Research Interests

Sensing Machines: Human Robot Interaction in Design and Repair

We begin our work with the notion that the surgical sensorium is a social phenomenon shared and co-created by the surgical team. Historically,  throughout the long evolution of this sensorium, tacit, sensual and embodied surgical knowledge has emerged in rich and practical ways. To gauge how robotic technologies have impacted and reshaped traditions of surgical sensing and doing, we report on our own ethnographic fieldwork, focusing on one tight-knit robotically-oriented surgical team. Here we explore examples of the remixing and recalibration of the surgical sensorium as it incorporates robotically-enhanced vision, and a new surgical reach that extends capacities in some ways while reducing them in others.

By drawing from elements of media studies, phenomenology, social and sensory anthropology, human-robot interaction and computer supported collaborative work we hope to enrich and inform existing interdisciplinary frameworks focused on human-robot entanglements, teams, and traditions of sensing and working with embodied knowledge in action.


Digital Entanglements – Our research into the studio practices of fine arts furniture craftsmen Wendell Castle was presented March 2015 at the 18th ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing where it won a Best Paper Honorable Mention Award.

Excerpts from this body of research were included in the 2015 artist’s catalog for Wendell Castle Remastered, an exhibition organized by the Museum of Arts and Design in NY, NY.

Cultural Studies of Robotics
This work explores social and cultural dimensions of robotic communities of practice and the cultural myths and imaginings that surround them.


Feminist Perspectives in Social Computing
In this body of work we engage in active, participant research surrounding feminist interpretations of computational practices, specifically those that fall into the realms of teaching and learning. To this end we explore the collaborative creation of the DOCC (distributed, open, collaborative course), wiki-storming with high school digital literacy projects and other inquiries inspired and informed by the larger FemTechNet collective.