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Hari Sundaram
Associate Professor
School of Arts, Media and Engineering /
Computer Science

699 S. Mill Ave., Rm. 398
Arizona State University
Arizona, 85281
ph: 480-965-2686.

There are many behaviors—such as reducing individual energy consumption and leading healthy lifestyles—that are beneficial for individuals to adopt. Moreover, the widespread adoption of these behaviors would lead to large scale societal benefits such as sustainability and reduced healthcare costs. But, many individuals do not adopt these behaviors due to time and resource constraints.

My group’s research is devoted to enabling cooperative behavior adoption on a large scale. We apply our ideas to the context of encouraging sustainable behaviors. We develop computing artifacts—algorithms, efficient sensors and novel applications—to facilitate behavior adoption. We are developing an integrative framework that analyzes social signals across networks of people and senses their physical activity through lightweight efficient sensors attached to everyday objects and smartphones. By coupling the analysis of communication with the analysis of actual behavior, we derive insights into how to effectively shape and mold individual choices.

Our research has received several awards, including best paper awards, from the IEEE and ACM societies. We have been generously supported by federal sources (NSF, NEA, NEH), the State of Arizona, and industry (Avaya, IBM, NEC, Microsoft and Ricoh).

I teach courses in the School of Arts, Media and Engineering (AME), as well as in Computer Science. Recent courses for Academic Year 2011-12 include Algorithms and Data Structures for Digital Culture, Social Media Studio, and Social and Economic Networks.

I am currently an associate editor at two journals: ACM Transactions on Multimedia Computing, Communication and Applications, and IEEE Multimedia. For the latter, I have special focus for editing work that intersects Art and Technology.

I am an Associate Professor at Arizona State University and hold a joint appointment between the School of Arts, Media and Engineering and Computer Science. I earned my doctorate from the Department of Electrical Engineering at Columbia University in 2002. I joined ASU in Fall 2002 as an Assistant Professor with an appointment in CS and cofounded the School of Arts, Media and Engineering. I serve as the Associate Director for the School. I am on sabbatical leave for the 2012-13 academic year, at the University of Washington.

Recent Publications / All Publications
  • H. Sundaram, L. Xie, M.D. Choudhury, Y.-R. Lin and A. Natsev (2012), Multimedia Semantics: Interactions between Content and Community, Proceedings of the IEEE , vol.100, no.9, pp.2737-2758, Sept. 2012. [pdf]
  • R. Spicer, Y.-R. Lin, A. Kelliher and H. Sundaram (2012), NextSlidePlease: Authoring and Delivering Agile Multimedia Presentations, in press, ACM Trans. On Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications. [pdf]
  • Y. Wang, H. Sundaram and L. Xie (2012), Social Event Detection with Interaction Graph Modeling, to appear in ACM International Conference on Multimedia 2012, Nara, Japan, Oct. 2012. [pdf]
  • J. Prabhawa, M.-Y. Kan and H. Sundaram (2012), Hidden Markov Model for Event Photo Stream Segmentation, ICME 2012 Workshop on Human-Focused Communications in the 3D Continuum (HFC3D), in conjunction with International Conference on Multimedia and Expo (ICME 2012), pp.25-30, 9-13 July 2012. [pdf]
  • J. Prabhawa, M.-Y. Kan and H. Sundaram (2012), How Do People Organize Their Photos in Each Event and How Does It Affect Storytelling, Searching and Interpretation Tasks? in Proceedings of the ACM/IEEE Joint Conference on Digital Libraries, JCDL 2012, Washington DC, June 2012. [pdf]
  • L. Xie and H. Sundaram (2012), Media Lifecycle and Content Analysis in Media-Rich Online Communities, in Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Multimedia and Expo 2012, Melbourne Australia, July 2012. [pdf]
  • Z. Li, D. Tinapple and H. Sundaram (2012), Visual Planner: Beyond Prerequisites, Designing an Interactive Course Planner for a 21st Century Flexible Curriculum, in Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Computer Interaction 2012 (CHI’2012), Austin, TX, May 2012. [pdf]
  • S. Nikkila, G. Patel, H. Sundaram, A. Sabharwal and A. Kelliher (2012), Wind Runners: Designing a Game to Encourage Medical Adherence for Children with Asthma, in Proceedings of ACM Conference on Human Computer Interaction 2012 (CHI’2012), Austin, TX, May 2012. [pdf]
  • H. Sundaram, Y.-R. Lin, M. D. Choudhury and A. Kelliher (2012), Understanding Community Dynamics in Online Social Networks: A multidisciplinary review, 29(2), 33-40, March 2012, IEEE Signal Processing Magazine. [pdf]
  • Y.-R Lin, M. D. Choudhury, H. Sundaram, A. Kelliher (2012), Discovering Multi-Relational Structure in Social Media Streams, ACM Trans. On Multimedia Computing, Communications and Applications, 8(1): p. 1-28. [pdf]