Dr. Spiro and Dr. Starbird were awarded an NSF grant to study Collective Sensemaking Online. The research project will address empirical and conceptual questions about online rumoring, asking: (1) How do online rumors permute, branch, and otherwise evolve over the course of their lifetime? (2) How can theories of rumor spread in offline settings be extended to online interaction, and what factors (technological and behavioral) influence these dynamics, perhaps making online settings distinct environments for information flow?
Dr. Spiro was invited to attend the Current Challenges in Computing Conference on Computational Social Science last week. The conference, held in Napa, CA brings together experts to spur discussion about how to advance the state of the art by exploiting current and anticipated computing capability.
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!
- Kim, Reinecke, and Hullman. Explaining the Gap: Visualizing One’s Predictions Improves Recall and Comprehension of Data. Best Paper Award.
- Kim, Wongsuphasawat, Hullman, and Heer. Graphscape: A Model for Automated Reasoning About Visualization Similarity and Sequencing. Honorable Mention Paper.
- Adar, E., Gearig, C., Balusubramanian, A., and Hullman, J. Persalog: Personalization of News Article Content.
- Wongsuphasawat, Qu, Moritz, Chang, Ouk, Anand, Mackinlay, Howe, and Heer. Voyager 2: Augmenting Visual Analysis with Partial View Specifications.
- Krafft, Zhou, Edwards, Starbird, and Spiro. Centralized, Parallel, and Distributed Information Processing during Collective Sensemaking.
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. Zeng's paper is a finalist for the Lee Dirks Best Paper Award.
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 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.