I am an assistant professor in the School of Informatics and Computing at Indiana University Bloomington. At IUB, I count myself lucky to be one of the troublemakers in the Human Computer Interaction Design (HCI/d) group. I am also an affiliated faculty member in the Institute of Software Research at the University of California, Irvine. Before, I did a postdoc at University College Dublin, and my PhD at the University of California, Irvine.
I study our relationship with technology and how this relationship has and can be changed. In particular, I work to understand how different subcultures have reconciled themselves with our present age, an age where digital technology is nearly inescapable. I believe we can learn a lot by studying, designing for, or even provoking both mainstream cultures and niche communities. I’ve studied a wide range of “users”: from corporate nomadic workers and knowledge management practitioners to hardcore video gamers and Irish traditional musicians. Most recently, I am investigating the confluence between traditional/authentic practices and technology.
Academically, my interests lie in human–computer interaction (HCI), computer–supported cooperative work (CSCW), ubiquitous computing, organizational/management science, and science & technology studies (STS). Methodologically, I am an opportunistic researcher. I observe, interview, critique, theorize, design, develop, and evaluate in my studies.
Norman Makoto Su and Bryan Duggan. (2014). TuneTracker: Tensions in the Surveillance of Traditional Music. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Designing Interactive Systems (DIS’14), Vancouver, BC, Canada, 845-854. New York: ACM. (Honorable Mention)
Norman Makoto Su, Hiroko N. Wilensky and David F. Redmiles. (2012). Doing Business with Theory: Communities of Practice in Knowledge Management. Computer-Supported Collaborative Work, 21(2-3), 111-162.
Norman Makoto Su. (2010). Street Fighter IV: Braggadocio Off and On-Line. Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work (CSCW’10), Savannah, Georgia, USA, 361-370. New York: ACM. (Best Paper Nominee)