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Inside InfoSci: our Department Newsletter

The Department of Information Science at Cornell hosts talks and events frequently throughout the academic year. Please check back often for updates.

The Department of Information Science at Cornell hosts talks and events frequently throughout the academic year. Please check back often for updates.

Follow these links for details on the Colloquium Series and Graduate Seminar Series. Our annual showcase of student projects, BOOM, happens every spring. 

We have an e-newsletter, Inside InfoSci, that will be published about eight times a year. If you would like to subscribe, please send an email to information-science-news-l-request@cornell.edu with the subject "join." More information on how to join an email list can be found here.

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Student Spotlights

"I can say without a doubt that this program and this major played an integral role in preparing me with the skills I need to pursue a position I’m absolutely thrilled about."

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Twenty student-designed innovations – robotic drink-makers, spiderbots, music sequencers and much more – poured, drew, and played familiar tunes during Info Sci’s annual Rapid Prototyping demo day

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Info Sci’s Solon Barocas co-writes this thoughtful commentary on the current divide between data scientists and critics of artificial intelligence.

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The Info Sci assistant professor speaks to why our online privacy is essential, even if we feel we have nothing to hide.

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Info Sci's Phoebe Sengers recently penned this op-ed exploring populism among rural Canadians and rural Americans.

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In their Best Paper, Joachims and fellow Cornellians Adith Swaminathan and Tobias Schnabel look at implicit feedback, its advantages and disadvantages.

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Even you – the sensible, respectful online commenter – are capable of morphing into a troll. Read more on the Stanford-Cornell team whose work is rippling around the web.

Colloquium Videos

Watch video from Justin Cheng's talk, "Antisocial Computing: Explaining and Predicting Negative Behavior Online."

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Arvind Satyanarayan presents "Declarative Interaction Design for Data Visualization" on Tuesday, February 7, 2017, in G01 Gates.

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Watch Anthony Chen's colloquium, Computational Design and Fabrication to Augment the Physical World.

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Parsing research in psychology and technology, Costa aims to make self-monitoring tools less of a drain on a user's attention.

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Watch Kyle Harms' talk, An Introduction to Understandable and Usable User Interfaces.

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Xiao Ma uses multidisciplinary methods to better understand self-disclosure, trust, identity and reputation.

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Sengers was one of several faculty members chosen as Cornell University's Public Voices Thought Leadership Fellows, a program that aims to increase the public impact of top underrepresented thinkers in the U.S.

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With help from Kleinberg and his fellow researchers, ProPublica critiques an algorithm used in the criminal courts to forecast future criminal behavior.

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In Harvard Business Review, Kleinberg and coauthors present an important and comprehensive "buyer's guide" for anyone who wishes to use data science to create social good.

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Many new “sharing economy” companies, like Uber and Airbnb, use consumer-sourced ratings to evaluate their workers – but these systems can be fraught with difficulties, including bias based on race or gender.

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OK, OK, here's a hint: it helps land you a job working as a software engineer, web designer or developer for leading tech companies around the U.S. and earning an annual salary of roughly $100,000.

Student Spotlights

Having completed her first semester in the MPS program, Anagha talks with us about hackathons, the adrenaline rush of creating sound code, and what she's learned at Cornell thus far.

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A leading privacy non-profit recognized two of Information Science's newest faculty members for their work at the intersection of privacy and policy.

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Info Sci MPS students presented their semester-end projects during a poster session/pitch held outside of G01 Gates on Monday, December 5, 2016.

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Once again, students in Rapid Prototyping (INFO 4320) made their semester-end trip to Ithaca's Sciencenter to demo their projects for area families. See what Info Sci innovators created.

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To be published in a forthcoming issue of CA, the group's piece challenges the prevailing view of ground truth labels.

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Pollack’s research has been primarily in the area of artificial intelligence.

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Last week proved a busy one for IS Assistant Professor Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil, who gave two keynotes at events associated with the annual EMNLP Conference.

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Chenhao Tan shares results from a paper he coauthored with his Cornell colleagues in natural language processing.

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arXiv's algorithm was initially designed to help with categorization, but it evolved; it can now sniff out poor papers based on author's language use.

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Two of Info Sci's newest hires Karen Levy and Solon Barocas, working with two Data & Society colleagues, picked up Best Paper at Oxford's Internet, Policy & Politics Conference.

Colloquium Videos

Watch video from Jonah Berger's colloquium talk held on October 26, 2016.

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Research from CS PhD student Manish Raghavan, CIS faculty member Jon Kleinberg, and Harvard economist (and Cornell alum) Sendhil Mullainathan informs debate.

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Nicholas Knouf's "How Noise Matters to Finance" shows how noise – sonic, informatic or otherwise – affects the ways in which financial markets function.

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Guy Hoffman shares his insight with the Christian Science Monitor on how robots have the capability to evoke human emotions, but actually connecting with humans is a much larger challenge.

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Info Sci's François Guimbretière is among the project leads for the Cornell Race & Empathy Project, currently up in Albert R. Mann Library through October 14.

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No doubt a reflection on the impact arXiv has had, several notable publications have offered thoughts on the preeminent pre-print server hitting the quarter century mark.

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Info Sci PhDs and faculty were among authors of an award-winning paper at MobileHCI 2016.

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Tarleton Gillespie is asked to weigh in on Facebook's widely criticized censorship of an infamous Vietnam War photo.

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Once again, scholars representing Cornell Information Science – from both the Ithaca and New York Tech campuses – have a stack of accepted papers at this year's UbiComp.

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Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil and Lee used language models to identify bias in sports reporting.

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Our growing department added three more innovators, each a leader in their respective fields of study. Here's who will be joining our faculty this fall:

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This week, Cornell University researchers will be in Barcelona for this year's 4S/EASST Conference, a joint conference aimed at alternative ways of exploring science and technology.

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Kleinberg among authors of 2005 KDD paper that shaped our understanding of the evolution and growth of real-world networks.

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The Info Sci Graduate Student Association (ISGSA) has named its student representatives for the 2016-2017 academic year.

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The Robots in Groups (RIG) Lab was the featured presenter at the Ithaca Sciencenter Showtime!, giving an overview of current child-robot interaction research.

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Info Sci professors Thorsten Joachims and Geri Gay were among the authors of a 2005 paper that recently received ACM SIGIR's (Special Interest Group on Information Retrieval) Test of Time Award.

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In this webinar, Info Sci Student Services Representative Ani Mercincavage guides incoming MPS students on how to enroll in Fall semester classes.

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A team of Information Science professors was a recent recipient of seed funding to support its research initiative on online communication.

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Information Science Professor and MPS Director Gilly Leshed hosts this webinar covering MPS course requirements, the program’s project-based component, and the Digital Technology Immersion sequence.

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Thanks to recent venture funding, two Info Sci faculty members will explore more sustainable methods in the hydropower and coffee industries.

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