Author: Thomas Erickson

Thomas Erickson

Thomas Erickson

I'm an interaction designer and researcher in the Social Computing Group at IBM's Watson Labs in New York to which I telecommute from my home in Minneapolis. My research focuses on designing systems that enable groups of people to interact coherently and productively: originally focused on online systems, the scope of my work has expanded to include real world environments ranging from rooms to cities.

More generally, I am interested in topics such as genre theory, pattern languages, urban design, real and virtual communities, and the sociology of human-human interaction, all of which inform my approach to systems design. I've been at IBM since June '97; before that I spent 9 years at Apple, and before that 5 years in a now-defunct startup that competed with another startup called Lotus.

http://www.visi.com/~snowfall/

Publications

Publication period start: 1989
Publication period end: 2014
Number of co-authors: 71

Co-authors

Number of publications with favourite co-authors
Jeremy Sussman
4
Christine Halverson
4
Wendy A. Kellogg
13

Productive Colleagues

Most productive colleagues in number of publications
Mark S. Ackerman
67
Loren Terveen
69
Benjamin B. Bederson
70

Publications

Erickson, Thomas (2006): From PIM to GIM: personal information management in group contexts. In Communications of the ACM, 49 (1) pp. 74-75. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1107458.1107495

Erickson, Thomas, Huang, Wei, Danis, Catalina, Kellogg, Wendy A. (2004): A social proxy for distributed tasks: design and evaluation of a working prototype. In: Dykstra-Erickson, Elizabeth, Tscheligi, Manfred (eds.) Proceedings of ACM CHI 2004 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems April 24-29, 2004, Vienna, Austria. pp. 559-566. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/985692.985763

Churchill, Elizabeth F., Erickson, Thomas (2003): Introduction to This Special Issue on Talking About Things in Mediated Conversations. In Human-Computer Interaction, 18 (1) pp. 1-11.

Halverson, Christine, Erickson, Thomas, Sussman, Jeremy (2003): What counts as success? punctuated patterns of use in a persistent chat environment. In: Tremaine, Marilyn M., Simone, Carla (eds.) Proceedings of the International ACM SIGGROUP Conference on Supporting Group Work 2003 November 9-12, 2003, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA. pp. 180-189. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/958160.958188

Hudson, James M., Christensen, Jim, Kellogg, Wendy A., Erickson, Thomas (2002): "I'd be overwhelmed, but it's just one more thing to do": availability and interruption in. In: Terveen, Loren (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 2002 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 20-25, 2002, Minneapolis, Minnesota. pp. 97-104.

Erickson, Thomas (2002): Some problems with the notion of context-aware computing. In Communications of the ACM, 45 (2) pp. 102-104. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/503124.503154

Erickson, Thomas, Kellogg, Wendy A. (2000): Social Translucence: An Approach to Designing Systems that Support Social Processes. In ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction, 7 (1) pp. 59-83. http://acm.org/pubs/articles/journals/tochi/2000-7-1/p59-erickson/p59-erickson.pdf

Erickson, Thomas, Smith N., David, Kellogg, Wendy A., Laff, Mark, Richards, John T., Bradner, Erin (1999): Socially Translucent Systems: Social Proxies, Persistent Conversation, and the Design of. In: Altom, Mark W., Williams, Marian G. (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 99 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference May 15-20, 1999, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. pp. 72-79. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/302979/p72-erickson/p72-erickson.pdf

Erickson, Thomas (1999): Persistant Conversation: An Introduction. In J. Computer-Mediated Communication, 4 (4) pp. . http://jcmc.indiana.edu/vol4/issue4/ericksonintro.html

Bradner, Erin, Kellogg, Wendy A., Erickson, Thomas (1999): The adoption and use of BABBLE: A field study of chat in the workplace. In: Boedker, Susanne, Kyng, Morten, Schmidt, Kjeld (eds.) ECSCW 99 - Proceedings of the Sixth European Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work 12-16 September, 1999, Copenhagen, Denmark. pp. 139.

Bruckman, Amy S., Donath, Judith S., Erickson, Thomas, Kellogg, Wendy A., Wellman, Barry (1999): Research Issues in the Design of Online Communities: Report on the CHI 99 Workshop. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 31 (4) pp. 23-25. http://www.acm.org/sigchi/bulletin/1999.4a/bruckman.pdf

Scholtz, Jean, Bellotti, Victoria, Schirra, Leslie, Erickson, Thomas, DeGroot, Jenny, Lund, Arnold (1998): Telework: When Your Job is On the Line. In Interactions, 5 (1) pp. 44-54. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/journals/interactions/1998-5-1/p44-scholtz/p44-scholtz.pdf

Bayle, Elisabeth, Bellamy, Rachel, Casaday, George, Erickson, Thomas, Fincher, Sally, Grinter, Beki, Gross, Ben, Lehder, Diane, Marmolin, Hans, Moore, Brian, Potts, Colin, Skousen, Grant (1998): Putting It All Together: Towards a Pattern Language for Interaction Design. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 30 (1) pp. 17-23. http://www.acm.org/sigchi/bulletin/1998.1/erickson.html

Erickson, Thomas (1996): Design as Storytelling. In Interactions, 3 (4) pp. 30-35. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/journals/interactions/1996-3-4/p30-erickson/p30-erickson.pdf

Erickson, Thomas (1996): The world wide web as social hypertext. In Communications of the ACM, 31 (1) pp. 15-17. http://Communications of the ACM

Erickson, Thomas (1996): The Design and Long-Term Use of a Personal Electronic Notebook: A Reflective Analysis. In: Tauber, Michael J., Bellotti, Victoria, Jeffries, Robin, Mackinlay, Jock D., Nielsen, Jakob (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 96 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 14-18, 1996, Vancouver, Canada. pp. 11-18.

Kahle, Brewster, Morris, Harry, Goldman, Johnathan, Erickson, Thomas, Curran, John (1993): Interfaces for Distributed Systems of Information Servers. In JASIST - Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology, 44 (8) pp. 453-467.

Erickson, Thomas, Salomon, Gitta (1991): Designing a Desktop Information System: Observations and Issues. In: Robertson, Scott P., Olson, Gary M., Olson, Judith S. (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 91 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 28 - June 5, 1991, New Orleans, Louisiana. pp. 49-54. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/108844/p49-erickson/p49-erickson.pdf

Mercurio, Philip J., Erickson, Thomas (1990): Interactive Scientific Visualization: An Assessment of a Virtual Reality System. In: Diaper, Dan, Gilmore, David J., Cockton, Gilbert, Shackel, Brian (eds.) INTERACT 90 - 3rd IFIP International Conference on Human-Computer Interaction August 27-31, 1990, Cambridge, UK. pp. 741-745.

Farrand, A. Brady, Erickson, Thomas, Hoeber, Tony, Parkhurst, Bill, Wilson, Ted (1989): "My User Interface is the Best Because...". In: Bice, Ken, Lewis, Clayton H. (eds.) Proceedings of the ACM CHI 89 Human Factors in Computing Systems Conference April 30 - June 4, 1989, Austin, Texas. pp. 223-225.

Erickson, Thomas (1989): Interfaces for Cooperative Work: An Eclectic Look at CSCW\'88. In ACM SIGCHI Bulletin, 21 (1) pp. 56-64.

Erickson, Thomas, Herring, Susan C. (2005): Persistent Conversation: A Dialog Between Research and Design. In: HICSS 2005 - 38th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences 3-6 January, 2005, Big Island, HI, USA. http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/HICSS.2005.491

Erickson, Thomas, Herring, Susan C. (2006): Minitrack Introduction. In: HICSS 2006 - 39th Hawaii International International Conference on Systems Science 4-7 January, 2006, Kauai, HI, USA. http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/HICSS.2006.331

Erickson, Thomas, Herring, Susan C. (2007): Minitrack: Persistent Conversation 8: Design and Analysis of CMC Systems. In: HICSS 2007 - 40th Hawaii International International Conference on Systems Science 3-6 January, 2007, Waikoloa, Big Island, HI, USA. pp. 75. http://doi.ieeecomputersociety.org/10.1109/HICSS.2007.378

Stone, Linda M., Erickson, Thomas, Bederson, Benjamin B., Rothman, Peter, Muzzy, Raymond (1994): Visualizing Data: Is Virtual Reality the Key? (Panel). In: Bergeron, R. Daniel, Kaufman, Arie E. (eds.) VIS 1994 - Proceedings IEEE Visualization 1994 October 17-21, 1994, Washington, DC, USA. pp. 410-413.

Erickson, Thomas, Shami, N. Sadat, Kellogg, Wendy A., Levine, David W. (2011): Synchronous interaction among hundreds: an evaluation of a conference in an avatar-based v. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 503-512. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1978942.1979013

Erickson, Thomas, Herring, Susan (2002): Minitrack Introduction. In: HICSS 2002 , 2002, . pp. 113. http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2002/1435/04/14350113abs.htm

Shami, N. Sadat, Erickson, Thomas, Kellogg, Wendy, Levine, David (2011): Places in spaces: common ground in virtual worlds. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 1717-1722. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1979742.1979834

Hecht, Brent, Schoning, Johannes, Erickson, Thomas, Priedhorsky, Reid (2011): Geographic human-computer interaction. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2011 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2011, . pp. 447-450. http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/1979742.1979532

Erickson, Thomas (2014): Social Computing. In: Zahirovic, Armin, Lowgren, Jonas, Carroll, John M., Hassenzahl, Marc, Erickson, Thomas, Blackwell, Alan, Overbeeke, Kees, Hummels, Caroline, Spence, Robert, Apperley, Mark, Holtzblatt, Karen, Beyer, Hugh R., Kjeldskov, Jesper, Burnett, Margaret M., Scaffidi, Christopher, Svanaes, Dag, Hook, Kristina, Sutcliffe, Alistair G., Schmidt, Albrecht, Cockton, Gilbert, Kaptelinin, Victor, Christensen, Clayton M., Hippel, Eric von, Tractinsky, Noam, Challis, Ben, Shusterman, Richard, Hudson, William, Mann, Steve, Whitworth, Brian, Ahmad, Adnan, de Souza, Clarisse Sieckenius, Fishwick, Paul A., Grudin, Jonathan, Poltrock, Steven, Gallagher, Shaun, Dix, Alan J., Nielsen, Lene, Randall, Dave, Rouncefield, Mark, Bowman, Doug A., Kock, Ned, Cairns, Paul, Few, Stephen, Dautenhahn, Kerstin, Paterno, Fabio, Cyr, Dianne, Mortier, Richard, Haddadi, Hamed, Henderson, Tristan, McAuley, Derek, Crowcroft, Jon, Crabtree, Andy, Stephanidis, Constantine, Giaccardi, Elisa, Stappers, Pieter, Blandford, Ann (eds). "The Encyclopedia of Human-Computer Interaction, 2nd Ed." The Interaction Design Foundation .

Panciera, Katherine, Priedhorsky, Reid, Erickson, Thomas, Terveen, Loren (2010): Lurking? cyclopaths?: a quantitative lifecycle analysis of user behavior in a geowiki. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2010 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2010, . pp. 1917-1926. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1753326.1753615

Erickson, Thomas, Herring, Susan (2004): Persistent Conversation: A Dialog Between Research and Design: Minitrack Introduction. In: HICSS 2004 , 2004, . http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2004/2056/04/205640106abs.htm

Farrell, Robert, Shah, Hina, Erickson, Thomas, Kellogg, Wendy A. (2009): A design evaluation of a user interface for tending long-term tasks. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2009 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2009, . pp. 4141-4146. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1520340.1520630

Erickson, Thomas, Herring, Susan (2001): Persistent Conversation: A Dialog between Research and Design - Minitrack Introduction. In: HICSS 2001 , 2001, . http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2001/0981/04/09814031abs.htm

Erickson, Thomas, Herring, Susan (2000): Persistent Conversation - Introduction. In: HICSS 2000 , 2000, . http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2000/0493/03/04933029abs.htm

Erickson, Thomas (1999): Persistent Conversation: Discourse as Document - Introduction. In: HICSS 1999 , 1999, . http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/1999/0001/02/00012021abs.htm

Erickson, Thomas (1999): Rhyme and Punishment: The Creation and Enforcement of Conventions in an On-Line Participat. In: HICSS 1999 , 1999, . http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/1999/0001/02/00012005abs.htm

Erickson, Thomas (1997): Social Interaction on the Net: Virtual Community as Participatory. In: HICSS 1997 , 1997, . pp. 13-21. http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/1997/7734/06/7734060013abs.htm

Erickson, Thomas (2000): Making Sense of Computer-Mediated Communication: Conversations as Genres, CMC Systems as G. In: HICSS 2000 , 2000, . http://csdl.computer.org/comp/proceedings/hicss/2000/0493/03/04933011abs.htm

Erickson, Thomas (2005): Inhabited Models: Supporting Coherent Behavior in Online Systems. In: Ardissono, Liliana, Brna, Paul, Mitrovic, Antonija (eds.) User Modeling 2005 - 10th International Conference - UM 2005 July 24-29, 2005, Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. pp. 5-8. http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/11527886_3

Erickson, Thomas, Danis, Catalina M., Kellogg, Wendy A., Helander, Mary E. (2008): Assistance: the work practices of human administrative assistants and their implications f. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW08 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work , 2008, . pp. 609-618. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1460563.1460658

Erickson, Thomas, Kellogg, Wendy A., Laff, Mark, Sussman, Jeremy, Wolf, Tracee Vetting, Halverson, Christine, Edwards, Denise (2006): A persistent chat space for work groups: the design, evaluation and deployment of loops. In: Proceedings of DIS06: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2006, . pp. 331-340. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1142405.1142454

Erickson, Thomas (2000): Lingua Francas for Design: Sacred Places and Pattern Languages. In: Proceedings of DIS00: Designing Interactive Systems: Processes, Practices, Methods, & Techniques , 2000, . pp. 357-368. http://www.acm.org/pubs/articles/proceedings/chi/347642/p357-erickson/p357-erickson.pdf

Kellogg, Wendy A., Erickson, Thomas, Wolf, Tracee Vetting, Levy, Stephen, Christensen, Jim, Sussman, Jeremy, Bennett, William (2006): Leveraging digital backchannels to enhance user experience in electronically mediated comm. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW06 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work , 2006, . pp. 451-454. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1180875.1180943

Halverson, Christine, Erickson, Thomas, Ackerman, Mark S. (2004): Behind the help desk: evolution of a knowledge management system in a large organization. In: Proceedings of ACM CSCW04 Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work , 2004, . pp. 304-313. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1031607.1031657

Ding, Xianghua, Erickson, Thomas, Kellogg, Wendy A., Levy, Stephen, Christensen, James E., Sussman, Jeremy, Wolf, Tracee Vetting, Bennett, William (2007): An empirical study of the use of visually enhanced voip audio conferencing: the case of IE. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2007 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2007, . pp. 1019-1028. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1240624.1240780

Weisz, Justin D., Erickson, Thomas, Kellogg, Wendy A. (2006): Synchronous broadcast messaging: the use of ICT. In: Proceedings of ACM CHI 2006 Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems , 2006, . pp. 1293-1302. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1124772.1124967

Erickson, Thomas, Halverson, Christine (2005): Intelligent design or felicitous evolution?: sustaining order and activity in online commu. In: GROUP05: International Conference on Supporting Group Work November 6-9, 2005, Sanibel Island, Florida, USA. pp. 323. http://doi.acm.org/10.1145/1099203.1099258

Ivanov, Alex, Erickson, Thomas, Cyr, Dianne (2006): Plot-polling: Collaborative Knowledge Visualization for Online Discussions. In: Tenth International Conference on Information Visualization July 5-6, 2006, London, United Kingdom. pp. 205-210. http://www.visi.com/~snowfall/PlotPoll_IvanovEricksonCyr_IV06.pdf