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In the face of looming challenges like childhood obesity, environmental collapse, and soaring health care costs, we need dramatic and sustained innovation. The driving question behind Professor Gerber’s research is how technology and organizations can support the innovation process to solve these challenges. In particular, she examines what she defines as collective innovation, an innovation process that harnesses the diverse and untapped human, social, and economic capital from distributed networks to discover, evaluate, and implement new ideas.  Open, ubiquitous, sociotechnical systems support collective innovation affording greater speed and deeper and broader participation than was imaginable even a decade ago. While collective innovation is a new and exciting collaborative process that has the potential to massively transform society, it is poorly understood. Prof. Gerber uses grounded theory and design research (Easterday, Rees Lewis, and Gerber 2014) to establish theory and design principles and to develop infrastructure for collective innovation. Her pioneering scholarship leads the academy's understanding of this fast-evolving, scalable infrastructure, and directly contributes to its improved functioning to benefit society at large.

Prof. Gerber’s scholarship produces three types of results: 1) theory for collective innovation, 2) design principles, and 3) novel sociotechnical systems to support inclusive and continuous innovation in society.

Education/Academic qualification

Management Science & Engineering, PhD, Stanford University

… → 2007

Product Design, Mechanical Engineering, MS, Stanford University

… → 2003

Art and Engineering, BA, Dartmouth College

… → 1998

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Research Output

Assessing iterative planning for real-world design teams

Rees Lewis, D. G., Gerber, E. M. & Easterday, M. W., Jan 1 2019, A Wide Lens: Combining Embodied, Enactive, Extended, and Embedded Learning in Collaborative Settings - 13th International Conference on Computer Supported Collaborative Learning, CSCL 2019 - Conference Proceedings. Lund, K., Niccolai, G. P., Lavoue, E., Hmelo-Silver, C., Gweon, G. & Baker, M. (eds.). International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS), p. 819-820 2 p. (Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning Conference, CSCL; vol. 2).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Careers in HCI and UX: The digital transformation from craft to strategy

    Kreitzberg, C. B., Shneiderman, B., Gerber, E. M., Rosenzweig, E. & Churchill, E. F., May 2 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, 3311746. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Collective innovation

    Gerber, E. M., Nickerson, J. V., Dontcheva, M., Dabbish, L. & Hill, C., Nov 9 2019, CSCW 2019 Companion - Conference Companion Publication of the 2019 Computer Supported Cooperative Work and Social Computing. Association for Computing Machinery, p. 106-110 5 p. (Proceedings of the ACM Conference on Computer Supported Cooperative Work, CSCW).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Conversational agents: Acting on the wave of research and development

    Jacques, R., Gerber, E., Luger, E., Wang, D., Fslstad, A., Grudin, J. & Monroy-Hernández, A., May 2 2019, CHI EA 2019 - Extended Abstracts of the 2019 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems. Association for Computing Machinery, 3299034. (Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems - Proceedings).

    Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contribution

  • Distributed Apprenticeship in Online Communities

    Hui, J. S., Easterday, M. W. & Gerber, E. M., Jul 4 2019, In : Human-Computer Interaction. 34, 4, p. 328-378 51 p.

    Research output: Contribution to journalArticle

  • 2 Scopus citations