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How does your research influence practice?

Posted by Lucas Colusso at August 13. 2017

Dear all,

My name is Lucas Colusso. I’m a Ph.D. student working with Professors Gary Hsieh and Sean Munson at the University of Washington. I am studying how academic research can influence practice in HCI and vice-versa.

I would like to hear your perspectives on scientific knowledge translation and dissemination in HCI. You can either reply to this thread by answering the questions below or if you prefer, we can schedule a 30 minutes to 1 hour call. If you are willing to be interviewed, please let me know three or four times that would work for you over the next 2 weeks, as well as your preferred communication channel (Skype? Hangouts?). Find my email on the bottom of this post!


A few questions I’d like you to answer below:

  • Think of some of your most relevant academic contributions. Have they been adopted in practice (used in industry applications)? If so, how. If not, why do you think it has not?

  • Do you actively communicate your work to practitioners? What are the translation and dissemination strategies you use to communicate your work to practitioners? Can you think of different strategies that could be more effective?

  • What obstacles have you found to translate or disseminate your research (both to practitioners and other researchers)? If you do not actively communicate your work to practitioners, why not and what are the key barriers?

  • Translating and disseminating academic work can take many forms. Academic publications’ success is often measured by the number of publications and citations. Each type of translation/dissemination strategies has its own metrics to evaluate success. What metrics do you use to analyze if your translation/dissemination strategies are successful?


Thank you for your attention!
Sincerely, Lucas Colusso


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