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Social Sciences

Exploring how people use computing in their daily lives

We look at the intersection of the social sciences and technologies in both directions: to understand the underlying social dynamics driving technology usage and online communities, and to exploit technology to inform and extend social-science research.

We engage in research spanning the social sciences: anthropology, communication, media studies, ethnography, psychology, sociology, economics, and other fields of study.



Yanjie Fu, Yong Ge, Yu Zheng, Yao, Yanchi Liu, Hui Xiong, and Nicholas Jing Yuan, Sparse Real Estate Ranking with Online User Reviews and Offline Moving Behaviors, in ICDM 2014, IEEE – Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, December 2015.

Richard Harper, Why Skype? Explorations in the Grammar of ‘Being in touch’, Oxford University Press, August 2015.

Emre Kıcıman, Towards Learning a Knowledge Base of Actions from Experiential Microblogs, in AAAI Spring Symposium on Knowledge Representation and Reasoning, AAAI - Association for the Advancement of Artificial Intelligence, 23 March 2015.

Kathryn Zyskowski, Meredith Ringel Morris, Jeffrey P. Bigham, Mary L. Gray, and Shaun Kane, Accessible Crowdwork? Understanding the Value in and Challenge of Microtask Employment for People with Disabilities, ACM – Association for Computing Machinery, March 2015.

Gloria Mark, shamsi iqbal, mary czerwinski, and paul johns, Bored Mondays and Focused Afternoons: The Rhythm of Attention and Online Activity in the Workplace, Proceedings of ACM CSCW 2014, March 2015.

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