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Seongtaek Lim

Areas of Interest

Human-Computer Interaction, Information Visualization, and Computer-Supported Collaborative Work


I’m a 5th year PhD student in Information Science at Cornell University. I’m working at Cornell Tech campus in New York City.

I’m generally interested in human-computer interaction (HCI), information visualization (InfoViz), and Computer-Supported Collaborative Work (CSCW). My current focus is on HCI for “social good”. Social good is a broadly defined term that embraces human values, social justice, equity, etc. I’m trying to address those issues by suggesting interactive software tools that support democratic decision-making process and participatory model for information access in several contexts. I’ve been working with professor Tapan Parikh since April 2015.

I used to take interdisciplinary approach to explore a user’s perception on software systems. I enjoyed learning and applying social science research methods to explain what a conceptual model of user experience is like.

I received BA degree in Computer Science and MS degree in Cognitive Engineering from Yonsei University, South Korea. I started my PhD degree in School of Information at UC Berkeley, but transferred to Cornell’s NYC campus at the beginning of the 5th year.


Chen, F., Chiu, P. and Lim, S., 2016, March. Topic Modeling of Document Metadata for Visualizing Collaborations over Time. In Proceedings of the 21st International Conference on Intelligent User Interfaces (pp. 108-117). ACM.

Lim, S. and Chiu, P., 2015, February. Collaboration Map: Visualizing temporal dynamics of small group collaboration. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference Companion on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (pp. 41-44). ACM.

Coetzee, D., Lim, S., Fox, A., Hartmann, B. and Hearst, M.A., 2015, February. Structuring interactions for large-scale synchronous peer learning. In Proceedings of the 18th ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work & Social Computing (pp. 1139-1152). ACM.

Lim, S., Coetzee, D., Hartmann, B., Fox, A. and Hearst, M.A., 2014, March. Initial experiences with small group discussions in MOOCs. In Proceedings of the first ACM conference on Learning@ scale conference (pp. 151-152). ACM.

Lim, S., Cha, S.Y., Park, C., Lee, I. and Kim, J., 2012. Getting closer and experiencing together: Antecedents and consequences of psychological distance in social media-enhanced real-time streaming video. Computers in Human Behavior28(4), pp.1365-1378.

Lim, S., Cha, S.Y., Park, C., Lee, I. and Kim, J., 2011. Idioculture in crowd computing: A focus on group interaction in an event-driven social media system. International Journal of Human-Computer Studies69(10), pp.632-646.

Kim, J., Yang, S., Lim, S. and Lee, I., 2010. An Empirical Study on Motivation Factors and Reward Structure for User’s Createve Contents Generation: Focusing on the Mediating effect of Commitment. Asia Pacific Journal of Information Systems20(1), pp.141-170.

Yang, S., Lim, S., Lee, I., Lee, S. and Kim, J., 2008. A study on interaction factors influencing use intention of interactive video service: focusing on media synchronicity. SIGHCI 2008 Proceedings, p.14.