Saiph Savage

I create computational models to study how people are interacting and communicating with their peers both online and offline. I connect this knowledge in the design of interactive tools that empower people to better communicate, and produce real world collective action. My research involves the areas of social computing, civic media, data visualization, crowdsourcing, and context aware computing





Saiph Savage is a PhD student in the department of Computer Science. She is a Conacyt-UC MEXUS Doctoral Fellow, a Google Anita Borg Scholar, and a member of Microsoft's BizSpark. Her research in Machine Learning and Human Computer Interaction focuses on the design of social computing and crowdsourcing frameworks and systems that spark collaborations and empower users. She holds a B.S. in Computer Engineering from the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM.)

PUBLICATIONS

SOCIAL COMPUTING & VIBRANT DATA

Publications

Botivist: Calling Volunteers to Action Using Online Bots
Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Tobias Hollerer
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela
Michelle Forelle, Phil Howard, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Saiph Savage.
arXiv 2015.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Tag Me Maybe: Perceptions of Public Targeted Sharing on Facebook.
Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez,Kasturi Bhattacharjee, Tobias Hollerer.
Hypertext:26th ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media 2015.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Participatory Militias: An Analysis of an Armed Movement's Online Audience.
Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2015.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Motivating Crowds to Volunteer Neighborhood Data
Nataly Moreno, Saiph Savage, Anamary Leal, Jessica Cornick,
Matthew Turk, Tobias Hollerer.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2015
[PDF] [BIBTEX] [MEDIA]





Participatory Stoves: Designing Renewable Energy Technologies
for the Rural Sector

Walter Angel, Saiph Savage, Nataly Moreno.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2015
[PDF] [PHOTOS] [BIBTEX] [MEDIA]





Visualizing Targeted Online Audiences.
Saiph Savage, Angus Forbes, Carlos Toxtli,
Grant McKenzie, Shloka Desai, Tobias Hollerer.
COOP: Conference on the Design of Cooperative Systems 2014: Springer.
[PDF] [VIDEO] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





The "Courage For” Facebook Pages: Advocacy Citizen Journalism in the Wild.
Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez.
C+J:Computation+Journalism Symposium 2014. American Journalism Review.
[PDF] [MEDIA] [BIBTEX]





FiberKraft: An Interface for Designing Optical Fiber Networks
Julio Cruz, Hugo Estrada, Saiph Savage, Norma Elva Chavez.
ENC: Encuentro Nacional de Ciencias de la Computacion 2014.
[PDF] [VIDEO] [BIBTEX] [MEDIA]





I'm Feeling LoCo: A Location Based Context Aware Recommendation System.
Norma Saiph Savage, Maciej Baranski, Norma Elva Chavez, Tobias Hollerer.
LBS: International Symposium on Location-Based Services 2011. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer.
[PDF] [BIBTEX] [TALK]



Crowdsourcing Volunteers.

Shloka Desai, Luis Rodriguez, Saiph Savage,Norma Elva Chavez, Angus Forbes.
SoCal CWIC: Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California 2014. [PDF]





Utilizing Crowdsourced Databases for Social Media Question Asking

Saiph Savage, Angus Forbes, Rodrigo Savage,
Tobias Hollerer, Norma Elva Chavez.
CSCW: Workshop on Social Media Question Asking at ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2013.
[PDF]





Directed Social Queries with Transparent User Models

Saiph Savage, Angus Forbes, Rodrigo Savage, Tobias Hollerer, Norma Elva Chavez.
UIST: ACM Symposium on User Interface Software and Technology 2012.
[PDF] [VIDEO]





Visualizing and Verifying Directed Social Queries

Angus Forbes, Saiph Savage, Tobias Hollerer.
InfoVis: IEEE Workshop on Interactive Visual Text Analytics at IEEE Transactions on Visualization and Computer Graphics 2012.
[PDF][VIDEO]





Search on the Cloud File System

Rodrigo Savage,Tania Nava, Norma Elva Chavez, Norma Saiph Savage.
PDCS: Parallel and Distributed Computing and Systems Conference 2011.
[PDF]





Nintendo Wiimote for Arm and Wrist Therapy in Stroke Survivors with Upper Extremity Hemipariesis

Ron S. Leder, Gil Azcarate, Rodrigo Savage, Saiph Savage, L. Enrique Sucar, David Reinkensmeyer, Carlos Toxtli, Emilio Roth, Ariel Molina.
IEEE Virtual Rehabilitation 2008
[PDF][BIBTEX]



Patents

Socially and Contextually Appropriate Recommendation Systems

Saiph Savage, Lama Nachman, Saurav Sahay, Giuseppe Raffa.
U.S. Patent Disclosure, filed 2014.



Online Social Persona Management

Saiph Savage, Rita Wouhaybi, Lama Nachman, Saurav Sahay.
U.S. Patent Disclosure, filed, 2013





Traversing Data Using Data Relationships

Saiph Savage, Rita Wouhaybi.
U.S. Patent Disclosure, filed 2012, published 2014.
[PDF]









SOCIAL AND INTELLIGENT MUSIC ENVIRONMENTS

A Social Crowd-Controlled Orchestra

Saiph Savage, Norma Elva Chavez, Carlos Toxtli, Salvador Medina, David Alvarez, Tobias Hollerer.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2013.
[PDF]





Enchantment Under the Sea: An Intelligent Environment for User Friendly Music Mixing

Norma Elva Chavez, Rodrigo Savage, Tania Nava, Saiph Savage.
IE: International Conference on Intelligent Environments 2012.
[PDF]



Never Alone:A Crowdbased Interactive Musical Interface.

Norma Elva Chavez, Rodrigo Savage, Saiph Savage.
SoCal CWIC: Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California 2012.
[PDF]



Mmmmm:A multi-modal mobile music mixer

Norma Saiph Savage, Reza Ali, Norma Elva Chavez, Rodrigo Savage.
NIME: Conference on New Interfaces for Musical Expression 2010.
[PDF] [BIBTEX]





LOCATION BASED INTERACTION

Motivating Crowds to Volunteer Neighborhood Data
Nataly Moreno, Saiph Savage, Anamary Leal, Jessica Cornick,
Tobias Höllerer, Matthew Turk.
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2015
[PDF] [VIDEO] [BIBTEX] [MEDIA]





I'm Feeling LoCo: A Location Based Context Aware Recommendation System.

Norma Saiph Savage, Maciej Baranski, Norma Elva Chavez, Tobias Hollerer.
LBS: International Symposium on Location-Based Services 2011. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer.
[PDF] [BIBTEX] [TALK]





Seems Familiar: An Algorithm For Automatically Inferring Spatial Familiarity

Norma Saiph Savage, Wendy Chun, Norma Elva Chavez, Tobias Hollerer.
LBS: International Symposium on Location-Based Services 2011.
[PDF]





Frequent trajectory mining on GPS data.

Norma Saiph Savage, Shoji Nishimura, Norma Elva Chavez, and Xifeng Yan.
LocWeb: ACM Workshop on Location and the Web, at the Internet of Things, 2010.



Right place at the right time: novel place recommendation system

Norma Elva Chávez, Saiph Savage, Rodrigo Savage.
IX Congreso Internacional sobre Innovación y Desarrollo Tecnológico, Cuernavaca, México del 23 al 25 de Noviembre del 2011





PRESS COVERAGE

Vigilante Groups Take Drug War Online.
Coverage of my research on Participatory Militias.
How We Made A Large Latina Hackathon #FixIT @ UNAM
Coverage of my outreach activity on the TV Show #Retuit lead by Tech Expert Gabriela Tlaseca.
Engineering Technology with a Female Profile
Coverage of my outreach activity.
Latina Hackathon FixIT a great success
Coverage of my outreach activity.
Winners of the First Female Hackathon in Mexico @ UNAM.
Coverage of my outreach activity.
First Female Hackathon in Mexico @ UNAM.
Coverage of my outreach activity.
Study on the "Top Facebook Profile Influencers" on the Topics of Entrepeneurship and Technology.
Coverage of my FB research on Audiences & Entrepreneurship.
CiuData: Predicting with Data the Best Ways to Change a City.
Coverage of the project I presented for the Dataton organized by Mexico's Federal Government.
Meet The Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholarship Recipients!
A profile on me as a recipient of the Google Anita Borg Scholarship.
GradSlam Recap: Music, Poetry, and Yoga, Oh My!
A brief summary of my research on Understanding Online Audiences by GradPost.
UC MEXUS Symposium Offers Inspiration, Collaboration for 3 UCSB Grad Students
Profile on me as a recipient of the Conacyt-UCMexus Scholarship.
Facebook “Courage” Page versus the Knights Templar’s Cartel
Summary of research done in collaboration with Andres Monroy-Hernandez on people using social media to engage with their audience for collective action.

INVITED TALKS AND PRESENTATIONS

Designing Smart Cities for Conversations between Governments and Citizens at Campus Party 2014, Zapopan. Slides
Big Data Industry Panel, Graduate Student Workshop 2013, Santa Barbara,CA
Connecting Strangers via Music, Graduate Student Workshop 2013, Santa Barbara,CA
Never Alone : A Novel Musical Interface, Celebration of Women in Computing in Southern California 2012, Santa Ana, CA.
Interfaces for Targeted Sharing, Graduate Student Workshop 2012, Santa Barbara,CA.
Contextually Aware Recommender Systems, CRA-W Grad Cohort 2011, Boston, MA.

Demos

"Crowd Orchestra" in UIST 2012 Student Contest in Boston, MA.
"Never Alone DJ application" in UIST 2011 Student Contest in Santa Barbara, CA.

OUTREACH


I have organized one of the largest Latina Hackathons.
I strongly support undergraduate and cross-disciplinary research. I am always happy to work with students with a variety of backgrounds, and I enjoy exposing students to my field of research. I am actively mentoring and working with several undergraduate and graduate students. I am currently working with Major League Hacking and Google to organize hackathons that motivate girls to study Computer Science.

I have also helped organize and been a speaker to show computer science research done by the Four Eyes Lab to Junior High and High School students. I helped organize this presentation with Ben Nuernberger and Chris Hall. Slides

I was also a speaker along with Veronika Stradova to motivate teens to study computer science at Middle Schools in Goleta, CA. Slides

PhD Student
Computer Science Department
University of California, Santa Barbara
Universidad Nacional Autonoma de Mexico
Google Anita Borg Scholar
Microsoft's BizSpark Member.
saiph@cs.ucsb.edu
Twitter: @saiphchen
Blog:saiph.blogspot.com
(805)-893-2614

News
*Our Paper Perceptions of Public Targeted Sharing on Facebook accepted to ACM's Hypertext and Social Media Conference!
*News Coverage of our large scale Latina Hackathon #FixIT at UNAM!
*News Coverage of our Research on Participatory Militia!.
*Part of the Program Committee of IUI'16!
*Organized one of the Largest Latina Hackathons with UNAM, UC Davis, UC Berkeley, Google Anita Borg Scholars, Major League Hacking, SocialTIC
*Awarded to join Google's Anita Borg Global Committee!
*Our paper Participatory Militias accepted to CSCW'15!
*Our paper Advocacy Citizen Journalism. will be presented at Computation+Journalism!
*Awarded to join Microsoft's Bizspark's Grant Program!
*Finalist in Mexico's Dataton!
*Our Paper:Visualizing Targeted Audiences will be presnted at COOP'14!

My work has been made possible through the generosity of the Mexican Science Foundation (CONACYT,) UCMexus, Google, Microsoft, Nokia, and Intel Labs.