Steven P Dow

Steven Dow

Design can no longer be seen as a solitary endeavor where a designer, through pure force of talent, improves a product or service, and then hands it off to a community of use. My research empirically examines design practices and develops technology to support creative individuals, groups, and crowds. We seek to deepen our understanding of how the creative process works, to improve design practice for teams, and to teach design effectively to larger audiences. MORE...

BIO: Steven is an Assistant Professor at the HCI Institute at Carnegie Mellon University where he researches human-computer interaction, social computing, and creativity. Steven received the National Science Foundation CAREER Award in 2015 for research on "advancing collective innovation." He was co-PI on three other National Science Foundation grants, a Google Faculty Grant, Stanford's Postdoctoral Research Award, and the Hasso Plattner Design Thinking Research Grant. He holds an MS and PhD in Human-Centered Computing from the Georgia Institute of Technology, and a BS in Industrial Engineering from University of Iowa. See FULL CV, PORTFOLIO, and the PROTOLAB research site.


WINTER: I will be joining the CogSci faculty at UCSD in January 2016!
2016: Prospective PhD students: apply now to either CogSci or CSE.
FALL: Find out more about research opportunities in the PROTOLAB.
NOV: Kurt Luther and Julie Hui presented papers at HCOMP'15.
FEB: Three new papers accepted to CSCW'16.
2015: My colleagues and I received an NSF Grant to explore crowd feedback.
2015: I am honored to receive the NSF CAREER award.


Improving Crowd Innovation with Expert Facilitation, Joel Chan, Steven Dang, and Steven P. Dow. In ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW’16), 2016. cit.

Structuring, Aggregating, and Evaluating Crowdsourced Design Critique, Kurt Luther, Jari-lee Tolentino, Wei Wu, Amy Pavel, Brian P. Bailey, Maneesh Agrawala, Björn Hartmann, and Steven P. Dow. In ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW’15), 2015. cit.

Glance: Rapidly Coding Behavioral Video with the Crowd, Walter S. Lasecki, Mitchell Gordon, Danai Koutra, Malte F. Jung, Steven P. Dow, and Jeffrey P. Bigham. In Conference on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST’14), 2014. cit. video

Community Clustering: Leveraging an Academic Crowd to Form Coherent Conference Sessions, Paul Andre, Haoqi Zhang, Juho Kim, Lydia B. Chilton, Steven P. Dow, and Robert C. Miller. In AAAI Conf on Human Computation, 2013 (Notable Paper Award). cit. video

Cobi: A Community-Informed Conference Scheduling Tool, Juho Kim, Haoqi Zhang, Paul Andre, Lydia B. Chilton, Wendy Mackay, Michel Beaudouin-Lafon, Robert C. Miller, and Steven P. Dow. In Conf on User Interface Software and Technology, 2013. cit. video

A Preliminary Study of Using Crowds in the Classroom, Steven P. Dow, Liz Gerber, and Audris Wong. ACM CHI Conference, 2013. cit. video

Let’s Get Together: The Formation and Success of Online Creative Collaborations, Burr Settles and Steven P. Dow. ACM CHI Conference, 2013. cit. video

Shepherding the Crowd Yields Better Work, Steven P. Dow, Anand Kulkarni, Scott R Klemmer, and Björn Hartmann. ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, 2012. cit.

Prototyping Dynamics: Sharing Multiple Designs Improves Exploration, Group Rapport, and Results, Steven P. Dow, Julie Fortuna, Dan Schwartz, Beth Altringer, Daniel L Schwartz, and Scott R Klemmer. ACM CHI Conference, 2011. cit.

Parallel Prototyping Leads to Better Design Results, More Divergence, and Increased Self-Efficacy, Steven P. Dow, Alana Glassco, Jonathan Kass, Melissa Schwarz, Daniel L Schwartz, Scott R Klemmer, Trans on Computer-Human Interaction, 11(4), 2010. cit.

The Efficacy of Prototyping Under Time Constraints, Steven P. Dow, Kate Heddleston, Scott R. Klemmer, ACM SIGCHI Conference on Creativity & Cognition, 2009. cit.

Eliza meets the Wizard-of-Oz: Blending Machine and Human Control of Embodied Characters, Steven P. Dow, Manish Mehta, Blair MacIntyre, Michael Mateas, ACM CHI Conference, 2010. cit. video


Assistant Professor
HCI Institute
Carnegie Mellon University


spdow at cs dot cmu dot edu
3615 Newell Simon Hall
5000 Forbes Ave.
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

Tel: +1 412 268 1513
Office hrs:  MON 11-1p
Teaching:   M/W 1-2:50p


NOV 7-11 HCOMP 2015
San Diego, CA
DEC 11-12 CHI PC meeting
San Jose, CA
DEC 12-25 Vacation
FEB 26-27 Dept of Informatics
Irvine, CA
FEB 27-3/2 CSCW 2016
San Francisco
MAY 7-12 CHI 2016
San Jose, CA




This research is made possible by generous financial support from the National Science Foundation, the Google Research Award, the Hasso Plattner Research Program, and the Berkman Faculty Fund.


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