This summer the DataLab will host a number of undergraduate research assistants as part of the NSF Research Experiences for Undergraduates (REU) program. This program supports active research participation by undergraduate students in any of the areas of research funded by the National Science Foundation.
DataLab members Nina Cesare and Li Zeng presented at the 2nd Annual International Conference on Computational Social Science in Evanston, IL. Additional Congratulations to Nina on winning the Best Poster Award!
Dr. Spiro and DataLab PhD student Li Zeng had a poster paper accepted to the 2016 International Conference on Web and Social Media (ICWSM). Dr. Spiro will travel to Cologne, Germany in May to present their research, along with her work ons tructures of thanks and user expectations in workplace appreciation systems, joint with Andres Monroy-Hernandez (MSR) and J. Nathan Matias (MIT).
Dr. Blumenstock, along with UW professor Tyler McCormick, have received a grant from the National Science Foundation to study "Sparse Motifs: Compact Bayesian Models of Massive Social Graphs"
Dr. Blumenstock was awarded a research grant from the World Bank to study "Conflict and Private Sector Development in Afghanistan"
Dr. Blumenstock and PhD student Niall Keleher have received a grant from the Gates Foundation to study the impact of first-time mobile phone use on households in rural Philippines. The project is titled, "Integrating Isolated Communities."
Dr. Spiro will be at Berkeley next week to speak at the New Directions in Computational Social Science & Data Science Symposium.
Dr. Blumenstock is presenting "Fighting Poverty with Data: Research at the Intersection of Machine Learning and Development Economics" at Wesleyan University
Collaborative research by Dr. Spiro and Dr. Starbird (UW HCDE) shows that official accounts can help truth win out over misinformation on Twitter. Read more in the featured article in GeekWire.
DataLab faculty and students will be at the International Networks for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) Sunbelt Conference this week.
Research by DataLab co-Director Dr. Blumenstock was discussed in an article in today's New York Times, "Satellite Images Can Pinpoint Poverty Where Surveys Can’t."
Dr. Blumenstock will be presenting his research on behavioral constraints to saving at the Pacific Development Conference at Stanford University.