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.

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

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

Map of Science

Maps of Science

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

News and Updates

Dr. Spiro awarded NSF grant to study rumors online

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?

Dr. Spiro attends CCubed Conference

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 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.

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.