Online communication is gaining a central role in our society and the opportunities for more and more people to interact online in potentially fruitful ways continue to grow. Sadly, online interactions have also acquired a reputation for not going well: this extends all the way from unproductive and inefficient online collaboration to outright antagonism and harassment in online discussions. During his fellowship, Cristian Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil will take a mixed-methods approach to explore the benefits and potential risks of using novel computational tools to increase the quality of online discussions.
Danescu-Niculescu-Mizil is an associate professor in the information science department at Cornell University. His research aims at developing computational methods that can lead to a better understanding of our conversational practices, supporting tools that can improve the way we communicate with each other. He is the recipient of several awards – including an NSF CAREER Award, the WWW 2013 Best Paper Award, a CSCW 2017 Best Paper Award, and two Google Faculty Research Awards – and his work has been featured in popular media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, NBC’s The Today Show, NPR and The New York Times.
For more, please visit his website: https://www.cs.cornell.edu/~cristian/