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DISTINGUISHED LECTURE: Prof. Ryan Calo of the University of Washington will discuss the phenomenon of socio-digital vuln...
01/08/2024

DISTINGUISHED LECTURE:

Prof. Ryan Calo of the University of Washington will discuss the phenomenon of socio-digital vulnerability, also known as the susceptibility of individuals and groups within mediated environments to decisional, social, or constitutive interference, by drawing from his work in law and design.

๐Ÿ“… Wednesday, January 17, 2024; 12:10 pm to 1:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ 210 South Hall and Online

Event details:

Jan 17, 2024, 12:10 pm โ€” Drawing from work in law and design, Ryan Calo uses dark patterns, robots, generative artificial intelligence, and other examples to evidence the problem of socio-digital vulnerability.

We're halfway through the academic year, and MIMS โ€™25 student Miguel Rodriguez-Arias is here to recap it all! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘ Featur...
12/29/2023

We're halfway through the academic year, and MIMS โ€™25 student Miguel Rodriguez-Arias is here to recap it all! ๐Ÿ‘ ๐Ÿ‘

Featuring some of our favorite events from the Fall, we're excited to share this fun video with our I School community!

Watch the full video here:

Update on my 1st semester at UC Berkeley as a graduate student. MIMS program class of '25.Music Attribution:Ether Disco by Kevin MacLeod is licensed under a ...

Join us tomorrow evening for the   Capstone Showcase!This virtual showcase will feature 6 impressive data science projec...
12/20/2023

Join us tomorrow evening for the Capstone Showcase!

This virtual showcase will feature 6 impressive data science projects eligible for the Hal Varian Capstone Award. All guests are welcome to join us online to see our students present their projects.

๐Ÿ“… Thursday, December 21, 5-7:30 pm PT
๐Ÿ“ Online
https://bit.ly/48pZWQJ

MIDS alumni Romain Hardy, Joe Klepich, Ryan Mitchell, Steve Hall, and Jericho Villareal published their award-winning ca...
12/19/2023

MIDS alumni Romain Hardy, Joe Klepich, Ryan Mitchell, Steve Hall, and Jericho Villareal published their award-winning capstone project "curie. AI" in Nature Scientific Reports with the help of Assistant Prof. Cornelia Ilin.

โ€œIn the future, generative AI will become an essential tool for enriching datasets and distilling foundational insights about human biology and disease development,โ€ said first author Romain Hardy.

Read more about their research:

A group of UC Berkeley School of Information MIDS graduates have turned their Hal R. Varian Award-winning project into a published paper in Nature Scientific Reports.

And the award goes toโ€ฆTo learn more join us this evening for the 5th year   Capstone Showcase!This virtual showcase will...
12/19/2023

And the award goes toโ€ฆ

To learn more join us this evening for the 5th year Capstone Showcase!

This virtual showcase will feature 6 impressive projects. Join us online to enjoy the student presentations!

๐Ÿ“… TODAY, 4:00 - 6:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Online

๐Ÿ”— https://bit.ly/48ktT4Q

Ph.D. student Yangyang Yang and Prof. Kimiko Ryokai have created โ€œBeing The Creek,โ€ a project that utilizes mobile augme...
12/14/2023

Ph.D. student Yangyang Yang and Prof. Kimiko Ryokai have created โ€œBeing The Creek,โ€ a project that utilizes mobile augmented reality (MAR) to help people experience Berkeleyโ€™s natural environment from the perspective of Strawberry Creek.

โ€œWe hope this project can serve as an inspiration to HCI researchers, encouraging a shift of focus from human-centered design towards designing technology to understand the more-than-human world and collaborate with the nonhuman entities,โ€ said Yang.

Read more:

In response to recent calls for researchers to address ongoing environmental crises, School of Information Ph.D. student Yangyang Yang and Professor Kimiko Ryokai have created โ€œBeing The Creek,โ€ a project that utilizes mobile augmented reality (MAR) to help people experience Berkeleyโ€™s natural...

Join us on Wednesday evening for the   Capstone Showcase!6 amazing masterpieces will be on display at this gallery of in...
12/11/2023

Join us on Wednesday evening for the Capstone Showcase!

6 amazing masterpieces will be on display at this gallery of innovation, so stop by online to enjoy these artists speak about their projects.

๐Ÿ“… Dec. 13, 4:00 - 6:30 pm
๐Ÿ“ Online

๐Ÿ”— https://bit.ly/47UtBSs

Congratulations to alumnus Mo Zadeh (MIMS โ€™16) of Rumi Technologies for winning first place and current students Ashutos...
12/05/2023

Congratulations to alumnus Mo Zadeh (MIMS โ€™16) of Rumi Technologies for winning first place and current students Ashutosh Tiwari and Kritika Mishra (both MIMS โ€™25) of CarbonSustain!

We're so proud of you all! ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

Berkeley News interviewed Professor Hany Farid about the need to regulate social media platforms to curb disinformation....
12/02/2023

Berkeley News interviewed Professor Hany Farid about the need to regulate social media platforms to curb disinformation.

โ€œPeople overuse the word โ€œdystopian,โ€ but this is the dystopia weโ€™ve been worried about. I think weโ€™re in it. We just don't know it,โ€ said Farid.

Read the full Q&A:

"Thoughtful, sensible" rules could make media companies legally liable for damage caused by disinformation, the scholar says.

Professor Hany Farid, CITRIS Policy Lab's Brandie Nonnecke, and Center for Human-Compatible AI's Jonathan Stray spoke to...
11/24/2023

Professor Hany Farid, CITRIS Policy Lab's Brandie Nonnecke, and Center for Human-Compatible AI's Jonathan Stray spoke to Berkeley News about the current state of mis- and disinformation and explore innovative ways to neutralize the toxic effects.

"If it means delivering images of dead babies, that's what the system is going to do. It doesn't have morality," said Farid.

To learn more:

"Polarization, violence and social media are inextricably intertwined," says one scholar. But Berkeley researchers say regulation could be a powerful solution.

Professor Coye Cheshire, along with colleagues at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and UC San Francisco, recentl...
11/17/2023

Professor Coye Cheshire, along with colleagues at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and UC San Francisco, recently won a $300K grant from the UC Noyce Initiative on computational precision health to study the extent of the problem, and what might be done to combat it.

Their project, โ€œComputational Approaches for Understanding and Intervening Upon Misinformation About Contraception and Abortion on Social Media,โ€ is a two-part study.

โ€œOur team aims to detail the extent and nature of different types of health misinformation and disinformation in short-form videos, while also examining the challenges to correcting incorrect health information,โ€ Cheshire said.

Read more:

University of California, Berkeley, School of Information professor Coye Cheshire, along with colleagues at the UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare and UC San Francisco, recently won a $300K grant from the UC Noyce Initiative on computational precision health to study the extent of the problem, and...

I School Interim Dean and Professor Marti Hearst conducted research on the relationship between language โ€” especially wr...
11/07/2023

I School Interim Dean and Professor Marti Hearst conducted research on the relationship between language โ€” especially written text โ€” and information visualization.

Her paper, "Show It or Tell It? Text, Visualization, and Their Combination," was published in the Communications of the ACM last month.

Read more about her research: https://bit.ly/45HP8LT

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute is partnering with Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity to establish a new cybersecurity ...
11/03/2023

CITRIS and the Banatao Institute is partnering with Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity to establish a new cybersecurity internship program at four UC campuses! This initiative is meant to address the escalating need for cybersecurity in an increasingly digital world.

โ€œWeโ€™re glad to partner with CLTC to help more students at our four UC campuses develop their cybersecurity acumen and gain valuable work experience,โ€ said Camille Crittenden, Executive Director of CITRIS.

Check out the story here:

The Center for Information Technology Research in the Interest of Society and the Banatao Institute (CITRIS) at the University of California has partnered with the UC Berkeley Center for Long-Term Cybersecurity (CLTC) to establish a new cybersecurity internship program at four UC campuses.

As October comes to an end, this month's news roundup features I School Professor Hany Farid, Ph.D. Alumnus Daniel Griff...
10/30/2023

As October comes to an end, this month's news roundup features I School Professor Hany Farid, Ph.D. Alumnus Daniel Griffin, Ph.D. Candidate Emma Lurie, and CLTC Public Interest Cybersecurity Program Director Sarah Powazek.

Learn more about I School in the news:
https://bit.ly/3QAmqIQ

A year older, a century bolder! ๐Ÿคฉ We just turned 105 this month.  Guests near and far came to South Hall to celebrate wi...
10/30/2023

A year older, a century bolder! ๐Ÿคฉ

We just turned 105 this month.

Guests near and far came to South Hall to celebrate with talks by library school alumnus Howard D. White (Ph.D. โ€™74), Professor David Bamman, and Ph.D. student Justin Norman about former I School dean Patrick Wilson, Chat-GPT and intellectual property, and facial recognition technology.

Library school alumni from the years of 1973 and 1974 also joined us for a luncheon to celebrate the 50th year anniversary of their graduation!

Link to photos:
https://flic.kr/s/aHBqjAZYAV

โ€œFor the first time in my life...I heard that I could be a leader and thrive professionally, not in spite of who I am, b...
10/25/2023

โ€œFor the first time in my life...I heard that I could be a leader and thrive professionally, not in spite of who I am, but thanks to who I am,โ€ said Gaby Lagunes.

Through a series of workshops, guest speakers, and access to influential mentors, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) aims to empower its participants to learn from each otherโ€™s experiences, apply critical leadership skills, understand how to navigate and dismantle gender-related barriers to leadership careers, and give back by passing on the knowledge they gained.

Learn more about the program and what three participants gleaned from the experience:

Through a series of workshops, guest speakers, and access to influential mentors, the Leadership Development Program (LDP) aims to empower its participants to learn from each other's experiences, apply critical leadership skills, understand how to navigate and dismantle gender-related barriers to le...

Grace Roseman (MIMS '24) attended the Grace Hopper Conference earlier this month."During my time there, I was amazed at ...
10/23/2023

Grace Roseman (MIMS '24) attended the Grace Hopper Conference earlier this month.

"During my time there, I was amazed at the thousands of people who attended, some of whom traveled from out of country to be there," she wrote.

Check out her reflections in this Medium article:

Iโ€™m grateful to have attended the Grace Hopper Celebration in Orlando, Florida this year as an ambassador for the UC Berkeley School ofโ€ฆ

The I School is hosting a webinar about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice (DEIBJ) on Nov. 3. Register...
10/23/2023

The I School is hosting a webinar about Diversity, Equity, Inclusion, Belonging, and Justice (DEIBJ) on Nov. 3. Register now to learn from current students and faculty, as well as receive guidance on navigating the graduate application process!

https://bit.ly/48Z3Gd5

Nov 3, 2023, 10:00 am โ€” Learn more about our amazing and inclusive community from our students and faculty, along with the invaluable resources and support available to you at the I School and at UC Berkeley.

Professor Marti Hearst has published an article in the Communications of the ACM based on her research into the relation...
10/20/2023

Professor Marti Hearst has published an article in the Communications of the ACM based on her research into the relationship between language โ€“ especially written text โ€“ and information visualization.

"The visualization field has theories of visual literacy, but it should incorporate theories of reading literacy as well," she advocated.

More:
https://bit.ly/45HP8LT

Hearst has begun explicitly studying the relationship between language โ€” especially written text โ€” and information visualization. She put various ideas together in a paper in the Communications of the ACM this October of 2023.

Mark your calendars!Later this month, University of Washington Professor Daniel Weld is visiting South Hall to lecture a...
10/10/2023

Mark your calendars!

Later this month, University of Washington Professor Daniel Weld is visiting South Hall to lecture about effective human-AI interaction and Semantic Scholar, an AI-driven platform.

๐Ÿ“† October 25, 12:10 pm - 1:30 pm
๐Ÿ“210 South Hall

Event details:
https://bit.ly/46x6dJl

Oct 25, 2023, 12:10 pm โ€” Daniel S. Weld outlines the principles and pitfalls of effective human-AI interaction.

10/09/2023

I School professor and White House Office of Science and Technology Policy Principal Deputy U.S. Chief Technology Officer Deirdre Mulligan will be giving the keynote address at the New America PIT-UN Convening this year!

๐Ÿ“… October 13, 10:30 am

Sign up for the livestream here:

Meet the team behind the Hal R. Varian Award-winning project LanguageX, which aims to address a need for effective and a...
09/26/2023

Meet the team behind the Hal R. Varian Award-winning project LanguageX, which aims to address a need for effective and accurate translation between languages.

The team revealed what inspired their project, which classes helped, and what the future holds for LanguageX in a Q&A with the I School.

Check it out:

LanguageX is the winner of the Summer 2023 Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award.

Meet the team behind the Lily L. Chang Capstone Award-winning project, Cyber Attack! ๐Ÿ‘พ They spoke to us about how they c...
09/26/2023

Meet the team behind the Lily L. Chang Capstone Award-winning project, Cyber Attack! ๐Ÿ‘พ

They spoke to us about how they came up with the concept, how they worked together, and what makes Cyber Attack so innovative!

Check out this Q&A with the team!
https://bit.ly/48w05Tq

The Summer 2023 Lily L. Chang award-winning project, Cyber Attack, tests your strategic thinking and tactical prowess in cyber scenarios.

09/25/2023

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Join Assistant Professor Daniel Aranki at  , where he'll participate in a panel discussing AI and education. In New York...
09/20/2023

Join Assistant Professor Daniel Aranki at , where he'll participate in a panel discussing AI and education.

In New York? Come in-person! Seats are limited.
https://sched.co/1QG65

Interested but not in NYC? Attend virtually!
https://sched.co/1Nqea

Announcing the winner of the Summer 2023 Lily L. Chang MICS Capstone Award... โœจ Cyber Attack! โœจ The team โ€” Cecy Correa, ...
09/18/2023

Announcing the winner of the Summer 2023 Lily L. Chang MICS Capstone Award...

โœจ Cyber Attack! โœจ

The team โ€” Cecy Correa, Surya Jatavallabhula, Jay Jones, Chieh Feng Lee, Diamond Rorie, and Jyotsna Sharma โ€” created a board game to simulate cyber warfare.

More about their project:
https://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/projects/2023/cyber-attack

Congratulations to the LanguageX team for winning the Summer 2023 Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award! ๐ŸŽ‰ Members Ifrah Jav...
09/18/2023

Congratulations to the LanguageX team for winning the Summer 2023 Hal R. Varian MIDS Capstone Award! ๐ŸŽ‰

Members Ifrah Javed, BoraMutluoglu, Jerry Qian, and Tsun Tsai leveraged LLMs to create a tool to translate effectively and accurately between languages to tackle the need for translation services.

More about their project:
https://www.ischool.berkeley.edu/projects/2023/languagex

09/15/2023
๐Ÿšจ LAST CHANCE! ๐Ÿšจ Register now for Thursday's screening of The YouTube Effect, a documentary by Alex Winter.After the scr...
09/12/2023

๐Ÿšจ LAST CHANCE! ๐Ÿšจ

Register now for Thursday's screening of The YouTube Effect, a documentary by Alex Winter.

After the screening, Winter will host a panel with professor Hany Farid, CITRIS lab director Brandie Nonnecke, and Erwin Chemerinsky of Berkeley Law!

Register here:

Sep 14, 2023, 2:00 pm โ€” The YouTube Effect, a documentary by Alex Winter, takes viewers on a timely and gripping journey inside the cloistered world of YouTube and parent Google.

Calling all technology policy scholars! ๐Ÿ“ฃ The School of Information and The Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkel...
09/07/2023

Calling all technology policy scholars! ๐Ÿ“ฃ

The School of Information and The Goldman School of Public Policy at UC Berkeley invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment to the faculty at the Assistant Professor rank.

Ideal candidates will have research foci in one or more broad areas at the intersection of technology and policy.

Interested? Apply by Monday, Sep 25, 2023, at 11:59pm (Pacific Time) to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Application details:

The School of Information and The Goldman School of Public Policy at the University of California, Berkeley, invite applications for a joint tenure-track appointment to the faculty at the Assistant Professor rank.

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