Social and technological action research (STAR) includes a focus on the conditions and effects of various technologies and research leading to social and technological action that uses a spiral of steps, including in-depth field work and understanding of problems; design and development of social, political, and technological interventions; and short and long-term evaluation about the results of our research action.

The Social and Technological Action Research Group (STAR Group) at the University of California, Irvine is dedicated to significant scientific and scholarly research in computing, technology, and social processes for the greater good. We perform research in the areas of human-computer interaction (HCI), computer-supported cooperative work (CSCW), ubiquitous computing (ubicomp), medical informatics, and educational and assistive technologies.

We are are affiliated with the following organizations:

Bren ICS




We are incredibly grateful for support from the following organizations and funding programs:


UCI Collaborative Research Initiation Award

Ted and Janice Smith Faculty Seed Fund

Autism Speaks NSF NIH NCWIT

Nokia Research Google ResearchIntel



Robert Wood Johnson Foundation


UC Mexus