Oliver L. Haimson

PhD Candidate
Informatics Department

Donald Bren School of Information
and Computer Sciences

University of California, Irvine


 

CALENDAR
May 31 - September 2, 2016
internship at Microsoft Research
Palo Alto, California

July 4-15, 2016
Oxford Internet Institute
Summer Doctoral Programme

Oxford, United Kingdom

August 13-17, 2016
ACM SIGKDD Conference on
Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining

San Francisco, California

September 7-10, 2016
Trans*Studies Conference
Tucson, Arizona

September 14-17, 2016
ACM Richard Tapia Celebration
of Diversity in Computing

Austin, Texas

RESEARCH

Research Interests

HCI, CSCW, social computing, online identity,
social media and networks, gender and sexuality,
life transitions
 

Projects


Gender transition on social network sites

Online spaces and sensitive populations
Other research projects
NEWS

Paper published in First Monday


Workshop at NordiCHI 2016

I am co-organizing a workshop for NordiCHI 2015 called HCI and Sensitive Life Experiences, with Daniel Herron, Nazanin Andalibi, Wendy Moncur, and Elise van den Hoven. The aim of the workshop is to identify current opportunities for, as well as barriers to, design of social computing systems that support people during sensitive life events and transitions. Join us in discussing these topics and building a framework for research and design! The submission deadline is August 22, 2016.
July 7, 2016

Paper accepted for KDD 2016

"Firebird: Predicting Fire Risk and Prioritizing Fire Inspections in Atlanta," a paper I co-authored with Michael Madaio, Shang-Tse Chen, Wenwen Zhang, Xiang Cheng, Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Polo Chau, and Bistra Dilkina, was accepted for the 2016 ACM SIGKDD Conference on Knowledge Discovery and Data Mining! This research was conducted during my Data Science for Social Good internship last summer at Georgia Tech.
July 7, 2016

Research featured in press on using data analytics for fire prevention

My team's Data Science for Social Good research was featured in the National Fire Protection Association Journal story "Embracing Analytics: How communities around the country are utilizing data analytics to predict a host of risk factors and reduce fires" by Jesse Roman!
July 7, 2016

Internship at Microsoft Research this summer

I'm excited to announce that I have accepted an internship offer for summer 2016 at Microsoft Research in Silicon Valley! I will be working with John Tang and Gina Venolia in the Nexus Research Group.
May 4, 2016

Acceptance to Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme

I'll be participating in the two week Oxford Internet Institute Summer Doctoral Programme this summer at University of Oxford!
May 4, 2016

Paper accepted for PLoS ONE

"Supplementing Public Health Inspection via Social Media," an article that I collaborated on with John Schomberg, Gillian Hayes, and Hoda Anton-Culver, was accepted for publication in PLoS ONE Journal!
March 26, 2016

Talk at Trans*Studies Conference

My abstract titled "Self-Presentation, Digital Footprints, and the Social Complexities of Disclosure During Gender Transition on Facebook," co-authored with Jed Brubaker, Lynn Dombrowski, and Gillian Hayes, was accepted for the 2016 Trans*Studies Conference! I'll be giving a 20 minute talk on this research.
March 26, 2016

Submission accepted for Tapia Conference

I'll be part of a Birds-of-a-Feather session at the 2016 ACM Richard Tapia Celebration of Diversity in Computing Conference titled "Being Queer in Computing Environments" along with Gopinaath Kannabiran, Steve Chenoweth, Kyle Overton, and Anna Lauren Hoffman!
March 26, 2016

CHI 2016 Best Paper Honorable Mention!

I'm so excited to announce that my paper "Digital Footprints and Changing Networks During Online Identity Transitions," co-authored by Jed Brubaker, Lynn Dombrowski, and Gillian Hayes, received a Best Paper Honorable Mention award at CHI 2016!
February 10, 2016

Talk at INSNA 2016 Sunbelt Conference

My abstract titled "Intersections and Separations in Gender and Race-Focused Social Media Movements," co-authored with Jürgen Pfeffer and Gillian Hayes, was accepted for the INSNA 2016 Sunbelt Conference! I'll be giving a 20 minute talk on this research.
February 2, 2016

Workshop paper accepted for CHI 2016

I have a workshop paper accepted for CHI 2016: "Anonymity, Pseudonymity, and Gender Categorization as Social Justice Issues in HCI", co-authored with Nazanin Andalibi, has been accepted for the Exploring Social Justice, Design, and HCI workshop!
January 31, 2016

Workshop paper accepted for CSCW 2016

I have a workshop paper accepted for CSCW 2016: "Social Signaling on Facebook After Relationship Dissolution", co-authored with Nazanin Andalibi, has been accepted for the Unpacking Social Signaling Theory for Social Computing Systems Analysis and Design workshop!
January 31, 2016

Papers accepted for CHI 2016

I had two papers accepted for CHI 2016: "Digital Footprints and Changing Networks During Online Identity Transitions" (Oliver Haimson, Jed Brubaker, Lynn Dombrowski, and Gillian Hayes) and "Understanding Social Media Disclosures of Sexual Abuse Through the Lenses of Support Seeking and Anonymity" (Nazanin Andalibi, Oliver Haimson, Munmun De Choudhury, and Andrea Forte)! It's been such a pleasure working with all of these wonderful co-authors.
December 21, 2015

I'm now a PhD Candidate!

So excited to announce that I passed my PhD advancement to candidacy yesterday, and I'm now a PhD Candidate! Thanks so much to my advancement committee for all of their valuable feedback: Gillian Hayes (chair), Geof Bowker, Gloria Mark, Melissa Mazmanian, and Tom Boellstorff.
December 4, 2015

Poster accepted for iConference 2016

Throughout 2014 and 2015 I had the opportunity to advise a group of undergraduate students in the i3 iSchool Inclusion Institute program: Corrin Morgan, Aaron Noble, Erika Alexander, and Jerome Watts. I'm very proud to announce that our poster, "#‎ReproHealth‬: A State-Based Investigation of Reproductive Health Rights Policy and Social Media Activity," was accepted to iConference 2016!
November 22, 2015

Student Volunteer co-chair for iConference 2016

Nazanin Andalibi and I are Student Volunteer (SV) Co-Chairs for iConference 2016! The conference will be held March 20-23 in Philadelphia. We are looking for people to sign up for the SV lottery by filling out this online form by November 30. For more information, please see the Call for Student Volunteers.
November 6, 2015

Paper accepted for CSCW 2016

I forgot to announce this when we first found out! "'Hunger Hurts but Starving Works:' Characterizing the Presentation of Eating Disorders Online," a paper that I collaborated on with Jessica Pater, Nazanin Andalibi, and Elizabeth Mynatt, was accepted for the 2016 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing!
October 16, 2015

Rob Kling Memorial Fellowship

I am extremely honored to receive the UCI School of Information and Computer Science's Rob Kling Memorial Fellowship for 2015-2016!
September 10, 2015

Paper accepted for Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange

"Identifying and Prioritizing Fire Inspections: A Case Study of Predicting Fire Risk in Atlanta," a paper that I collaborated on with Michael Madaio, Wenwen Zhang, Xiang Cheng, Matt Hinds-Aldrich, Bistra Dilkina, and Polo Chau as part of Data Science for Social Good Atlanta, was accepted for the Bloomberg Data for Good Exchange! I also wrote a few blog posts over the summer about our project: "A Predictive Model for Fire Risk in Atlanta" and "Hello from the DSSG-ATL Fire team!".
September 10, 2015

Blog post on Revisiting the Online/Offline Binary


Book review published on The Geek Anthropologist


Data Science for Social Good internship and research at Georgia Tech this summer

I will be heading to Georgia Tech in Atlanta this summer to participate in the Atlanta Data Science for Social Good internship, and to do some research with Dr. Munmun De Choudhury. Looking forward to it!
May 5, 2015

NSF GRFP award!

I'm very honored to announce that I have been awarded a National Science Foundation Graduate Research Fellowship (NSF GRFP)! I am so excited that this award will support my research for the next three years.
April 5, 2015

Paper accepted for TACCESS

"Evaluating a Collaborative iPad Game’s Impact on Social Relationships for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder," an article that I collaborated on with LouAnne Boyd, Kate Ringland, Helen Fernandez, Maria Bistarkey, and Gillian Hayes, was accepted for publication in ACM Transactions on Accessible Computing!
April 5, 2015

Paper accepted for Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation

"Mobile Video Modeling for Employment Interviews for Individuals with Autism," an article that I collaborated on with Gillian Hayes, Erick Custodio, Kathy Nguyen, Kate Ringland, Rachel Rose Ulgado, Aaron Waterhouse, and Rachel Weiner, was accepted for publication in Journal of Vocational Rehabilitation!
March 21, 2015

Research featured in press on Facebook's custom gender options

My research was featured in Fusion.net's story "Facebook is now allowing users to identify as any gender they want" by Jorge Rivas!
March 1, 2015

CSCW 2015 Best Paper Honorable Mention!

I'm so excited to announce that my paper "Disclosure, Stress, and Support During Gender Transition on Facebook," co-authored by Jed Brubaker, Lynn Dombrowski, and Gillian Hayes, received a Best Paper Honorable Mention award at CSCW 2015!
January 26, 2015

Workshop papers accepted for CSCW 2015

I have two papers accepted to CSCW workshops! "Toward Trans Inclusion in Feminist HCI," co-authored by Gillian Hayes, has been accepted for the Feminism and Feminist Approaches in Social Computing workshop, and "Marginalized Populations and Research Ethics Online," co-authored by Kate Ringland and Gillian Hayes, has been accepted for the Ethics for Studying Sociotechnical Systems in a Big Data World workshop.
December 20, 2014

Panel at CSCW 2015

I'll be on a panel at CSCW 2015 titled "Facebooking in 'Face:' Complex Identities Meet Simple Databases" along with Mark Handel, Rena Bivens, Jed Brubaker, Jessa Lingel, and Lana Yarosh!
December 15, 2014

Papers accepted for CHI 2015

Two papers from our research this summer during my internship at eBay Research Labs were accepted for CHI 2015: "Online Inspiration and Exploration for Identity Reinvention" (Oliver Haimson, Anne Bowser, Edward Melcer, and Elizabeth Churchill) and "On Vintage Values: The Experience of Secondhand Fashion Reacquisition" (Anne Bowser, Oliver Haimson, Edward Melcer, and Elizabeth Churchill)! Special thanks to our wonderful participants.
December 15, 2014

Workshop at CHI 2015

I am co-organizing a workshop for CHI 2015 called Between the Lines: Reevaluating the Online/Offline Binary, with Sarah Vieweg, Michael Massimi, Kenton O'Hara, and Elizabeth Churchill. Is thinking about identities, spaces, behaviors, and communities as "online" vs. "offline" still useful? Join us in discussing these topics and building a framework for research and design! Extended abstract is here.
December 15, 2014

Poster accepted for iConference 2015

My poster " User Response to Facebook's Custom Gender Options," co-authored by Jed Brubaker, Courtney Loder, Lynn Dombrowski, and Gillian Hayes, was accepted for iConference 2015! As always, special thanks to those who filled out our survey and made this research possible.
December 15, 2014

Workshop at iConference 2015

I am co-organizing a workshop for iConference 2015 on Exploring Gender, Race, and Sexuality with Social Media Data, with Amanda Menking, Jordan Eschler, Ingrid Erickson, and Gillian Hayes! We are looking for people to present their work as part of the workshop; please see the CFP here. Extended abstract is here.
November 14, 2014

Paper accepted for CSCW 2015

My paper "Disclosure, Stress, and Support During Gender Transition on Facebook," co-authored by Jed Brubaker, Lynn Dombrowski, and Gillian Hayes, has been accepted for the 2015 ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing! Special thanks to all of our participants who filled out the online survey and made this research possible.
September 2, 2014

Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Fellowship

I am excited to announce that I have been awarded a UC Irvine Faculty Mentor Program (FMP) Fellowship for the 2014-2015 academic year to work with Dr. Gillian Hayes! This fellowship is designed to increase the number of students who complete their PhD degree and successfully acquire a faculty appointment.
June 5, 2014

Autism AppJam

My team's project DanceCraft won second place overall at the UCI Autism AppJam! We also won the Best Social Media Presence award. DanceCraft is an interactive game that uses the Kinect to incentivize physical activity for children with autism through dance therapy. My role was developing the user interface. Team DanceCraft includes Kate Ringland, Mengyao Zhao, Nathan Major, Khalidh Tokhi, and myself.
May 4, 2014

Survey deployment

I am looking for people to participate in a research study about gender transition on social networking sites. Are you a transgender or gender non-conforming person who has experienced transitioning on a social networking site like Facebook? If so, please consider sharing your experiences by taking an online survey. Please share with people in your network who may be willing to help out with this research. Thanks! https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/transSNS
April 17, 2014

NSF GRFP Honorable Mention

I received an Honorable Mention for the National Science Foundation (NSF) Graduate Research Fellowship Program (GRFP)!
April 10, 2014

I won an infographic contest

I won Infogr.am's Pi Day Pie Chart Contest with this infographic about cheese pizza. We held a pie party in LUCI to celebrate and to eat the contest prize: $50 in pie. You can read more about the whole ridiculous affair here, here, and here.
March 23, 2014

Internship at eBay Research Labs this summer

I'm excited to announce that I have accepted an internship offer for summer 2014 at eBay Research Labs in San Jose! I will be working with Elizabeth Churchill and Atish Das Sarma in the HCI Research Group.
March 3, 2014

Presentation at AGS Symposium

I was selected to participate in the first annual AGS Symposium at UC Irvine! I will be giving a short presentation of my research on analyzing sexual health-related language in online personal ads.
March 3, 2014

Workshop paper accepted for CHI 2014 Designing Technology for Major Life Events workshop


Project accepted for Social Media Expo 2014

My team project "Using Depression Analytics to Reduce Stigma via Social Media: BlueFriends" has been accepted for inclusion in the 2014 Social Media Expo, sponsored by Microsoft Research FUSE Labs, and part of iConference! This paper is co-authored by three other first-year PhD students in my department: Kate Ringland, Simone Simpson, and Chris Wolf. We will receive a travel award to attend the conference and present our work in Berlin, Germany!
December 21, 2013

Paper accepted for CHI 2014

I'm excited to announce that my paper "DDF Seeks Same: Sexual Health-Related Language in Online Personal Ads For Men Who Have Sex With Men", co-authored by Jed Brubaker and Gillian Hayes, has been accepted for the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems!
December 13, 2013

I'm starting my PhD in Informatics at U.C. Irvine!

I'm starting my PhD in Informatics this fall at University of California, Irvine! I am working with Dr. Gillian Hayes in the Social and Technological Action Research (STAR) Group. The Informatics Department is part of the Donald Bren School of Information and Computer Sciences. I’m thrilled to move forward with my education and to become part of such a wonderful research community! My graduate research will focus on topics of online identity (particularly LGBT representation on social media), social computing, information visualization, and much more.
October 4, 2013