Kit Kuksenok, PhD
Hello! I'm a Berlin-based technical trainer, artist, and data analyst. I hold a MSci (2014) and a PhD (2016) in Computer Science and Engineering from the University of Washington (Seattle); and I am currently working on my masters in public administraction at the Hertie School of public policy and governance in Berlin.
As a technical trainer for organizations across sizes and sectors, I help teams adapt emerging technologies to the needs of their work.
The topic of organizational change, and how a group can adapt new technologies to their work, was the subject of my PhD. Over the last decade, I have greatly expanded my knowledge of organizational change and technological adaptation through experience as a software engineer and data analyst; and through coursework and training within my current master's program. Since 2010, I have worked with/in various teams in the tech industry, working primarily on B2B applications. Some of my work contributed to peer-reviewed publications that can be viewed on my Google Scholar and ORCiD profiles.
Get in touch if you're interested in tailored workshops on finding the most effective tools and practices to meet a variety of needs, such as:
- Sharing Technical Knowledge How can an organization or team (big or small) build a culture of effective knowledge sharing and documentation? What are the current barriers and challenges, and how to overcome them in a sustainable way?
- Meeting Change with Confidence What is the most ligthweight and practical way to ensure the reliability of a product that is in active development, or that relies on third-party tools that can significantly change over time? What approach to validation, testing, and monitoring that best supports the organization in its current stage, with its actual needs and capabilities?
- Multilangual Support with AI Today's tools for natural-language understanding and generation are very good and getting better, but there are persistent challenges in supporting multiple languages. This is especially important to consider when the languages supported are not languages spoken within the organization or team, so there is greater reliance on an (imperfect, though good) AI tool. I have worked on machine translation within my MSci (2014) and since then have extensively worked with automated analysis of text, both building models, and using third-party solutions. I have also built and used chatbots since 2018, most recently working with using generative AI tools for app marketing.
- Actionable User Research Based on extensive industry and academic experience doing user research since 2008, both through qualitative (interviews and ethnography) and quantitative (surveys and analysis of user-generated data), I have helped teams building consumer technology make the most of user research and uncover actionable insights.
- Diversity in Hiring This workshop focuses specifically at the tools and processes used throughout hiring, and how they can more effectively support inclusive and equitable practices during the entire hiring process, from sourcing, to interviewing, to onboadring. Drawing on my knowledge of talent acquisition technologies, metrics, and practices; and training on inclusion in digital organizations.
You can get in touch with me via LinkedIn, or through the contact form below.
Upcoming Courses @ School of Machines (Berlin/online)
In April 2023, I presented my work on body data at Data for Care @ NeMe Arts Center. I use participatory performance, drawing, and movement to study how people encounter body data. This work, ongoing since 2008, has included systematic self-reflection, such as through consumer self-tracking technologies; recently extending to digital surveillance of human bodies.
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Last updated: Dec 2023