Katerena Kuksenok

PhD, MS in Computer Science & Engineering from University of Washington
BA in Applied Math; Computer Science from Oberlin College, Ohio, US
CV PDF (Aug '16) Reach me at: firstname.lastname@gmail.com

I am interested in the process of software production and engineering, particularly in how people learn and collaborate. Currently, I am undertaking post-doctoral study at Hasso-Plattner Institut with Prof. Dr. Robert Hirschfeld, in the Software Architecture group. My training is in Computer Science and Engineering with a focus on Human-Computer Interaction, and I study sociotechnical systems using a combination of qualitative Interviews, surveys, ethnographic observation; user research and quantitative Natural language processing, machine learning, stats as appropriate methods. I completed my PhD at the University of Washington with Prof.s James Fogarty and Cecilia Aragon. My dissertation Come see a short talk about this on May 17th, 2016 evening at Vermillion gallery in Seattle, at the Seattle Science Slam!
is on Influence apart from Adoption: How Interaction between Programming and Scientific Practices Shapes Modes of Inquiry in Four Oceanography Teams. Here is a short, 6-minute-read version with just the figures and implications: Code Work in Science: How it changes and Why is matters how we talk about change.

Events (2016)

Tech+Society Research

Selected peer-reviewed publications

Here's a video of a panel I (left) was on - moderated by Nick Denton, Gawker Media founder (right) - about the role of social media in political action. (Budapest '14)

Book chapters

Methods blogging

No Favorite Languages


Talking about RoboCup robot soccer to the press at IranOpen competitions. Later, at a bus station, I saw myself on Iranian TV giving an interview! (Tehran '15)

I do not have a favorite programming language, but currently I'm using Python (in Jupyter Notebook environment), C++ (in the Arduino environment) and Java (in the Processing3 environment). Relational databases have always made me smile, but they're not part of my life right now.

I also do not have a favorite people-language, but I speak English, Russian, and Ukrainian with a native proficiency. I am actively learning German, and looking for study partners or people interested in language exchange, who want to learn one of the languages I already know!

(You may also know me as: Kateryna Kuksenok, Katie Kuksenok, Katja Kuksenok, Kt Kuksenok. Feel free to use any! I prefer Katja or Katerena (emphasis on the "re" syllable, pronounced as in "reykjavik," not as in "scream". But, in fact, I do not mind!)