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. Our paper Centralized, Parallel, and Distributed Information Processing during Collective Sensemaking was presented by lead author Peter Krafft.
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 Emma S. Spiro. Zeng’s paper is a finalist for the Lee Dirks Best Paper Award.