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Christopher J. Traver

About


Hi! My name is Chris Traver. I've been interested in web design, videography, video production, and information technology since I was a small child. It was this curiosity about the power of technology that has led me to pursue an Information Science degree at Cornell University. In the process, I have developed extensive experience in both designing and developing websites, as well as building user interfaces that are intuitive and simple to use.

I am also the founder of a digital media company, East Hudson Media, Inc., which I started in 2009 with a friend of mine, Carlton Sargeant. Since then, we have worked on a variety of different projects, ranging from corporate and not-for-profit promotional videos, to sports highlight reels, music videos, short films, weddings, and more.

Check out my Portfolio below for some examples of projects that I have worked on.



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Portfolio


Design is not just what it looks like and feels like. Design is how it works.


- Steve Jobs

Skills & Tools


Technical

Course Coding Languages Concepts Tools
Web Design and Programming HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, AJAX, SQL Responsive Design, CRAP Principles, Database Configuration, Interactivity Komodo Edit, phpMyAdmin, MAMP, CyberDuck, Git
Introduction to Python Python Whitebox Testing, Blackbox Testing, Algorithm Implementation, GUIs Komodo Edit
Data Driven Web Applications D3.js, SVG, JavaScript, JQuery Data Visualization, Data Storytelling, Application Development Sublime Text, MAMP, D3.js
Object Oriented Programing and Data Structures Java Whitebox Testing, Blackbox Testing, Algorithm Implementation, GUIs Eclipse IDE, DrJava
Introduction Data Science Python Discrete probability, Bayesian Methods, Graph Theory, Power Law, Markov Models iPython Notebooks, Anaconda
Communication and Technology Latex Computer Mediated Communication, Human-Computer Interaction, Deception WordPress, Drupal
Languages & Tools Concepts
HTML, CSS, PHP, JavaScript, JQuery, AJAX, SQL Responsive Design, CRAP Principles, Database Configuration, Interactivity
Python, Komodo Edit, phpMyAdmin, MAMP, CyberDuck, Git Whitebox Testing, Blackbox Testing, Algorithm Implementation, GUIs
Latex, Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel Graph Theory, Strong Triadic Closure, Social Behavior, Game Theory
Java, Eclipse IDE, DrJava Whitebox Testing, Blackbox Testing, Algorithm Implementation, GUIs
WordPress, Drupal Behavioral Psychology, Perception, Developmental Psychology


Film and Video

Cameras Video Editing Software Graphics Software Other Equipment
Sony HDR-FX7 Final Cut Pro 7 Adobe Photoshop Rode VideoMic
Sony NX30 Final Cut Pro X Adobe InDesign Shure Wireless Microphone
Canon T2I Adobe Premiere Pro Apple Motion Full Studio Lighting
Cameras Video Editing Software Graphics Software
Sony HDR-FX7 Final Cut Pro 7 Adobe Photoshop
Sony NX30 Final Cut Pro X Adobe InDesign
Canon T2I Adobe Premiere Pro Apple Motion

Research


Intel Science Talent Search

In 2013, I received the honor of being selected as a finalist in the Intel Science Talent Search. For my research, I tracked noise levels in my local community with the help of citizen science volunteers. My early fascination with smartphones inspired me to investigate how cellular devices could be used to collect noise data. Throughout my study, volunteers collected noise samples from their surroundings using an app called WideNoise. I then overlayed the noise sample results onto a map of the local geography, and created visualizations that I hope will enable policymakers to better manage community noise levels. I believe that my findings show how qualitative perceptions are an important aspect of noise pollution. For example, I noticed that a softer but unpleasant sound is more likely to cause distress than a louder, more tolerable sound.


Cornell Social Media Lab

In 2014, I worked with Professor Jeffery Hancock and another undergraduate student to conduct research on the effects of eye primes on deception. Our paper aimed to reveal whether or not eye priming has any effect on levels and frequency of deceptiveness online in incentivized tasks. In our study, 405 participants were asked randomly to either roll a dice and report the number rolled or flip a coin six times and report the number of heads; the participants were simultaneously exposed to either an image of eyes or an image of flowers. In all conditions, participants were offered a higher amount of money for a higher reported result. Our results revealed that participants who were exposed to an image of a pair of eyes displayed less deception than those participants who were not exposed to any such images during the same task involving incentivization.


City University London - Centre for HCI Design

During my time studying abroad in London, I collaborated with professors at City University London to help create, implement, and evaluated JUICE, a new digital prototype to support creative thinking by journalists during the early development of news stories. Emerging from a user-centred design process, JUICE is implemented as a simple add-on Sidebar and Dialog Box in Google Docs that a journalist can invoke when developing news stories. Interviews with experienced journalists were used to elicit 6 strategies that JUICE uses to guide its users to generate different angles on news stories using creative information searches and interactive creativity support. In the paper we describe the information search algorithm and new interactive support to create news stories with one of these strategies – the individual human angle on the story – then report a first evaluation of JUICE implemented with the algorithm and support during its use by journalism students.

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