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Milena Radzikowska
Associate Professor

Department
Information Design

office:T275
phone:1-403-440-8941
moc.liamg@akswokizdarm

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Milena Radzikowska

I design, teach, and conduct research as a feminist, a committed mentor, and community builder. My work in human-computer interaction is reciprocally informed by my passion for creating safer, more inclusive and compelling spaces, both digital and analog. My design and research work is interdisciplinary and collaborative, marked by a passion to work in the service of others.

Over the past 15 years I’ve worked on over a dozen projects designing human-computer interfaces with researchers working within the digital humanities, primarily exploring interface design for decision support; visualization for large text collections; online support environments for breast cancer survivors; and wildlife tracking systems for provincial parks.

I have had the great privilege to work on large, medium, and small, national and international research teams, including several with budgets of over a million dollars. My work has been iterative and experimental
Projects
Education
Ph.D. in Comparative Literature and Humanities Computing, 2009, January 1 - 2015, May 1. University of Alberta. Specialization: Feminist Human-Computer Interaction. Dissertation title: "Looking for Betsy: A Critical Theory Approach to Visibility and Pluralism in Design". Supervised by: Ruecker, Stan, Verdicchio, Massimo, & Rockwell, Geoffrey.
Master of Design in Art and Design, 2004. University of Alberta. Thesis title: "The design of a task-based web application: meeting information seeking, service and support needs of women with breast cancer".
Bachelor of Design Honours in Visual Communication Major: Digital Communication, 2000. NSCAD University, Halifax, Nova Scotia.
Awards and Distinctions
"mediaFresh, 2007 Digital Media of Association of Alberta Awards". 2007.
"Educator of the Year". Conferred by mediaFresh, 2007 Digital Media of Association of Alberta Awards. 2007.
"Graduate Student Scholarship". Conferred by Alberta Office of the Minister of Advanced Education. 2003.
"Master of Design Scholarship". Conferred by University of Alberta. 2001 - 2002.
"Palliative Care Association Identity Design competition". 2000.
"Heart & Stroke Foundation’s 40th Anniversary logo competition". 1999.
"Bag Design competition". Conferred by Atlantic Bag Manufacturers. 1998.
"Ceiling Tile Design competition". 1997.
Recent Publications
Sinclair, S., & Ruecker, S. (2013). Information Visualization for Humanities Scholars. Literary Studies in the Digital Age: An Evolving Anthology, MLA Commons (In Print).
Sondheim, D., Rockwell, G., Ilovan, M., Radzikowska, M., & Ruecker, S. (2012). Interfacing the Collection. Scholarly and Research Communication, 3(1) (In Print).
Ruecker, S., Rockwell, G., Radzikowska, M., Sinclair, S., Vandendorpe, C., Siemens, R., Dobson, T., Doll, L., Bieber, M., Eberle-Sinatra, M., & Lucky, L. (2012). Drilling for Papers in INKE. Scholarly and Research Communication, 3(1) (In Print).
Ruecker, S., Rockwell, G., Sinclair, S., Radzikowska, M., Dobson, T., Blandford, A., Brown, S., Nelson, B., & INKE Research Team (2011, November 22). The beginning, the middle, and the end: new tools for the scholarly edition. In INKE: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in a Digital Age: Text and Beyond (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan) (In Print).
Brown, S., Arazy, O., Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., Rockwell, G., Moroz, A., Sellmer, S., & INKE Research Team (2011, November 21). From CRUD to CREAM: imagining a rich scholarly repository interface. In INKE: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in a Digital Age: Text and Beyond (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan) (In Print).
Nelson, B., Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., Sinclair, S., Brown, S., Bieber, M., & INKE Research Team (2011, November 21). A Short History and Demonstration of the Dynamic Table of Contexts. In INKE: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in a Digital Age: Text and Beyond (Ritsumeikan University, Kyoto, Japan) (In Print).
Radzikowska, M., Ruecker, S., Chung, T., Bischof, W., & Forbes, F. (2011, November 8). Human Decisions for a Machine World: Designing Experimental Interface Alternatives that Support Decision Making. In International Conference on Interaction Design (Hong Kong Polytechnic) (In Print).
Ruecker, S., Allman, J., Boyd, J., Brown, S., Burden, M., Drucker, J., Fiorentino, C., Graham, W., Nowviskie, B., Rockwell, G., Rodriguez-Arenas, O., & Radzikowska, M. (2011, October 28). The Visual Representation of Time. In Canadian Women Writers Conference: Space / Place /Play (Ryerson University, Toronto, ON) (In Print).
Radzikowska, M., Ruecker, S., & Ta, C. (2011, June 1). So, Why is this a Digital Humanities Project: An Interdisciplinary Case Study in Connecting DH, Engineering and Industry. In Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs annual conference at the 2011 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (University of New Brunswick) (In Print).
Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., Giacometti, A., Bieber, M., & INKE Research Group (2011, May 31). Corpora Interface Prototypes. In Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs annual conference at the 2011 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (University of New Brunswick) (In Print).
Radzikowska, M., Ruecker, S., Brown, S., & Antoniuk, J. (2011, May 30). Slicing, Dicing, and Splicing on the Orlando Breadboard. In Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs annual conference at the 2011 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (University of New Brunswick) (In Print).
Ruecker, S., & Sinclair, S. (2011, May 25). Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage: A Guide to Rich-Prospect Browsing, 1(1). London: Ashgate (Status: In Print).
Radzikowska, M., Ruecker, S., & Rockwell, G. (2011, May 1). Seeing, Thinking, Making: Students Experiment with Humanities Data Visualization. In 2011 Pica Design Conference (Banff, Alberta) (In Print).
Radzikowska, M. (2011, February). A Structure for Every Surface: Designing a JiTR Mash-up. In Keynote presentation at HuCon 2011: Current Graduate Research in Humanities Computing (Edmonton, Alberta) (In Print). (Role: Keynote Speaker).
Radzikowska, M., Ruecker, S., Bischof, W., & Annett, M. (2010, October). Geared Decisions: Experimenting with Decision Support Visualizations. In Design and Emotion Conference (Chicago, Ill) (In Print).
Radzikowska, M. (2010). Nested Gears: Visualizing Decision Support Systems for Manufacturing. In 2010 Hucon Conference.
Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., & Sinclair, S. (2009). Designing Data Mining Droplets: New Interface Objects for the Humanities Scholar. Digital Humanities Quarterly.
Ruecker, S., Rockwell, G., Radzikowska, M., Sinclair, S., Vandendorpe, C., Siemens, R., Dobson, T., Doll, L., Bieber, M., Eberle-Sinatra, M., Lucky, S., & The INKE Group (2009). Drilling for Papers in INKE. In INKE 2009: Research Foundations for Understanding Books and Reading in the Digital Age.
Radzikowska, M., Traynor, B., Ruecker, S., & Vaughan, N. (2009). Teaching user-centered design through low-fidelity sketches. In 4th Information Design International Conference (Rio De Janeiro, Brazil).
Brown, S., Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., Patey, M., Sinclair, S., Antoniuk, J., Farnel, S., & Grundy, I. (2009). Visualizing Varieties of Association in Orlando. In Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science.
Ruecker, S., Brown, S., Radzikowska, M., Sinclair, S., Nelson, T.M., Clements, P., Grundy, I., Balasz, S., & Antoniuk , J. (2009). The Table of Contexts: A Dynamic Browsing Tool for Digitally Encoded Texts. In, The Charm of a List: From the Sumerians to Computerised Data Processing. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Michura, P., Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., Fiorentino, C., Clement, T., & Sinclair, S. (2009). Slot Machines, Graphs, and Radar Screens: Prototyping List-based Literary Research Tools. In, The Charm of a List: From the Sumerians to Computerised Data Processing. Cambridge: Cambridge Scholars Publishing.
Brown, S., Antoniuk, J., Farnel, S., Grundy, I., Ruecker, S., Patey, M., Sinclair, S., & Radzikowska, M. (2008, November 1). Making Sense of Literary History: The Dense Associative Web of Orlando. In Paper presented at the third Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) Colloquium (Chicago, IL).
McDonald, A., Kumar, A., Bouchard, M., Giacometti, A., Patey, M., Radzikowska, M., Michura, P., Fiorentino, C., Ruecker, S., Plaisant, C., & Sinclair, S. (2008, November 1). Dozens of Little Radio Stations: Getting Technologies Talking in the MONK Workbench. In Paper presented at the third Digital Humanities and Computer Science (DHCS) Colloquium (Chicago, IL).
Radzikowska, M., Derbyshire, P., McNicol, B., Irish, C., Bouchard, M., Quinlan, J., & Ruecker, S. (2008, October 1). There’s a Grizzly Bear in Sector 7: Emotional triggers in an online GIS-based information system for parks management and safety. In Proceedings of the 6th International Design and Emotion Conference (Hong Kong).
Giacometti, A., Ruecker, S., Craig, I., Derksen, G., & Radzikowska, M. (2008, October 1). Introducing the Ripper Interface for Text Collections. In Paper presented at the Canadian Symposium on Text Analysis (CaSTA) Conference: New Directions in Text Analysis (Saskatoon).
Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., & Sinclair, S. (2008, June 1). Hackfests, Designfests, and Writingfests:The Role of Intense Periods of Face-to-Face Collaboration in International Research Teams. In Paper presented at the Digital Humanities (Oulu, Finland).
Ruecker, S., & Radzikowska, M. (2008, February 1). The Design of a Project Charter for Interdisciplinary Research. In Designing Interactive Systems (DIS 2007) (Cape Town, South Africa).
Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., Michura, P., Fiorentino, C., & Clement, T. (2008). Visualizing Repetition in Text. Reassembling the Disassembled Book, Special Issue of CH Working Papers.
Michura, P., Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., & Fiorento, C. (2007, November 1). The Novel as a List of Words. In The Potential and Limitations of a List: an International Transdisciplinary Workshop (Prague, Czech Republic).
Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., Brown, S., Nelson, T., Grundy, I., Clements, P., Balasz, S., Antoniuk, J., & Sinclair, S. (2007, November 1). The Dynamic Table of Contents: Extending a Venerable List in a Digital Context. In The Potential and Limitations of a List: an International Transdisciplinary Workshop (Prague, Czech Republic). Czech Republic, Prague. November 2007 (Accepted).
Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., Michura, P., & Fiorentino, C. (2007). Visualizing Repetition in Text. CH Working Papers.
Ruecker, S., Sinclair, S., & Radzikowska, M. (2007). Confidence, Visual Research and the Aesthetic Function. Partnership, 2(1).
Ruecker, S., & Radzikowska, M. (2006, October 1). Communicating Process with Form: Designing the Visual Morphology of the Nora Data Mining Kernels. In CaSTA 2006: Breadth of Text—A Joint Computer Science and Humanities Computing Conference (Fredericton, NB). University of New Brunswick, Fredericton. October 2006.
Ruecker, S., Roessler, B., Sinclair, S., Gabriele, S., Sapp, A., & Radzikowska, M. (2006, October 1). Watch My Moves: From Digital Plays to the Digital Playbook. In The Ninth IASTED International Conference on Computers and Advanced Technology in Education (CATE 2006) (Lima, Peru). Lima, Peru. October 2006.
Radzikowska, M., & Ruecker, S. (2006, August 1). Design Issues for a Collaborative On-Line Environment. In IASTED conference on Internet and Multimedia Systems and Applications (IMSA 2006) (Honolulu, Hawaii).
Ruecker, S., Radzikowska, M., & Sinclair, S. (2006). Communicating Process with Form: Designing the Visual Morphology of the Nora Data Mining Kernels. Digital Humanities Quarterly.
Radzikowska, M., & Ruecker, S. (2005). Content Paradigm Analysis for Web Design. The AGDA Design Research Journal. , Special Issue.
Chow, R., Ruecker, S., & Radzikowska, M. (2003). Reflection and Inaction. In The Good, The Bad, and The Irrelevant. Proceedings from the conference sponsored by COST 269: User Aspects of Information and Communications Technologies. University of Art and Design. Helsinki, Finland. September 2003.
Radzikowska, M., Ruecker, S., & Sinclair, S. Visualization Research and the Aesthetic Function. (Submitted).
Radzikowska, M., & Ruecker, S. Content Paradigm Analysis for Web Design. Design Research Journal (Accepted).
Conference Presentations
Radzikowska, M., & Ruecker, S. (2012, May 30). Prospect on Constraints: Extending rich-prospect browsing theory into decision support design. Presented at Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs annual conference at the 2012 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (University of Waterloo) (In Print).
Rockwell, G., Sinclair, S., Simpson, J., Uszkalo, K., Ranaweera, K., Anvik, K., Goddard, L., Dyrbye, A., & Radzikowska, M. (2012, May 30). TAPoR 2.0: Redesigning Around TAPoR 2.o. Presented at Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs annual conference at the 2012 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (University of Waterloo) (In Print).
Brown, S., Dobson, T., Frizzera , L., Ilovan , M., Radzikowska, M., Rockwell, G., Ruecker, S., Sinclair, S., Sondheim , D., Windsor, W., Vandendorpe , C., & INKE Research Team (2012, May 30). Interface to Interface Research. Presented at Society for Digital Humanities / Société pour l'étude des médias interactifs annual conference at the 2012 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities (University of Waterloo) (In Print).
Michura, P., Ruecker, S., Fiorentino, C., & Radzikowska, M. (2009, May 1). Text as image: visualization components of text analysis tools. Presented at Society for Digital Humanities/ Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs Annual Conference (Carleton University, Ottawa). (Role: Presenter).
Radzikowska, M., Traynor, B., & Ruecker, S. (2009). Teaching user-centred design through low-fidelity sketches. Presented at 4º CIDI - Congresso Internacional de Design da Informação. (Role: Presenter).
Educational Institution Employment
Associate Professor, Information Design, Faculty of Communication Studies, Mount Royal College / University, Canada, 2003, August 1 - Present (Full Time).
Instructor, Centre for New Media, Grant MacEwan College, 2002 - 2003, April 1.
Teaching Assistant, Visual Communication and Design, Department of Art & Design, University of Alberta, 2001, September 1 - 2003, May 1.
Instructor, Continuing Education Department, NSCAD University, 1999, May - 2001.
Grants
2008, September SSHRC: Major Collaborative Research Initiative, "INKE Implementing New Knowledge Environments". CAD2,500,000. Type: Grant-Competitive (Role: Co-applicant).
Contracts
2006 AACTI, "Live Art & Learning Networks. A Web 2.0 Toolkit". $25,000. Type: Non-Competitive (Role: Co-principal Investigator).
2006 - 2007 Alberta Association of Colleges and Technical Institutes (AACTI), "Live Art & Learning Networks. A Web 2.0 Toolkit". Type: Non-Competitive (Role: Collaborator).
Research Presentations
2012, May 21. "Workflow Interface for Editorial Process". Presented to 2012 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Presented at Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Conference, Wilfred Laurier University. Co-presenters: Frizzera, L., Ruecker, S., Rockwell, G., Brown, S.
2012, May 20. "TAPoR 2.0: Redesigning Around tapor.ca". Presented to 2013 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Presented at Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Conference, Wilfred Laurier University. Co-presenters: Rockwell, G., Sinclair, S., Simpson, J., Uszkalo, K., Ranaweera, K., Anvik, K., Goddard, L., Dyrbye, A.
2012, December 12. "Toward Tool Integration in a Digital Scholarly Environment". Presented to INKE. Presented at 2013 Annual INKE Birds of a Feather Conference, Havana, Cuba. Co-presenters: Sinclair, S., Ruecker, S., Rockwell, G., Dobson, T., Blandford, A., Brown, S., Nelson, B., Macdonald, A., Sondheim, D., Ilovan, M., Windsor, J., Bieber, M., Faisal, S., Giacometti, A., Michura, P., Frizzera, L., Ranaweera, K., Fiorentino, C., Rodriguez, O., Heller, B., Roeder, G.
2013, June 3. "Tangible Workflows: Feeling the flow of information". Presented to 2013 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Presented at Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Conference, University of Victoria. Co-presenters: Li, T., Frizzera, L., Ruecker, S.
2013, June 17. "Against the Binary of Gender: a Case for Considering the Many Dimensions of Gender in DH Teaching and Research". Presented to The International DH Community. Presented at DH2013 Conference, Lincoln, Nebraska. Co-presenters: Sostar, T., Ruecker, S.
2013, June. "Just What Do They Do? On the uses of text analysis in the humanities". Presented to CSDH/SCHN. Presented at Panel at Congress of the Humanities, Victoria, BC. Co-presenters: Rockwell, G., Simpson, J., Sinclair, S., Wilson, R., Chartier, R., Dyrbye, A., Given, L., Rucker, S., Stroulia, E.
2012, July. "The Dynamic Table of Contexts: User Experience and Future Directions". Presented to DH2012. Presented at Designing Interactive Reading Environments for the Online Scholarly Edition, Hamburg. Co-presenters: Dobson, T., Heller, B., Ruecker, S., Brown, S., Bieber, M.
2012, July. "Introduction to Designing Interactive Reading Environments for the Online Scholarly Edition". Presented to DH2012. Presented at Designing Interactive Reading Environments for the Online Scholarly Edition, Hamburg. Co-presenters: Ruecker, S., Rockwell, G.
2009, May. "Varied Visceral Visualizations: Pattern Finding and Prototyping in the WEME project", EXT 506: Using and Managing Communications Networks, University of Alberta.
2009, February. "Hunters, Tourists, and Bears – O, My!", Pecha Kucha Night. Edmonton, Alberta.
2005, November. "Putting Theory into Practice: Portfolio Design for the Communications Professional". Presented to Society for Technical Communicators, Calgary Chapter. Presented at Society for Technical Communicators, Calgary Chapter, Calgary.
2004, March. "Concepts in Web Site Usability". Presented to Society for Technical Communicators, Calgary Chapter. Presented at Society for Technical Communicators, Calgary Chapter, Calgary.
Posters
Radzikowska, M., Ruecker, S., Bischof, W.F., Annett, M., & Forbes, F. (2009). Sprockets for Gears: Interactive Decision Support Visualization for Multi-Modal Industries. Presented at Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science (Chicago, The Illinois Institute of Technology).
Other Professional Activity
(2013, February). Invited speaker at the Department of Archaeology, Boston University, on Text Visualization.
(2013, June 5 - 2013, June 10). Instructor at the Digital Humanities Summer Institute, teaching "Visual Communication for Digital Humanists".
(2012, August). Values in Design 2012 PhD Summer School, University of California, Irvine.
Event Participation
2007. Interface Design for Humanities Visualization.
2006. Advanced Consultation on the Contexts, Pragmatics and Theory of E-Books.
2006. Grammar and Style Intensive.
2006. Electronic devices and effective pedagogy tools.
2005. Creative CANUX: The Canadian User Experience Workshop.
2005. Large Project Planning and Management.
Non-Research Presentations
2008. "“Late Nights at the Scriptorium: Interim Results from the Interface Cell of the MONK Project". Presented to Society for Digital Humanities/ Société pour l’étude des médias interactifs annual conference at the 2008 Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities. Presented at Congress of the Social Sciences and Humanities, University of British Columbia. Invited Speaker. Co-presenters: Sinclair, S., Macdonald, A., Bouchard, M., Plouffe, M., Giacometti, A., Kumar, A., Ruecker, S., Michura, P., Fiorentino, C., Kirschenbaum, M., Plaisant, C.
2008. "Hackfests, Designfests, and Writingfests: The Role of Intense Periods of Face-to-Face Collaboration in International Research Teams". Presented to Digital Humanities International Organization. Presented at Digital Humanities 2008 Conference, Oulu, Finland. Co-presenters: Ruecker, S., Sinclair, S.
Other (Teaching, Schol, Service)
(2007). The Calgary Foundation Logo Review. LogoLogic Department, Calgary Inc. Magazine.December 2007.
Projects In Progress
2009 - 2016, "HCI Book".
2009 - 2010, "Six Degrees of Separation in Digital Literary History".
2009 - 2010, "Throwing Bones".