ISR Distinguished Speaker

Joseph A. Konstan

Associate Professor of Computer Science & Engineering
“Bridging Computer Science and Behavioral Science: Research Examples”
Friday, October 22, 2004 - 2:00pm to 3:30pm
Faculty Host: 

Email RSVP required to Lucien Finley at by Monday, October 18.

McDonnell Douglas Auditorium (building #311)

No cost to attend.


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As computers and the Internet become tools and "places" for social interaction, computer scientists and behavioral scientists can work together to explore the social and behavioral aspects of this new environment. In this brief talk, I will discuss two projects: one that is exploring how to induce people to participate in on-line communities (based on theories of collective action), and another that is exploring on-line sexual behavior with the intent of helping prevent HIV and AIDS.

About the Speaker: 

Joseph A. Konstan is Associate Professor of Computer Science and Engineering at the University of Minnesota. His research addresses a variety of human-computer interaction issues related to filtering, comprehending, organizing, and automating large and complex data sets. He is probably best known for his work in collaborative filtering (the GroupLens project). Dr. Konstan received his Ph.D. from the University of California, Berkeley in 1993. He is President of ACM SIGCHI -- the 5000-member Special Interest Group on Computer-Human Interaction. He is an ACM Distinguished Lecturer and IEEE Distinguished Visitor.