Leysia Palen is an former adjunct full professor in the Faculty of Economics and Social Sciences at the University of Agder. She is an associate professor of Computer Science faculty at the University of Colorado, Boulder and a faculty fellow with the Institute of Cognitive Science (ICS).
Human-computer interaction (HCI); human-centered computing (HCC); computer supported cooperative work (CSCW); crisis informatics; mobile society; social analysis of information & communications technology; situated cognition; social cognition
Her training and interests are socio-technical, with a focus on ethnographic studies of social computing. She has published several articles and an edited book on research about the social aspects of ICT in a variety of everyday and safety-critical contexts. In 2006, Professor Palen was awarded a US National Science Federation Early CAREER Grant to study information dissemination in disaster events (“Data in Disaster”). She is also the Principal Investigator of a $2.8M National Science Foundation grant called “Project EPIC: Empowering the Public with Information in Crisis.” Prior to her appointment at Colorado, she completed her PhD at the University of California, Irvine in Information and Computer Science, and her undergraduate education in Cognitive Science at the University of California, San Diego. In 2005-2006, Professor Palen was a visiting professor at the University of Aarhus, Denmark.