Predicting Poverty and Wealth from Mobile Phone Metadata

Research at the DataLab shows that an individual’s past history of phone use can be used to infer his or her socioeconomic status, and that the predicted attributes of millions of individuals can provide cost-effective policy instruments in poor and developing economies.

Social network analysis in Afghanistan

Joshua Blumenstock is studying the effect of unexpected shocks on network activity in Afghanistan with collaborators at Princeton, UW, UCLA, and UC Berkeley

Citi and Innovations for Poverty Action support field experiments in Afghanistan

A field experiment with a large Afghan firm has received additional support from the Financial Capabilities Research Fund, through Citi and Innovations for Poverty Action

Map of Science

Maps of Science

Maps of science reveal where ideas come from and where they are going.  

News and Updates

DataLab at CHI 2017

DataLab faculty and students attended the ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems this past week. CHI, the premier international conference of Human-Computer Interaction, was held in Denver, CO. DataLab faculty and students presented a variety of work, including a Best Paper by PhD student Yeaseul Kim and Dr. Hullman!

PhD student Walker accepts position at ASU

DataLab PhD student Shawn Walker accepted a tenure-track faculty position at Arizona State University in the School of Social and Behavioral Sciences in the New College of Interdisciplinary Arts & Sciences! Congratulations, Shawn! 

Zeng to present at iConference 2017

DataLab PhD student Li Zeng will present her paper Let’s Workout! Exploring Social Exercise in an Online Fitness Community at the 2017 IConference this week. The paper is a collaboration with Zack W. Almquist at University of Minnesota and DataLab faculty member Emma S. Spiro.

Dr. Spiro speaks at Berkeley Department of Demography

Dr. Spiro presented new work at the University of California, Berkeley Department of Demography Brown Bag Seminar Series this week. Her talk Look Who's Watching: Understanding the Audience of Police on Social Media explores demographic characteristics of the online audience for police accounts on Twitter.

Dr. Spiro to speak at NYC Data Science Seminar Series

Dr. Spiro is scheduled to speak at the NYC Data Science Seminar this week. The seminar is jointly organized by NYU, Cornell Tech, Facebook, Columbia University and Microsoft Research NYC. 

What we do

The DataLab is the nexus for research on Data Science and Analytics at the UW iSchool.  We study large-scale, heterogeneous human data in an effort to understand why individuals, consumers, and societies behave the way they do. Our goal is to use data for the social good, in an ethical manner that can inform policy and impact lives for the better. As the focal point for industry partnerships related to “big data” and business analytics, the DataLab also provides infrastructure and support for student training and engagement in projects that involve the analysis of large datasets.