WCTSC - Program Schedule (updated 6/5/2015)

WCTSC Events Schedule
Time Event Description
8:00 - 9:00 breakfast/registration
9:00 - 10:00

keynote speech by Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer, 

City and County of San Francisco

10:00 – 10:15 break
10:15 – 11:15

oral presentations

Genie Stowers, Jeffrey Thorsby, Ellie Tumbuan, &

Kristen Wolslegel, San Francisco State University

"Open Data Portals in American Cities"

Jozo Dujmovic, San Francisco State University

 "Design and Use of City Suitability Maps"

Tao Xie, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

"Data Quality Challenges in Smart Public

 Transportation Systems for Smart Cities"

11:15 – 11:45

(invited speaker) Sara Dean, Stamen Design

"Visualizing the City" 

11:45 – 13:15 lunch
13:15 – 13:45

(invited speaker) Dan Parham, co-founder/CEO, Neighborland

"Plan, Experiment, Act: How to Engage the Public"

[view slides here]

13:45 – 14:45

panel discussion with Scott Mauvais (moderator,

Microsoft), Mitch Altmann (Cornfield Electronics),

Andy Isaacson (Noisebridge), Barry Levine (SFSU),

Dan Parham (Neighborland), Sameer Verma (SFSU)

14:45 – 15:00 break
15:00 – 16:00 oral/invited presentations
15:00 -- 15:15

Ryan Eshleman, E. Chu, H. Parthasarathi, S.

Patenotte, S. Sastry, V. Shankar, and K. Sweta,

S0an Francisco State University

 "Atmospheres --- a Tool for Analyzing Local

 Sentiment with Twitter"

15:15 -- 15:30  

(invited speaker) Andy Isaacson, Noisebridge

"Making the Internet of Things safe for People"

15:30 -- 16:00

(invited speaker) Camille Crittenden, CITRIS

"The City and the Citizen: Civic Engagement and the Promise of

Social Computing" [view slides here]

16:00 – 17:00

poster session and reception





Joy Bonaguro, Chief Data Officer, City and County of San Francisco

"My Journey to Civic"



Joy Bonaguro is the first Chief Data Officer for the City and County of San Francisco, where she manages the City's open data program. Joy has spent more than a decade working at the nexus of public policy, data, and technology. She worked from the birth of the open data and open government field, spending seven years designing and managing the development of information systems to support planning and decision-making at the Greater New Orleans Community Data. Prior to joining the City, Joy worked at Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory to help develop technology, cyber and privacy policy working closely with both the National Lab CIO Council and the Department of Energy Information Management Advisory Group. Joy earned her Masters from UC Berkeley's Goldman School of Public Policy, where she focused on IT policy.




Sara Dean, Director of Research and Partnerships, Stamen Design

"Visualizing the City"


Stamen Design builds elegant and powerful data visualization. We collaborate with research institutions to provide direct public access to research and public policy. Cities are more and more data-rich every day, and the potential of public engagement through data participation is increasing. Through case studies, we will look at the developing landscape of digital civic participation.



Sara Dean is a designer based in Berkeley, California, She is the Director of Research and Partnerships at Stamen Design in San Francisco, and a Project Investigator for the crowd-sourced disaster response platform PetaJakarta.org. Her work considers the implications of emerging digital methodologies on public engagement, environmental justice, and related political practices. Sara is currently a Senior Lecturer in Graduate Design at the California College of Art, and has taught previously at UC Berkeley, the University of Michigan, and the College for Creative Studies. She has a Master of Architecture and Master of Science in Design Research, both from the University of Michigan. She is committed to developing open-access media and crowd-enabled platforms.



Dan Parham, co-founder/CEO, Neighborland

 "Plan, Experiment, Act: How to Engage the Public"



- Macro-trend: 5b people moving into cities by 2050 (Rockefeller)

- The challenge of sustainability and residents' "right to the city" 

- I Wish This Was as a simple ethnography tool

- Neighborland case studies: City of SF UN Plaza, MSPF, SF State

- How small interventions lead to big changes

- Building buy-in as a risk mitigation strategy



Dan Parham co-founded Neighborland with Candy Chang and Tee Parham. Neighborland is a platform that helps civic organizations collaborate with the public. Neighborland provides a real world and online toolkit for organizations to engage with their community around the goal of building healthy, vibrant, and resilient cities. Dan is the lead designer, product manager, and runs operations for the team. 

Before founding Neighborland, Dan was a Director of User Experience at Yahoo, working for the Marketplaces and Advertising Platform teams. Previously, Dan was the Associate Creative Director for Aol’s entertainment division. In 2010, Dan traveled across Asia to research, photograph, and write about urban design. Inspired by Candy's tactical civic engagement installations at the time, he moved to New Orleans to collaborate with Candy on developing products for Civic Center including “I Wish This Was” and Neighborland. 

Dan’s work has been recognized by the Venice Biennale of Architecture, American Institute of Graphic Arts, and Cooper Hewitt National Design Museum. Dan has spoken about civic engagement and technology at the Smart Cities World Congress in Barcelona, San Francisco Placemaking Summit at the American Institute of Architects, Adaptive Metropolis Conference at UC Berkeley, and SPUR San Jose. 


Andy Isaacson, Noisebridge

"Making the Internet of Things safe for People"



Andy Isaacson is a software engineer and co-founder of the anarchistic and educational hackerspace Noisebridge in San Francisco. He runs the Noisebridge Tor exit node, part of a network that anonymizes internet users. He asks pointed questions about cryptography, security, and their intersection with society and ethics as @eqe on Twitter.


Camille Crittenden, Deputy Director, CITRIS, UC Berkeley

"The City and the Citizen: Civic Engagement and the Promise of Social Computing"


Increasing trends in urbanization around the world have given new prominence to the concerns of cities not only among government leaders but also in academic, industrial and philanthropic circles. Leading thinkers and researchers from these domains confront growing urgency to meet the needs for health, safety, and engagement of citizens around the world. The Rockefeller Foundation is investing in 100 "Resilient Cities", and the "Future Cities Lab" in San Francisco and others create participatory design projects in urban settings. The theme of "smart cities" is the topic of countless publications and conferences, and corporate programs at IBM, Cisco and elsewhere also use the concept of "smart cities" to reflect their investment in the "Internet of Things" in urban spaces. At the same time, governments and international organizations are developing public-private partnerships to create data-gathering and analytics applications that will benefit transportation, energy, and the environment.


At CITRIS (Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society), our research focuses on four areas, all of which overlap with the concerns of civic engagement and urbanization. In this talk I will describe relevant work undertaken in two initiatives: Sustainable Infrastructures and Connected Communities. This talk will explore how technology and social computing offer promise --- but also raise questions --- around issues of privacy and security, individual vs. collective interests, grassroots vs. hierarchical organization, and concerns of poverty, wealth, access and participation in civic life.



Camille Crittenden serves as Deputy Director of CITRIS, Director of the Data and Democracy Initiative, and Executive Director of the Social Apps Lab. Prior to coming to CITRIS in 2012, she was Executive Director of the Human Rights Center at Berkeley Law, where she helped to develop its program in human rights, technology, and new media. She has written and spoken widely on these topics, as well as technology applications for civic engagement, government transparency and accountability, and the digital divide. She held previous positions as Assistant Dean for Development with International and Area Studies at UC Berkeley and in development and public relations at University of California Press and San Francisco Opera. She earned an MA and PhD from Duke University.








Luv Ahuja, San Francisco State University,


Alex Amalaraj and Xiaorong Zhang, San Francisco State University,

"Real-time Hand Gesture Recognition using sEMG and Accelerometer for Gesture to Speech Conversion"

Karthikeyan Dhandapani and Xiaorong Zhang, San Francisco State University,

"Smart Wireless Real-time Stress Activity Monitor"

Ian Donovan and Xiaorong Zhang, San Francisco State University,

"Approximation of Windowed Analysis using Subsets to Reduce Computational Requirements for Feature Extraction of sEMG Signals"

Ryan Eshleman, Hui Yang, and Barry Levine, San Francisco State University

"Structuring Unstructured Clinical Narratives in OpenMRS with Medical Concept Extraction"

Alexandre Fereira, Federal University of Para (Brazil),

"BraLCMinix: Brazilian Low Cost IT Server"

Brendan Luna, Michael Smith, and Kevin Soncuya, San Francisco State University,

"Gormandize: a Data Analysis of Restaurants"

Erin McElroy, Anti-eviction Mapping Project,

"Anti-eviction Mapping Project"

Ashok Mushannavar, S. Aratal, E. Enssani, H. Jiang, and H. Mahmoodi, San Francisco State University,

"Global Carbon Monoxide Monitoring using Smart Phones for Personal and Environmental Health"

Jonathan Olson and Ryan Jenkins, San Francisco State University,

"Enorase --- a Visualization Tool for 3D Medical Imaging"

Jonathan Olson and Hui Yang, San Francisco State University,

"Analysis on Fatal Bike Accidents in the State of California

Sammy Patenotte and Harsha Cheruku, San Francisco State University,

"Monitoring Privacy in Firefox OS"

David Rodriguez, A. Puryatinska, and Xiaorong Zhang, San Francisco State University,

"Classifying Gestures from Sensors with an Original Neural Tree Implementation"

Sarah Shamsi and Xiaorong Zhang, San Francisco State University,

"Toward Anti-Stuttering: Understand the Relation between Stuttering and Anxiety using Engineering Methods"

Stephen Tsay, San Francisco State University,

"PubCrawler: A Beer Journal and BAC Estimator App"

Alison Veith, San Francisco State University,

"Don't be Evil: Google's Labor, Technology, and the Limits of Corporate Good"

Tyler Westerman, San Francisco State University,