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  Steve Whittaker

Steve Whittaker

Professor Emeritus



831-459-3519 (Fax)


Baskin School of Engineering

Computational Media

Professor Emeritus



Human Computer Interaction
Social Networks
Cognitive Science
Digital Media
Health and Wellness

Engineering Building 2
Room 255

Mon 4-5pm (Fall 2019)


Ph.D., St. Andrews University, Scotland

B.A., University of Cambridge, England

M.A. University of Cambridge, England


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

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

Association of Computational Machinery Fellow

Lifetime Research Achievement Award Association of Computational Machinery Computer Human Interaction

Computer Human Interaction Academy

  • 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.

Computer Mediated Communication
User Evaluation of Technology

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