Scott Robertson

Scott P. Robertson
Professor and Chair

Office: POST 317
Tel: 808-956-3500


  • Ph.D. 1983, Yale University
  • M.A. 1979, California State University, Fullerton
  • B.A. 1976, University of California, Irvine

Research Interests

Human-Computer Interaction (HCI); Sociotechnical systems; Social computing and social informatics; Community informatics and civic engagement; Digital democracy and e-participation


  • PI, “HCC: Medium: Social Search and Deliberation in Digital Political Information and Collaboration Domains,” National Science Foundation (NSF Award 1064852), $977,537, 2011-2017.
  • ACM Senior Member (2008)
  • APS Fellow (1990)
  • Best Paper, ACM SICHI (2015)

Recent Publications

  • Scott P. Robertson 2018. Social Media and Civic Engagement: History, Theory, and Practice. Morgan-Claypool (Sythesis Lectures on Human-Centered Informatics series). 123 pages. DOI:
  • Nurit Kirshenbaum and Scott Robertson. 2018. Define, Refine, and Identify Events in a Bendable Interface. In Proceedings of the 2018 ACM International Conference on Interactive Surfaces and Spaces (ISS ’18). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 345-350. DOI:
  • Nurit Kirshenbaum and Scott Robertson. 2018. PEPA Deck: Bringing Interactivity to Playing Cards. In Proceedings of the 2018 Annual Symposium on Computer-Human Interaction in Play Companion Extended Abstracts (CHI PLAY ’18 Extended Abstracts). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 479-486. DOI:
  • Misa Maruyama, Scott P. Robertson, Sara Douglas, Roxanne Raine, and Bryan Semaan. 2017. Social Watching a Civic Broadcast: Understanding the Effects of Positive Feedback and Other Users’ Opinions. In Proceedings of the 2017 ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing (CSCW ’17). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 794-807. DOI:
  • Nurit Kirshenbaum and Scott Robertson. 2016. Set&Motion: Tool for Authoring Interactive Stories with Sensors and Actuators. In Proceedings of the The 15th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children (IDC ’16). ACM, New York, NY, USA, 554-559. DOI:
  • Scott P. Robertson, Bryan Semaan, Sara K. Douglas, Misa Maruyama. 2016. Social media mixed with news in political candidate judgment: Order effects on knowledge and affect. Information Polity 21(4): 347-365. Sara K. Douglas, Roxanne B. Raine, Misa Maruyama, Bryan Semaan, Scott P. Robertson. 2015. Community matters: How young adults use Facebook to evaluate political candidates. Information Polity 20(2&3): 135-150.


  • Spring 2017
    • ICS 469: Cognitive Science
  • Fall 2016
    • ICS 664: Advanced Human-Computer Interaction
  • Spring 2016
    • ICS 211: Intro. to Computer Science II
  • Fall 2015
    • ICS 211: Intro. to Computer Science II
    • ICS 667: HCI Design Methods


  • Department Chair (2017-present)
  • Department Associate Chair (2014-2017)
  • Manoa Faculty Senate (2016-present)

Professional Activities

  • Associate Editor, ACM Transactions on Computer-Human Interaction