2019 Conference

New directions 2019

The fourth annual “New Directions in Research on the Psychology of Technology” conference will be held at the UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds outside Washington, D.C. on November 8-9, and is co-sponsored by the University of Virginia’s Darden School of Business and the Batten Institute for Entrepreneurship and Innovation.


Roshni Raveendhran, University of Virginia, Darden School of Business
Kostadin Kushlev, Georgetown University
Tara Behrend, George Washington University

A block of rooms has been reserved at the Le Meridian Arlington. It’s a four-star hotel and just a short walking distance to the UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds. A link to the hotel block can be found here.

Due to space limitations, the conference is invitation only. If you are interested in attending and/or presenting a poster or a data blitz (brief) talk, please indicate your interesting using the following link. You can submit your talk or poster by May 30 HERE. We will review all applications by June 30.



Vikrum Aiyer is the Vice President of Global Public Policy & Strategic Communications for the on-demand technology platform, Postmates. As Postmates creates new opportunities for brick & mortar businesses to distribute their products in the era of e-commerce, it is also shaping the way independent workers and automation is shaping the labor market. Aiyer leads the legislative and regulatory policy discussions at the federal, state, and local levels which impacts the Future of Work in the gig-economy. In this role, he also helps oversee the company's social impact & corporate social responsibility arm, Postmates Civic Labs.


Diane E. Bailey is Associate Professor in the School of Information at the University of Texas at Austin, where she studies technology and work in information and technical occupations. Her current research interests include engineering product design, remote occupational socialization, big data in healthcare, and ICT4D. With an expertise in organizational ethnography, Professor Bailey conducts primarily large-scale empirical studies, often involving multiple occupations, countries, and researchers. She publishes her research in organization studies, engineering, information studies, and communications journals. She is the author, with Paul Leonardi, of Technology Choices, Why Occupations Differ in Their Embrace of New Technology. Professor Bailey has won teaching awards at UT Austin, Stanford University, and the University of Southern California. Her research has won best paper awards, a dissertation award, and an NSF CAREER award. She is founding director of the Information Institute, the professional development resource of the School of Information. She holds a Ph.D. in Industrial Engineering and Operations Research from the University of California at Berkeley. 


Cynthia Breazeal is an associate professor of media arts and sciences at MIT, where she founded and directs the Personal Robots group at the Media Lab. She is Associate Director for the Bridge: MIT Quest for Intelligence where she leads strategic initiatives in areas such a democratizing AI through K-12 and vocational education. She also founded the consumer social robotics company, Jibo, Inc., where she served as Chief Scientist and Chief Experience Officer. Her seminal book,Designing Sociable Robots, is recognized as a landmark in launching the field of Social Robotics and Human-Robot Interaction. She is an international award-winning innovator, designer, and entrepreneur. She has spoken at prominent venues such as TED, the World Economic Forum, the UN, SXSW, CES, and she has keynoted at numerous top academic conferences.

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Jason Farman is an Associate Professor at University of Maryland, College Park in the Department of American Studies and the Director of the Design Cultures & Creativity Program. He is also a faculty member with the Human-Computer Interaction Lab. He is author of the books Delayed Response: The Art of Waiting from the Ancient to the Instant World (Yale University Press, 2018) and Mobile Interface Theory: Embodied Space and Locative Media (Routledge, 2012 — winner of the 2012 Book of the Year Award from the Association of Internet Researchers). He is the editor of The Mobile Story: Narrative Practices with Locative Technologies (Routledge Press, 2014) and Foundations of Mobile Media Studies: Essential Texts on the Formation of a Field (Routledge Press, 2016). He has published scholarly articles on such topics as mobile technologies, digital maps and cultural geography, locative and site-specific art, video games, digital storytelling, performance art, social media, and surveillance. He received his Ph.D. in Performance Studies and Digital Media from the University of California, Los Angeles.


Leslie John is an Associate Professor of Business Administration in the Negotiation, Organizations, and Markets unit at Harvard University. Professor John’s research centers on how consumers’ behavior and lives are influenced by their interaction with firms and with public policy. Her work has been published in academic journals including the Journal of Consumer Research, Journal of Marketing Research, Social Psychological and Personality Science, and The Journal of the American Medical Association. It has also received media attention from outlets such as The New York Times, Financial Times, The Wall Street Journal, and Time magazine. Professor John holds a Ph.D. in behavioral decision research from Carnegie Mellon University, where she also earned an M.Sc. in psychology and behavioral decision research. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at the University of Waterloo.  


Tim Kendall is the CEO of Moment, an app that helps adults and children use their phones in healthier ways. Tim is the former President of Pinterest — at various points, he led product development, engineering, marketing and sales. Prior to Pinterest, Tim was Facebook’s Director of Monetization, where he led the development of Facebook’s advertising business. Tim serves on the board of UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital. He earned his engineering degree and MBA from Stanford University.


Justin Kintz is VP and Head of Global Public Policy at Uber Technologies, Inc. Prior to joining Uber, Justin directed government affairs at Orbitz Worldwide, focusing on legislative and regulatory matters, corporate public relations, and corporate social responsibility. He previously worked at the European-American Business Council.


Arthur Lupia serves as Head of the National Science Foundation’s Directorate for Social, Behavioral, and Economic Sciences (SBE), which supports fundamental research in behavioral, cognitive, social and economic sciences. Lupia has more than 25 years of leadership and management experience in the social sciences community. Since 2006, he has served as the Hal R. Varian Collegiate Professor of Political Science at the University of Michigan. He serves concurrently as chairman of the board for the Center for Open Science and as the chair of the National Academies Roundtable on the Communication and Use of Social and Behavioral Sciences. Lupia has also held leadership positions in numerous professional societies.


Joanna McGrenere is a Professor in the Department of Computer Science at the University of British Columbia (UBC) and is an Inria & Université Paris Sud International Research Chair (France). Joanna received a PhD from the University of Toronto in 2002, an MSc from UBC in 1996, and a BSc from Western University in 1993, all in Computer Science. Her broad research area is Human Computer Interaction (HCI), with a specialization in interface personalization, universal usability, assistive technology, and computer supported cooperative work. Joanna is an elected Member of the College of New Scholars in the Royal Society of Canada (2017), won a Killam Research Award (2015), a Microsoft Research Software Engineering Innovation Foundation award (2013), a Killam award for Excellence in Mentoring (2012), an Outstanding Young Computer Science Research Award from the Canadian Association of Computer Science (2011), was appointed as a Peter Wall Institute for Advanced Studies Early Career Scholar (2010), and was the first recipient of the Anita Borg Early Career Scholar Award (2004).  


Don Moore is the Lorraine Tyson Mitchell Chair in Leadership and Communication at Berkeley Haas. He received his PhD in Organization Behavior from Northwestern University. His research interests include overconfidence—including when people think they are better than they actually are, when people think they are better than others, and when they are too sure they know the truth. Understanding the psychological origins of overconfidence sheds light on its implications for human decisions, as well as for organizations and markets. Particularly, he is interested in when confidence contributes to performance and when it undermines it. This interest takes his research to many specific applied domains, including leadership, negotiation, and forecasting.

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Sendhil Mullainathan is the Roman Family University Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at Chicago Booth. His current research uses machine learning to understand complex problems in human behavior, social policy, and especially medicine, where computational techniques have the potential to uncover biomedical insights from large-scale health data. He currently teaches a course on Artificial Intelligence.Prior to joining Booth, Mullainathan was the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he taught courses about machine learning and big data. is the Roman Family University Professor of Computation and Behavioral Science at Chicago Booth. His current research uses machine learning to understand complex problems in human behavior, social policy, and especially medicine, where computational techniques have the potential to uncover biomedical insights from large-scale health data. He currently teaches a course on Artificial Intelligence.Prior to joining Booth, Mullainathan was the Robert C. Waggoner Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and Sciences at Harvard University, where he taught courses about machine learning and big data.


Wendy Nilsen, Ph.D., is a Program Director for the Smart and Connected Health Program in the Directorate for Computer & Information Science & Engineering at the National Science Foundation. Her work focuses on the intersection of technology and health. This includes a wide range of methods for data collection, data analytics and turning data to knowledge. Her interests span the areas of sensing, analytics, cyber-physical systems, information systems, big data and robotics, as they relate to health. More specifically, her efforts include: serving as co-chair of the Health Information Technology Research and Development community of practice of the Networking and Information Technology Research and Development Program; the lead for the NSF/NIH Smart and Connected Health announcement; convening workshops to address methodology in mobile technology research; serving on numerous federal technology initiatives; and, leading training institutes. 


Dr. Susan Persky is an associate investigator and head of the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Unit where she directs the Immersive Virtual Environment Testing Area (IVETA) within in the Social and Behavioral Research Branch (SBRB), National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI), NIH. She earned a B.A. in psychology for Northwestern University. She earned an M.A. and Ph.D. in social psychology from the University of California, Santa Barbara where she studied at the Research Center for Virtual Environments and Behavior. After conducting postdoctoral research at Columbia University, she joined the SBRB, where she built the IVETA, an immersive VR-based experimental research lab within the SBRB, founded in 2006.

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Richard B. Slatcher is the Gail M. Williamson Distinguished Professor in the Behavior and Brain Sciences area of the Department of Psychology at the University of Georgia. He received his Ph.D. in Social and Personality Psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. Prior to arriving at Wayne State, he completed a two-year NIMH post-doctoral fellowship in health psychology at UCLA. His Research explores the effects of peoples' close relationships on their health  and well-being from a social psychological perspective. His research has two main facets: basic research on close relationship processes--particularly intimacy processes of self-disclosure and partner responsiveness--and investigations of the links among close relationships, biological processes and physical health. An example of this research is the lab's current projects on the impact of people's smartphone use and social media engagement on their ability (or inability) to be responsive in their face-to-face relationships.

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Lyle Ungar is a Professor of Computer and Information Science at the University of Pennsylvania. He received a B.S. from Stanford University and a Ph.D. from MIT. Dr. Ungar directed Penn's Executive Masters of Technology Management (EMTM) Program for a decade, and served as Associate Director of the Penn Center for Bio Informatics (PCBI). He has published over 250 articles and holds ten patents. His current research focuses on statistical natural language processing, deep learning, and the use of social media to understand the psychology of individuals and communities.Lyle has consulted for companies ranging from start-ups to Fortune 500 companies on strategic use of information technology in areas including data mining, business process automation, online auction design, and chatbots.

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Adam Waytz is an Associate Professor of Management and Organizations. His research uses methods from social psychology and cognitive neuroscience to study the causes and consequences of perceiving mental states in other agents and to investigate processes related to social influence, social connection, meaning-making, and ethics. Professor Waytz's research has been published in leading journals such as Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, and Psychological Review. In recognition of his work, Professor Waytz received the 2008 and 2013 Theoretical Innovation Award from the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, the SAGE Foundation Young Scholar Award, and the International Social Cognition Network's Early Career Award. Professor Waytz received his BA in Psychology from Columbia University, his PhD in social psychology from the University of Chicago, and received a National Service Research Award from the National Institute of Health to complete a post-doctoral fellowship at Harvard University. 

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Batia Mishan Wiesenfeld is the Andre J. L. Koo Professor of Management at the Leonard N. Stern School of Business, New York University. She was the Chair of the Department of Management and Organizations from 2012 to 2018. She received her Ph.D. in Management and Organizational Behavior from the Columbia University Graduate School of Business. Her teaching and research interests focus on the management of organizational change. She has examined organizations in various industries (e.g., banking, technology, telecommunications, public utilities) undergoing downsizing, restructuring and reengineering programs, exploring how to maintain the productivity and commitment of remaining employees. She also studies virtual work and telecommuting initiatives, online communities and the careers of top executives and directors. She serves as a Senior Editor of the journal Organization Science.  


Friday, November 8, 2019
Location: UVA Darden Sands Family Grounds – Rosslyn, VA
10:00 am - Registration and coffee

10:30-10:45 am - Welcome
10:45-11:30 pm - Cynthia Breazeal (MIT Media Lab)
11:30-12:15 pm - Tim Kendall (CEO, Moment)
12:15-12:45 pm - Small Group Workshops

12:45-2:00 pm - Lunch

2:00-2:45 pm - Arthur Lupia (NSF Director SBE)
2:45-3:45 pm - Industry Panel

Justin Kintz (VP, Head of Global Public Policy at Uber)

Vikrum Aiyer (VP of Public Policy & Strategic Communications at Postmates)

3:45-4:00 pm - Break
4:00-5:00 pm - Small Group Workshops
5:00 pm onward - Happy Hour/Dinner & Poster Session

Saturday, November 9, 2019
8:00-8:30 am - Breakfast
8:45-9:00 am - Introduction
9:00-10:15 am - Session 1
Sendhil Mullainathan (University of Chicago)
Don Moore (UC Berkeley)
Batia Wiesenfeld (New York University)
10:15-10:45 am - Coffee Break
10:45-12:00 pm - Session 2
Jason Farman (University of Maryland)
Joanna McGrenere (University of British Columbia)
12:00-12:30 pm - Data Blitz
12:30-1:30 pm - Lunch
1:30-2:45 pm - Session 3
Diane Bailey (University of Texas at Austin)
Rich Slatcher (University of Georgia)
Susan Persky (NIH)
2:45-3:00 pm - Wendy Nilsen (National Science Foundation)
3:00-3:30 pm - Coffee Break
3:30-4:45 pm - Session 4
Leslie John (Harvard University)
Adam Waytz (Northwestern University)
Lyle Ungar (University of Pennsylvania)
4:45-5:00 pm - Closing Remarks
5:00 pm - Dinner in Groups
7:00 pm - Social Event