What We Do

We're pretty flexible, but broadly, the Reimagination Lab is about ways to collect, analyze, and visualize the things people do in new ways that generate both personal and public goods. Often (and this is where the "re" comes in) this involves re-using content they've already created and activities they already engage in. For example:

  • Pensieve is about re-using pictures, status messages, blog posts, and even people's paths through the world to help them reminisce, both by themselves and with others.
  • Being Heard lets people explore the archives of communication they build up in email and chat to better understand their relationships with other people.
  • Goalmometer is about helping visualize, manage, and motivate progress on the goals they are already undertaking.
  • SuggestBot is about watching people's editing behavior in Wikipedia, combined with the community's marking of work that needs doing, in order to match people with work they'd like to do, benefitting both them and the community.

We look for problems that have real impact, that have the potential to make people's lives and the world a better place while allowing us to better understand important aspects of human behavior and technology design. We don't always succeed, but we try hard. For more about the people, projects, and publications that live in and come from the lab, you know what do. You can even email Dan Cosley to learn more.

Here's a lovely bit of reimagining from the Extra Ordinary comic, which we keep on our lab door.

Extra Ordinary comic

  • December 11, 2013 - Bin Xu got his first lead author CHI paper accepted, about the value of showing multiple translations when using machine translation for real-time chat. This is work with Ge Gao, me, and Sue Fussell, and it’s very cool that it got in.
  • November 6, 2013 - Submitted an NSF medium grant proposal on work with Natalie Bazarova and Janis Whitlock about understanding self-disclosure online and using models of disclosure to support mental health (related to Victoria Sosik’s dissertation and the original Pensieve work). I know funds are limited and we all want some, but wish us luck anyways. :)
  • October 6, 2013 - Ge Gao and Bin Xu just submitted the final version of their CSCW 2014 paper with Sue Fussell and me on How Beliefs about the Presence of Machine Translation Impact Multilingual Collaborations. Looking forward to seeing them present Wednesday afternoon at the conference.
  • August 1, 2013 - Andrea Forte and I are co-chairing CSCW 2015. We’re keeping things quiet til CSCW 2014 is done, but it should be a nice take on Vancouver right around Saint Patty’s Day.