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Contact

Gabriela Marcu
Assistant Professor
College of Computing and Informatics
Drexel University

Rush Building 414
30 N. 33rd Street
Philadelphia, PA 19104

215-895-1858
gmarcu -at- drexel.edu

I am an Assistant Professor in the College of Computing and Informatics and a Research Fellow with the A.J. Drexel Autism Institute 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.


Current Activities

  • CHI 2018 Program Committee – Health, Accessibility, and Aging Subcommittee
  • Project Leader, Opportunities for Undergraduate Research in Computer Science (OurCS) 2017
  • 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

News

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".

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. [link]

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]

Feb 11 | Our submission "Collecting and managing data in public health research on autism" was accepted as late-breaking work to CHI 2017. [pdf]

Jan 9 | Our submission "Reverberations of trauma and marginalization when engaging in community-based research with criminalized young women of color" was accepted to the CSCW 2017 Workshop on Reflections on Design Methods for Underserved Populations. [pdf]


Travel

May 6-11 | CHI 2017 in Denver

May 23-26 | PervasiveHealth 2017 in Barcelona

Sept 6-8 | IUPUI and Purdue University in Indiana

Oct 20-22 | OurCS 2017 in Pittsburgh

Dec 8-9 | CHI PC in Montreal

Teaching

Fall | INFO 150: Intro to Ubiquitous Computing

Winter | INFO 405: Social & Collaborative Computing

Spring | INFO 616: Social & Collaborative Computing