Workshop Organizers

Robert Soden ( is a PhD Candidate in Computer Science at the University of Colorado Boulder working on crisis informatics, human-centered computing (HCC), and science and technology studies (STS). His research examines the ways that the technologies that inform our understandings of the environment shape societal responses to disasters and climate change. Robert is the primary contact person for this workshop.

Michael Skirpan ( is an ethicist, writer, artist, educator, and concerned citizen based out of Pittsburgh, PA. Currently Mike serves as the executive director at Community Forge and as a special faculty member at Carnegie Mellon University. He received a PhD from CUBoulder’s Department of Computer Science in Fall 2017.

Casey Fiesler ( is an assistant professor in the Department of Information Science at the University of Colorado Boulder. Armed with a PhD in Human Centered Computing from Georgia Tech and a JD from Vanderbilt Law School, she primarily researches social computing, law, ethics, and fan communities (occasionally all at the same time). She is part of the NSF-funded PERVADE project focused on research ethics for pervasive social data and has organized several past workshops at CHI and CSCW on the topics of ethics in computing.

Zahra Ashktorab ( works in the Emergent Technologies group in IBM Research AI, where she studies study social technologies, AI systems and their influence on user behavior and interaction. She has done research on the detection and mitigation of malicious behavior in online spaces, and attitudes towards Belmont Principles among social computing researchers. Her interests and prior work lie at the intersection of machine learning, human computer interaction, and design.

Eric P. S. Baumer ( is Assistant Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at Lehigh University. His research focuses on interactions with AI and machine learning algorithms in the context of social computing systems.

Mark Blythe ( is a design ethnographer working in the field of Human Computer Interaction. His research is concerned with the digital revolution we are stumbling and tumbling through and how this changes the ways we live, work, make art and grow old.

Jasmine Jones ( is a postdoctoral researcher in the GroupLens HCI research group at the University of Minnesota. She studies how embedded technologies become socially acceptable in everyday life. She’s especially interested in interactive systems can respond to collections of preferences or behaviors from groups of people.