Research Interests

Psychology of Technology and Information Systems

I have a strong interest in understanding the relationship between humans and machines. This covers a broad expanse of topics including not only the organizational behavioral aspects relevant to developing managerial theory and practice, but specific areas of psychology. For example, How does technology impact human cognitive function? Why do we become attached to our phones? And how do we become attached to people with whom we have only had virtual relationships?

Behavioral Factors in Information Security and Assurance

I am specifically interested in the psychological factors underlying technology in order to better understand human factors in information security and assurance. Not only am I interested in better understanding how humans need to be managed, but how how security weaknesses can be found and prevented in the human workforce.

Organizational Justice and Information Systems Governance

A specific area of interest in organizational behavior and policy is the role of organizational justice in information systems governance in shaping information security behavior.

Cognitive Bias and Search Relevancy/Recommender Systems

The world is becoming increasingly embroiled in partisan politics. This is true in America, but it also seems to be true in other Western nations as well. Years ago, it seems that individuals were more interested in consensus building, but now they seem gripped by a self-assuredness over whatever position they take. This is a trend that has seemed to parallel the development of search relevancy and recommender systems in social networks and in online news. Humans are already naturally predisposed towards various cognitive biases to resolve cognitive dissonance. I’m curious in the degree to which search relevancy reinforces and exaggerates cognitive bias, and how the effect can be offset.

Social Impact of Computing Systems

Newton’s Third Law of Physics tells us that for every action there is an equal and opposite reaction. Sociology may be far-removed from physics, but it can definitely be said that technology creates change in society and culture. I am curious about how computing has helped to change society and how it will continue to do so in the future.

Cultural Preservation in Social Media

One of the most difficult aspects of studying ancient culture is the fact that we haver very little data about those cultures. Even as recently as one-hundred years ago, cultural data is not always reliable. Social media presents a unique opportunity for data scientists and historians seeking to maintain records of present society both through using visualization to establish historical records and through using social media to preserve endangered culture.

Automated Assessment / Recommender Systems

Software/Hardware Accessibility and Usability

Technology in Education and Society

How does technology influence education negatively and how does it contribute positively? How can we mitigate the negative influences of technology while increasing its positive effectiveness?

Collaborative Learning Technologies

Quite simply, people often learn in groups. This is a study in how people use technology for social learning, and how technology can be improved to support social learning.

The Social and Security Challenges of Embedded Systems and “The Internet of Things”

The Internet of Things can prove to revolutionize modern society. Embedded systems can create an endless variety of devices that communicate with one another to enhance society for the better. Unfortunately, disruptive technologies can have unintended consequences. I am interested in the unintended consequences of the Internet of Things. Furthermore, I’m interested in how such a vast array of systems can be secured against cyberattack.

Machine Cognition & Learning / Artificial Intelligence

Simply put, studying how humans think and learn and then learn how to build machines that think and learn the same way. The goal is to create machines that can learn and think on their own. This of course carries risks and ethical questions that lead into machine ethics.

Machine Ethics

Of most immediate relevance, machine ethics can encompass the question of how to design intelligent systems to function within established ethical parameters. At its most futurist, it considers systems as independent moral agents and how systems can reach ethical conclusions through self-deliberative processes .