As people become increasingly reliant on the Internet as a source of information, information retrieval – understood here as the science of searching for information – becomes more complex in nature, and researchers seek to understand patterns between users and how they approach a web search. User studies serve the purpose of shaping to researchers’ particular needs and providing crucial data on web search behavior through specific tasks assigned by the person conducting the study, yet present challenges while in development and are often tedious to design.
Although I'd been a part of InfoSeeking for many months, my time there during the summer was the most memorable. Working on Coagmento was my first formal technical experience – it was my first taste of agile development, it was the first time my efforts had a direct impact on the people around me. I'm proud of having been able to pick up skills and languages I'd never before used, and I am more so grateful for the support I received through Douglass Residential College and the mentorship of Dr. Matthew Mitsui.