Regular Faculty

Steve Whittaker
  • Title
    • Professor
  • Division Social Sciences Division
  • Department
    • Psychology Department
  • Phone
    831-459-2390, 831-459-5084
  • Email
  • Fax
  • Website
  • Office Location
    • Social Sciences 2, Room 311
  • Office Hours Friday 3:00-4:00pm (Winter 2019)
  • Mail Stop Psychology Faculty Services
  • Faculty Areas of Expertise Big Data, Cognition, Cognitive Science, Digital Media, Human Computer Interaction, Psycholinguistics, Psychology, Social Networks
  • Courses Psych 2: Introduction to Psychological Statistics, Psych 127: Computer Mediated Communication, Psych 224B: Proseminar: Cognitive II, Psych 230: Research in Cognitive Psychology Seminar, Psych 252: Special Topics in Cognitive Psychology

Summary of Expertise

Human Computer Interaction: The design, development and evaluation of computational tools to support memory and conversation

Research Interests

I am a cognitive psychologist who is interested in Human Computer Interaction, specifically psychological aspects involved in the design and use of digital artifacts.

I study how people use various 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 supported co-operative work), 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 help people remember important aspects of their lives (aka Lifelogging). I am also interested in the psychology of Social Media tools, such as facebook and wikis.

Biography, Education and Training

Ph.D., St. Andrews University, Scotland
B.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.