Organisers

Siân Lindley is a Senior Researcher and social scientist at Microsoft Research. Her current and recent research focuses on organizational memory, content reuse and remix, cross-application workflows, and flexibility and productivity in freelance and gig work. She works in interdisciplinary teams to produce user insights, envisionments and prototypes. Lindley has co-organized workshops on temporality at CHI’13 and DIS’17.

Noopur Raval is a PhD student in Informatics at the University of California Irvine. Her past research has focused on ridesharing platforms and labor issues as well as other forms of atypical work. Raval combines postcolonial and feminist theoretical perspectives to study the changing world of technology and work.

Hamed S. Alavi is a senior visiting researcher at the University College London Interaction Center and a lecturer at the Human-IST Institute, University of Fribourg. Taking a design-oriented approach, he has focused on exploring human interactive experiences with future built environments, namely, workspaces, classrooms, and public urban areas. He has co-organized workshops at CHI’16 (Future of Human-Building Interaction) and DIS’17 (From Artifacts to Architecture).

Silvia Lindtner is an assistant professor at the University of Michigan in the School of Information, with a courtesy appointment in the Penny W. Stamps School of Art and Design. Lindtner’s research and teaching interests include innovation and technology entrepreneurship, making and hacking cultures, shifts in digital work, labor, industry, policy, and governance. This work unfolds through a deep engagement with issues of gender, inequality, and enactments of masculinity in engineering and computer science, politics and transnational imaginaries of design, contemporary political economy, and processes of economization.

Ding Wang is a Post-doc Researcher at Microsoft Research. Her current focus is how both the concept and practice of work has been impacted, shaped and re-defined by the use of technology, especially in developing contexts. Prior to this, she completed her doctoral thesis on unpacking the discourse of the smart city from a Foucauldian perspective, which offers a critical approach to the smart city discussion.