College of Computing and Informatics
Rush Building 414
30 N. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104
gmarcu -at- drexel.edu
I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics at Drexel University. I hold a PhD in Human-Computer Interaction from Carnegie Mellon University, and a BS in Informatics from the University of California, Irvine.
I direct the Empathic Research Group. My research seeks to improve coordination and decision-making in health and social services through technology. I am particularly interested in the contexts of behavioral intervention, mental health, and special education. I design and evaluate new technologies by working closely with community partners. I use primarily qualitative methods to study and shape the role of technology in social interactions and organizational workflow.
My research interests include:
- human-computer interaction
- ubiquitous computing
- computer-supported cooperative work
- mobile health (mHealth)
- qualitative methods
- equity, inclusion, and social justice
- behavioral intervention and mental health
- empathy and user experience
- participatory design
- community-based participatory research, action research
I am also passionate about broadening participation in computing and changing the culture of our field. Read about my outreach efforts here.
- Faculty Advisor, Women in Computing Society (WiCS) at Drexel
- Faculty Advisor, Drexel University Computer Science Teachers (DUCSTeach) - interested in becoming a volunteer?
- Pushback Initiative, with the Philadelphia District Attorney's Office, supporting the rights of girls and young women of color to education in Philadelphia
Feb 9 | Our workshop "Designing with Diverse Populations: Sharing Experiences, Best Practices and Opportunities" has been accepted to PervasiveHealth 2018. See you in New York! [website]
Jan 4 | Honored to be nominated by my students and colleagues for the NCWIT Undergraduate Research Mentoring Award, which recognizes faculty "for their outstanding mentorship, high-quality research opportunities, recruitment of women and minority students, and efforts to encourage and advance undergraduates in computing-related fields".
Sept 30 | Looking forward to working with a network of new collaborators in public health, and leading the technical team of Drexel's coordinating center, for a CDC sponsored project studying community characteristics associated with geographic disparities in diabetes.
Jul 1 | Excited to be a co-investigator on a newly funded NIH grant, "Piloting a naloxone intervention in an emergency response community to reduce opioid overdoses in Philadelphia". [description]
May 15 | Our submission "How can participatory design help young women of color navigate their identities?" was accepted to the Workshop on Equity & Inclusivity at the Interaction Design & Children Conference. [pdf]
Apr 17 | Our Robot Springboard tech camp for middle school girls has been funded again this year by the NCWIT AspireIT Program! Looking forward to another fun summer. [media coverage]
Apr 17 | Thank you to graduating senior Donna Kwon and Pennoni Honors College for this great profile in PHC Magazine: "Room for Improv-ment: Pennoni Aspire students learn improv techniques to deal with the uncertainties in research". [pdf]
Fall | INFO 150: Intro to Ubiquitous Computing
Winter | INFO 405: Social & Collaborative Computing
Spring | INFO 616: Social & Collaborative Computing