David's research interests are centered around the impact of offline meetings on groups that have formed completely or predominately online, with particular focus on productivity and interpersonal relationships.
David has also conducted research in the area of video surveillance in public libraries, cyberbullying and media richness
More specifically, this project examines the development and evolution of the GENI.net cyberinfrastructures (PlanetLab, ProtoGeni, ORBIT, ORCA). The goal of this research is to develop a framework for understanding how cyberinfrastructure designs emerge and evolve over time (to that end, we are looking into various theoretical approaches beyond the "dominant design" approach that we originally proposed). We are conducting a qualitative study of the interactions between developers, experimenters and other GENI stakeholders, and of their involvement in the design and development processes across its four cyberinfrastructures.
The long-term goal of our research is to contribute research and practical knowledge to the area of cyberinfrastructure design and large-scale IT development.
The proposed study will shed light on each of these areas of inquiry through ethnographic investigations of online fan communities currently popular among U.S. teens.
The American Academy of Pediatrics has identified bullying as a serious health risk for adolescents. In today’s age of social media and smartphones, this health risk has taken on new forms and extended its reach. Strategies to reduce the prevalence of and negative consequences associated with both traditional and cyberbullying require knowledge of victims’ lived experiences as well as the coping strategies they employ—both effectively and ineffectively—to respond to their tormentors.