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Svetlana Yarosh


College of Science and Engineering

Svetlana Yarosh

Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Engineering

Svetlana “Lana” Yarosh is an assistant professor in the Computer Science & Engineering Department at the University of Minnesota. She earned two Bachelors of Science degrees from the University of Maryland (in computer science and psychology) and a PhD in human-centered computing from Georgia Institute of Technology. Prior to joining the University of Minnesota, she spent two years in industry conducting research with AT&T Labs. Her research falls primarily in the area of human-computer interaction, with a focus on social computing and child-computer interaction. She designs systems that enhance strong-tie social relationships to create stronger families, support individual health and wellbeing, and provide a stage for personal and community growth. Her work has been featured on CNN, has won multiple innovation competitions and best paper awards, and has been honored with numerous grants and scholarships.

Research Interests

  • Social media and social computing
  • Design of systems that enhance  social relationships to help families (e.g., helping parents and children stay connected in fun ways even if they live apart due to divorce or military deployment)
  • How social networks may help people recover from addiction and alcoholism
  • Mixed-methods approach to understanding how people use technology and designer/maker approaches to creating new systems that help meet their needs

Related Publications

Yarosh, S., Markopoulos, P., and Abowd, G.D. Towards a Questionnaire for Measuring Affective Benefits and Costs of Communication Technologies. Proc. of CSCW, (2014), To Appear. [Best Paper Award – Top 1% of Submissions]

Yarosh, S. (2013) Shifting Dynamics or Breaking Sacred Traditions? The Role of Technology in Twelve-Step Fellowships. Proc. of CHI. 3413-3422. [Best Paper Honorable Mention Award – Top 5% of Submissions] 

Yarosh, S., Tang, A., Mokashi, S., & Abowd, G. (2013). “Almost Touching:” Parent-Child Remote Communication Using the ShareTable System. Proc. of CSCW, 181-192.

Yarosh, S., Inkpen, K.M., and Brush, A.J. Video Playdate: Toward Free Play across Distance. Proc. of CHI, ACM (2010). 1251-1260.

Yarosh, S., Matthews, T., and Zhou, M. Asking the Right Person: Supporting Expertise Selection in the Enterprise. Proc. of CHI, ACM (2012), 2247-2256.