I do user + sociotechnical systems research
- Computer Science PhD student at University of Washington
- I pay special attention to communication in groups and teams, and artifacts produced in collaborative process
- I have skills and experience in interviewing/observation; natural language procesing and machine learning; and software development to support data analysis
- I believe in combining qualitative and quantitative methods in a variety of ways
I'm always happy to share skills + expertise
- 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.
Not everything has to be a manifesto
- It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?" (A.A. Milne, Winnie-the-Pooh)
- It is not necessary for the public to know whether I am joking or whether I am serious, just as it is not necessary for me to know it myself. (Salvador Dalí)
- Holding on to anger is like grasping a hot coal with the intent of throwing it at someone else; you are the one who gets burned. (The Buddha)
- Love doesn't just sit there, like a stone, it has to be made, like bread; remade all the time, made new. (Ursula K. Le Guin, The Lathe of Heaven)
- "Goodbye," said the fox. "And now here is my secret, a very simple secret: It is only with the heart that one can see rightly; what is essential is invisible to the eye." (Antoine de Saint-Exupéry)
Where I’m from
- I got a BA in Mathematics and Computer Science at Oberlin College1, and spent a considerable amount of time as an undergraduate research assistant at the Carnegie Mellon University Human-Computer Interaction Institute2.
- I've interned at AT&T Research Labs, and at Facebook and Google as a software engineer.
- In 2001, I emigrated from Ukraine3 with my parents. I've moved westward: from Kyiv to Oxford, England, to Pittsburgh, to Seattle.
Life is a cheesecake. Remember that.
At one point, a friend who had gone to study abroad in Budapest called me, and mentioned, excitedly, a Hungarian saying he had learned. He told me it meant “life is a cheesecake,” and then he said “remember that.” At that point, someone in the background piped up, or maybe he just spontaneously remembered, but he corrected the translation to “life is not a cheesecake.” This disappointed us both, because life is a cheesecake, and it’s good to remember that.
But what does it mean for life to be a cheesecake? Unfortunately, I was unable to find the original Hungarian phrase, and, by extension what it’s supposed to mean (please let me know if you know of it). So I have taken the liberty of decoding it myself!
Because cheesecake is frequently chocolate-flavored and chocolate is never cheesecake-flavored, we model cheesecake as chocolate with additional properties. These additional properties mean that “life is a cheesecake” is a more complete model of life than “life is a box of chocolates.” Prior work has shown that life being a box of chocolates means you never know what you’re going to get (Gump et al, 1994). Life being a cheesecake must then mean both that and something else that is entirely up to you. Therefore, “life is a cheesecake” implies that life involves agency in addition to the known elements of mystery and chance. Also it implies that life can be delicious with coffee.
So remember: life is a cheesecake.
- Ask me what I think Oberlin and Seattle have in common!
- Ask me what I think Pittsburgh and Seattle have in common!
- Don’t ask me what Kyiv and Seattle have in common, we would just end up whining about bad weather.