Benjamin Koehne

Benjamin Koehne was a Ph.D student in the Donald Bren School of Information & Computer Science at UC Irvine working with Prof. David Redmiles as his advisor. Before joining the department of Informatics at UC Irvine, he graduated from Stuttgart Media University in Germany with a diploma in business information management. At UC Irvine he received a Master’s degree in Information and Computer Science in 2010. His research focused on human-centered design approaches of information and communication technology. Benjamin is interested in human-centered design of technology and computer-supported cooperative work processes in virtual teams.

In collaboration with Prof. Judith S. Olson and Patrick Shih, Benjamin investigated the nature and challenges of virtual and globally distributed teams. This string of research focuses on understanding how remote workers modify their work patterns in order to maintain visibility while not being able to be physically present with their core teams.


His main research was with Prof. David Redmiles; it focused on end user development and meta-design. He studied virtual world environments (e.g. OpenSimulator) to develop novel design environments that enable distributed software engineering tasks.

Ben is now a research at Google New York working in the Docs group.


Publications: 
  • Yin, S., Wang, D., Olson, J. S., Vu, V., 7 Warschauer, M. (2017) Synchronous writing in the classroom: Undergraduates' collaborative practices and their impact on text quality, quantity, and style. Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW '17.
  • Voida, A., Olson, J. S., & Olson G. M. (2013) Turbulence in the Clouds: Challenges of cloud-based information work. Proceedings of the Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems.
  • Haines, J. K., Olson, J. S., & Olson, G. M. (2013) Here or there? How configuration of transnational teams impacts social capital. Proceedings of Interact 2013.
  • Bietz, M. J., Abrams, S., Cooper, D., Stevens, K. R., Puga, F., Patel, D., Olson, G. M., & Olson, J. S. (2012) Improving the odds through the Collaboration Success Wizard. Translational Behavioral Medicine, 2(4), 480-486.
  • Olson, J. S. & Kellogg, W. A. (Eds.) Ways of Knowing in HCI. Springer Publishing.
  • Olson, G. M., & Olson, J. S. (2015) Converging on theory from four sides. In D. Sonnenwald (Ed.) Theory Development in Information Science: Reflecting on the Process. University of Texas Press.
  • Wang, D., Olson, J. S., Zhang, J., Nguyen, T., & Olson, G.M. (2015) DocuViz: Visualizing collaborative writing. Proceedings of the 33rd Annual ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. 1854-1874.
  • Wang, D., Olson, J. S., Zhang, J., Nguyen, T., & Olson, G. M. (2015) How students collaboratively write using Google Docs. iConference Proceedings.
  • Olson, J. S. & Olson. G. M. (2014) How to make distance work work. ACM Interactions. March-April. 29i35
  • Olson, J. S., & Olson, G. M. (2014) Working Together Apart: Collaboration Over the Internet. Morgan Claypool Publishers.
  • Shih, P. C. and Olson, G. M. Using Visualization to Support Idea Generation in Context. ACM Creativity and Cognition 2009 Conference Workshop: Creativity and Cognition in Engineering Design (C&C '09).
  • Shih, P. C., Nguyen, D. H., Hirano, S. H., Redmiles, D. F., and Hayes, G. R. GroupMind: Supporting Brainstorming through a Collaborative Mind-mapping Tool. In Proceedings of the 2009 International ACM Conference on Supporting Group Work (GROUP '09).
  • Bos, N.D., Buyuktur, A., Olson, J.S., Olson G.M. & Voida, A. (2010). Shared identity helps partially distributed teams, but distance still matters. In Proc. Group 2010. New York: ACM Press.
  • Voida, A., Harmon, M.E. & Al-Ani, B. (2011). Homebrew databases: Complexities of everyday information management in nonprofit organizations. To appear in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2011). Vancouver, BC, May 7-12. New York: ACM Press. [CHI Best Paper Award Nominee]
  • Shih, P. C., Venolia, G., and Olson, G. M. Brainstorming Under Constraints - Why Software Developers Brainstorm in Groups. To Appear in British HCI 2011 (BCS-HCI '11).
  • Hincapié-Ramos, J.D., Voida, S. & Mark, G. (2011). A design space analysis of availability-sharing systems In Proceedings of the 24th ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology (UIST 2011, pp. 85–96), Santa Barbara, California, October 16–19.
  • Voida, A. (2011). Shapeshifters in the Voluntary Sector: Exploring the Human-Centered Computing Challenges of Nonprofit Organizations. Interactions (Nov/Dec), 27-31.
  • Koehne, B., Shih, P. C., Olson, J. S. (2012) Remote and alone: Coping with being the remote member on the team. Proceedings of the Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. CSCW 2012.
  • Voida, A., Harmon, M.E. & Al-Ani, B. (2012). Bridging between organizations and the public: Volunteer coordinators’ uneasy relationship with social computing. To appear in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012). Austin, TX, May 5–12. New York: ACM Press.
  • Voida, A., Bos, N.D., Olson, J.S., Olson, G.M. & Dunning, L. (2012). Cross-cutting faultlines of location and shared identity in the intergroup cooperation of partially distributed groups. To appear in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012). Austin, TX, May 5–12. New York: ACM Press.
  • Mark, G., Voida, S. & Cardello, A.V. (to appear). “A pace not dictated by electrons”: An empirical study of work without email. To appear in Proceedings of the SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012), Austin, Texas, May 5–10.
  • Dombrowski, L., Voida, A., Hayes, G.R. & Mazmanian, M. (2012). The social labor of service mediation: A study of the work practices of food assistance outreach. To appear in Proceedings of the ACM SIGCHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI 2012). Austin, TX, May 5–12. New York: ACM Press.
  • Olson, G. M., and Olson, J. S. (2000) Distance Matters. Human Computer Interaction. 15, 139-179.
  • Goecks, J., Voida, A., Voida, S. & Mynatt, E.D. (2008). Charitable technologies: Opportunities for collaborative computing in nonprofit fundraising. In Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW 2008). San Diego, California, November 8-12. New York: ACM Press, pp. 689-698.
  • Bos, N., Olson, J. S., Nan, N., & Cheshin, A. (2008) Subgroup biases in partially-distributed collaboration. Journal of Information Technology Research, 2(1), 1- 18.
  • Nan, N., Johnston, E. and Olson, J. S. (2008) Unintended consequences of collocation: using agent-based modeling to untangle effects of communication delay and in-group favor. Computational & Mathematical Organization Theory.
  • Bos, N.D., Olson, J.S., Nan, N., Shami, N.S., Hoch, S., & Johnston, E. (2006). Collocation blindness in partially distributed groups: is there a downside to being collocated? Proceedings of CHI 2006. New York: ACM Press.
  • Bos, N.D., Olson, J.S., Cheshin, A., Kim, Y.S. & Nan, N. (2005). Traveling Blues: The effect of relocation on partially distributed teams. In Proceedings of CHI 2005. New York: ACM Press.
  • Bos, N., Shami, N. S., Olson, J. S., Cheshin, A., & Nan, N. (2004) In-group/out-group effects in distributed teams: An experimental simulation. Proceedings of Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work. 429-436
  • Shami, N. S., Bos, N., Wright, Z., Hoch, S., Kuan, K. Y., Olson, J. S., Olson, G. M. (2004) An experimental simulation of multi-site software development. Proceedings of CASCON