Best paper finalist at iConference

posted Mar 4, 2015, 1:38 PM by Michael Massimi

Our paper "She said yes!" - Liminality and Engagement Announcements on Twitter is one of five finalists for best paper at iConference 2015!

Joining Facebook

posted Jul 3, 2014, 1:07 AM by Michael Massimi

I am joining Facebook in Silicon Valley this October!

Best paper award at CSCW 2014

posted Dec 4, 2013, 4:25 AM by Michael Massimi

I'm very pleased to announce that our paper "Craving, creating, and constructing comfort: Insights and opportunities for technology in hospice" won a Best Paper Award at CSCW 2014!

CSCW 2014 in Baltimore

posted Oct 31, 2013, 4:33 AM by Michael Massimi

I'm very excited to announce that 4 papers I helped to author will be presented at CSCW 2014 in Baltimore. Check them out if you are attending CSCW, or email me if you'd like more information!

Massimi, M., Harper, R., and Sellen, A. (2014, to appear). “Real, but glossy” – Technology and the pursuit of magic in modern weddings. Proc. CSCW 2014.

Massimi, M., Bender, J., Witteman, H., and Ahmed, O. (2014, to appear). Life transitions and online health communities: Reflecting on adoption, use, and disengagement. Proc. CSCW 2014.

O’Hara, K., Massimi, M., Harper, R., Rubens, S., and Morris, J. (2014, to appear). Everyday dwelling with WhatsApp. Proc. CSCW 2014.

Ferguson, R., Massimi, M., Crist, E., and Moffatt, K. (2014, to appear). Craving, creating, and constructing comfort: Insights and opportunities for technology in hospice. Proc. CSCW 2014.

Joining MSR Cambridge

posted Sep 10, 2012, 1:43 PM by Michael Massimi

I've joined Microsoft Research in their brilliant Cambridge, UK lab, where I'll be doing a post-doc for the next 2 years, working with the Socio-Digital Systems group. I've admired the work in this group for years, and I'm really excited to be starting this fall!

"Death is new design consideration in technological age"

posted Feb 22, 2012, 7:33 AM by Michael Massimi

I was recently profiled on the University of Toronto news website. Thanks to Kelly Rankin for taking the time to sit down with me and talk about these issues!

Passed Final Defense!

posted Feb 17, 2012, 3:56 PM by Michael Massimi

I passed my final oral examination for my Ph.D. on February 16, 2012, with my thesis entitled "Thanatosensitively Designed Technologies for Bereavement Support." I owe a big thank you to my committee members - Stephen Fleming, Alex Mihailidis, Abigail Sellen, John Thomas, and Khai Truong! And of course, an even bigger thank you to my advisor Ronald Baecker!

Interviewed for the Globe and Mail

posted Jan 13, 2012, 7:40 AM by Michael Massimi

I was recently quoted in an article in The Globe and Mail! Check it out! A social media update from beyond the grave

U of T Magazine Article

posted Dec 10, 2011, 7:35 AM by Michael Massimi

Our lab was recently profiled in the University of Toronto magazine. We talk about our philosophy on technology design and some of our newest projects. Check it out!

CHI 2012 Workshop

posted Nov 18, 2011, 10:24 PM by Michael Massimi

I'm co-organizing a fantastic workshop at CHI 2012 called "Memento Mori: Technology Design for the End of Life." Check it out, and consider submitting a paper! More information at

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