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Janet Davis

I served as faculty in Computer Science at Grinnell College from 2006 until 2015. This page contains archival information only.

As of summer 2015, I have moved to Whitman College, where I will lead the development of a new computer science program. Please see my current home page.

Student research

In summer 2013, I started a project with Nediyana Daskalova '14, Nathalie Ford '15, Ann Hu '14, Kyle Moorehead '15, and Ben Wagnon '14. We aim to design technology that helps Grinnell students get more sleep. We are using a participatory design approach, informed by persuasive technology theory. You can read a longer project proposal and a research paper. This project is currently on hiatus.

In fall 2011, I supervised Scott Kaitz '11 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 Sambit Behera '11 and Xin Jin '12 on GreenRes.Net, an online community to connect college and university eco-residences.

In summer 2011, I worked with students Chase Felker '12 and Radka Slamova '13 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.

In summer 2008, I worked with students Tim Miller '09 and Pat Rich '10 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 '08, Max Kuipers '09, and Tim Miller '09 on implementing the media computation approach in CSC151. The result was DrFu, which has now been superceded by MediaScript.

Past courses

Grinnell College
University of Washington
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Created August 14, 2006
Last modified August 7, 2015