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Sally A. Applin earned her Ph.D.in Anthropology at the University of Kent at Canterbury, UK, working with the Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC) where she researches the changing relationship between humans and algorithms, the impact of technology on culture, Maker culture, leading technologies, and the outcomes of network complexities as modeled by PolySocial Reality (PoSR). Sally holds a Masters degree from the graduate Interactive Telecommunications Program at NYU (ITP), and a BA in Conceptual Design from SFSU. Sally has had a career in the science museum design, computer software, telecommunications, innovation, insight, and product design/definition industries working as a Senior UX Designer, Senior Researcher, and Senior Consultant.

At Kent, Dr. Applin was advised by Dr. Michael D. Fischer, Professor of Anthropological Sciences, Chief Examiner, Director of CSAC, and Director of Enterprise. Dr. Fischer is the founder of AnthroPunk, a movement that examines how people promote, manage, resist and endure change; hack their lives (and those of others); and create the context of the individuation of their experiences.

Dr. Applin is a founding member of Anthropunk. Dr. Applin is an anthropologist and Sr. Researcher who explores the domains of human agency, algorithms, AI, and automation in the context of social systems and sociability. Dr. Applin is a Research Fellow at HRAF Advanced Research Centres (EU), Canterbury, Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing (CSAC), and Research Associate at Human Relations Area Files (HRAF), Yale University. Dr. Applin has been an Associate Editor of the IEEE Technology and Society Magazine, Associate Editor of the IEEE Consumer Electronics Magazine (Societal Impacts Section), and an Executive Board Member of the Edward H. and Rosamond B. Spicer Foundation. Dr. Applin is currently a member of IoT Council (a think tank for the Internet of Things (IoT)), Shortwave Collective, the ACM Committee on Professional Ethics in Computer Science, the IEEE Algorithmic Decision Making Working Group (2017–ongoing), and the Society for Social Studies of Science (4S). A former collegiate dinghy racer, Dr. Applin currently belongs to the HMBYC.

Contact: sally@ (this domain)

NEW! Paper: May 2021 Facebook's Project Aria indicates problems for responsible innovation when broadly deploying AR and other pervasive technology in the Commons

Publication Highlights:

Paper: April 2016 Exploring Cooperation with Social Machines

Paper: March 2016 Cooperating with Algorithms in the Workplace

Paper: November 2015 New Technologies and Mixed-Use Convergence: How Humans and Algorithms are Adapting to Each Other

Paper: Sally Applin, Michael D. Fischer November 2015 New Technologies and Mixed-Use Convergence: How Humans and Algorithms are Adapting to Each Other

Sally Applin, Andreas Riener, Michael D. Fischer: Oct. 29, 2015 Extending Driver-Vehicle Interface Research Into the Mobile Device Commons: Transitioning to (nondriving) passengers and their vehicles.

Sally Applin's O'Reilly SOLID talk transcript: June 2015 Thing Theory: Making Sense of IoT Complexity

Interview: June 2015 Rethink Robotics Blog: Part 1: meet phd candidate sally applin and Rethink Robotics Blog: Part 2: meet phd candidate sally applin

Paper: April 2015 Toward a Multiuser Social Augmented Reality Experience: Shared Pathway Experiences via Multichannel Applications

Paper: March 2015 Resolving Multiplexed Automotive Communications: Applied Agency and the Social Car

Paper: March 2, 2015 Cooperation Between Humans and Robots: Applied Agency in Autonomous Processes

Article: Dec. 2013: Sally A. Applin and Michael D. Fischer "Asynchronous Adaptations to Complex Social Interactions"

Paper: June 2013: Sally A. Applin and Michael Fischer - “Watching Me. Watching You. (Process Surveillance and Agency in the Workplace)”

Paper: March 2013: Sally A. Applin and Michael Fischer - “Thing Theory: Connecting Humans to Location-Aware Smart Environments”

Article: Interview on the Internet of Things, UK newspaper Metro

Paper: Dec. 2012: Visualizing PolySocial Reality

Paper: Feb. 2012: Sally A. Applin and Michael Fischer - “PolySocial Reality: Prospects for Extending User Capabilities Beyond Mixed, Dual and Blended Reality”

Interview: October 2011: Council Interview: Sally Applin on PolySocial Reality and the Internet of Things (IoT)

Paper: July 2011: Sally A. Applin and Michael Fischer - “Pervasive Computing in Time and Space: The Culture and Context of 'Place' Integration”

Paper: Feb. 2011: Sally A. Applin and Michael Fischer - "A Cultural Perspective on Mixed, Dual and Blended Reality"