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Biography

Cecilia Aragon is a Professor in the Department of Human Centered Design & Engineering and a Senior Data Science Fellow at the eScience Institute at the University of Washington. She directs the Human-Centered Data Science Lab. Previously, she was a data scientist at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory for six years, after earning her Ph.D. in Computer Science from UC Berkeley in 2004. She earned her B.S. in mathematics from the California Institute of Technology.

Her research focuses on human-centered data science, an emerging field at the intersection of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), and the statistical and computational techniques of data science. She and her students develop collaborative visual analytics tools to facilitate data science, and study current scientific practice around large and complex data sets. She has authored or co-authored over 100 peer-reviewed publications and over 130 other publications in the areas of HCI, CSCW, data science, visual analytics, machine learning, and astrophysics. In 2008, she received the Presidential Early Career Award for Scientists and Engineers (PECASE), the highest honor bestowed by the US government on outstanding scientists in the early stages of their careers, for her work in collaborative data-intensive science.

Education

  • Ph D, Computer Science, University of California, Berkeley, 2004

Publications and Contributions

  • Journal Article, Academic Journal
    Toward the operationalization of visual metaphor (2017)
    Journal of the Association for Information Science and Technology, Volume 68, Issue 10, Page 2338–2349 Authors: Alexis Hiniker, Sungsoo Ray Hong, Yea-Seul Kim, Nan-Chen Chen, Jevin West, Cecilia Aragon
  • Journal Article, Public or Trade Journal
    How Fan Fiction Mentors Can Change Lives (2016)
    School Library Journal Authors: Sarah Evans, David P. Randall, Julie Campbell, Katharine Davis, Cecilia Aragon, Abigail Evans
  • Conference Paper
    Thousands of positive reviews: Distributed mentoring in online fan communities (2016)
    ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’16), Page 691-704 Authors: J. Campbell, Cecilia Aragon, Katharine Davis, Sarah Evans, Abigail Evans, David P. Randall
  • Conference Proceeding
    Building an Urban Data Science Summer Program at the University of Washington eScience Institute (2015)
    Authors: Ariel Rokem, Brittany Fiore-Gartland, Bernease Herman, Micaela Parker, Cecilia Aragon, Bryna Hazelton, William G Howe, Valentina Staneva, Anthony Arendt, Joseph Hellerstein, Ed Lazowska, Sarah Stone, Anissa Tanweer, Jacob Vanderplas
  • Conference Paper
    Writing within community: How mentoring works in online fan fiction (2015)
    Young Adult Library Services Association Symposium Authors: S. A. Evans, J. Campbell, Katharine Davis, Abigail Evans, D. P. Randall, Cecilia Aragon
  • Conference Proceeding
    VizDeck: Streamlining exploratory visual analytics of scientific data (2013)
    iConference Authors: Daniel B Perry, William G Howe, Alicia MF Key, Cecilia Aragon
  • Conference Proceeding
    VizDeck: A Card Game Metaphor for Fast Visual Data Exploration (2012)
    CHI ’12 Extended Abstracts on Human Factors in Computing Systems, Page 1667–1672, ISBN/ISSN: 978-1-4503-1016-1 Authors: William G Howe, Alicia Key, Daniel Perry, Cecilia Aragon
  • Conference Proceeding
    Vizdeck: Self-organizing dashboards for visual analytics (2012)
    Proceedings of the 2012 ACM SIGMOD International Conference on Management of Data (demo), Page 681–684 Authors: Alicia Key, William G Howe, Daniel Perry, Cecilia Aragon
  • Book, Scholarly-New
    The Secret Garden: How Fanfiction and New Forms of Mentoring Engage Youth as Writers (under contract)
    Authors: Cecilia Aragon, Katharine Davis