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.

Recent Publications

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 • pdfHonorable 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


Contact: eagapie@uw.edu