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Paul Resnick receives Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award

Monday, 10/24/2016

Paul Resnick, Michael D. Cohen Collegiate Professor of Information and Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Affairs at the School of Information, has been named a recipient of a University of Michigan Distinguished Faculty Achievement Award.

These awards honor senior faculty who have consistently demonstrated outstanding achievements in the areas of scholarly research or creative endeavors, teaching and mentoring of students and junior faculty, service, and a variety of other activities. Up to five awards are made each year.

Paul Resnick is a driving force in the rapidly evolving social computing field. He helped launch GroupLens, one of the internet's first collaborative filtering recommender systems, which are now familiar at sites like Amazon and Netflix. Also among the first to recognize online reputation as an important research topic, he pioneered methods to protect reputation systems from manipulation.

Resnick, who earned a bachelor of science degree in mathematics from U-M, completed his PhD in computer science at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He joined the School of Information faculty in 1997. He directed the UMSI doctoral program from 2012-15 and now is associate dean for research and faculty affairs and interim director of Health Informatics, a joint UMSI and School of Public Health program.

Among other topics, Resnick has explored what motivates people to participate in information sharing online and was among the first to describe effective group moderation systems. Current projects include developing ways to crowdsource rumor tracking and fact correction and to use social computing to promote healthy lifestyle choices. He co-authored the book Building Successful Online Communities: Evidence-Based Social Design (2012) and has written 13 book chapters and 61 journal and conference papers.

Resnick has created 15 new UMSI courses. He has developed a free online interactive textbook for learning to program in Python and participates in the Runestone open source project on which it is built. Resnick has chaired eight dissertation committees and served on 18 others. He co-founded the UMSI Community Information Corps, a student group that shared emerging information technology with public and nonprofit organizations.

In 2010 Resnick and colleagues received the Association for Computing Machinery (ACM) Software System Award for their GroupLens Collaborative Filtering Recommender System. In 2015, he also received the ACM Special Interest Group on E-commerce Test of Time Award for the paper titled "The Social Cost of Cheap Pseudonyms."

- UMSI News Service