Hello! I am a current 2nd year PhD student at the UW Allen School for Computer Science and Engineering, advised by Katharina Reinecke and Noah Smith. I examine language style (e.g., formality vs. informality, types of framing) as a dimension of design used in interfaces to encourage or discourage users from diverse cultures and demographic backgrounds to use technology effectively. I often explore this design space of language styles through online studies on LabintheWild.
Originally intending a Cognitive Science major, but finding myself in a different 'CS' discipline, I've been drawn to my current work through a mixture of Psychology, Design and HCI research at Tufts University, where I worked with Professors Rob Jacob, Remco Chang, Ayanna Thomas, and Ron Lasser.
For more information check out my CV.
- Tal August and Katharina Reinecke, “Pay Attention, Please: Formal Language Improves Attention in Volunteer and Paid Online Experiments.”, Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2019. (To appear) Preprint PDF
- Tal August, Nigini Oliveira, Chenhao Tan, Noah Smith, and Katharina Reinecke, “Slogan Preferences and Sample Bias in Volunteer-Based Online Studies”, Proceedings of ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW), 2018. PDF
- Manuel Nordhoff, Tal August, Nigini Oliveira and Katharina Reinecke, “A Case for Design Localization: Diversity of Website Aesthetics in 44 Countries”, Human Factors in Computing Systems (CHI), 2018. PDF