UPA MN Febuary Meeting: Help is out there: Online community, community artifacts, new ways of harnessing knowledge

  • 11 Feb 2010
  • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
  • U.S. Bank - RiverBank Business Center


Speaker: Joe Konstan, Ph.D. University of Minnesota

RSVP: By 5:00 p.m. on Monday February 8, 2010


U.S. Bank - RiverBank Business Center
2751 Shepard Road
St. Paul, MN 55116

Program Agenda:

  • 6:00 pm: Registration and networking
  • 6:30 pm: Presentation and discussion

Refreshments: Hors D'oeuvres and Beverages Provided.

Program Details:

Have a question? Go to Wikipedia. Browse a discipline-specific archive. Follow your favorite expert's blog or tags. Or even just post your question online and hope people will help. This talk discusses studies that explore how online communities create, organize, and find information. From these, we can draw lessons on how social psychology, economics, and other sciences of human behavior can be harnessed to understand and then design effective online communities. In particular, we look at cases where computation and machine learning have the potential to improve the functioning of such communities. And in the process, we can derive insights into the future of searching in social media.

Speaker Bio:

Joseph A. Konstan is Distinguished McKnight University Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. Since joining the University in 1992, he has developed and taught a program in human-computer interaction, including courses on user interface design, UI tools and technology, and social computing. His research addresses a variety of human-computer interaction and social computing issues, including personalization (particularly through recommender systems), eliciting on-line participation, and designing computer systems to improve public health.

Dr. Konstan received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. He is a Fellow of the ACM and past-President of ACM SIGCHI, the 4500-member Special Interest Group on Human-Computer Interaction. Dr. Konstan is an active consultant who has worked for many companies on issues related to human-computer interaction, personalization, and general software issues. He has traveled and lectured extensively, giving over 250 invited talks in more than 25 countries worldwide.

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