Judy Olson

 Judith Olson is the Bren Professor of Information and Computer Sciences in the Informatics Department at the UC Irvine, with courtesy appointments in the School of Social Ecology and the Merage School of Business. She has researched teams whose members are not collocated for over 20 years, summaries of which are found in her most cited paper, “Distance Matters,” (Olson & Olson, 2000), and in her key theoretical contribution in the book Scientific Collaboration on the Internet (Olson, Zimerman, and Bos, Eds., 2008). Her current work focuses on ways to verify the theory’s components while at the same time helping new scientific collaborations succeed. She has studied distributed teams both in the field and in the laboratory, the latter focusing on the communication hurdles distributed teams have and the consequent underutilization of remote team members skills and the reduction in trust. Her current work focuses more on the details of collaborative writing: visualizing the development of a collaboratively written document, showing who wrote what, and, eventually, detecting when the "voice" changes because of authorship change. She is a Fellow of the Association for Computing Machinery and with her husband and colleague, Gary Olson, holds the Lifetime Achievement award from the Special Interest Group in Computer Human Interaction. In 2011, she was awarded the ACM-W Athena Lecture, the equivalent of the Woman of the Year in Computer Science.  In 2015, Larry Page was quoted in the book Innovations saying that the course that influenced him the most when he was an undergraduate was a course she taught on human-computer interaction.

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.
  • 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. & Kellogg, W. A. (Eds.) Ways of Knowing in HCI. Springer Publishing.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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).
  • 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
  • Olson, G. M., and Olson, J. S. (2000) Distance Matters. Human Computer Interaction. 15, 139-179.