Information Science at Cornell

Information Science at Cornell Information Science is an interdisciplinary department at Cornell University. It brings together faculty, researchers and students who share an interest in studying how people use technology and the impacts that use has on society as a whole.
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Aditya Vashistha, assistant professor in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, along w...
06/14/2021
Mental health helplines need human-centered solutions | Cornell Chronicle

Aditya Vashistha, assistant professor in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science, along with partnering researchers won a 🏆Best Paper award🏆 at CHI 2021.

The team's paper – 'Can I Not Be Suicidal on a Sunday?’: Understanding Technology-Mediated Pathways to Mental Health Support – explores the technological and cultural challenges that impact the use of crisis hotlines in India.

Congratulations to Professor Vashistha and his fellow researchers!

There’s a wide gap between how care was intended by those who support helplines and how that care was experienced in practice by those who need it most, according to new research from Cornell and Georgia Tech.

A warm welcome to presenters and students at our summer course, Designing Technology for Social Impact, which is underwa...
06/07/2021

A warm welcome to presenters and students at our summer course, Designing Technology for Social Impact, which is underway today!!

https://impact.infosci.cornell.edu

A warm welcome to presenters and students at our summer course, Designing Technology for Social Impact, which is underway today!!

https://impact.infosci.cornell.edu

If you missed today's Virtual Graduation Ceremony honoring the Class of 2021, have a look! Join us in congratulating thi...
05/28/2021

If you missed today's Virtual Graduation Ceremony honoring the Class of 2021, have a look! Join us in congratulating this year's graduates in Information Science 👏🧑‍🎓👨‍🎓👩‍🎓🍾🎈

https://vod.video.cornell.edu/media/2021%20Cornell%20Information%20Science%20Virtual%20Graduation%20Ceremony/1_6z8asykr

If you missed today's Virtual Graduation Ceremony honoring the Class of 2021, have a look! Join us in congratulating this year's graduates in Information Science 👏🧑‍🎓👨‍🎓👩‍🎓🍾🎈

https://vod.video.cornell.edu/media/2021%20Cornell%20Information%20Science%20Virtual%20Graduation%20Ceremony/1_6z8asykr

We enjoyed our recent chat with Anthonia Carter, doctoral student in Info Sci, about her newly launched startup, EGK Sta...
04/30/2021
Info Sci Ph.D. Launches Accelerator to Elevate Black Startup Founders

We enjoyed our recent chat with Anthonia Carter, doctoral student in Info Sci, about her newly launched startup, EGK Starters, the lack of diversity in the venture capital industry, her path to information science, and much more.

Carter's EGK Starters has a two-fold mission: assist and elevate business owners of color in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala., and bridge the gap between Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC)-run companies and the venture capital industry.

Good story right here 👇
https://infosci.cornell.edu/information/news/newsitem1054/info-sci-phd-launches-accelerator-elevate-black-startup-founders

Carter has launched a startup to assist and elevate business owners of color in her hometown of Birmingham, Ala., and bridge the gap between Black, Indigenous, people of color (BIPOC)-run companies and the venture capital industry.

David Williamson, a leader in the area of approximation algorithms and a longtime Cornell professor, will serve as the n...
04/23/2021

David Williamson, a leader in the area of approximation algorithms and a longtime Cornell professor, will serve as the next chair of the Department of Information Science in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science.

Williamson succeeds Steve Jackson, associate professor of information science, who has held the role since July 2018.

https://infosci.cornell.edu/information/news/newsitem1048/williamson-named-next-chair-information-science

David Williamson, a leader in the area of approximation algorithms and a longtime Cornell professor, will serve as the next chair of the Department of Information Science in the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science.

Williamson succeeds Steve Jackson, associate professor of information science, who has held the role since July 2018.

https://infosci.cornell.edu/information/news/newsitem1048/williamson-named-next-chair-information-science

04/06/2021

A group of undergraduate students and Dean Kavita Bala were recently joined by Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella to discuss the importance of creating inclusive and supportive work environments as well as the continued need to increase representation in the computer science field.

Nadella was virtually visiting Cornell as part of the university’s Hatfield Lecture series, where he also spoke with Cornell President Martha Pollack about a future where the boundaries between tech, work, and social issues dissolve. Read more about the visit: https://alumni.cornell.edu/article/hatfield-lecture-2021-microsoft-ceo-satya-nadella/

Sharing word of Cornell Info Sci's *third* NSF Graduate Research Fellow this year.Congratulations to Pegah Moradi on thi...
04/02/2021

Sharing word of Cornell Info Sci's *third* NSF Graduate Research Fellow this year.

Congratulations to Pegah Moradi on this most distinguished fellowship.

Moradi joins fellow Info Sci doctoral students Dan Adler and Joy Ming, who each received fellowships this year.

https://infosci.cornell.edu/content/moradi

Sharing word of Cornell Info Sci's *third* NSF Graduate Research Fellow this year.

Congratulations to Pegah Moradi on this most distinguished fellowship.

Moradi joins fellow Info Sci doctoral students Dan Adler and Joy Ming, who each received fellowships this year.

https://infosci.cornell.edu/content/moradi

We’re so excited to share the news that Info Sci PhD Candidate Lauren Kilgour will join Princeton’s Center for Informati...
04/01/2021

We’re so excited to share the news that Info Sci PhD Candidate Lauren Kilgour will join Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy as a Postdoctoral Research Associate this Fall!

Congratulations, Lauren! 👏👏👏

Advised by Info Sci’s Karen Levy, Kilgour studies the culture and politics of network technology, with specific emphasis on technology design and use in varied contexts. Learn more about her work at https://www.laurenkilgour.org/

We’re so excited to share the news that Info Sci PhD Candidate Lauren Kilgour will join Princeton’s Center for Information Technology Policy as a Postdoctoral Research Associate this Fall!

Congratulations, Lauren! 👏👏👏

Advised by Info Sci’s Karen Levy, Kilgour studies the culture and politics of network technology, with specific emphasis on technology design and use in varied contexts. Learn more about her work at https://www.laurenkilgour.org/

Karen Levy, assistant professor in information science, has an excellent editorial published online at the New York Time...
03/31/2021
Opinion | Your Tinder Match Will Soon Be Able to Run a Background Check on You

Karen Levy, assistant professor in information science, has an excellent editorial published online at the New York Times this morning. In it, Levy offers thoughtful commentary on a decision by Match Group — which owns Tinder, OKCupid, and Match — to make it easier for users of its apps to run background checks on potential partners.

"If we normalize the practice of building a dossier of external data points on a person to avoid the risk of deception, we might upend an important aspect of creating close connections," Levy writes. "Introducing this level of data use into the intimate sphere seems at odds with how we typically learn about one another — gradually, and with the benefit of context."

The app is trying to make it easier to obtain data on potential partners. That could create more problems than it solves.

🏅CHI 2021 Honorable Mention🏅Kudos to Sharifa Sultana, doctoral student in information science and lead author of the hon...
03/30/2021

🏅CHI 2021 Honorable Mention🏅

Kudos to Sharifa Sultana, doctoral student in information science and lead author of the honored research, 'Unmochon': a Tool to Combat Online Sexual Harassment over Facebook Messenger. 👏👏

(Among the paper's coauthors is Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, Info Sci Ph.D. '18, now an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Toronto).

paper:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sharifa-Sultana-3/publication/349763577_Unmochon'_A_Tool_to_Combat_Online_Sexual_Harassment_over_Facebook_Messenger/links/6040c35b4585154e8c7589de/Unmochon-A-Tool-to-Combat-Online-Sexual-Harassment-over-Facebook-Messenger.pdf

🏅CHI 2021 Honorable Mention🏅

Kudos to Sharifa Sultana, doctoral student in information science and lead author of the honored research, 'Unmochon': a Tool to Combat Online Sexual Harassment over Facebook Messenger. 👏👏

(Among the paper's coauthors is Syed Ishtiaque Ahmed, Info Sci Ph.D. '18, now an assistant professor of computer science at the University of Toronto).

paper:https://www.researchgate.net/profile/Sharifa-Sultana-3/publication/349763577_Unmochon'_A_Tool_to_Combat_Online_Sexual_Harassment_over_Facebook_Messenger/links/6040c35b4585154e8c7589de/Unmochon-A-Tool-to-Combat-Online-Sexual-Harassment-over-Facebook-Messenger.pdf

🏆CHI 2021 Best Paper Award #2 !!🏆Info Sci's Aditya Vashistha is a coauthor on this award-winning, joint research from Co...
03/29/2021

🏆CHI 2021 Best Paper Award #2 !!🏆

Info Sci's Aditya Vashistha is a coauthor on this award-winning, joint research from Cornell, Georgia Tech, and Microsoft Research India.

In "Can I Not Be Suicidal on a Sunday?": Understanding Technology-Mediated Pathways to Mental Health Support, Vashistha and collaborators investigate how the design of the Indian mental health helpline system interacts with complex sociocultural factors to marginalize caller needs.

Kudos Professor Vashistha and collaborators!

Paper 👇
https://www.adityavashistha.com/uploads/2/0/8/0/20800650/helpline-chi-2021.pdf

🏆CHI 2021 Best Paper Award #2 !!🏆

Info Sci's Aditya Vashistha is a coauthor on this award-winning, joint research from Cornell, Georgia Tech, and Microsoft Research India.

In "Can I Not Be Suicidal on a Sunday?": Understanding Technology-Mediated Pathways to Mental Health Support, Vashistha and collaborators investigate how the design of the Indian mental health helpline system interacts with complex sociocultural factors to marginalize caller needs.

Kudos Professor Vashistha and collaborators!

Paper 👇
https://www.adityavashistha.com/uploads/2/0/8/0/20800650/helpline-chi-2021.pdf

Awards have been announced for the upcoming ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, aka CHI, where Cor...
03/26/2021

Awards have been announced for the upcoming ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, aka CHI, where Cornell Information Science ALWAYS shows up big.

We’re hearing of three* recognized papers out of Information Science — two Best Papers and an Honorable Mention.

We begin today by highlighting a Best Paper from Swati Mishra, a doctoral student in Info Sci, and Jeff Rzeszotarski, assistant professor of Info Sci. The duo’s award-winning paper is called “Designing Interactive Transfer Learning Tools for ML Non-Experts.” In it, the pair introduces a system they built for non-expert users of machine learning tools that supports “transfer learning,” a complex machine learning process used primarily by experts.

Congratulations to Swati and Jeff! 👏👏🏆

More CHI honors to come. Stay tuned.

(*If there are others, please contact Lou, our communications coordinator, at [email protected])

Awards have been announced for the upcoming ACM CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, aka CHI, where Cornell Information Science ALWAYS shows up big.

We’re hearing of three* recognized papers out of Information Science — two Best Papers and an Honorable Mention.

We begin today by highlighting a Best Paper from Swati Mishra, a doctoral student in Info Sci, and Jeff Rzeszotarski, assistant professor of Info Sci. The duo’s award-winning paper is called “Designing Interactive Transfer Learning Tools for ML Non-Experts.” In it, the pair introduces a system they built for non-expert users of machine learning tools that supports “transfer learning,” a complex machine learning process used primarily by experts.

Congratulations to Swati and Jeff! 👏👏🏆

More CHI honors to come. Stay tuned.

(*If there are others, please contact Lou, our communications coordinator, at [email protected])

Dan Adler and Joy Ming, two doctoral students in Information Science, have each received 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fell...
03/24/2021

Dan Adler and Joy Ming, two doctoral students in Information Science, have each received 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! Congratulations to both! 👏👏

Adler’s research centers on creating novel, interpretable algorithms for remote symptom monitoring of chronic conditions, specifically mental and behavioral health. He’s a member of the People-Aware Computing Lab and the Precision Behavioral Health Initiative, both directed by his advisor, Dr. Tanzeem Choudhury, the Roger and Joelle Burnell Professor in Integrated Health and Technology at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in Information Sciences.

Ming studies the questions of power and social justice as they relate to technology. Her work intersects disability justice and global health equity with design and research justice, human-computer interaction (HCI), and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). Ming is advised by Aditya Vashistha and Nicola Dell, both assistant professors of information science.

Dan Adler and Joy Ming, two doctoral students in Information Science, have each received 2021 NSF Graduate Research Fellowships! Congratulations to both! 👏👏

Adler’s research centers on creating novel, interpretable algorithms for remote symptom monitoring of chronic conditions, specifically mental and behavioral health. He’s a member of the People-Aware Computing Lab and the Precision Behavioral Health Initiative, both directed by his advisor, Dr. Tanzeem Choudhury, the Roger and Joelle Burnell Professor in Integrated Health and Technology at the Jacobs Technion-Cornell Institute at Cornell Tech in Information Sciences.

Ming studies the questions of power and social justice as they relate to technology. Her work intersects disability justice and global health equity with design and research justice, human-computer interaction (HCI), and information and communication technologies for development (ICTD). Ming is advised by Aditya Vashistha and Nicola Dell, both assistant professors of information science.

Cornell Silicon Valley's conference, CSV21: Tech in Focus, takes place virtually next Tuesday, March 30. 📢Register now📢,...
03/24/2021
CSV21: Tech in Focus | Cornell Silicon Valley (CSV) | Alumni, parents, and friends | Cornell University

Cornell Silicon Valley's conference, CSV21: Tech in Focus, takes place virtually next Tuesday, March 30. 📢Register now📢, and hear about latest innovations and research discoveries from fellow tech-minded Cornell alumni, faculty, and students.

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. PDT REGISTER HERE! See Who’s Coming *The list will be refreshed every Monday Check out this year’s schedule and speakers. Now in its 21st year, the Cornell Silicon Valley program is pleased to present CSV21: Tech in Focus. Typically held at the Computer...

Add "playwright" to the long list of talents from our Info Sci students. "Benchmark" — a play written by Anna Evtushenko...
03/23/2021

Add "playwright" to the long list of talents from our Info Sci students.

"Benchmark" — a play written by Anna Evtushenko, doctoral student in Info Sci — will be streamed online through the Schwartz Center this Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27. Free tickets can be reserved at https://schwartztickets.universitytickets.com/

At the intersection of Evtushenko's passions for information science and playwriting, “Benchmark” is a play about a woman who relies on technology to preserve her memories, and what happens when that lifeline is severed.

Show times are:
7:30 p.m. (EST) Friday, March 26
2 p.m. (EST) Saturday, March 27

Way to go, Anna! 👏

https://as.cornell.edu/news/memories-tech-intertwine-student-play-benchmark

Add "playwright" to the long list of talents from our Info Sci students.

"Benchmark" — a play written by Anna Evtushenko, doctoral student in Info Sci — will be streamed online through the Schwartz Center this Friday and Saturday, March 26 and 27. Free tickets can be reserved at https://schwartztickets.universitytickets.com/

At the intersection of Evtushenko's passions for information science and playwriting, “Benchmark” is a play about a woman who relies on technology to preserve her memories, and what happens when that lifeline is severed.

Show times are:
7:30 p.m. (EST) Friday, March 26
2 p.m. (EST) Saturday, March 27

Way to go, Anna! 👏

https://as.cornell.edu/news/memories-tech-intertwine-student-play-benchmark

Cornell Silicon Valley presents CSV21: Tech in Focus next Tuesday, March 30. CSV21 will feature tech-minded Cornell alum...
03/22/2021
CSV21: Tech in Focus | Cornell Silicon Valley (CSV) | Alumni, parents, and friends | Cornell University

Cornell Silicon Valley presents CSV21: Tech in Focus next Tuesday, March 30. CSV21 will feature tech-minded Cornell alumni, faculty, and students as well as a special tribute to Ann Bowers ’59 and her landmark gift to the establish the Cornell Ann S. Bowers College of Computing and Information Science.

Registration required at https://alumni.cornell.edu/connect/networking/csv/csv21/

See you there!

Tuesday, March 30, 2021 4:00 – 7:00 p.m. PDT REGISTER HERE! See Who’s Coming *The list will be refreshed every Monday Check out this year’s schedule and speakers. Now in its 21st year, the Cornell Silicon Valley program is pleased to present CSV21: Tech in Focus. Typically held at the Computer...

Catch Karen Levy, assistant professor of information science and adjunct professor of law, on Marketplace? Asked to weig...
03/18/2021
Background checks in dating apps aim to promote safety, but raise privacy concerns - Marketplace

Catch Karen Levy, assistant professor of information science and adjunct professor of law, on Marketplace? Asked to weigh in on a pilot program that would allow dating-app users to run background checks on potential dates, Levy says it’s understandable that people want to know whether a potential date has a history of violence. However, it’s hard to determine where one’s right to safety infringes on rights to privacy.

Match Group, a leading dating-app company, is working with a nonprofit to enable Tinder users to check criminal records of potential partners.

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