SILS Ph.D. student Javier Velasco-Martin has been invited by the Information Architecture community of Chile to give two presentations. The first will be held on October 22 at the School of Architecture & Design of the Catholic University of Valparaiso and the second on October 23 at the Telefonica Auditorium. During each presentation, Velasco-Martin will provide an overview of the SILS and the doctoral program, as well as his own experiences as a SILS graduate student. He will also discuss the nature and scope of his research, based out of the SILS Interaction Design Lab (IDL), which focuses on social networks and their users.
While working in the IDL, Velasco-Martin has developed a research project entitled, "Self-disclosure over Social Media," which explores how and why people are often willing to disclose highly personal information in public environments. The project also explores whether or not design elements of social network interfaces potentially influence users' behavior. Velasco-Martin ran a large-scale study for his self-disclosure research with over 1200 participants. This was an international survey funded by the 2009 Information Architecture Institute Progress grant.
Velasco-Martin and his colleagues at SILS are preparing the results of the study for publication with his colleagues at SILS.
A SILS Ph.D. student since 2008, Velasco-Martin has seen his articles published extensively in both Spanish and English journals on a broad range of information-related topics, including information retrieval, information architecture, user interface design, Flickr and Second Life. To learn more about his research, you can visit his Web site.