Generous research
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Heinz Endowments Award

Excited to have received continued funding support from Heinz Endowments for our work on Pittsburgh air quality, health, and citizen science.

Energy Parasites at 319 Scholes Gallery

New work on Energy Parasites (see Research) featured at Ecologias Correlatives show at 319 Scholes Gallery in Brooklyn, New York (Opening 13 Oct 2011).

Best Paper Award UbiComp 2011

Paper entitled “Nurturing Natural Sensors” by Stacey Kuznetsov, William Odom, James Pierce, and Eric Paulos received a Best Paper award at this year’s Ubiquitous Computing Conference.

CHI 2011: 6 Papers and 2 Workshops

Our lab had 5 full papers, 1 short paper, and are organizing two workshops (a one day workshop and a 2-day workshop) accepted to CHI 2011. Fantastic work will appear in May 2011.

Air Quality Balloons awarded Best Instructable of 2010

Air Quality Balloons by Stacey Kuznetsov, George Noel Davis, Jian Chiu Cheung, and Eric Paulos selected as Best Instructable of 2010.

Energy Materiality At BECC

Results from work on Re-designing Everyday Interactions, Relationships, and Practices with Energy at Behavior, Energy, and Climate Change (BECC) in Sacramento, CA

Best Short Paper D&E 2010

Best Short Paper award to James Pierce and Eric Paulos for Designing for Emotional Attachment to Energy at Design and Emotion 2010 Conference

Living Environments Lab 10% of DIS

Research from the  Living Environments Lab accounted for 10% of full papers and 7% of entire Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2010) conference.

Sunyoung Kim interns at IBM

Sunyoung Kim worked with researchers at IBM Almaden during summer 2010 to design and deploy CreekWatch, an iPhone mobile citizen science app for supporting local watershed monitoring.

NSF Award to study Energy Materiality

National Science Foundation announces support for Living Environments Lab research efforts across a range of novel approaches to energy including Energy Materiality.

Heinz Endowments Award

Living Environments Lab honored to be awarded a prestigious Vira I. Heinz Endowment grant to help further our efforts in the field of citizen science – particularly the Technologies and Social Frameworks for Enabling Citizen Science

DIY Culture Published at NordiCHI

Our survey of over 2000 individuals across a range of DIY communities including Instructables, Dorkbot, Craftster, Ravelry, Etsy, and Adafruit reveals a unique set of values, emphasizing participatory involvement, open sharing, learning, and creativity over profit and social capital. Paper led by Stacey Kuznetsov published at NordiCHI 2010.