Affiliated Faculty

Steve Whittaker
  • Title
    • Professor Emeritus
  • Division Baskin School of Engineering
  • Department
    • Computational Media
  • Phone
    831-459-2390, 831-459-5084
  • Email
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  • Office Location
    • Engineering Building 2, Room 255
  • Office Hours Mon 4-5pm (Fall 2019)
  • Mail Stop Engineering
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Human Computer Interaction, Social Networks, Cognitive Science, Digital Media, Health and Wellness
  • Courses Computer Mediated Communication, User Evaluation of Technology

Summary of Expertise

Human Computer Interaction: The design, development and evaluation of computational tools to support communication, collaboration and well-being

Research Interests

I am research Human Computer Interaction, specifically human aspects of the design and use of digital artifacts.

I use psychological methods to study how people use digital technologies to collaborate, interact or manage their information. I then use this understanding to design technologies that better meet people’s needs. I have used this approach to study and design new collaboration systems, computer mediated communication systems, and personal information management. For example, I have looked at how people use email, instant messaging and videoconferencing, identified problems people experience with these technologies and built improved systems as a result. Right now I am researching digital tools to support health and well-being

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., St. Andrews University, Scotland

B.A., University of Cambridge, England

M.A. University of Cambridge, England


Honors, Awards and Grants

Association of Computational Machinery Fellow

Lifetime Research Achievement Award Association of Computational Machinery Computer Human Interaction

Computer Human Interaction Academy

Selected Publications

  • Whittaker, S., Bergman, O., and Clough, P. (2010). Easy on That Trigger Dad: A Study of Long Term Family Photo Retrieval. Personal and Ubiquitous Computing, 14, 1, 31-43.
  • Kalnikaite, V., Sellen, A., Whittaker, S., and Kirk, D (2010). Now Let Me See Where I Was: Understanding How Lifelogs Mediate Memory. Proceedings of CHI10 Conference on Computer Human Interaction, 2045-2054. New York: ACM Press.
  • Kalnikaite, V., and Whittaker, S. (2007). Software or Wetware? Discovering When and Why People Use Digital Prosthetic Memory. In Proceedings of CHI07 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, 71-80, New York: ACM Press.
  • Whittaker, S., and Hirschberg, J. (2001). The character, value and management of paper archives. Transactions on Computer Human Interaction, 8, 150-170.
  • Nardi, B., Whittaker, S., Bradner, E. (2000). Interaction and Outeraction: Instant Messaging in Action. Proceedings of Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 79-88. New York: ACM Press.
  • Whittaker, S. and Sidner, C. (1996). Email overload: exploring personal information management of email. In Proceedings of CHI'96 Conference on Computer Human Interaction, 276-283, NY: ACM Press.
  • O'Conaill, B., Whittaker, S., and Wilbur, S. (1993). Conversations over videoconferences: an evaluation of the spoken aspects of video-mediated communication. Human Computer Interaction, 8, 389-428.