DIS 2023 Doctoral Consortium Program


Note: schedule is subject to change

Day 1 – 7/10


  • 12:00 Pick up lunch in Tepper before workshop starts
  • 13:00 Welcome (DC chairs)
  • 13:10 How to give and receive critique and ways of thinking of a PhD-thesis (DC chairs)

Human & AI Interaction Student Sessions

Faculty Mentors

  • Kazjon Grace, University of Sydney
  • John Zimmerman, Carnegie Mellon University.


  • 13:30 Student Shubhangi Gupta: paper; presentation (Note taker: Angela Mastrianni)
  • 14:00 Student Sonja Rattay: paper; presentation (Note taker: Tina Ekhtiar)
  • 14:30 Student Diva Smriti: paper; presentation (Note taker: Sophia Ppali)
  • 15:00 Break (15 minutes)

Health & Wellbeing Student Sessions

Faculty Mentors

  • Gabi Marcu, University of Michigan
  • Kate Ringland, University of California, Santa Cruz


  • 15:15 Student Angela Mastrianni: paper; presentation (Note taker: Shannon Rodgers)
  • 15:45 Student Tina Ekhtiar: paper; presentation (Note taker: Reese Muntean)
  • 16:15 Student Sophia Ppali: paper; presentation (Note taker: Heidi Biggs)
  • 16:45 Student MinYoung Yoo: paper; presentation (Note taker: Diva Smriti)
  • 17:15 Faculty/postdoc panel on challenges in the PhD (DC chairs, Kazjon Grace, John Zimmerman, Gabi Marcu, Kate Ringland)
  • 18:15 Done
  • 19:00 Group dinner (go directly from conference venue) 

Day 2 – 7/11

  • 8:00 Breakfast available in registration space
  • 9:00 Mingle
  • 9:15 Keynote: Dr. Katta Spiel, Vienna University of Technology.

Human & Nature Interaction Student Sessions

Faculty Mentors

  • Margot Brereton, Queensland University of Technology
  • Ferran Altarriba Bertran, Universitat de Girona and Tampere University.


  • 10:00 Student Shannon Rodgers: paper; presentation (Note taker: MinYoung Yoo)
  • 10:30 Student Reese Muntean: paper; presentation (Note taker: Shubhangi Gupta)
  • 11:00 Student Heidi Biggs: paper; presentation (Note taker: Sonja Rattay)
  • 11:30 Break (15 minutes)
  • 11:45 Faculty/postdoc panel discussion on career (DC chairs, Margot Brereton, Ferran Altarriba Bertran, Kate Ringland)
  • 13:00 Group lunch (catered)


PhD Students

Health and Wellbeing Grouping

  • Angela Mastrianni, Drexel University.
    Supporting Clinical Teams in Decision-Making: Designing and Evaluating Clinical Decision Support Systems for Time-Critical Medical Work
  • Tina Ekhtiar (University of Twente)
    Designing Personal Informatics to Support Setting and Changing Health Goals
  • Sophia Ppali, University of Kent.
    Music from Anywhere and Everywhere: Investigating the Use of Digital Technologies for Home-Based Music Performances
  • MinYoung Yoo, Simon Fraser University.
    Beyond Looking Back: Designing Interactive Technology Together to Support Blind People’s Experience of Reminiscence

Human-AI Interaction Grouping

  • Shubhangi Gupta, Georgia Institute of Technology.
    Mapping the Smart City: Participatory approaches to XAI
  • Sonja Rattay, Copenhagen University.
    Prototyping Ethics-As-Practice: A Framework For Designing Data-Driven Product Service Systems
  • Diva Smriti, Drexel University.
    Bringing Emotions into Practice: The Role of AI in Supporting Emotional Work in Informal Caregiving

Human-Nature Interaction Grouping

  • Shannon Rodgers, Queensland University of Technology.
    Designing With Human-Nature Relations for Multispecies Sustainability in and from the Garden
  • Reese Muntean, Simon Fraser University.
    Addressing Sustainability Through 360° Video Design & Research
  • Heidi Biggs, The Pennsylvania State University.
    Designing Posthuman Data: Mapping Relations Between Bodies, Land and Data

Doctoral Consortium Chairs

  • Sunyoung Park, University of Michigan.
  • Corina Sas, Lancaster University.
  • Norman Makoto Su, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Faculty Mentors

  • Ferran Altarriba Bertran, Universitat de Girona and Tampere University.
  • Margot Brereton, Queensland University of Technology.
  • Kazjon Grace, The University of Sydney.
  • Gabi Marcu, University of Michigan.
  • John Zimmerman, Carnegie Mellon University.
  • Kate Ringland, University of California, Santa Cruz.

Keynote Speaker

  • Katta Spiel, Vienna University of Technology.

Combatting the Slouch through Accountability

“Writing a PhD is hard. This is especially the case when we have (almost) finished the empirical work and are trying to complete the manuscript. In this talk, I will discuss different strategies I used to stay engaged and accountable in this phase of the PhD. Additionally, I will discuss some of the individual, social and institutional aspects and supports that allowed me to conduct my research. As everyone’s journey is unique, my experiences are not meant as definite instructions for success, but present the base for a conversation where we might learn from each other’s struggles and make-shift solutions to lay the foundations for building a supportive cohort as part of this DC. “

Katta Spiel


Katta Spiel is an Assistant Professor for ‘Critical Access in Embodied Computing’ at TU Wien. They research marginalised perspectives on embodied computing through a lens of Critical Access. Their work informs design and engineering supporting the development of technologies that account for the diverse realities they operate in. In their interdisciplinary collaborations with neurodivergent and/or non-binary peers, they conduct explorations of novel potentials for designs, methodologies and innovative technological artefacts. In 2020, they received the SIGCHI Outstanding Dissertation Award.