2009 is here!

I defended my dissertation in December of 2008 and have moved to a position as a postdoctoral researcher at the School of Informatics and Computer Science at the University of California Irvine. I chose to work at Irvine because of its outstanding scholars in human-computer interaction, such as my NSF grant PI Paul Dourish, whose work in critical studies of computing and distributed teams will prove essential to my next project.

The next project is a comparative study of another spacecraft team: Cassini, a mission to Saturn. Although also a robotic spacecraft, the Cassini mission is almost as different from the Mars Rovers as possible, with its complex organizational structure, flagship funding, orbital and celestial mechanics instead of alien atmospheres and ground to grapple with, and an international team (a NASA-ESA-ASI collaboration). Studying Cassini should illuminate many of the organizational issues that animate these complex, distant machines and clarify many of the questions about the Social Life of Spacecraft that arose from my dissertation project.