Bryan Semaan

Bryan Semaan

Assistant Professor

338 Hinds Hall | Phone: (315) 443-5441

bsemaan@syr.edu

https://bsemaan.expressions.syr.edu/

Overview

About me

Bryan Semaan is an Assistant Professor in the School of Information Studies (iSchool) at Syracuse University (SU). Prior to joining the iSchool he was a Postdoc at the University of Hawaii at Manoa, where he collaborated with Dr. Scott Robertson in the Hawaii Human-Computer Interaction Lab (HI’CHI). He obtained his Ph.D. in Information and Computer Science from the University of California, Irvine, where he was advised by Dr. Gloria Mark. His primary research areas are in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), and Social Media/Social Computing.

Bryan has been invited to contribute to several communities such as Computer-Human Interaction (CHI), Transactions on Human-Computer Interaction (TOCHI), Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW), the Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management Conference (ISCRAM), and Digital Government Society (d.Go). He has been invited to serve on several panels and give talks on topics ranging from social media use in crisis to terrorism in the Internet age. He has also received awards for his work, having most recently received a SIGCHI Best Paper Award at the ACM CHI Conference--the premier conference on Human-Computer Interaction (More information is available here).

Research

His broad research agenda involves understanding how people both appropriate and are shaped by Interactive and Collaborative Technologies (ICTs), like social media, in their daily lives. More specifically, his research investigates Technology for the Social Good. That is, his research agenda is centered around examining the role of ICTs in challenging contexts, where he operationalizes challenging contexts as working with vulnerable, marginalized, and underserved populations (i.e. veterans), or choosing domains of our social life (i.e. civic participation), through which ICTs can serve as a social good by enhancing the lives of citizens and effecting societal impact. To accomplish this goal his research integrates qualitative, quantitative and computational analysis to understand the activities of populations immersed in these challenging contexts, and he employs participatory design and design science approaches to further uncover complex social processes and effects, and to identify and pursue impactful design opportunities that empower and/or improve the lives of citizens.

To learn more about specific projects, please navigate to the descriptions available on his website.

I am looking for PhD students who are interested in...

... (1) employing qualitative (interviews and observations) and quantitative (big data collection and analysis, and experimentation) methods to explore ICTs as a social good and (2) designing new technologies to help support individuals, families and communities, in the following domains:

- veterans and their support networks as vets transition back into civil society post-service

- refugee migration and resettlement

- LGBTQ communities and identity transitions

- other forms of crisis, such as political uprisings or natural disasters

- political communication and deliberation

- digital journalism

- infrastructure studies and the application of infrastructure perspectives beyond the scientific domain

Research

Personal

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Teaching


Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2016 IST649 M002 Human Interaction W/Computers
Fall 2016 IST830 M001 Seminar in Info Systems
Spring 2017 IST449 M001 Human Comp. Interaction
Spring 2017 IST649 M001 Human Interaction W/Computers
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2015 IST649 M001 Human Interaction W/Computers
Fall 2015 IST649 M002 Human Interaction W/Computers
Spring 2016 IST449 M001 Human Comp. Interaction
Spring 2016 IST649 M001 Human Interaction W/Computers
Semester Course Section Title
Fall 2014 IST601 M050 Info. & Info Environments
Fall 2014 IST649 M001 Human Interaction W/Computers
Spring 2015 IST810 M001 Practicum in Research
Spring 2015 IST840 M001 Practicum in Teaching
Spring 2015 IST449 M001 Human Comp. Interaction
Spring 2015 IST649 M001 Human Interaction W/Computers