Steven Dow

Steven Dow

Design can no longer be seen as a solitary endeavor where a designer, through pure force of talent, improves a product or service, and then hands it off to a community of use. My research empirically examines design practices and develops technology to support creative individuals, groups, and crowds. We seek to deepen our understanding of how the creative process works, to improve design practice for teams, and to teach design effectively to larger audiences. MORE...

BIO: Steven is an Associate Professor of Cognitive Science at UC San Diego where he researches human-computer interaction, social computing, and creativity. Steven received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015 for research on "advancing collective innovation." He was co-PI on four other National Science Foundation grants, a Google Faculty Grant, Stanford's Postdoctoral Research Award, and the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Grant. Steven was on the faculty in the HCI Institute at CMU from 2011-2015. He holds an MS and PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa. See FULL CV, RESEARCH STATEMENT, the PROTOLAB research group, and the DESIGN LAB.


How Features of a Civic Design Competition Influences the Collective Understanding of a Problem, Brian McInnis, Xiaotong (Tone) Xu, and Steven P. Dow. In ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW’18), 2018. acm dl

CommunityCrit: Inviting the Public to Improve and Evaluate Urban Design Ideas through Micro-Activities, Narges Mahyar, Michael R. James, Michelle M. Ng, Reginald A. Wu, Steven P. Dow. In Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI’18), 2018. acm dl

Team Dating Leads to Better Online Ad Hoc Collaborations, Ioanna Lykourentzou, Robert E. Kraut, and Steven P. Dow. In ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW’17), 2017. acm dl

Improving Crowd Innovation with Expert Facilitation, Joel Chan, Steven Dang, and Steven P. Dow. In ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW’16), 2016. acm dl

Structuring, Aggregating, and Evaluating Crowdsourced Design Critique, Kurt Luther, Jari-lee Tolentino, Wei Wu, Amy Pavel, Brian P. Bailey, Maneesh Agrawala, Björn Hartmann, and Steven P. Dow. In ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW’15), 2015. acm dl

Glance: Rapidly Coding Behavioral Video with the Crowd, Walter S. Lasecki, Mitchell Gordon, Danai Koutra, Malte F. Jung, Steven P. Dow, and Jeffrey P. Bigham. In Conference on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST’14), 2014. acm dl video

Community Clustering: Leveraging an Academic Crowd to Form Coherent Conference Sessions, Paul Andre, Haoqi Zhang, Juho Kim, Lydia B. Chilton, Steven P. Dow, and Robert C. Miller. In AAAI Conf on Human Computation, 2013 (Notable Paper Award). acm dl video

Cobi: A Community-Informed Conference Scheduling Tool, Juho Kim, Haoqi Zhang, Paul Andre, Lydia B. Chilton, Wendy Mackay, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Robert C. Miller, and Steven P. Dow. In Conf on User Interface Software and Technology, 2013. acm dl video

A Preliminary Study of Using Crowds in the Classroom, Steven P. Dow, Liz Gerber, and Audris Wong. ACM CHI Conference, 2013. cit. video

Let’s Get Together: The Formation and Success of Online Creative Collaborations, Burr Settles and Steven P. Dow. ACM CHI Conference, 2013. acm dl video

Shepherding the Crowd Yields Better Work, Steven P. Dow, Anand Kulkarni, Scott R Klemmer, and Björn Hartmann. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2012. acm dl

Prototyping Dynamics: Sharing Multiple Designs Improves Exploration, Group Rapport, and Results, Steven P. Dow, Julie Fortuna, Dan Schwartz, Beth Altringer, Daniel L Schwartz, and Scott R Klemmer. ACM CHI Conference, 2011. acm dl

Parallel Prototyping Leads to Better Design Results, More Divergence, and Increased Self-Efficacy, Steven P. Dow, Alana Glassco, Jonathan Kass, Melissa Schwarz, Daniel L Schwartz, Scott R Klemmer, Trans on Computer-Human Interaction, 11(4), 2010. acm dl

The Efficacy of Prototyping Under Time Constraints, Steven P. Dow, Kate Heddleston, Scott R. Klemmer, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity & Cognition, 2009. acm dl

Eliza meets the Wizard-of-Oz: Blending Machine and Human Control of Embodied Characters, Steven P. Dow, Manish Mehta, Blair MacIntyre, Michael Mateas, ACM CHI Conference, 2010. acm dl video

Associate Professor
Cognitive Science Dept
UC San Diego


email: spdow at ucsd dot edu
office hours: by appt
lab: SSRB room 100
office CSB room 131
9500 Gilman Drive
La Jolla, CA 92093-0515


Apr 25-30 CHI 2020
Honolulu, HI




This research is made possible by generous financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Google Research Award, the Hasso Plattner Research Program, and the Berkman Faculty Fund.


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