Katerena Kuksenok
Resume / Short CV | updated October, 2014

Hello! I am Katie, avid reader, traveler, artist and writer. I remain cautiously hopeful about the potential of technology to support democracy and lower barrier to education.

Group Dynamics and Technology I do research at the intersection of how people communicate and how people use technology. I have a Master of Science in Computer Science (University of Washington), a Bachelor of Arts in Applied Math (Oberlin College), and am currently working on a PhD in computer Science (UW). My thesis is on how oceanography groups overcome challenges to integrating data science practice into their scientific process; this involves interviews with scientists, in-depth ethnographic participant-observations, and then developing software design and organization implications to benefit the Moore/Sloan data science environments initiative. This research is co-advised by James Fogarty (UW CSE) and Cecilia Aragon (UW HCDE).

Language and Technology. I am fluent in English, Ukrainian, and Russian. I dabbled in machine translation earlier in my research career, and I often combine qualitative research methods with automated natural language processing and machine learning techniques. So, I am always delighted to discuss literature, foreign language education, computational linguistics, applied linguistics, or pretty much anything that has to do with the endlessly fascinating subject of humans using words to communicate ideas to each other. Over the last several months, I went to Ukraine to study the role of social media in the euromaidan movement, a project which I intend to continue after the completion of my ongoing thesis work. If you have used social media at all in any way regarding the ongoing political situation in Ukraine, please consider participating in this study as an interviewee.

Role of Social Media in Political Movements Panel Video (Budapest, 2014)

Peer-Reviewed Publications

C. Chen, L. White, T. Kowalewski, R. Aggarwal, C. Lintott, B. Comstock, K. Kuksenok, C. Aragon, D. Holst, and T. Lendvay. Crowd-Sourced Assessment of Technical Skills (C-SATS): A Novel Method to Evaluate Surgical Performance. Journal of Surgical Research 2013.

K. Kuksenok, M. Brooks, Q. Wang, C. P. Lee. Challenges and Opportunities for Technology in Foreign Language Classrooms. CHI 2013. (Best Paper Honorable Mention)

K. Kuksenok, J. Mankoff, M. Brooks. Accessible Online Content Creation by End Users. CHI 2013.

M. Brooks, K. Kuksenok, M. K. Torkildson, D. Perry, J. J. Robinson, T. J. Scott, O. Anicello, A. Zukowski, P. Harris, C. Aragon. Statistical Affect Detection in Collaborative Chat. CSCW 2013.

T. J. Scott, K. Kuksenok, M. Brooks, C. Aragon. Adapting Grounded Theory to Construct A Taxonomy of Affect in Collaborative Online Chat. SIGDOC 2012.

J. Mankoff, K. Kuksenok, S. Kiesler, J. Rode, K. Waldman. Competing Online Viewpoints and Models of Chronic Illness. CHI 2011.

Non-Academic Writing

How to...

user research ...run useful, light-weight user interviews: five steps for approaching customers that can help you make concrete decisions for your sweet new Web application, while feeling pretty good about the whole affair.

user research ...use informal user interviews to make better surveys: a stupid question can turn a user survey from useful tool into misguided hammer of destruction. Instead, get your stupid questions out of the way - productively! - in conversations and user interviews to build more valid, reliable surveys. The end result: software that actually does what the user needs and wants.

productivity ...use an analog task management system and stay a little saner

writing ...compose an NSF GRFP application packet you can be proud of: advice that I have articulated over the course of two years, on the basis of working with groups of students and one on one to draft CS/IT proposals. Much of it is pretty generally useful for writing short research proposals as a student.

Experimental Travel Diaries (Illustrated Fiction-ish Journaling)

morocco / berlin The Common Monsters (Or: My God, Help Me to Survive This Deadly Love) "I feel like I make sense as a coherent intellectual unit!"

eastern europeI Killed One of My Beans (exerpts regarding love, beans, and eyes) "Victor Vitteau has a singing-dancing soul. He tries to sit her down, have a serious talk, but she is too easily-distracted. In her rare moments of focus, she is magnificent & wise & he cannot say no to her."

ukraine / germany Keeping Watch "In my giddy, semi-delirious state, I had taken a pen to my journal and created a god who was pushing the earth around with his fingers and grinning from his sculpted hills, his howling hell-beasts making the occasional benign appearance. I was going to upload every picture and write every day and transcribe every page, for posterity, for friends, for a sense of control."


Studio / Practicum

Winter 2014 InfoVis Studio HCDE 548 Advanced Topics in Information Visualization. Instruction by Prof. Cecilia Aragon; studios led by Katie Kuksenok.
This partial-studio, partial-seminar class will combine discussion of current infovis topics with hands-on design exercises and critiques. Every two-hour session will consist of one hour of hands-on work relevant to a particular visualization topic.
Studio time is devoted to the "full stack" of the information visualization process: formative brainstorming/design; sketching and prototyping; discussing technical system-level tradeoffs in context of final projects; presenting and critiquing designs as well as user study findings; discussion of implementation and integration.

January 2013 and January 2014 Oberlin/SCCL Winter Term As research mentor & program lead during January 2013 and January 2014, I designed, orchestrated, and managed a month-long research internship for three computer science Oberlin undergraduates in 2013 at the UW Scientific Collaboration and Creativity Lab (participants: Dan Barella, Sayer Rippey, Eli Rose). In 2014, Kirk Pearson joined SCCL and worked on an ongoing methodologically-oriented project.

Spring 2008 - Spring 2010. Competitive Computer Programming I designed and taught this course for 5 semesters. It is still offered, still for 1 academic credit through the Oberlin Exprimental College, still taught by students in order to build skills and momentum for successful participation in regional computer programming competitions!

Lecture / Seminar

Winter 2014 Remixing User Research Methods 1-credit reading group in HCDE, under Prof. Cecilia Aragon. Reading list online at: bit.ly/remixur
Discussion of a broad range of studies demonstrating appropriate, contextualized user research design. Covers the spectrum from formative user research of values and process to evaluation of technological interventions, but with an emphasis on open-ended, exploratory, and/or qualitative methods.

Fall 2013 Intro to HCI at University of Washington Computer Science and Engineering (CSE440), co-instructor. Class of 40. Project-based introduction to HCI.

Winter 2014 ESL 4/5 w/ Civics and Computers at LiteracySource in Seattle, co-instructor. Class of 4.

Summer 2006, 2007 Intro to Java Java Programming Instructor at Andrew’s Leap Program Carnegie Mellon University. Taught high school students introductory Java programming for two summers.

Tutoring / TA-ships / Grading

AUT 11 - SPR 12 Computer Science Tutor in Computer Science and Engineering University of Washington. Tutored individual students in CSE332 (Data Abstractions) and CSE440 (Machine Learning)

AUT 08 - AUT 09 Teaching Assistant, Grader Oberlin College Computer Science Department. CS275 Programming Abstractions; CS280 Introduction to Algorithms