I am a PhD candidate in Human Centered Design and Engineering at University of Washington. I research, design and build technologies that encourage positive behavior change and empower people to reach their goals. My work leverages crowdsourcing and social computing to empower people to better help and support each other. My advisers are Gary Hsieh and Sean Munson.
I approach problems using mixed methods: I try to understand people's needs and practices, including qualitative and quantitative analysis of behavior, interview and surveys. I design, build and evaluate interactive systems.
Crowdsourcing Exercise Plans Aligned with Expert Guidelines and Everyday Constraints Elena Agapie, Bonnie Chinh, Laura Pina, Diana Oviedo, Molly Welsh, Gary Hsieh, Sean A. Munson CHI 2018 • pdf
When Personal Tracking Becomes Social: Examining the Use of Instagram for Healthy Eating Chia-Fang Chung, Elena Agapie, Jessica Schroeder, Sonali Mishra, James Fogarty, Sean A. Munson CHI 2017 • pdf
Examining Menstrual Tracking to Inform the Design of Personal Informatics Tools Daniel Epstein, Nicole Lee, Jennifer Kang, Elena Agapie, Jessica Schroeder, Laura Pina, James Fogarty, Julie Kientz, Sean A. Munson CHI 2017 • pdf • Best Paper Award (top 1%)
Staying the Course: System-Driven Lapse Management for Supporting Behavior Change Elena Agapie, Daniel Avrahami, Jennifer Marlow CHI 2016 • pdf • Honorable Mention Best Paper Award (top 5%)
PlanSourcing: Generating Behavior Change Plans with Friends and Crowds Elena Agapie, Lucas Colusso, Sean A. Munson, Gary Hsieh CSCW 2016 • pdf
Crowdsourcing in the field: A case study using local crowds for event reporting Elena Agapie, Andres Monroy-Hernandez, Jaime Teevan HCOMP 2015 • pdf • Best Paper Award (top 1%)
Social Cues and Interest in Reading Political News Stories Elena Agapie, Sean A. Munson ICWSM 2015 • pdf