I am a Principal Researcher at Microsoft Research AI, in the Information and Data Sciences group.
I’m broadly interested in using social data to help people find what they want and need; and to this end my work drives towards the goal of extracting from social media useful models of how people behave in the world — people’s actions in the world, people’s interactions with each other, and the consequences of people’s decisions. There are three questions I’m addressing with my research:
- Foundations and infrastructure for better social media analysis: I’m building tools and frameworks to make it easier and faster for people to deeply analyze and explore social media.
- Connecting social media to the real-world: To interpret social media, I work on entity linking and study the systematic biases inherent in social media’s reflection of the world.
- Social systems engineering: I’m studying how the affordances and incentives provided by social systems affect the kinds of information we find in social media.