DataLab welcomes REU students
Wednesday, June 29, 2016

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 at IC2S2
Tuesday, June 28, 2016

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!

MIT Technology Review
Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The project with Poshen Lee, Jevin West and Bill Howe was written up in MIT Technology Review as "The First Visual Search Engine for Scientific Diagrams."

Yea-Seul Kim, Francis Nguyen and Dr. Hullman Release Chrome Plugin
Monday, May 09, 2016

Yea-Seul Kim and Francis Nguyen created Atlas of Me, a Chrome plugin for generating personalized spatial analogies to help people understand distances and areas they encounter online. Download at and see the related research paper:

DataLab research at ICWSM
Wednesday, April 27, 2016

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).

NSF sponsors DataLab research
Thursday, April 21, 2016

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"

World Bank supports DataLab research
Tuesday, April 19, 2016

Dr. Blumenstock was awarded a research grant from the World Bank to study "Conflict and Private Sector Development in Afghanistan"

Gates Foundation funds DataLab research in the Philippines
Monday, April 18, 2016

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 to speak at New Directions in Computational Social Science & Data Science Symposium
Monday, April 18, 2016

Dr. Spiro will be at Berkeley next week to speak at the New Directions in Computational Social Science & Data Science Symposium.  

Dr. Blumenstock at Wesleyan University
Friday, April 15, 2016

Dr. Blumenstock is presenting "Fighting Poverty with Data: Research at the Intersection of Machine Learning and Development Economics" at Wesleyan University

DataLab research covered by GeekWire
Monday, April 04, 2016

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 headed to INSNA Sunbelt Conference
Monday, April 04, 2016

DataLab faculty and students will be at the International Networks for Social Network Analysis (INSNA) Sunbelt Conference this week. 

DataLab featured in the New York Times
Friday, April 01, 2016

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."

Pacific Development Conference
Saturday, March 05, 2016

Dr. Blumenstock will be presenting his research on behavioral constraints to saving at the Pacific Development Conference at Stanford University.

WSDM Conference Data Challenge
Tuesday, February 23, 2016

Ian Wesley-Smith and Jevin West gave a talk at the WSDM conference on one of the winning algorithms for the Data Challenge.