Tuesday 12pm, 19 March 2019


Scaled humanity: computational scaffolds for pro-social interaction in-the-large

Mark Whiting

Post-doc - Stanford University


Can computational scaffolds unlock improved interaction? Failures to achieve collective goals are rarely caused by a lack of ability or interest — these failures increasingly stem from interpersonal friction. In this talk, I explore how computational mediation can be designed to minimize negative social behavior and support prosocial coordination. I will introduce one scaffold that improves reputation signals through peer feedback and another that studies the causes of team fracture. My work takes the position that with suitable computational scaffolds, we can design interactions enabling us to thrive together.


Mark Whiting is a postdoc at Stanford University in the Human-Computer Interaction group working with Michael Bernstein. Mark’s research focuses on studying coordination and designing scaffolds to improve it. He holds bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Industrial Design from RMIT and KAIST respectively, and a PhD in Mechanical Engineering from CMU.