Katherine W. Song

PhD student in Computer Science @ UC Berkeley.

I’m a second year PhD student in Computer Science at UC Berkeley specializing in Human-Computer Interaction (HCI). I work with Professor Eric Paulos in the Hybrid Ecologies Lab. I’m also part of the Berkeley Institute of Design and the Berkeley Center for New Media.

Broadly speaking, lately I have been interested in developing tangible interfaces and digital fabrication workflows that embrace smart materials and the themes of destruction, “slowness,” and sustainability. Before entering Berkeley and the world of HCI, I was branded as an electrical (hardware) engineer, with a research background in [opto]electronic materials and devices and a couple of years working as a Display Electrical Engineer at Apple. While I’ve started to swim in the pools of software tools, computer graphics, and computer vision, I remain fascinated by and passionate about incorporating new physical materials in my work.

I don’t exist in any appreciable way on social media, but if you’d like to connect, please reach out to me via e-mail (kwsong [at] berkeley [dot] edu)!

news

Dec 13, 2020 My first HCI paper, “Unmaking: Enabling and Celebrating the Creative Material of Failure, Destruction, Decay, and Deformation,” has been conditionally accepted at CHI2021!
Oct 16, 2020 Thanks to al-folio, I now almost have a website again after letting my old one expire and wither.

selected publications

  1. Unmaking: Enabling and Celebrating the Creative Material of Failure, Destruction, Decay, and Deformation
    Katherine W. Song and Eric Paulos
    In Proceedings of the 2021 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (to appear), 2021
  2. Crank That Feed: A Physical Intervention for Active Twitter Users
    Katherine W. Song*, Janaki Vivrekar*, Lynn Yeom*, Eric Paulos, and Niloufar Salehi
    In CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Extended Abstracts (to appear), 2021
  3. Electrophoretic Deposition of CdSe/ZnS Quantum Dots for Light-Emitting Devices
    Katherine W. Song, Ronny Costi, and Vladimir Bulović
    Advanced Materials 25(10), 1420–1423, 2013