The SocialWorlds research group focuses on collaborative technologies (including computer-supported cooperative work and social computing) and increasingly pervasive computing. We prefer to think of these fields writ broadly, thinking not only about the systems but also about their social context.
In general, we look at knowledge and expertise sharing. Our current research projects look at health, crowd-sourcing, and memories. We have also examined online communities and other forms of social computing, privacy, and information access
The group includes people who do ethnographically-based social studies as well as people who are technical. We do both because we're interested in co-design spaces - places where you need to consider how to incorporate elements of the social world within software systems (such as with collaborative systems) and also consider how those systems will affect their social settings in return.
Read more about the SocialWorlds research group's investigations into collaborative technologies, pervasive computing, and their social context of use.