About Me

a headshot I am a first-year Ph.D. student in Technology and Social Behavior, the combined Ph.D. program in Computer Science and Communication,  at Northwestern University. I am in the People, Space, and Algorithms (PSA) Computing Group and advised by Prof. Brent Hecht. I study how people use technology to support social causes, e.g. disability rights and immigrant rights. My work involves using mixed methods to understand how social media is being used by advocates, activists, and organizations to promote social changes. This knowledge guides me to design and develop technology to help people engage with social causes and take actions.

I earned my MS degree in Human-Computer Interaction from Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis’s School of Informatics and Computing, where I was advised by Profs. Erin Brady (primary advisor), Lynn Dombrowski and Andrew Miller. Prior to grad school, I gained design experience in multiple industrial domains, including healthcare, education, and shipping.

Papers

  • Hanlin Li, Lynn Dombrowski, and Erin Brady. 2018. Working toward Empowering a Community: How Immigrant-Focused Nonprofit Organizations Use Twitter during Political Conflicts. In Proceedings of the 20th International Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP ’18). (PDF)
  • Hanlin Li and Erin Brady. 2017. #accessibilityFail: Exploring the Potential of Using Social Media Posts to Identify Accessibility Problems. In Proceedings of the 2017 International iConference.

Posters

  • Disha Bora, Hanlin Li, Sagar Salvi, Erin Brady. 2017. ActVirtual: Making Public Activism Accessible. In Proceedings of the 19th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers & accessibility.
  • Hanlin Li and Erin Brady. 2016. #accessibilityFail: Categorizing Shared Photographs of Physical Accessibility Problems. In Proceedings of the 18th international ACM SIGACCESS conference on Computers & accessibility. (PDF)
  • Hanlin Li and Erin Brady. 2016. Using Technology to Plan Accessible Conferences. In Proceedings of The Grace Hopper Celebration of Women in Computing.

Contact

lihanlin[at]u.northwestern.edu

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