Saiph Savage

Saiph Savage directs the HCI Lab at WVU where she studies how collective action is organized. She then uses these findings to design human centered platforms that organize citizen crowds to produce collective action to build improved democracies, access better jobs, and create positive social change.

Impact. Dr. Savage's research has had observable impact. She was named one of the 35 Innovators under 35 by the MIT Technology Review. She recently also won a 2.5 million dollar NSF grant to study systems to computationally organize displaced rural workers to develop their digital skills for the purpose of accessing better jobs and diminishing disinformation in their rural towns.
Saiph has opened the area of Human Computer Interaction in rural West Virginia, and has had noticeable influence on national and local governments in Latin America by leading them to adopt Human Centered Design to deliver better services to citizens. Her research also helped push the creation of a Federal Advisory Committee in Mexico for exponential technology. She frequently collaborates directly with Mexico's Federal Government and social companies to create research and systems that are used throughout the nation.
Dr. Savage has also shared her research with Latin American presidencies, European Government officials, as well as well-established civic organizations, such as the Organization of American States (OAS), the National Democratic Institute, the Atlantic Council, the Carnegie Council, the Aspen Institute, Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS). Through these collaborations, she has designed human centered technology that empowers underpriviledged citizens and organizations at scale (e.g., rural adults, civic institutions in the Global South, or gig workers). Dr. Savage's work has been covered on major news outlets, such as: the BBC, Deutsche Welle, Vice News and the New York Times.

Background. Saiph is currently a visiting professor at the Human-Computer Interaction Institute at Carnegie Mellon University (CMU) and adjunct professor at the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM). She holds a bachelors degree in Computer Engineering from UNAM, a masters and Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of California, Santa Barbara. She has worked at Microsoft Bing and Intel Labs.

Highlights


Research Papers


Becoming the Super Turker:
Increasing Wages via a Strategy from High Earning Workers

Saiph Savage, Chun-Wei Chiang, Susumu Saito, Carlos Toxtli, Jeffrey Bigham
WWW: The Web Conference 2020

Reputation Agent: Prompting Fair Reviews in Gig Markets

Carlos Toxtli, Angela Richmond-Fuller, Saiph Savage
WWW: The Web Conference 2020

Citizens as More Than Sensors, Citizens as Agents for Change

Saiph Savage
WWW: The Web Conference 2020

Enabling Expert Critique at Scale with Chatbots and Micro-Guidance

Carlos Toxtli, Saiph Savage
ACHI: Advances in Computer-Human Interactions 2020

Predicting the Working Time of Microtasks Based on Workers' Perception of Prediction Errors

Susumu Saito, Chun-Wei Chiang, Saiph Savage, Jeffrey Bigham
Journal of Human Computation 2020

Understanding the Threats and Consequences of Computational Propaganda on Native Americans

Amy Ruckes, Norma Elva Chavez, Eber Betanzos, Saiph Savage,
White Paper for Mexico's Electoral Institute 2020

Enabling Secure and Privacy-Preserving Identity
Management via Smart Contracts

Amy Ruckes, Alberto Garcia, Cameron Dennis, Norma Elva Chavez,
Eber Betanzos, Saiph Savage,
FAB'20: Symposium on Foundations and Applications of Blockchain 2020

Exploitation of Native American Social Media for Political Propaganda

Amy Ruckes, Eber Betanzos, Saiph Savage,
41st American Indian Workshop 2020

Turker Tales: Integrating Tangential Play into Crowd Work

Anna Kasunik, Chun-Wei Chiang, Geoff Kaufman, Saiph Savage
DIS: ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2019

Audience and Streamer Participation at Scale on Twitch

Claudia Flores Saviaga, Jessica Hammer, Juan Pablo Flores, Saiph Savage
HT: ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media 2019

TurkScanner: Predicting the Hourly Wage of Microtasks

Susumu Saito, Chun-Wei Chiang, Saiph Savage, Jeffrey Bigham
WWW: The Web Conference 2019
Honorable Mention 🏆

Deploying Real World Blockchain Systems

Chun Wei Chiang, Eber Betanzos, Saiph Savage
Journal of Cyberspace Studies 2019.

BOTS: For Building a Better Society?

Liliana Savage, Eber Betanzos, Saiph Savage
Book Chapter for CIDOB International Yearbook 2019.

Understanding the Crowd Markets that Workers and Requesters Imagine

Carlos Toxtli, Juan Pablo Castillo, Alberto Campos, et al. Saiph Savage
CI: ACM Conference on Collective Intelligence 2019

Anti-LatinX: Computational Propaganda in the US

Claudia Flores-Saviaga, Saiph Savage
Institute of the Future White Paper 2019.

Native Americans and the Threat of Computational Propaganda

Amy Ruckes, Eber Betanzos, Saiph Savage
White Paper for the Atlantic Council 2019.

Unraveling Russian Government News Operatations in Latin America

Liliana Savage, Claudia Flores-Saviaga, Saiph Savage
White Paper for the London School of Economics 2019.

Org-scale analytics: Today's startups build societies. Do it right.

Seth Frey, Grace Benefield, Clark Bernier, Maarten Bos, Ceren Budak, Simon DeDeo, Rosta Farzan, Benjamin Mako Hill, Abigail Jacobs, Saiph Savage, Aaron Shaw
Towards Data Science Journal 2019

Blockchain for Governance and Civic Participation in Mexico.

Liliana Savage, Eber Betanzos, Saiph Savage
White Paper 2019.

Worker Demographics and Earnings on Amazon Mechanical Turk: An Exploratory Analysis

Kotaro Hara, Kristy Milland, Benjamin Hanrahan,
Chris Callison-Burch, Abigail Adams, Saiph Savage, Jeffrey Bigham.
CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2019

Crowd Coach: Peer Coaching for Crowd Workers' Skill Growth

Chun-Wei Chiang, Anna Kasunic, Saiph Savage
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2018.

The Social Roles of Bots: Evaluating Impact of Bots on
Discussions in Online Communities

Joseph Seering, Juan Pablo Flores, Saiph Savage, Jessica Hammer
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2018.

Mobilizing the Trump Train: Understanding Collective Action
in a Political Troll Community

Claudia Flores-Saviaga, Brian Keegan, Saiph Savage
ICWSM: International AAAI Conference on Web and Social Media 2018

A Data-Driven Analysis of Workers’ Earnings on Amazon Mechanical Turk

Kotaro Hara, Abigail Adams, Kristy Milland, Saiph Savage, Chris Callison-Burch, Jeffrey Bigham
CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018
Honorable Mention (Top 5% of all CHI Papers) 🏆

Crowdsourcing the Installation and Maintenance of Indoor Localization Infrastructure to Support Blind Navigation

Cole Gleason, Dragan Ahmetovic, Saiph Savage, Jeffrey Bigham
UbiComp Journal: ACM Journal on Interactive, Mobile, Wearable and Ubiquitous Technologies 2018

Blockchain for Trustful Collaborations between Immigrants and Governments

Chun-Wei Chiang, Eber Betanzos, Saiph Savage
CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018

Enabling Expert Critique with Chatbots and Micro Guidance

Carlos Toxtli, Joel Chan, Walter S. Lasecki, Saiph Savage
CI: ACM Collective Intelligence Conference 2018

Crowd Work on a CV? Understanding How AMT Fits into Turkers' Career Goals and Professional Profiles

Anna Kasunic, Chun Wei Chiang, Geoff Kaufman, Saiph Savage
CI: ACM Collective Intelligence Conference 2018

User Experiences with Traditional and 3D-Printed Upper Extremity Prostheses, Development of a Comprehensive Survey Instrument

Goeran Fiedler, Jennifer Mankoff, Sydney Eckert, Chelsea Ngo, Saiph Savage
Canadian Prosthetics and Orthotics Journal 2018

Designing Blockchain Technology to Transform Rural Communities

Chun-Wei Chiang, Eber Betanzos, Michael Austin, Saiph Savage
Workshop CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2018

Detecting and Counter-Attacking Online Radicalization and Cyberwars

Saiph Savage, Eber Betanzos
POST 2018 (DOD Funding conference)

Subcontracting Microwork

Meredith Ringel Morris, Jeffrey P. Bigham, Robin Brewer, Jonathan Bragg, Anand Kulkarni, Jessie Li, and Saiph Savage
CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2017

The Effects of ``Not Knowing What You Don't Know'' on Web Accessibility for Blind Web Users

Jeffrey Bigham, Irene Lin, Saiph Savage
ASSETS: ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility 2017

Audience Participation Games: Blurring the Line Between Player and Spectator

Joseph Seering, Saiph Savage, Michael Eagle, Joshua Churchin, Rachel Moeller, Jeffrey Bigham, Jessica Hammer
DIS: ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems 2017

Understanding Mobile Money Perceptions of Latin American Migrants

Chun-Wei Chiang, Claudia Flores Saviaga, Eduardo Jr Arenas, Felipe Colin, Mario Romero, Cuauhtemoc Rivera-Loaiza, Norma Elva Chavez and Saiph Savage
Latin American Conference on Human-Computer Interaction 2017

On How Deaf People Might Use Speech to Control Devices

Jeffrey Bigham, Raja Kushalnagar, Ting-Hao K. Huang, Karen Kim, Juan Pablo Flores, Saiph Savage
ASSETS: ACM Conference on Computers and Accessibility 2017

Automated Assistants to Identify and Prompt Action on Visual News Bias

Vishwajeet Narwa, Mohamed Hashim Salih, Jose Angel Lopez, Angel Ortega, John o'Donovan, Tobias Hollerer, and Saiph Savage
CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2017

CHI-nnabis: Implications of Marijuana Legalization for and from Human-Computer Interaction

Brian C. Keegan, Jofish Kaye, Patricia Cavazos-Rehg, Munmun de Choudhury, Dong Nguyen, Michael J. Paul, and Saiph Savage
CHI: ACM Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems 2017

Social Media, Civic Engagement, and the Slactivism Hypothesis:
Lessons from Mexico's "El Bronco"

Phil Howard, Saiph Savage, Claudia Saviaga, Carlos Toxtli, Andres Monroy-Hemández
Journal Of International Affairs 2016

Botivist: Calling Volunteers to Action Using Online Bots

Saiph Savage, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Tobias Hollerer
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016

Bring on Board New Enthusiasts! A Case Study of Impact of Wikipedia Art + Feminism Edit-a-thon Events on Newcomers

Rosta Farzan, Saiph Savage, Claudia Flores-Saviaga
SocInfo: 8th International Conference on Social Informatics 2016

Innovations in Autonomous Systems: Challenges and Opportunities for Human-Agent Collaboration

Lia Emanuel, Joel Fischer, Wendy Ju, Saiph Savage
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016

How To Think About Bots

Sam Woolley, danah boyd, Gilad Lotan, Gilad Rasner, Samantha Shorey, Alexis Lloyd, Luis Daniel Palacios, Saiph Savage, Meredith Broussard, Madeline Clare Elish, Lainna Fader, Tim Hwang
Vice Magazine

BotViz: Data Visualizations for Collaborations With Bots and Volunteers

Carlos Toxtli, Claudia Flores-Saviaga, Flor Aguilar, Alejandra Monroy, William Dai, Juan Pablo Flores, Nedda Amini, Jeerel Herrejon, Shloka Desai, Norma Elva Chavez, Saiph Savage
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016

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

LeadWise: Using Online Bots to Recruite and Guide Expert Volunteers

Claudia Flores-Saviaga, Saiph Savage, Dario Taraborelli
CSCW: ACM Conference on Computer-Supported Cooperative Work 2016

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

Political Bots and the Manipulation of Public Opinion in Venezuela

Michelle Forelle, Phil Howard, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Saiph Savage.
arXiv 2015

Daemo: a Self-Governed Crowdsourcing Marketplace

Stanford Research Collective, Saiph Savage, Michael Bernstein.
UIST: ACM Conference on User Interface Software and Technology 2015

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

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

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

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.

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

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. Lecture Notes in Geoinformation and Cartography. Springer

Crowdsourcing Volunteers

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

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 2013

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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.



Teaching🍎: Global UX
Email📨: saiph.savage@mail.wvu.edu