Organize a regular seminar series on social computing topics across disciplines
Develop a common directory of relevant courses
Explore the idea of a graduate minor
Explore student funding (e.g., NSF IGERT)
Meeting the last Thursday of each month
About half of these will be outside speakers
Ben Shneiderman (U. of Maryland) on 2/24
Amy Bruckman (Georgia Tech) early next year
Outside speakers will have 1-2 days of activity
Lunch with graduate students
Meetings with faculty and research groups
The other meetings will be internal
Upcoming Activities (cont’d)
Use e-mail list, website, etc. to promote other activities of interest
E.g., talk by Gloria Mark on March 7
Small committees to work on other goals
Nora Paul Minnesota Journalism Center [email_address]
Social Computing related to news and information
“ If the news is important, it will find me”
“ Gamification” of the News
Using technology to help people create strong social ties
Twitter: @lorenterveen Web: http://bit.ly/feDjf8 Find better bike routes! Visit http://www.cyclopath.org
B. R. Simon Rosser, PhD, MPH, LP Professor & Director: HIPS Program Division of Epidemiology & Community Health, School of Public Health
The HIPS Program comprises about 8 multidisciplinary faculty
and 25 staff working on NIH-funded studies such as:
Internet-based HIV prevention interventions for high-risk
populations (e.g., safer sex persuasive computing programs)
Mobile-Internet based programs to enhance HIV medication
Effects of virtual technology on the gay community
Predict time trends of opinion/behavior:
Score media text by computer
Enter scores of text/other information into ideodynamic model
Predict time trend
Elections, HIV infection, diffusion of innovations, etc. (R 2 0.75)
Theory applicable to infinite populations and to social networks
InfAlign graphical map of numerical data
Thousands of data points on the same screen
Heat map replacement (is interactive not static)
Linked to geographical/other map types on same screen
Useful for visualizing text, surveys, resumes, shopping
Quantum mechanical perspective on social analyses
Electrons around nuclei are clouds (distributions) not points
Properties of people are also probabilistic and distributional
Text sender: “I misspoke” Text reader: “I missed that”
Assess distributions of scores to assess needed accuracy
Test sensitivity of predictions to variations in text scoring
Network Social Capital in Organizational Teams David Knoke Department of Sociology Network Social Capital Resources accessed by ego actors through relations with alters that facilitate attaining group goals Multi-professional Assertive Community Treatment (ACT) teams in Minnesota deliver mental health services in local communities. All members of 27 ACT teams were surveyed at six-month intervals for one year. Social capital data: Network ties within each team & likelihood of expert help with work.
Hypotheses: Greater member & team social capital results in:
improved work relations within a team
higher member morale, job satisfaction; less stress, burnout
greater team effectiveness & efficiency in performance
Professor , Computer Science GroupLens Laboratory http://www-users.cs.umn.edu/~riedl/
Director of the Center for the Study of the Individual and Society.
Motivational Foundations of Individual and Collective Social Action
Social/Psychological Aspects of Volunteerism
J. Michael Oakes
Associate Professor in the Division of Epidemiology & Community Health; Adjunct Professor of Sociology
Yuqing (Ching) Ren
Carlson School of Management
Research focus on online community design, collaboration technology, social networks, computer modeling of social and organizational systems
Social Computing Community
Aaron Halfaker Studying human-computer-human interaction in Wikipedia
How is quality controlled by the masses?
What effect do content disputes have?
Who contributes high quality content?
How much of a problem is vandalism?
Interface Design Can socialization help newcomer retention? Can task identification help productivity? What effect will social translucence have? What effect will computed feedback have? [email_address]
Name: Abedelaziz (Aziz) Mohaisen.
Role: 2 nd year Ph.D. student in Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota (advised the amazing Yongdae Kim and Nick Hopper!)
Social networks-related research interests
Social networks measurements and analysis
Exploiting social networks for trustworthy computing
Design of privacy-preserving and secure social networks
Relevant publications (all credit to nice collaborators!)
Measuring the mixing time of social graphs (with Yun and Kim, ACM IMC’10)
Mistaking foes for friends: analyzing social network-based Sybil defenses in mobile networks (with Kang, Nyang, and Kim, ACM ICUIMC’11)
New infiltration attacks on online social networks and their implications (with Heorhiadi, Lin, Hopper, and Kim, work in progress).
Accounting for trust in social network-based Sybil defenses (with Hopper and Kim, in ACM CCS’10 and IEEE INFOCOM’11 )
Securing encounter-based social networks: requirements, challenges, and designs (with Vasserman, Foo Kune, and Kim, in ACM CCS’10, IEEE ICDCS’11)
SocialCloud: exploiting social networks for building distributed computing services (with Chandra and Kim).
More details at my homepage: http://www.cs.umn.edu/~mohaisen
Adam Tobias Schrag
visual cultures of war | theories of still and moving images | media history and ecology | 20 th - and 21 st -century American literatures | war literatures | service learning | digital humanities
Surface to Surface:
War, Image & the Senses in the Screenic Era
Research & Teaching Interests An investigation of the entanglement of war and media technologies from the early television era to the digital present. PhD Candidate, Department of English
Adeel Ahmed UMN Extension Center for Community Vitality
Is community vitality enough as an incentive for volunteers.
Interactive maps and their implications for community building .
Interactive maps and their affect on destination image.
Does having a “places” page influence physical visits to an establishment?
Does hands on education increase participation and the level of engagement in social websites?
Science Librarian @ Magrath Library
PhD, Cultural Kinesiology
MA student in Learning Technologies
Interests: mobile and online learning
Current education-related projects:
An iPhone app that provides situation-specific health information;
A mobile data collection app for K-6 students.
Amy Kristin Sanders
Austin Stair Calhoun – Ph.D. student in Kinesiology
Brian N. Larson, Recovering Lawyer & PhD student in Rhetoric and Scientific and Technical Communication; Instructor: WRIT 3562 Technical & Professional Communication Research Agenda
Mixed methods study
Survey of researchers to assess
Awareness of contractual limitations on Internet ‘site’ research and
Impact on research
Legal and critical analysis
Theorizing at juncture of
Conceptual framework still up in the air
Automated analysis of content
Identifying characteristics both
Division of Epidemiology: Joined the HIPS team to pursue his dual academic interests in homosexuality and technology. Prior to his work here, Daniel was an entrepreneur in new-media and communication technology ventures. Interested in trending technology to identify intersections between new media, culture, sexuality, sexual identity, politics, and infectious disease. Daniel Holsinger
[email_address] twitter: @dawn_armfield Researching ethos & presence through anonymous identity in PostSecret.com dawn m. armfield phd student in Writing Studies
Improving Heart Failure Care in the VA Through the HF Network Doug Wholey Health Policy & Management, School of Public health Improving HF Health Care Through Collaboration VA Heart Failure Provider Network A network of VA providers interested in improving heart failure care throughout the VA healthcare system. Currently, more than 530 providers (chiefs of cardiology, chiefs of medicine, chiefs of staff, clinicians, researchers, nurse practitioners, physician assistants, pharmacists, facility and VISN leadership, and others) from 150 facilities participate in this network. Questions: How is the HF network organized? What is the impact of the HF networks activities on patient care? Does this impact vary by activity, degree of participation and location in the network?
Do colleges and universities’ social media objectives and output match what students desire from their universities via social media channels and sources?
Work at the Minnesota Medical Foundation (web development) and Gopher Athletics (comm. intern)
Interested in mass communication, social computing, advertising, public relations, sales, marketing, design, research and development, feature writing
DISASTERS: Trainings, Simulations, Games, Alerts for First Responders ZOONOTIC OUTBREAKS: Response Systems for Pathologists in Resource-Poor Settings Hale Thompson Center for Public Health Outreach & Education
Joanna O’Connell, Dept. of Spanish and Portuguese Studies
Uses of writing/literacy technologies in global/colonial languages across time;
Differences in uses of social media in Spanish, Portuguese, French, English;
Identity formation, remediation, power and change in the Americas.
Joel D. Donna Learning Technologies
Research and Development
Use of online learning communities to provide support for beginning science teachers
Design based research
Prior work on the affordances and barriers
Transforming beginning science educator lesson planning through an educative, cyber-enhanced instructional design environment
User Lifecycles in Online Communities Katie Panciera GroupLens Research
B.S. Environmental Science
Graduate student, Humphrey School of Public Affairs
M.S. Science, Technology, and Environmental Policy
Graduate Research Assistant, Institute on the Environment
Dialogue Earth program
Blogger, ScienceBuzz.org (Science Museum of Minnesota)
Environmental News Traditional Media Social Media Interest : Promoting public engagement through science communication and education. Research Question : How can we improve scientists’ ability to engage the public?
Integrating social networking into eLearning ; social spaces for groups
Outreach & Instruction Librarian
University of Minnesota Libraries
Copyright Private Eye 2001
Michael Ekstrand Computer Science - GroupLens Research email@example.com / @elehack
Recommending items in graph-structured domains (e.g. citation web, social networks)
Paper: Automatically Building Research Reading Lists (Ekstrand et al., 2010, in RecSys)
Social computing interest:
Help users get more value from their network through recommendation, intelligent filtering, and interfaces.
Professor of English, U of M
President, Dictionary Society of North America
“ Littera scripta manet : Blackstone and Electronic Text.” Studies in Bibliography 54 (2001).
“ Definition and Depiction.” Word and Image 26 (2010).
“ The Library of Google: Researching Scanned Books.” MLA 2008 SF.
“ The Dictionary in Print and in the Cloud.” MLA 2011 LA.
“ Learning from Librivox.” Audiobooks, Literature, and Sound Studies. Routledge, 2011.
Mikhil Masli Cyclopath Collaboratively Edited Map Specialization How contributors specialize in particular types of work, and topics (locations), and what it means to designers. Eliciting Work How to elicit contributory behaviour using theories drawn from social psychology and knowledge of how people function. GroupLens Research Department of Computer Science and Engineering, U of M
Graduate Research Assistant, GroupLens
Main research interests:
SuggestBot – recommends articles to edit on English and Norwegian Wikipedia
Simulations of online social networks, particularly Twitter
Who : assistant professor of new media journalism
RQ : how do professions innovate by opening up their boundaries to other fields/actors? (with a focus on the context of journalism in transformation)
Intersection of journalists and computer programmers
Journalists’ use of Twitter; other aspects of social media
More : @sethclewis on Twitter; and sethlewis.org
Shayla Thiel-Stern, Assistant Professor in the School of Journalism & Mass Communication: Social Media, Gender and Identity
My research is usually (but not always) youth studies and often (but not always) falls under two categories:
1) How adolescent girls use interactive and social media to negotiate gender and identity; and
2) How the mass media portrays adolescent girls using interactive and social media (often relates to cyber-panic and sexism)
Current research, teaching and outreach “investments” in social computing Susan Walker
Hi there, folks. I’m Timothy Oleksiak and I am a second-year Writing Studies doctoral student. I am very much looking forward to being a part of this group. I research theories of technological resistance particularly related to first-year writing. I make sense of these issues through theories of political economy with an emphasis on the critiques of neoliberalism.
Dialogue Earth Social Media Sentiment Analysis Challenge: Accurate,Timely, Cost Effective Data Subject Matter Experts Crowd-sourced Coders Algorithms Tom Masterman
Social Computing Vinod Krishnan Social Computing excites me Current project/Research agenda?
Most companies canNOT differentiate UI and UX
UX is still not in their cards yet
If you took Csci 5115, good for you!
Choosing appropriate methods
Constraints kill creativity, but managing UX ‘well’ pays your mortage.
Macro-Level Evolutionary Dynamics: How does a network’s global structure change over time?
Micro-Level Evolutionary Dynamics: What local rules govern network participants’ choices of when and with whom to form or dissolve ties?
Based on local network configurations - E.g., dyads or triads
Local processes, decisions, actions
Xi Zhu, Department of Sociology Questions: How do networks evolve over time? How do evolutionary dynamics operating at different levels relate to each other? Empirical cases: Interorganizational alliance networks, friendship networks, collaboration networks, etc.
Yoshikazu Suzuki 2 nd year M.A. student at the School of Journalism and Mass Communication Current project: M.A. thesis; motivations to contribute to commons-based peer production (online user collaboration) Research agenda: social scientific exploration of the motivation of user participation