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Ayanna Seals

Civic Technologist | PhD Student at NYU Tandon School of Engineering

About

What I'm all about.

Ayanna Seals is a designer and researcher who is passionate about creating solutions within the field of civic technology, focusing on community development and poverty alleviation. She is currently working on her PhD in Technology Management at NYU Tandon School of Engineering. Previously, as a Technology Consultant at OneSource, she developed and integrated methodologies to enable small businesses to thrive while providing resources and support to aspiring entrepreneurs in underserved communities. In addition to this position she researched and developed civic tech solutions including the project Decentra, management software for p2p based housing systems, and truInfluence, a web based data visualization exploring campaign funding's influence on congressional bill voting. In 2016 she obtained her M.S. in Integrated Digital Media from NYU Tandon School of Engineering. She has done work for various companies and institutions, including: OneSource, New York State University, North Carolina State University, and News Corp.

Research Interests

human computer interaction, computer-supported cooperative work, citizen science, citizen participation, community development, online collaboration, social media, decentralization technology, affordable housing, social welfare

Projects

Publications

Cartwright, M., Salamon, J., Seals, A., Nov, O., Bello, J.P. Investigating the Effect of Sound-Event Loudness on Crowdsourced Audio Annotations. In Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Acoustics, Speech and Signal Processing (ICASSP), 2018 [pdf]

Cartwright, M., Seals, A., Salamon, J., Williams, A., Mikloska, S., MacConnell, D., Law, E., Bello, J.P., Nov, O. Seeing Sound: Investigating the Effects of Visualizations and Complexity on Crowdsourced Audio Annotations. In Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, vol. 1(2): Computer-Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing 2017, 2017. [pdf]

Education

  • Ph.D. in Technology Management

    2016 - Present

    Advisor: Oded Nov

    New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY

  • M.S. in Integrated Digital Media

    2014 - 2016

    Thesis: Decentra, discovery and management software for decentralized affordable housing.

    Thesis Advisor: R. Luke DuBois

    New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY

  • B.A. in Communication Media

    2010 - 2014

    North Carolina State University, Raleigh, NC

Experience

  • Research Assistantship

    2016 - Present

    Projects: SONYC & Transforming Disclosures

    PI: Oded Nov

    New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY

  • Teaching Assistantship

    September 2015

    Course: Developing Assistive Technology

    New York University Tandon School of Engineering, Brooklyn, NY

  • Sr. Technology Consultant

    2015 - 2016

    Lead designer and developer on visual re-branding and website development. Served as an organizer and instructor of the Digital Inter-Generational Bridges to Success Program. Organized and ran it's two-day hackathon. Project manager for design and web projects.

    OneSource Consulting, New York, NY

Contact

  • LocationBrooklyn, New York
  • Websiteaseals.github.io
  • Emailayannaseals(AT)nyu(DOT)edu