Divine Maloney

Hi my names Divine! (he/him) I'm a PhD Candidate in the Human Centered Computing program at Clemson University.

I use a human-centered approach to investigate computer-mediated experiences and social dynamics of collaborative systems. I specialize in the area of social virtual reality (VR), and aim to design & create more collaborative, equitable, inclusive and fulfilling computer systems and platforms. My current projects relating to social VR relate to: children's experiences, non-verbal communication, privacy & self disclosure, meaningful activities, self-presentation, and exploring marginalized communities.

At Clemson, I am a member of the virtual environments group and CUGAME lab where I am advised by Dr. Guo Freeman and Dr. Andrew Robb. My doctoral research currently focuses primarily on exploring the experiences, perceptions and interpersonal communication in social virtual reality (VR). I aim to create socially equitable social VR spaces.

I am supported by Microsoft's Ada Lovelace Fellowship, me and my cohort are extremely fortunate and beyond proud to be the inaugural class of this fellowship.

When not working on my PhD you can find me building my startup Br8krm {https://br8krm.com/}

Current Projects

Investigating Children in Social VR

I am of the opinion that younger users will consume VR more than any other generation, so why not seek to understand how younger users are using, perceiving, experiencing, and understanding VR? This is part of my dissertation focus and I have published a short paper on this and have a full-length paper under review. Read more [project page]

VR use during a pandemic?!

How, if it all are people using VR during COVID-19?! We investigated tweets to see how VR use has increased during the pandemic & quarantine

Game Jams: Face-to-Face vs Virtual

Are there distinct differences between face-to-face and virtual game jams ?

Recent News

  • One paper accepted to CSCW 2020
  • Two papers accepted to CHI-Play 2020
  • What CS departments can do to support diversity, equity, and inclusion [link]
  • Two Short Paper Accepted to CHI2020 and IEEEVR2020
  • Submitted paper to VRST & HICSS
  • Submitted three papers to CSCW 2020

I am passionate about working on projects encompassing social good

Causes and Organizations I support, I bet they'd love your support too!