the social dynamics and demographic composition of free and open source software (FOSS) communities. This interest has led me to study a variety of other FOSS-related topics, including gender issues, joining process, lurking, government adoption, and open hardware and software platforms. I am writing a journal paper on the complexities of diversity in FOSS communities. I also currently work as a research consultant and technical writer for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Soroush Ghorashi

I'm a Ph.D. candidate in Computer Science (Human-Computer Interaction) at Oregon State University. My areas of research are in Usability Engineering and HCI with particular focus on User Interface (UI) design and User eXperience (UX). Currently I'm working on designing integrated development environments (IDE) for collaborative software development and how we can use developers' activity data to enhance awareness in during the process. I'm also interested to see how effective are this kind of IDE in pair-programming (co-located & globally distributed teams). I've designed and developed an IDE for this purposes that is (usually) available through this link (Collaborative Coding). I'm also very interested in UX design in the range and scope of interactive experiences on the TV platform (iTV). For more information about my current and previous research, please visit my personal website. "If we focus on the users, all else will follow."

Justin Carr

I am a Masters student in Computer Science (Graphics) at Oregon State University. My academic interests include symbolic logic, functional programming, and data visualization and my general interests are centered around the idea that user interfaces shape the way we experience problem-solving and that creative user interfaces can change the way we experience the world. Recently, I have been investigating whether or not the current generation of mobile devices are a suitable platform for spatial 3D input in VR applications. This work might benefit the community by giving concrete examples of how virtual reality and augmented reality tools might be used to solve everyday problems on our increasingly-powerful and increasingly-common mobile devices.

Darren Forrest

I'm a Masters student in Computer Science at Oregon State University. My research interest centers around Free/Open Source Software and the communities that create it. Specifically I'm interested in the motivations that bring diverse people to participate in Open Source and how those motivations interact within the community forums. With any mix of motivation there is possibility of conflict. How those conflicts are mediated is of great interest to me. My other interests include my family, sign language for my dog (he's deaf), and backpacking.

Rithika Naik

I am a first year Master's student in Computer Science specializing in Human Computer Interaction.My interests are mainly in User interface design and I'm currently learning the nuances of the subject.I would also like to contribute to the open source community.I received my Bachelor of Engineering degree from Jawaharlal Nehru Institute of Technology,Hyderabad,India.

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