Philip Garrison

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I am a software engineer at the Allen Institute for Cell Science, where I build tools to help biologists manage large microscopy data.

I recently completed my PhD in the Computer Science & Engineering school at UW, where I work in the ICTD group, advised by Richard Anderson. My PhD research focused on the politics of “global good” technology—how technology design relates to states, NGOs, development organizations, and researchers. I worked on the CCIS data visualization platform for managing cold chain equipment, used by the Ugandan Ministry of Health.

Previously, I was a researcher at the United Nations University Institute on Computing and Society, in Macau, where I worked on the social media election monitoring tool Aggie.

I got my bachelor's degrees in math and computer science from Carnegie Mellon University in fall of 2015. My CMU education was supplemented by the lovely Budapest Semesters in Mathematics program.


Garrison, P. & Pei, L. (2022, January). Deferring Social Impact: Conceptions of ICTD and Computing Careers. In Proceedings of the 55th Hawaii International Conference on System Sciences. [pdf]

Garrison, P., Jang, E. H. B., Lithgow, M. A., & Pace, N. (2021). “The Network is an Excuse”: Hardware Maintenance Supporting Community. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, (CSCW). [pdf] [corrigendum]
Best Paper Award

Jang, E. H. B., Garrison, P., Vistal, R. V., Cunanan, M. T. D., Perez, M. T., Martinez, P., Johnson, M.W., Evangelista, J.A., Ahmed, S.I., Dionisio, J., Barela, M.C.A., & Heimerl, K. (2019). Trust and Technology Repair Infrastructures in the Remote Rural Philippines: Navigating Urban-Rural Seams. Proceedings of the ACM on Human-Computer Interaction, (CSCW). [pdf]
Diversity and Inclusion Award

Chaudhuri, B., Perlmutter, L., Petelka, J., Garrison, P., Fogarty, J., Wobbrock, J. O., & Ladner, R. E. (2019, October). GestureCalc: an eyes-free calculator for touch screens. In The 21st International ACM SIGACCESS Conference on Computers and Accessibility (pp. 112-123). [pdf]

Moreno, A., Garrison, P., & Bhat, K. (2017, May). Whatsapp for monitoring and response during critical events: Aggie in the Ghana 2016 election. In 14th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management. [pdf]

Garrison, P. (2015). Good graph hunting. arXiv preprint arXiv:1508.01833. [pdf]