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In the Authentic User Experience Lab (AUX Lab) at Indiana University Bloomington, we do research with subcultures. We publish in human-computer interaction (HCI) and other related venues (e.g., CHI, DIS, CSCW, ECSCW, ICWSM). Take a look at our projects and publications.

By subverting the now, subcultures become harbingers for the future practices and values of mainstream culture. Contemporary trends in art, fashion, sports, and cuisine may be traced to particular subcultures (e.g., hipsters, skateboarders). Lying on the fringe, subcultures face the challenge of maintaining their distinctive traditions—their authenticity—in a sensor-rich and socially-networked society.

To address this challenge, we characterize the relationship of technology with subcultures, design systems to support their notion of authenticity, and fashion theories to inform designs to help people strive for meaningful lives. We subscribe to the idea that society as a whole can learn a great deal about how to live from subcultures, the delightful microcosms they are.

We are always looking for new collaborators. If you are interested in doing research with us, please contact Professor Norman Makoto Su.


August 2018: Two upcoming CSCW papers: Rosemary, Arvind, and Marisa have a work with Lynn and me on the “tiny publics” (à la Gary Alan Fine) of farmers. EunJeong and I have a paper on the notion of “porous boundaries” for homes and their objects. With Jean Hardy, Dharma Dailey, Susan Wyche, our workshop proposal on Rural Computing has been accepted.

June 2018: Majdah and I have published a “beautiful” ECSCW paper examining motivations and practices for posting graphic photos online. With Apu, Christena, and myself, Yasmeen, Tousif, Felicia, and Emily have an upcoming SOUPS paper on managing privacy with workarounds (physical, digital, and mental) in a world of pervasive photography and social media.

December 2017: Two papers with EunJeong accepted to HRI and CHI. One on our “futuristic autobiographies” method and another based on new fieldwork with minimalists about designing for empty space.

March 2017: Paper lead by the amazing Supun Nakandala on gendered conversation in Twitch accepted to ICWSM’17!

February 2017: Two papers accepted at CHI, one on hunters with EunJeong and another on website design with Wen Chen and David Crandall. I’m also looking forward to participating in the Virginia Tech What Comes After CHI: Technology on the Trail workshop run by D. Scott McCrickard and Grace Fields.