CSC 105, The Digital Age
CSC/TEC 295: Value Sensitive Design
I am currently seeking students to develop persuasive technology for wellness at Grinnell College. You can read a longer project overview. If you are interested, submit an application.
In summer 2011, I worked with students Chase Felker and Radka Slamova on improving the user experience of the Grinnell Local Foods Coop's web site.
This is related to my larger interest in HCI and environmental
sustainability. We presented our work at SIGCSE 2012.
2011, I supervised Scott Kaitz in his study of why people join
smoking cessation and weight loss support groups on Facebook. This is related to my
larger interest in persuasive technology.
In summer 2010, I worked with students Xin Jin and Sambit Behera on GreenRes.Net, an online community to connect college and university eco-residences.
In summer 2008, I worked with students Tim Miller and Pat Rich on
participatory design of technology to promote resource conservation on
the Grinnell campus. You can read my original overview or a news story about the results of their work. See also our research paper: ADAPT: Audience Design of Ambient Persuasive Technology.
In summer 2007, I worked with Sam Rebelsky and students Lorelei Kelly, Max Kuipers, and Tim Miller on implementing the media computation approach in CSC151. The result was DrFu, which has now been superceded by MediaScript.
My chief scholarly interests
lie in the area of human-computer interaction (HCI). I see this
area as broadly addressing a scientific question and a design question:
How do people interact with computers? And how can we design computer
systems to enhance rather than detract from the human experience?
My work as a computer scientist emphasizes the latter.
current work, I am exploring methods for the design of ethical
persuasive technology: technology that is designed to change what we
think and do. I had a research leave in 2009-2010 to work with
Grinnell's EcoHouse, engaging in
participatory design of such technology.
In my dissertation at the University of Washington, I engaged in Value Sensitive Design of user interfaces for UrbanSim,
a large scale urban planning simulator, with an eye to transparency,
fairness, and democracy to
support the legitimacy of using UrbanSim as part of the political
I considered documentation for technical uses, a platform to
allow advocacy groups to prsent their views on using simulation data,
and new interfaces to enable
citizens to interact directly with simulation results.
Other professional interests include ubiquitous computing, networks, distributed systems,
the role of ethics and social issues in the CS curriculum, and computational nutrition.
teaching interests span introductory computer science, computer
systems, design, and the social influences and implications of
computing and other technology. In my time at Grinnell, I've
taught Functional Problem Solving (CSC 151), Computer Organization
& Architecture (CSC 211), Operating Systems & Parallel
213), Computer Networks (CSC 364), Software Design (CSC 223),
Human-Computer Interaction (CSC 232), Evolution of Technology (TEC
154), and two Tutorials on technology and society.
like to create a conversational atmosphere in my classes, and I
especially enjoy talking about problems for which there is not one
My personal interests and pleasures include beadwork, knitting, sewing,
and other crafts, walking, gardening, cooking,
reading, talking with cats, and collecting computer science jokes. You
can look at my increasingly neglected, broken, and out-of-date personal web
I had way too much fun with new laptop a few years ago. You can see a photo
tour of my garden in Seattle or my first office at Grinnell.
Selected Teaching Publications
- Janet Davis, Jeannie Albrecht, Christine Alvarado, Tzu-Yi
Chen, and Sohie Lee. Faculty careers at liberal arts colleges: Myths and
reality. Panel to be presented at the Grace Hopper Celebration of
Women in Computing (GHC 2013), Minneapolis, October 2-5, 2013.
- Chase Felker*, Radka Slamova*, and Janet Davis. Integrating UX with Scrum in an Undergraduate Software Development Project. In Proceedings of the SIGCSE 2012 Annual Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2012.
- Janet Davis and Henry Walker. Incorporating Social Issues of Computing in a Small, Liberal Arts College: A Case Study. In Proceedings of the SIGCSE 2011 Annual
Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2011.
Mann, Logan Muller, Janet
Claudia Roda, and Alison Young. Computing and Sustainability:
Evaluating Resources for Educators. ACM
41(4):144-155, January 2010.
- Janet Davis. Experiences with
Just-in-Time Teaching in Systems and Design Courses. In Proceedings of the SIGCSE 2009 Annual
Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, March 2009. [slides]
- Janet Davis and Samuel A. Rebelsky. Food-first CS: Starting the First Course Right with PB&J. SIGCSE 2007.
- Janet Davis and Tammy VanDeGrift. The Journey to a Teaching-Oriented Faculty Career: A Handbook of Advice for Graduate Students. In Proceedings of the 2006 ASEE Annual Conference and Exposition, June 2006.
Selected Research Publications
* Co-authors are Grinnell students or alumni.
- Janet Davis. Early Experiences with Participation in Persuasive Technology Design. In Proceedings of the 12th Participatory Design Conference: Research Papers - Volume 1 (PDC 2012), Roskilde, Denmark, August 12-16, 2012. [local PDF]
- Scott Kaitz* and Janet Davis. Facebook Support Groups: Toward Understanding Member Usage. Presented at the Sixth International Conference on Persuasive Technology (PERSUASIVE 2011), Columbus, OH, June 2-5, 2011.
- Janet Davis. Generating Directions for Persuasive Technology Design with the Inspiration Card Workshop. In Proceedings of the Fifth International Conference on Persuasive Technology (PERSUASIVE 2010), Thomas Ploug, Per Hasle, Harri Oinas-Kukkonen (Eds.), LNCS, vol. 6137, pp. 262-273, Copenhagen, Denmark, June 7-10, 2010. [local PDF] [slides] The original publication is available at http://www.springerlink.com.
- Janet Davis. Design Methods for Ethical Persuasive Technology. In Proceedings of the Fourth International Conference on Persuasive Technology (PERSUASIVE 2009), Claremont, CA, April 28-30, 2009.
- Timothy M. Miller*, Patrick Rich*, and Janet Davis. ADAPT: Audience Design of Ambient Persuasive Technology. In Extended Abstracts of the 27th International Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2009), Boston, MA, April 2009.
- Batya Friedman, Alan Borning, Janet Davis, Brian Gill, Peter Kahn, Travis Kriplean, and Peyina Lin.
Laying the Foundations for Public Participation
and Value Advocacy: Interaction Design for a Large Scale Urban Simulation.
Proceedings of the 9th Annual International Conference on Digital Government Research,
Montréal, Canada, May 2008.
- Janet Davis. Engaging and informing citizens with household indicators. In Proceedings of the Hawai'i International Conference on System Sciences (HICSS-41), January 2008, Waikoloa, Hawaii.
- Janet Davis, Peyina Lin, Alan Borning, Batya Friedman,
Peter H. Kahn, Jr., and Paul Waddell, Simulations for Urban Planning:
Design for Human Values. IEEE
Computer 39(9): 66-72, September 2006.
- Janet Davis. Household Indicators:
Design to Inform and Engage Citizens. ACM CHI 2006 Extended Abstracts, April 2006.
- Alan Borning, Batya Friedman, Janet Davis, and Peyina Lin.
Public Deliberation: Value Sensitive Design of Indicators for a
Large-Scale Urban Simulation. Proceedings of the 9th
European Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work,
Paris, September 2005.
- A.J. Brush, Morgan Ames, and Janet Davis. A Comparison
of Synchronous Remote and Local Usability Studies for an Expert
Interface. In Extended
Abstracts of CHI 2004, ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing
Systems, pages 1179-1182. ACM Press, April 2004.
- Robert Grimm, Janet Davis, Eric Lemar, Adam MacBeth,
Steven Swanson, Thomas Anderson, Brian Bershad, Gaetano Borriello,
Steven Gribble, and David Wetherall. System
support for pervasive applications (PDF, 1,777 KB). ACM
Transactions on Computer Systems, 22(4):421-486, November
- Janet Davis. REP:
A communication mechanism for pervasive computing (PDF, 218
KB). Technical report, May 2001.
- B. Barden, J. Davis, R. Libeskind-Hadas, and W. Williams.
Edge-Disjoint Spanning Trees in Hypercubes. Information
Letters, 70(1):13-16, April 16, 1999.
Janet Davis (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Created August 14, 2006
Last modified February 1, 2013