Yasaman S. Sefidgar

Hi! I’m a PhD Student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Washington. I am advised by James Fogarty. I’m broadly interested in developing computational and data-driven systems to inform and support social and health interventions. My current research on personal informatics tools is focused on better supporting data collection and sense-making in the context of migraine. I am also working on tools and technqiues to further our understanding of social adversities such as everyday discrimination. I hope to draw on this knowledge to build interventions.

I obtained my B.Sc. in Computer Engineering from Sharif University of Technology, and M.Sc. degrees in Human-Computer Interaction at the University of British Columbia and Computer Vision at the Simon Fraser University.

Selected Publications

Please visit my DBLP / Google Scholar profiles for a full list of my publications.

Sefidgar Y.S., Sharma A., Riskin E., Nurius P., Dey A.K., Mankoff J., Fogarty J., Althoff T. “Submodular Behavior Summarization”, Proceedings of the ACM on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies (in preparation).

Sefidgar Y.S., Nurius P., Baughan A., Elkin L., Dey A.K., Riskin E., Mankoff J., Morris M. “Considerations and Opportunities for Technologies to Support Students Experiencing Everyday Discrimination”, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction (in preparation).

Morris M., Kuehn K.S., Brown J.S., Nurius P.S., Sefidgar Y.S., Riskin E., Dey A.K., Xu X., Consolvo S., Mankoff J. “College from Home during COVID-19: a Mixed-methods Study of Heterogeneous Experiences”, PloS one (2021).

Nurius P., Sefidgar Y.S., Kuehn K.S., Jung J., Zhang H., Figueira O., Dey A.K., Riskin E., Mankoff J. “Distress Among Undergraduates: Marginality, Stressors and Resilience Resources”, Journal of American College Health (2021).

Sefidgar Y.S., Seo W., Kuehn K.S., Althoff T., Browning A., Riskin E., Nurius P., Dey A.K., Mankoff J. “Passively-sensed Behavioral Correlates of Discrimination Events in College Students”, Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (2019). [DOI] [PDF]

Sefidgar Y.S., Weng T., Harvey H., Elliott S., Cakmak M. “RobotIST: Interactive Situated Tangible Robot Programming”, ACM Symposium on Spatial User Interaction (2018). [DOI] [PDF]

Sefidgar Y.S., Agarwal P., Cakmak M. “Situated Tangible Robot Programming”, International Conference on Human-Robot Interaction (2017). [DOI] [PDF] (Best Paper Honorable Mention)

Sefidgar Y.S., MacLean K.E., Yohanan S., Van der Loos M., Croft E.A., Garland E.J. “Design and Evaluation of a Touch-Centered Calming Interaction with a Social Robot”. IEEE Transactions on Affective Computing (2016). [DOI] [PDF]

Sefidgar Y.S., Vahdat A., Se S., Mori G. “Discriminative Key-Component Models for Interaction Detection and Recognition”. Computer Vision and Image Understanding (2015). [DOI] [PDF]