about me


moliri (latin, v) to endeavor, to attempt, to create

I use design-based research methods to build continual support systems, primarly situated in studio-based learning environments.

I hope that these systems will enhance and extend the natural ways in which we reflect, learn, grow, and provide support for one another.


I'm a third year Ph.D. student in the Technology and Social Behavior program at Northwestern, where I'm fortunate enough to work with Dr. Haoqi Zhang in the Design, Technology, Research program within Delta Lab.

Our community is pretty spectacular.

I'm currently working on Agile Research Studios, a model for research training at scale, in which students collaborate to learn and conduct research, developing their abilities to be more self-directed learners in a research community. Over the next few years, I hope to study how ecosystems of socio-technical tools might support the orchestraton of learning within these research communities. I am interested in designing mixed-initiative systems that help monitor and coordinate the development of planning, helpseeking, and self-reflection skills within research communities of practice, and further explore possible learning and growth outcomes for students.

I've also been working on a crowdsourcing system called CrowdCheer, where I explore how I might afford crowds the ability to monitor a user's experience and provide continuous support when users need it. I'm looking at marathons as a use case and thinking about how a crowd of spectators might provide distributed motivational support for runners.

Read more about my latest research here.

papers | notes:

Defining and Assessing Risk Analysis: The Key to Strategic Iteration in Real-World Problem Solving.
Spencer E. Carlson, Leesha V. Maliakal, Daniel G. Rees Lewis, Jamie Gorson, Elizabeth M. Gerber, and Matthew W. Easterday.
ICLS 2018     [Paper]  

Planning to Iterate: Supporting Iterative Practices for Real-world Ill- structured Problem-solving.
Daniel G. Rees Lewis, Jamie Gorson, Leesha V. Maliakal, Spencer E. Carlson, Elizabeth M. Gerber, Christopher K. Riesbeck, and Matthew W. Easterday.
ICLS 2018     [Paper]  

Agile Research Studios: Orchestrating Communities of Practice to Advance Research Training.
Haoqi Zhang, Matthew Easterday, Elizabeth Gerber, Daniel Rees Lewis, Leesha Maliakal.
CSCW 2017     [Paper]  

posters | abstracts | wips | demos:

Agile Research Studios: Orchestrating Communities of Practice to Advance Research Training.
Haoqi Zhang, Matthew Easterday, Elizabeth Gerber, Daniel Rees Lewis, Leesha Maliakal.
CSCW 2017     [Poster Demo]   [Abstract]  

CrowdCheer: Situational Crowdsourcing of Motivation for Runners.   2nd Place ACM SRC Award
Leesha Maliakal.
Grace Hopper ACM Student Research Competition 2015     [Abstract]   [Poster]   [Slides]

awards | fellowships:

  • Segal Cluster Design Research Fellowship
    Northwestern University, September 2017 - March 2018
  • Post-Baccalaureate Research Fellowship
    Northwestern University, March 2015 - September 2016
  • 2nd Place Award in ACM Student Research Competition
    Grace Hopper Celebration, October 2015
  • Undergraduate Research Grant
    Northwestern University, February 2015

teaching | service:

news:

10 EECS Undergraduate Students in Haoqi Zhang's DTR Course Receive Undergraduate Research Grant Funding , McCormick School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
BraveCamp: A Coding Camp for Girls that Teaches More than HTML , Hunny Magazine
Graduate Wins Second Place in ACM Student Research Competition , McCormick School of Engineering, Department of Electrical Engineering & Computer Science
Sisters in STEM , Regina Dominican Veritas Magazine 2015